Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Hello my friends!  It's the day after our big family dinner and we're relaxing in our easy chairs and watching "Wall-E" on TV.  I have a feeling of well-being and happiness -- and thankfulness for our home, family and so many other things.  Yesterday we began the day with coffee and an English muffin, then I set the table.  Dayle had gotten up early and made the bread, vegetable and sage dressing and the turkey was roasting in the oven making the house smell wonderful.  


This is our second year of having our turkey dishes and I just love them.  And at the grand old age of 65 years I finally got some some sterling silver flatware after wishing for some for a long time.  The crystal goblets we'd given to Dayle's parents for Christmas and when his siblings went through their home after they'd moved into assisted living, we found the goblets in the basement in their original box.. never used.  But we use them!


Funny story - I was reading one of my blogs - Red Gate Farm - a few years ago and Chris had found a plate in a thrift store and used it in her decor.  I fell in love with it and started looking for some and found a set on eBay.  So, I thank Chris for our dishes.  :-)


Dayle put butter and herbs under the skin, rosemary, thyme and sage.  It makes for a less attractive roast turkey, but it sure does taste good!  We had a 22 lb. bird, a gift from Kristi's mother, wasn't that nice of her?



I had hoped to set up a tripod so I could be in the photo, but in the spirit of having the food while it was HOT.. I snapped this with my iPhone.  All photos in the post were done with my iPhone 6S - both batteries for my Lumix camera were dead.  :-)  Good planning.. not!



One quick snap of the rest of the menu before we dug in.  Dressing, mashed potatoes whipped with half-and-half, home-made cranberry sauce made with fresh cranberries and orange marmalade, candied yams from scratch with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans and mini-marshmallows on top, corn casserole made with whole corn, creamed corn, cornbread mix, egg and sour cream, green bean casserole with French fried onions on top and scissor rolls and butter.  Someone asked what "scissor rolls" are - they are just a long loaf of bread, but snipped on the sides so they look like individual rolls when pulled apart.  We had sparkling cider of apple and berry/apple blend.  Folks, everything was delicious and it was a feast of feasts!  The kids were all very appreciative - Caleb said he could eat the whole bowl of cranberry sauce - he helped grandpa make it the day before.


Num num num.  :-)


We all ate to our heart's content and then retired to the family room to visit.  I started to clear the table and Kristi shooed us all out of the dining room and said she'd clear the table, put away the food and load the dishwasher!  What a good DIL!  Then she made whipped cream from scratch and served us her homemade pumpkin pie - with homemade crust, too!  And it was delicious!



My sister texted me night before last and asked me if I'd seen the moon.  So, I went out and snapped this image of it.  Having the sky clear for a moon shot is pretty neat this time of year.  


And so.. I want to say thanks for my family and friends.. and you my dear readers for visiting and for the sweet comments you leave for me.    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)  

27 comments:

  1. Wow, what a delicious feast, it looks absolutely scrumptious. And how pretty your table looks. So glad you had a good time, you've made me wish we had Thanksgiving here. CJ xx

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  2. Hi Teresa, it looks like you had a lovely Thanksgiving with your family. All the food looks delicious. I really love your plates too. I hope you're all having a nice, relaxing weekend now. Thanks for sharing your family's day with us. Take care.

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  3. Your Thanksgiving celebration from photos and narrative was wonderful! We got to face time with my older sister's family and my oldest son's family. My grandsons are growing so fast. They showed us their skill on some sort of skateboardy contraptions they have :) Did you get that moon view with your 6s? The moon has been so pretty shining in my room the last few nights. Hope you have a happy weekend! xx

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  4. Your feast looks so good Teresa and your dishes are perfect for the holiday. Dennis and I had our enchiladas and they were good, but I miss the leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner. :-). Our day was very quiet but we heard from all three kids and all of our siblings which was wonderful. Friends came over in the evening and shared cheesecake with us. Enjoy your weekend and relax my friend.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  5. What a feast! It looks delicious and your family looks so happy to be together. So glad you had a wonderful day.
    Meredith

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  6. Oh my goodness that turkey skin had to taste fantastic. We are having a little half breast tomorrow. We were guests for Thanksgiving so we had no leftovers.

