Thanksgiving 2013

December 2, 2013

Hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend!! Here are photos from our Thanksgiving. My parents joined us along with Karen, and we had a simple yet elegant feast.

This year we cooked a large turkey breast instead of a full turkey, and it was just as delicious with much less time in the oven. My mom made her brandied marshmallow sweet potatoes (love!) and Karen brought her famous oyster casserole. Matt and I prepared a mushroom stuffing with Cville Crunch bread as well as a pan of roasted brussels sprouts and potatoes seasoned with bacon and blue cheese. And of course, we had cranberry sauce and lots of buttery Virginia rolls. We dined just as the sun was setting at 5 o’clock.

Mazen had his first taste of Thanksgiving dinner, and wolfed down lots of stuffing and turkey. He then proceeded to sleep a record 12 hour night, so I will be feeding him Thanksgiving dinner every night from now on ; ) We had two Great Harvest pies for dessert – pumpkin and pecan. I served two of Sweet Sandies’ ice creams on top – toasted marshmallow and salted caramel. A sweet ending for sure!

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1 Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon December 2, 2013 at 10:28 am

Your table setting is beautiful- especially with the polished silver! The food looks divine, and lucky you that you got Mazen full of turkey so he slept so long : ) That was his happy Thanksgiving to you!

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2 Holly @ A Year in Wichita December 2, 2013 at 10:34 am

Looks so lovely!

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3 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 2, 2013 at 10:43 am

Your Thanksgiving spread looks amazing, and I love the blue vases on the table!

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4 Emma December 2, 2013 at 11:02 am

Do you have a favorite cranberry sauce recipe? I always stock up on cranberries and freeze them this time of year, and end up just chopping them and putting them on oatmeal, with too much sugar and sometimes with apples. I’d love to get more out of them.

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5 KathEats December 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Here’s my simple + basic recipe. I like my c. sauce on the tart side, and I’ve tried orange and different flavors but always go back to the simple recipe.

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6 Emma December 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Thanks, Kath!

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7 Jodi December 2, 2013 at 11:08 am

I am at my desk and these photos are making me very hungry. This was a beautiful Thanksgiving spread!

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8 Julie Rosene December 2, 2013 at 11:13 am

Everything looks so delicious! Do I see bacon with the Brussels sprouts? Karen is lovely as usual.

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9 Jackie December 2, 2013 at 11:14 am

Beautiful! The cranberries look divine!

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10 Chris December 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

What is Karen wearing around her neck? It looks like a collar / scarf combo. I’ve never seen anything like it – it’s very pretty.

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11 Karen December 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm

It’s a sleeveless, one-piece blouse that I got several years ago at Banana Republic (on sale!) Lots of ruffles in front and a bow to tie. I love it! Thanks for the compliment.

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12 Melissa December 2, 2013 at 11:27 am

Yum, everything looks so wonderful, right down to the tablescape! Just gorgeous.

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13 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac December 2, 2013 at 11:39 am

Everything looks wonderful!! I love your silver! We had oyster pie at our Thanksgiving as well – it looks very similar to your oyster casserole!

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14 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run December 2, 2013 at 11:41 am

fabulous table decor :)

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15 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh December 2, 2013 at 11:50 am

Everything looks super delicious and I love the table spread. Simple but colorful. It’s making me want to do Thanksgiving all over again!

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16 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries December 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Everything looks delicious! Looks and sounds like you had a fabulous day! And I love the photos, as always – very beautiful!

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17 Sally December 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm

My mom has that same silverware! I’ve always loved it!

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18 Marney December 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

It looks beautiful and intricate- is it a nightmare to polish?

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19 robin December 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Karen looks great, same pretty smile.

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20 Sanaz@runforcake December 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

What a great feast! Everything looks amazing.

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21 Jesse December 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm

isn’t it great how much the little ones sleep on holidays? i hope it happens again on christmas!
looks like a great holiday:)

http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-first-snow_2.html

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22 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm

What a lovely spread! Glad to hear Mazen enjoyed his first Thanksgiving feast!

