Feel like I need to be wearing a tee shirt today reading "I survived Thanksgiving 2012". We hosted dinner for 14 people - mostly my husband's side of the family. Not gonna lie, the planning and build up were a bit stressful, but we have this down by now. We handled a lot of prep in advance and were able to enjoy the day. Really, really.
Here are a few shots taken from my iPhone.
What's better than a fried turkey? TWO fried turkeys :)
The oreo cookie place settings were a huge hit - and were yummy to eat after.
The Pioneer Woman's Stuffing entered the menu here 3 years ago. I think I've finally perfected it, if I do say so myself. Devine.
Not the greatest quality picture, but wanted to share anyway. To simply say that this woman is my brother-in-law's mother doesn't depict the bond we have with her. Nana. She has seen 95 Thanksgiving dinners and I felt privileged to have her join us again this year. We have fun together, if you couldn't tell. She's trouble and recognized my kindred spirit years ago. It's quite the compliment when she finishes her plate and ask for seconds. Unfortunately, due to a fall out of bed a couple of years ago after imbibing in one (or maybe two) of my famous Naughty Gingerbread Mantinis, she had to stick to wine instead this year.
Confession: Pretty sure I only made the oreo turkeys to hear her giggle.
I'm still recovering from a turkey hangover and we still have way too much food left over, but I'm grateful to have both opportunity and means to host dinner for family. When I look back on past holidays, I fondly remember times spent with my Grammy and Uncle Vic and miss them dearly. Who knows where we will all be next year.
So... did you survive Thanksgiving? Tell me what you did.