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30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 27

Friday, November 28, 2014

Day 27- Family

I really am very thankful for my family, both immediate and extended. This year my Thanksgiving celebration was very small in attendance (unusual for my family), but very big in meal and satisfaction. My brother and his girlfriend came down from San Diego and spent the day at the house. My other brother and sister-in-law spent the majority of their day at my SIL's grandmother's house, but came home for dinner. My dad drove into town. My grandmother got picked up by my bro and driven to our house in his shiny new wheels.

We had cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting for breakfast. My brother brewed a pot of our favorite coffee- Gingerbread coffee from Trader Joe's. The day they stop making that coffee is the day I start burning down every single Trader Joe's I ever encounter. I LOVE that coffee! Its an even bigger holiday obsession for me than the holiday drinks at Starbucks.

My mom and I cooked up a storm! We had a big 21 lb turkey that we roasted. We did mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes (yes, with marshmallows!), green bean casserole, dressing, gravy... roasted Brussels sprouts and beets... um... jellied cranberry... and a crudite tray with dip. My bro's girlfriend brought a pumpkin cheesecake that she made which was DELICIOUS! I made an apple pie and a pumpkin pie. Both turned out great thankfully because I'm really not much of a baker.

But, the best part was just spending the evening enjoying a delicious meal with people I love. The food, the conversation, the laughs... It was awesome. I couldn't be more thankful to have the family I have!

I failed to take a photo of our spread and my fam takes pics at Christmas, so instead you're getting the turkey. I named him Eggar 'cuz he reminded me of the line from the first Men in Black movie... "Eggar, your skin is hanging off your bones."
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    I have missed your blogs so I am reading belated!
    So glad you had a good turkey day and loved ones to spend it with!
    2332 days ago
    We had a big Thanksgiving dinner (it's hard to not have a big dinner with as many people as we have), and it was pretty good. There's still some weird friction -- for instance, I took rolls and cranberry salad, everyone knew that's what I was taking, but when I got there, some rolls were in the oven and my aunt was opening a can of cranberry sauce...That didn't stop me from eating, though :)

    I'm glad your peoples enjoyed themselves, and I hope you've recovered from all the cooking!
    2332 days ago
    YUM... cinnamon rolls.

    We ate hearty in our family too. Had two kinds of sweet potatoes, one with the mini marshmallows and one with toasted pecans. The one with the toasted pecans was popular. You know, I like brussle sprouts. I don't know why they get a bad rap.

    Oh, the dessert table was insane. My family is firm in their belief that there should be more desserts than there are people to eat them. So, we had pumpkin cheesecake too ! and apple pie and dutch apple pie and grape nut pudding and chocolate pie and brownies and cranberry something or other and cranberry squares and a huge coffee cake.

    yup... sugar overload. LOL....

    2337 days ago
  • GHK1962
    It sounds like you had an awesome Turkey day. All day actually wooohoo.

    And by the way, I shall call Trader Joe's and put them on notice about not stopping the sale of that coffee. Hahaha, that comment you made about burning them down made me laugh.
    2337 days ago
  • YMWONG22
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    2338 days ago
    Happy Thanksgiving, Jill! Sounds like you had a wonderful day!
    2338 days ago
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