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23 Anna @ Fitness à la Anna December 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm

What a beautifully placed table, and looks like a delicious spread!

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24 jeannie December 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I love the wine glasses…perfect pop of color! Do you recall where you got them? Mason is perfection, as usual & you look lovely.

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25 KathEats December 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm

They were my grandmothers! Thanks.

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26 Maureen December 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm

What a festive looking set-up! Yay on M sleeping so long!

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27 Jen December 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Beautiful photos! Karen looks great – hope she is feeling well. Does she want to share the oyster casserole recipe? I’m a Yankee married to a Southern man, and the one time I tried to make it at his request it was a sad, sad disappointment.

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28 JennieM December 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Any chance of your mom’s brandied marshmallow sweet potatoes? I looked on your recipe page and didn’t see them. Thanks.

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29 KathEats December 2, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I will hope she writes one here!! She just does this and that – including boiled/peeled sweet potatoes, butter and glugs of brandy.

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30 Mom December 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm

I cook the sweet potatoes with the skin on; it’s easy to remove once they’re cooked. (I slice the potatoes in thirds). Mash or mix with a mixer. Add butter and brown sugar, and if you like, brandy or amaretto. Add the last three ingredients to taste. Dump into a casserole dish.

Top with marshmallows (big ones or mini) and bake until the potatoes are hot in the center. You may want to add the marshmallows close to the end as they can burn if cooked too long. If you’re short on oven space, heat the casserole up in the microwave and add the marshmallows and pop the whole thing in the over for fifteen minute or so right at the end.

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31 Ella December 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm

What a fun way to serve a Thanksgiving staple! I love the presentation with the big marshmallows instead of tiny ones. Such a great idea. I’d love to see a recipe too. Sweet potatoes are my fave.

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32 Ella P December 3, 2013 at 3:58 am

Thank you, Ms Mom, for the lovely recipe :)
My children will love tatties made this way!

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33 Melissa December 2, 2013 at 1:37 pm

that picture with Mazen’s pants leg up cracked me up lol

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34 @Simple Green Moms December 2, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Everything looks beautiful! Would love to be able to stay home and do something like this on the holidays =)

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35 Tracy December 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! Looks beautiful as always. We had turkey breast this year, too. So much easier!!

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36 Chelsea @ TableForOne December 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm

That was such a beautiful Thanksgiving spread. You’re family is so lovely Kath. What a fun day to celebrate!

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37 Lisa C. December 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Yum! What a feast! Karen looks stunning!

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38 Shel@PeachyPalate December 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm

It all looks beautiful!!! Especially you mums sweet potatos!!! Love that everyone cooked something…in Ireland it’s not the done thing but it so should be!

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39 Brittany December 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I love your table setting, and your place in general! Super inspiring!

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40 Jennifer December 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I would also LOVE the sweet potato recipe, and the oyster recipe. And the brussle sprout recipe. Please? ;)

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41 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs December 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

What a fantastic spread of food! Hope you had a great day with your family :)

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42 Justeen December 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Lovely pictures, as always. The brandied marshmallow sweet potatoes look incredible! I made your mom’s corn pudding for our meal and it was a hit!

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43 KathEats December 2, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Oh fun! We’re having it at Christmas so she didn’t want to double up, but I missed it!

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44 Mom December 3, 2013 at 6:35 am

Oh so glad the corn pudding went well. We’re making it this Christmas!

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45 eliza December 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm

these pictures are so wonderful! Love!

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46 mary @ minutes per mile December 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

great idea on the turkey breast. my husband and i don’t really like dark meat (or bones!), so it’s actually a bit of a waste to buy the whole bird. that ice cream looks so fabulous! i just looked it up and am sad it’s not available in arlington VA :(

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47 Caitlin December 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Beautiful photos as usual and that turkey breast Looks great. What a fantastic idea to do that instead of a whole turkey. So easy!

