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Friday, November 28, 2008

and we move on to the next holiday

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I hope everyone's Thanksgiving was wonderful and that you had your fill of all the fabulous foods that you worked so hard to prepare.... It was all sooooooo YUMMY!

Well here we are... all the planning, cooking & organizing behind us.... What a glorious ending it was. Everyone was stuffed, happy and ready for a naps by days end....
Now let's move to the next holiday...

~ Christmas~

Our girls wine & cheese party was rather peaceful because after me watching the boys, Denise & I running all over town for groceries, decorations and a few other errands we were all very tired... We had a great dinner that Denise made... It was white chicken chili which was cooked in the crock pot and so easy.... Served with a little crusty bread. Then that night we had different brochette’s ...they were a 3 cheese spicy mix , an olive tapenade and a Chipotle cheese mix.... and we had gone to the wine store and bought several great wines.... so between food and wine Denise & Kathy fell asleep watching the movie...27 dresses.. Very cute girlie movie if you haven't seen it....

Needless to say we didn't make it to the Turkey Trot... Denise has developed a heel spur, Wyatt was up all night because he is getting molars and they hurt him...(I finally took him out to sleep with me) and we had just a we bit of the fuzzies from the wine...

Thanksgiving started out with Denise making home made cinnamon danishes & pancakes for breakfast..... then we started our Thanksgiving cooking.... Frank, my SIL, was now home from his shift at the firehouse.

He started baking the pies and a carrot cake from scratch... he made a pumpkin & apple pies... My sister-in-law Kathy was in charge of the Turkey, Stuffing and Gravy... She brined a 30 pound turkey for 24 hours in a mixture of salt, spices and Ice water. She stuffed the cavity with Fruits and fresh seasonings then BBQ'ed the Turkey on the grill outside... It only took a little over 3 hours to cook... At first I thought it had burnt but it was only the edges. It was so delicious and juicy I was impressed... I will definitely be giving that a try... Denise prepared the dinner rolls, sweet, potato casserole, mashed potato's, deviled eggs, stuffed celery and the relish tray.... I was in charge of the vegetables... I made a mixed Connoisseur's Casserole (which is a mix of different veggies), Corn Casserole, Green Beans Casserole, Roasted Parmesan - Creamed Onions (that one of our blogger shared), Waldorf Salad and a Carrot Salad because they had shredded to many for the carrot cake... So as you can see we had plenty to eat.... We used all disposable pans so there was very little cleanup at the end of the meal... that left us with a lot of time to enjoy each others company.


We watched the Macy's Day Parade, It's a Wonderful Life and Football... Some napped.... which the twins should have napped longer but they were to excited with everyone being there.






It was a great day for one & all but as you all know exhausting


Until Later
Hugs And Kisses

23 comments:

ksarra said...

Hi Donna, it sounds like you had a picture postcard perfect Thanksgiving! I'm ready to get into the Christmas spirit too! My gifts are bought and wrapped. Maybe tomorrow we'll put the tree up. I want to have simple, natural decorations. I've tried too many styles, and always come back to simple, and homespun. On my table there's the pirogue with a Woodland Santa. I want to make some tiny little crawfish traps to put in the boat with him. Cajun Santa comes down the bayou!!!

Tootsie said...

What a great Post! Have fun getting ready for Christmas!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Hi Donna, What a spread you had there! I never brined a turkey, I almost did this time, but then I chickened out! Grilling the turkey sounds great too. I'm so glad you enjoyed the onions!! Thanks for a sneak peek into your wonderful Thanksgiving day.
xoxo, Marie

Smilingsal said...

It looks like you had a grand day of giving thanks.

nikkicrumpet said...

Holy cow...now there was some great sounding food going on at your place. Breakfast even sounded devine! I bet you had a blast spending time with everyone. Now we have to deal with the looming Christmas stuff. YIKES!

Ma'dame French said...

Hey Sweets! Yours is the first of many stops I have to make and try to catch up! Been buried under stuff including turkey and baking for the last 3 days nice to come up for air...what a lovely family looks like you all had a wonderful time;) French

Sue said...

Donna what an awesome feast! Sounds like a wonderful time had by all! Yup its time to decorate, I hope to get alot accomplished this weekend, after Saturday morning shopping that is! Have a great one!! xoxo

Chris said...

Sounds like you had a great day with all the family.

Love Ya,
Chris

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Donna, Looks like you all had a wonderful time! Great pictures of everyone. We made the Mandarin Orange salad and it is delicious. Thanks so much for posting the recipe. ~Melissa :)

Ginger said...

Hi Donna:
Great family pictures. It sounds like that was the place to be!!
The food looks delicious, and the turkey really looks good. I've had the deep fried turkey, but not the turkey on the grill.
My S.I.L. had to work, but all the families went to the fire station for dinner. Wish we had gone to Vegas to be with them, they had way too much food. Oh well, next year.....
Ginger

Happy To Be said...

Hey Donna looks like you had a great time and the foods looks YUMMY!! I really like the way everyone cooks.. Thanks for sharing...hugs and smiles Gloria

Lin said...

What a wonderful meal and day!! Yep, everyone looks like we do afterwards!!! LOL

bj said...

What a lovely Thanksgiving time you had. Wonderful!
And, yes...now it is time to move on to ......SANTA LAND....

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi Donna, What a wonderful looking family you have and your Thanksgiving celebration was great!! My post for today was located in the N.C. Arboretum near Ashville ,N.C. I will show a few pictures tomorrow from our Thanksgiving. hugs, Baba

Gollum said...

What great pictures! The food looked delicious--you are so lucky to have pie-baking men in the family (my oldes son is a pie-baker, but he couldn't make it home for the holidays).

And speaking of getting ready for the holidays...Yesterday I started to put up the tree..only the top part was missing. I can't find it anywhere! LOL So the search is on! LOL
((hugs))

Deb said...

Hi Donna, looks like a fun time. Good food, wine, fuzzies, oh my! LOL!!!

Diane said...

Hi Donna, What a wonderful day! The food all sounds so yummy. Are you going to share the recipes? ♥ Diane

Vintage To Chic said...

Oh Boy, Looks like you had a wonderful day , So great to have family to enjoy.
Hugs,
Judy

Justine said...

Aw, it sounds like you had a terrific day, even if you did have to miss taking hiney shots at the turkey trot! Wow, your son in law is BUILT, isn't he? Yowza!

Justine :o )

Anonymous said...

Donna, it sounds like you had a yummy Thanksgiving! Thank you for the sweet comments you made on my sunroom on Laurie's blog. I appreciate it so much! Connie/puddin07

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Donna, Now that's something to strive for.
40 years! You give me hope... Thanks for coming by. :) ~Melissa

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

It sounds like an utterly perfect day - just like the Thanksgivings I remember! Hard to believe that the Xmas season is already upon us. It always takes me by surprise. :O

Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments and words of support to me, Donna. You've brought many smiles to my face. XOXO!

Donna Marie said...

Donna,

Now that looked like a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving! The food looked fab and everyone looked to have a fantasic time! Thanks for sharing!

xoxoxoxoxo
Big Hugs!
Donna Marie

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