Thanksgiving Wrap-up

Thanksgiving morning started off rather ominously. I thought the birds were attacking us.

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Or we were in a remake of The Birds.

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Here’s our respective reactions that clearly show our personality.

Soso in excited voice, “Look at the pretty birds!”

Me in worried voice, “How freaky! What is going on?” and privately thinking “OMG, the end is here!”

D in a blasé voice, “Bird migration.”

Me, “Oh.” and privately sighing a huge relief.

The birds were quickly forgotten in the excitement of getting ready for lunch.  I still had to bake pumpkin cake (instead of the pumpkin cheesecake), pop the bird in the oven, roast broccoli, cook green beans, prepare the salad, make the salad dressing, icing for the cake, gravy for the turkey and the mashed potatoes.

Thank goodness it was a late lunch at 2:30 and there were plenty of appetizers to appease the hungry family.  I still felt like I was sprinting towards the finish line. 

I just don’t know how to make the actual day of Thanksgiving easier.  I guess I could have mashed the potatoes ahead of time and reheated in the oven?  I definitely could have baked the cake the day before like I did with all the other desserts.

Anyway, it all turned out pretty great in spite of all my worries.

The spread.

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The turkey.

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Apple Sausage Stuffing.

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Macaroni and Cheese

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Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes

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Roasted Broccoli

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Garlicky Green Beans

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Salad

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Homemade and Canned Cranberry

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Gravy

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Plus, there were pumpkin cornbread and Papa G’s lasagna which you can see in this photo.

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This is Papa G. The lasagna was delicious!

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Soso giving thanks.

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Everyone ready to dig in!

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Happier times before the broccoli incident.

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Unusual photo of my Dad smiling and D. My Dad (and my Mom, too) take photos like it’s the 1800’s when people looked wooden from keeping still for so long.  I love this photo because I was able to catch him while he was laughing spontaneously.

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After lunch, we celebrated my brother-in-law’s birthday with a pumpkin cake, not the cheesecake that I originally planned.  By the time I got to making the cake, it was crunch time and not the best time to experiment with an unfamiliar recipe and technique.

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He loved the cake! Despite my worries about the batter and my atrocious writing.

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We also had an apple pie with homemade whipped cream.

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The Not-So-Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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There were also brownies and pumpkin pie tartlets. No one was hungry for dinner later on.

Thanks BIL and family for coming. We were very thankful to have you with us.

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