I haven’t done a Thanksgiving recap because I just assumed that Beth would do it.
Granted, I had the pictures, so she couldn’t do anything until I sent them to her, but that’s another story. While talking with Laura and Beth today, it was decided that I was going to be the one to post about our Thanksgiving.
(WARNING: THIS IS A VERY PHOTO HEAVY POST! The food looks amazing though, so enjoy!)
Thanksgiving, in my family, is more looked forward to than Christmas. Weird, but completely true. It was the most exciting moment when I realized I had successfully gotten “stuck” working Christmas again, since it meant I was free for Thanksgiving!
Since we were really little Beth, Laura, Amy and I have called ourselves “The Black Hole”. We would eat so much of the stuffing and mashed potatoes that eventually the adults gave in and made us our own bowls for our little table of 4.
These days, we still call ourselves The Black Hole, but we’ve added a few participants, and a few bottles of wine 🙂
We always start out with the same things:
As I mentioned earlier, the Thanksgiving Staples include:
As we’ve grown up, a few things have changed. Beth and Amy are vegetarian (who knew Stovetop wasn’t veg-friendly??) and I no longer can have gluten (goodbye stuffing, it’s been a lovely 23 years..)
The stuffing was not to be lost for Beth and Amy however, and there was much conversation about vegetarian stuffing. Do normal families discuss food this much on facebook??
As the tastes changed, new foods were added in. We also added some new people to our celebration this year, which in turn, brought us new foods. The New Yorker joined us for the first year, and Beth’s J and his family were with us as well.
With all the food waiting on the table to be eaten, we just needed Mom to say “GO!” I caught this little gem while waiting for the feeding frenzy to begin!
As there is every year, we had a big discussion about the appropriate placement of the food, as well as the correct ratios (mine is 90% mashed potatoes, 10% everything else I can eat) on the plate. Then the talking and laughing began. My mom even said later that the kids table (yep, we still sit at it. It just looks a little different these days!) sounded like so much fun, she wanted to pull up a chair and join us.
We took a little break and then the dessert started coming out:
and finally, for a little twist:
We also always make sure to take family photos. It’s always met with a ton of grumbling, but I think (maybe?) someday we’ll appreciate them all.
So there you have it. The official Thanksgiving Recap, 2011 edition 🙂 Hopefully I’ll see you here for another one next year!