Happy Thanksgiving! I wanted to post last night but my computer is giving me a huge headache when I try to upload photos… Safari and Firefox both just shut down completely when I press “upload”. I think that after the big crash and now this, it might be time for a new computer…
Anyhow, on to more important matters like FOOD and all that we ate last night. It was deeeelish, per usual! My half-sister does an amazing job every year and makes the majority of the food. A few family members always bring a couple of extra dishes, and we have one cousin who makes ALL the desserts. But Lesley, my sister, does the brunt of the work AND hosts about 25 people every year. This year was no exception.
We always get to her house a bit early, around 4, to help her prepare for the mad rush at 6. My parents have specific roles every year that they play, according to tradition:
My dad makes the gravy (using turkey stock and red wine). It makes the whole house smell sooo good!
He takes his job very seriously. 🙂 My nephew, Russell, helped out this year. They were very cute working together.
And my mom carves the turkey every year. She, too, takes her job very seriously! She is a doctor and, we think, always secretly wanted to be a surgeon. She likes carving waaay too much. But she is really good at it- gets all the meat out!
We also always go for a short walk around the neighborhood, if the weather permits it- and it was a gorgeous day yesterday. Then, we all gather in the kitchen and hover over the food for an hour!
The fam… or part of it!
What can I say? We all love food!
Here is a cute shot of me with my 2 sisters… don’t think they have made it onto the blog yet… weird!
After a lot of chatting and some wine drinking, the rest of the family showed up and it was time to eat. Look at our spread!
From the other side of the table…
Lesley makes THE BEST sweet potato dish (front and center above) using pineapple and prunes. I don’t know how she does it, but it is seriously amazing. It requires no added sugars because all of the natural sweetness of the fruit combines so perfectly with the sweet potato. I’ve decided I must have this more than once a year and am going to get her recipe!
My plate was a bit of everything…
It was all amazing! My plate was filled with: coleslaw made with my grandma’s coleslaw recipe (it is incredible; I’m so happy she passed it on), stuffing, turkey and gravy, green beans, brussel sprouts, the sweet potato dish, and 2 types of bread–made by my cousin: cornbread and pumpkin apple bread. The Pumpkin Apple bread was AMAZING. Moist. Full of flavor. She had never made it before and I was really impressed!
I ate most of my plate, but couldn’t finish. I don’t think I got to the cornbread, or some of the turkey. I prefered the light meat to the dark. This was my first Thanksgiving in a LONG time eating turkey and it was AWESOME! My sister always gets organic, free-range, healthy turkeys so I feel good eating it.
I spent a lot of post-dinner time playing with all the babies who joined us this year. Love babies, but certainly not ready to have any of my own anytime soon! That’s what a couple hours of playing will do to you!
By the time dessert came around, I wasn’t able to eat much. My “before” picture of my plate actually didn’t come out, but my “after” pic did. You can see- I didn’t eat much of it!
I ate a small piece of pumpkin cheese cake (homemade by my cousin Sara) that was incredible and lots of homemade whipped cream, but couldn’t bring myself to eat much more. It was the perfect amount!
I actually left Thanksgiving feeling full, but not too full- perfectly satisfied. I was happy that I tried a bit of everything but listened to my stomach and practiced intuitive eating.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! (and for those of you outside of the US, that you enjoyed some quality time with your families this week.) I think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all, because it brings my whole extended family together around FOOD and gives us so much to be grateful for.
Enjoy the weekend! Now that I can blog on my mom’s computer, I will be back soon with a recap!