This past Thanksgiving weekend, Robert and I invited our immediate families to our house for a celebratory feast. I was much more organized and less frazzled this year and we had a glorious time. I’ve discovered one of the best things about holidays is the anticipation. The shopping and food preparation, the getting spare rooms ready and the house cleaned, the getting out of work early- it all adds to the excitement. We had a total of twelve people for the meal and everything went off without much fuss. The only snafu manifested in the mashed potatoes as I made them Wednesday night and they somehow turned sour by the next morning. There was no need to stress, though, because my superhero mother-in-law swooped in to save the day (along with Robert and my dad, who valiantly peeled potatoes).
Although I wanted to scale things back this year, it didn’t happen (as my sister so lovingly pointed out). Oh well- I guess sometimes the best way to show thankfulness is by consuming extreme amounts of carbs.
Our menu included:
- Grilled Turkey
- Fresh cranberry sauce
- Connie’s Amish dressing
- Mashed potatoes
- Wheatberry salad with roasted root vegetables
- Chopped autumn salad
- Rolls with herb butter and cinnamon butter
- Pumpkin cheescake with a gingersnap crust
- Apple pie with cinnamon whipped cream
- Soft sugar cookies
- Connie’s strawberry trifle
And here are a few snapshots from the weekend…
Early morning bird prepping. You know, manly stuff
Someday I’m hoping to have a real dining room 🙂
And, I just couldn’t go without including lots of Jack pictures…
And just like that, Thanksgiving is over and we are running full speed ahead into the Christmas season. I hope you had a chance to reflect on the good things in your life!