Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving Day

2 turkeys totalling 34 pounds plus extra legs, stuffing, mashed white and sweet potatoes, creamed spinach, pizza tomatoes, pies and cakes are all long since memories. And I'm proud to say I lived through it.

I scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in 30 minute increments: 10 minutes on my feet, 20 minutes off. My kids laughed at my schedule, things like: "11AM: Pizza tomato topping." But it worked. the girls did all of the potato peeling, with a lot of supervision from friends, brothers and even a dog, who wasn't visible in this picture.
Dan is my master carver.

But I decorate the platter. I still believe things taste better if they're pretty.

Jeff set the table. He found it confusing, but he got through it nonetheless.

Our friend Greg brought sausage stuffing. Sadly, I discovered after I had taken some that it contained peppers, which I can't eat. That's not to say it was a bad thing that I planned ahead and lost 5 pounds BEFORE the holiday.
My table was full of family and friends, including the newlyweds from July.

The kids are all back at college, but will be home in 3 weeks. Meanwhile, I have 173 pictures from the weekend to enjoy.

Holiday love to all of you. Try not to let the Christmas shopping drive you to drink.

15 comments:

prairierunner said...

WOW!! I'd love to have been there, it looks like such a great time. I'm done with that Christmas shopping stuff....for which I am SO grateful.

Claire S. said...

Looks like a great time - I love a big family gathering !

doggybloggy said...

I see that younger kid competing for 'tall guy status' and he is catching up quick....

Thor said...

Looks like you had a great time with your family and friends! Great pictures!
xoxo
Thor

Sue said...

What a wonderful big group for the holiday. I miss those days when we had nineteen around the table. The conversation was great.

Mickle in NZ said...

Well done Thor - getting all those people smiling and looking at the camera at the same time! (I see your Ryan has been growing again)

Wonderful photos Marjie, what a happy time you've had.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Looks like a was wonderful day! Great pictures.

Mango said...

Thor! I don't always read those cooking posts given that I am not a big fan of actual labor (which seems to be involved), but I just knew there would be a picture of your handsome self.

Great news! Momma and Master agreed that I was getting skinny (duh) and increased my kibbles! Finally!

Slobbers,
Mango

Al Penwasser said...

Looks like the dinner was a smashing success! You're right that looking good enhances the taste of the meal (I really think there's a study on that somewhere). I noticed you had real cranberries, instead of the jelly kind with can rings. Actually, I like them both. The worst thing about dinner at my house is that I started to come down with the flu that evening. I really hope my family didn't bring home a special memento from their visit here!

buffalodick said...

Very,very,very well done! Great food, served elegantly! What a beautiful family...

Life With Dogs said...

What a feast! Glad to see you enjoyed the holiday. :)

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks like such a wonderful, festive Thanksgiving. How special!

TavoLini said...

Looks like a great time!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours :)

Channon said...

You know, what delights me is that last photo. That's what holidays should look like - a big, happy group!

Grace said...

you know, that plate of food looks eerily similar to the first plate of stuff i put away during thanksgiving. plate two also looked similar, but plate three was laden with scrumptious desserts. :)