Monday, November 30, 2020

Thanksgiving Day and Thankful Turkey

Hello everyone!  Back from Thanksgiving and happy to be here!  Wanted to recap our Thanksgiving so I remember for years to come!

We hosted this year and it was definitely not what we typically do but it was super fun having people here!  My parents came down the night before and we didn't think they were going to so I hadn't told Molly Anne that they were on their way.  Imagine her surprise when they knocked on the front door!  She was sooooo excited! 

Kevin's parents, his brother and his friend came over for dinner as well.  It was nice! 

Here's what went down for the menu.  We outsourced the big things and the things I'm not good at to Fresh Market. I'm so glad we did that!

Turkey shape of pepperoni and sliced cheese and ritz crackers (picture below!)

Ham - Kevin’s parents
Deviled eggs - Kevin’s parents 
Turkey - Fresh Market
Gravy - Fresh Market
Stuffing - Fresh Market
Mashed potatoes - Fresh Market
Cranberry - Fresh Market
Rolls - Fresh Market

Hash brown casserole - I need to post this but it's an old recipe I've had forever
Green bean casserole - made it the ole trusty way
Oyster casserole - family recipe, top secret I think!

Apple pie and carrot cake - Kevin’s parents from an amazing local bakery
Sweet potato pie courtesy of Harris Teeter

The big surprise!

We started the day with a turkey trot.  I ran for 45 minutes around the neighborhood, did about 4.5 miles while Dad and Grady golf carted beside me.  It was fun.  Dad and I have always turkey trotted but unfortunately he can't run anymore.  

Dad built a fire around 9am and kept it going all day long! 

He was in his happy place on the porch tending to a fire!

The tablescape using these gold votive holders and these white pumpkins.  The glass hurricane was a wedding present and I just popped in some Williams Sonoma candles. Mom brought her mom's tablecloths!

Turkey appetizer inspired by my SIL!

Carving the meat!

The spread!

We tried to make it all semi covid friendly the best we could.  I wanted to have one big table but it was best given the circumstances to have two separate tables on the porch.  Our big doors to the house were open so breeze was through there all day.  We did the best we could but still wanted to be together.  

Our neighbors came over later that night and the kids played together. 

This was about how we all were after the big day! 

Can't forget our Thankful Turkey we did this year.  I asked the kids randomly when I remembered what they were most thankful for and we got Cheez Its to Tractors to Jesus on there! 

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