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  7. That plate heaped with goodies looks like my plate at Thanksgiving. The food, not the plate. I like your turkey plates and the silver pattern you selected.

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  8. First time commented Teresa but not first time visiting your blog. I do enjoy reading your posts and feel I'm getting to know you as I come back to read some more.I don't know why I haven't commented before but wanted to today. Your festive meal looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing and it was very nice to see your family.A beautifully set table with great china etc. I live in N.Z. we don't celebrate Thanksgiving. I have researched it though to see what it's all about. I guess the next step is preparing for Christmas. I will comment more often. Best wishes Shirley N.Z.

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  9. That all looks so very good! I do love your dishes. It looks like you had the very best of Thanksgiving feasts with all of your family present!

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  10. What a celebration - the beautiful table setting, china, silverware and delicious looking food. Lovely family photo too. Only a few weeks to recoup before the Christmas celebrations kick in !! Enjoy your weekend. xox

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  11. What a wonderful family gathering, the food looked delicious as did the stunning table setting. I love the turkey plates perfect addition. You are truly blessed to celebrate with such a beautiful family.

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  12. Absolutely wonderful Teresa!! I do so love to see a table dressed well and yours certainly was. All that yummy food makes my mouth water :-) Thanks for sharing these splendid photos of your family.

    keep well

    Amanda xx

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  13. Your table looks so lovely. And I love your dining room! So warm and inviting. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  14. I can live the holidays vicariously through your photo's. Only being the two of us DH & myself we don't do much if anything for the holidays. So reading your blog and seeing your beautiful decorations is a gift.
    Kristi's pumpkin pies are perfect and I bet the whipped cream from scratch was, too!
    Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  15. Your table was beautiful, so festive. Those turkey plates certainly make the day! My eye was drawn to your beautiful tablecloth! It is just beyond words. I love that you are a blended family and the boys have such a wonderful place to grow up in! Enjoy that pie! My daughter made pumpkin cheesecake and fresh whipped cream, oh so good! I'm working on a scarf and almost done then will pursue the Hitchhiker with beads in it!

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  16. Thank to you Teresa. You are the best !!! And all your family of course.

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  17. What a gorgeous table! Almost as lovely as the people around it. Looks like you had a perfect holiday!

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  18. An American Thanksgiving dinner with good food and family gathered together counting their blessings. It's one of the very best days of the year. Your table and dishes are beautiful and that turkey, well, if that isn't perfection, then I don't know my turkeys, LOL.
    Enjoy your weekend . . . eat left overs and relax :)
    Connie :)

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  19. Hi Teresa your day looked perfect in every way! Hugs Anne x

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  20. Your menu sounds almost exactly like ours! Way too much food for us but we all were able to take home leftovers. Nothing like a cold turkey sandwich!

    Love your photo of the moon. Gorgeous!

    Judy

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  21. Fabulous Teresa and boy am I real hungry now lol

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  22. Such a lovely, heart-warming post Teresa...I love your opening paragraph!...Your table looks wonderful and the food looks delicious too with perfect company...everything your day should be x
    Wishing you a happy Sunday ♥
    Susan x

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  23. Looks like a mighty fine celebration. That Kristi is definitely a keeper. I missed the full moon. My husband was out in the desert that night and said it was so big and beautiful and unlike me, he didn't even think to take a picture. Darn him! Happy holidays, Tammy

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  24. What a fabulous feast! Lots of yummy exotic American foods! And your turkey looks delicious! Thanks for sharing. I always feel like you're welcoming us into your little world :)

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  25. What a beautifully set table my dear Teresa! And the spread was to die for, so much deliciousness! Lovely job and so nice to have your family together. Blessings to you all, xoxoRobin

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  26. What a wonderful Thanksgiving......happy family times, delicious food and a beautifully arranged table!
    Happy new week, dear Teresa!
    Helen xox

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