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Our Thanksgiving 2013

November 29, 2013
Our Veggie Turkey!

I’m still full… and also will be avoiding any scales in the near future.

That being said, we did  have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We hosted for the second year in a row, and I must say… this year was MUCH easier.  It may be that my 6 month old last year is now one and a half, and my three year old has become quite the helper this year.  It may be because I had Tuesday and Wednesday off work this year.  It may be because Matt and my mom helped a TON this year, but I’m pretty sure it just got easier because I knew what to expect.  I knew I could cook a turkey, I knew I could make mashed potatoes and stuffing, and I took some lessons learned from last year (bought a gravy boat, bought EXTRA butter … you don’t want to run out of that, had plenty of clean dish towels, bought a pie server, etc).  Also, I think practice makes perfect you better every time.

We have a lot to be thankful for this year, and I love that Thanksgiving reminds us to stop and think hard about all of that.  It really puts things in perspective.

So thankful this year!

So thankful this year!

Notice the gold frame I used from our Halloween Mantel and switched out the BOO for THANKFUL.  A couple other simple changes to our mantel, and I called it good enough for Thanksgiving.

Mantle Changed up just a bit from Halloween

Mantle Changed up just a bit from Halloween

You’ll noticed I moved our ‘Welcome’ fall wreath from the mantel to the front door…

Welcome ... a little mix of Christmas and Thanksgiving

Welcome … a little mix of Christmas and Thanksgiving

Our front porch was a little mix of Christmas and Thanksgiving …

Another lesson I’ve learned from hosting or entertaining my mom’s siblings and their families, is NEVER run out of coffee.  Every time we entertain, I make sure to borrow this huge coffee ‘urn’ (that’s what I call it) from my aunt and have coffee brewing at least an hour before I expect guests (just in case they happen show up early … I wouldn’t want to be without coffee!!!).

Rule #1 ... don't run out of coffee

Rule #1 … don’t run out of coffee

I seems like it’s also been tradition for the host to have a guessing game.  This year, ours was … Guess how many cranberries in the vase, and win the rosemary Christmas tree next to it.  Bennett won for the second year in a row.  In case you were wondering (which I’m sure you were) … there were 303 cranberries in that guy (hand counted them myself))!

One of the best parts about hosting is someone always seems to bring flowers for you …

Fall Flowers for the table ... thanks, Mom!

Fall Flowers for the table … thanks, Mom!

More table decor

Fall Table Decoration

Fall Table Decoration

And the star of the show … our 17.2lb turkey:

Turkey ... resting

Turkey … resting

Matt read up on how to carve a turkey, again the night before… here goes:

Time to carve!

Time to carve!

My aunt Cor making gravy … she’s the only one who knows how:

Aunt Cor making gravy

Aunt Cor making gravy

Dinner is served (Matt wants you to notice the ‘perfectly’ carved turkey):

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

And more food (and flowers … Thanks, Linda!):

Dessert table

Dessert table

You’ll notice our ‘vegetarian’ turkey.  I showed Matt a picture of this as we were going to sleep the night before.  He laughed at me, and basically said, “you’re joking, right?”.  Nope … little did he know, he was going to be put in charge of arranging this masterpiece.  I just decided that it will be his job every year.  Not bad work!

Our Veggie Turkey!

Our Veggie Turkey!

Our ‘pecan pie muffins‘ … that Molly helped herself to Thanksgiving night (all of them!!!):

Pecan Pie Muffins

Pecan Pie Muffins

Matt leading us in prayer … (and my uncle Donny also taking pictures):

Prayer

Prayer

Owen’s pillow pet joined us for most of the day:

Jim and Owen (and Owen's pillow pet)

Uncle Jim and Owen (and Owen’s pillow pet)

Charlie was happy all day long …

Charlie and Jess

Charlie and Jess

It’s an odd thing in our family … apparently, kids get the premium seating (i.e. tables):

Kids eat at the tables

Kids eat at the tables

And adults sit on the couches, arms of couches, and the floor … (maybe next year we’ll have a ginormous table for everyone to sit at):

Adults on the floor (sorry...)

Adults on the floor (sorry…)

Owen and Charlie were the only two who qualified as ‘little kids’ this year:

Owen and Charlie's Thanksgiving meal

Owen and Charlie’s Thanksgiving meal

Big kids … sorry, Jenna, you’re probably allowed to join the adults now :)

'Big Kid' tableRule #2 … Make sure football is on every TV.  Here are some of the guys watching the Lions/Packers game:

After dinner football..

After dinner football..

As the little boys races cars on the porch…

and cart races

and cart races

Mass chaos out here:

Porch craziness

Porch craziness

Owen and Grandma (and pillow pet):

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday!  We’ve got a big to-do list that we’re going to try to tackle this week (along with Christmas decorating).

and now, officially…. WELCOME TO THE CHRISTMAS SEASON!!!

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