Monday, November 28, 2011

My Thanksgiving

My Thanksgiving, and entire weekend, was absolutely awesome.  Good family and friend time, productive, relaxing.  All the things you want out of a long weekend.  And no work (besides checking a few emails), so that was glorious.
My family always starts Thanksgiving early, around 10:30am.  We drink mimosas, eat appetizers and hang out. 
Wild mushroom tartlets.
Erik's smoked oyster apps, EW!  But he loves these things and so does my dad so every year we must have them.
My mom's cranberry bread.
Erik and my turkey. 

True to what seems to be a growing tradition, I had a minor turkey meltdown.  Erik and I tried an oven bag for the first time and we were also cooking in my brother's oven, which is very new.  The 22 lb. turkey cooked in about 2 hours and 20 minutes.  I was expecting it to take at least 3 and a half.  I've NEVER heard of a turkey cooking in that little amount of time.  So by the time I realized it was already done, it was a little too late.  It got a bit overdone and a bit dry.  I was pissed.  Really pissed.  I did so much research on oven bags and followed a recipe exactly.  Grrr.  But....I made a really tasty gravy and when the turkey had the gravy it didn't seem dry at all.  So in the end, the turkey was pretty good.  But I wanted a perfect I wasn't happy.
Nikki (my sis-in-law) had her house decked out super cute.  Pretty fresh flowers and a lovely tablescape.

She made placecards for each person.  So cute.
My cute mom.
My little bro and his wild hair.
We all took turns cuddling with Chloe, the littlest member of the family.
Nikki's mom makes excellent apple pie. We ate it with ice cream. Mmmmmmm.
My older brother made the most amazing pumpkin whoopie pies.  I took three of these babies home and it took all my willpower not to eat them all in one day.  They are huge so that would have been impressive.  YUM.

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and long weekend!!!


  1. Thanksgiving weekend was awesome, but it went by too fast. I can't believe it's Monday already, boo.


  2. Glad you had a nice weekend! Your Thanksgiving meal looks great!

  3. Looks like such fun! The food looks incredible, particularly that perfectly cooked turkey and the pumpkin pie whoopies. It's lovely that everyone pitched in and cooked something

  4. It looks like it was a very delicious Thanksgiving!!


  5. So much good food in one post! We ate the last of our leftovers yesterday; I wish I had taken more home!

  6. Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The food looks delicious. I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

  7. looks like a wonderful thanksgiving! hope you're doing well! xx

  8. Wow, I want to be THERE. :) The table is lovely and the food looks incredible! Those pumpkin whoopie pies look so delicious.

  9. I can so understand your turkey rage!
    P.S in the second photo of Chloe, does it look like she is smokin a wee cigarette or is it just me? hehe cute!

  10. OMG Delicious look and yummy recipes. beautiful all pictures and awesome your this post.

  11. Mom's apple pie looks great. Can you share her recipe?

    1. That is my sister-in-law's mom's apple pie, I don't have the recipe and I think she keeps it secret. I will ask my sis-in-law and find out, it is a great pie!