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48 Alex @ Kenzie Life December 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm

These pictures are so beautiful! All the food looks amazing and I can’t believe Mazen slept for 12 hours! That must have been a peaceful night!

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49 cath@1970kikiproject December 2, 2013 at 8:39 pm

glad you had a joy-filled thanksgiving with your families, kath! and i am delighted that the sweater still fits m! yippee!

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50 KathEats December 2, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Yes we’ve gotten lots of use out of it!

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51 Mom December 3, 2013 at 6:36 am

The sweater is adorable on him!

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52 cath@1970kikiproject December 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

thank you for your comment, kath’s mom! :)

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53 Jenn December 2, 2013 at 8:40 pm

I couldve asked earlier but are the oyster, brussels, and stuffing recipes in your index?

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54 Amelia December 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Yum! The spread looks wonderful! I definitely missed pecan pie this year, but hope to have it on Christmas. I had already made so much for thanksgiving, including baklava, that I was SO tired to make anything else.
I think all the family photos of y’all are so beautiful. You definitely have an ongoing glow!

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55 Gwen December 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Looks like a fantastic family Thanksgiving. Food looks yummy too!

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56 Livi December 2, 2013 at 11:37 pm

that table looks so beautiful- I love the mason jars with flowers!

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57 Meagan December 2, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Karen looks great!

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58 Lisa @bitesforbabies December 3, 2013 at 7:06 am

I love that pic of Mazen with the raised pant leg, lol! Beautiful tablescape and the food looks delicious…of course!

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59 Katrina December 3, 2013 at 10:04 am

Looks like the perfect spread to accompany sweet family fellowship! :)
PS. I absolutely LOVE Mazen’s little sweater- too adorable.

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60 Jennifer December 3, 2013 at 10:05 am

OR could you share the stuffing recipe? I found the oyster pie! Thanks!

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61 Amy December 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Karen is looking radiant!

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62 Florence Ng December 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Haven’t visited for awhile but just want to say Karen looks AMAZING!

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63 Rebecca December 4, 2013 at 5:03 am

As an Aussie, having marshmallows with sweet potatoes seems totally bizarre! But then, we eat vegemite….

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64 Mom December 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm

That stuff is something! My niece married an Australian and they sent some to my mom.

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65 Connie December 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Looks like a wonderful day! Karen looks radiant. Hope she’s feeling well. :-)

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66 Maria-TO December 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Yummm! What a wonderful Thanksgiving spread and time with family. The secret to Mazen sleeping was the turkey! It contains L-tryptophan that naturally makes you want to take a long nap after such a fantastic meal. Glad you all had a good day.

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67 Kath Lean December 5, 2013 at 5:56 am

Just a quick question- you showed photos of lovely silver that you polished but I don’t see it on the table. Did you decide to not use it?

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68 KathEats December 5, 2013 at 7:44 am

It’s on there – the flatware. And gravy boat. And all the serving spoons. But we polished way more than we used.

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69 Steph December 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm

It always makes me burst with good feelings to see a photo of a smiling Karen looking radiant. It gives many of us in similar situations lots of hope! Happy Thanksgiving from Canada!

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70 KathEats December 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

She only has 2 chemos left – and a few weeks of radiation. She’s doing really well!

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71 Ryane December 5, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Came here to say the same things others noted above – so SO happy to Karen looking so well and vibrant. Lucky Mazen to celebrate with so many grand parents!!

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72 Stephani December 6, 2013 at 4:58 pm

love your sweater!! where is it from?

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73 KathEats December 7, 2013 at 6:23 am

Thanks it’s Loft

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74 Melissa Moore Johnson December 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm

May you share your mushroom stuffing recipe? Thanks!

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75 Melissa Moore Johnson December 18, 2013 at 7:41 pm

…and roasted brussel sprouts and potatoes, please. :)

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