This year for Thanksgiving, it was really special. It has been a hard year, but I truly have so much to be thankful for. I have my family, my well being and my job to name a short few. My dad made it here the day before Thanksgiving, which is really amazing. I was happy that he got here safe, because he was traveling through a snow storm in Minnesota. Now all we had to worry about was the feasts.
We usually have three Thanksgiving meals to attend. The first Thanksgiving is at Bub’s family’s house the weekend before. There are so many different schedules to consider, that we ended up doing it early so everyone could attend. That day was… interesting. But a good day, nonetheless. Successful. All of the food was good, the turkey wasn’t dry. I actually made the turkey and got lots of compliments.
I wasn’t planning on co-hosting this event, but it was still really great. The guest list for this one includes Bubs mom, we’ll call her Grandma C, all of his sisters, my favorite coworker who also happens to be Bubs brother in law, Grandma and Grandpa F, and all of the kids (about 10 total). We were lucky enough to have Jr and Joselyn for this turkey day event as well, so that made it all the better. Khalub actually couldn’t go to this one because he had to work.
The second Thanksgiving was hosted by yours truly. I am happy to report that it was very successful! This was our first major holiday without my mom, so there were definitely some emotional moments.
Aside from the few emotional moments, and a few little bloopers I was REALLY surprised at how easy and smooth this Thanksgiving actually went. We had all of the traditional foods.
- Mashed Potatoes
- Green Bean Casserole
- Bacon Wrapped Smokies
- Pea Salad
- Deviled Eggs
- Macaroni Salad
- Hawaiian Rolls
- Dutch Apple Pie
- Pumpkin Pie
I feel like I’m forgetting something on this list, because all of my counter space was completely lined with food.
I started cooking some of the sides the night before, which made it a lot easier. The turkey went in at around 10 am, which is earlier than I planned on, but it made it TONS easier. The rest of the sides were cooked throughout the day. Everything was perfectly spaced out so there was no real point in time that was overly stressful. Another really awesome part about all of this, is that Khalub and Cassidy both did their part in all of this. Khalub has been helping me make green bean casserole ever since he was little, and this year he completely took it over. Cassidy made the bacon wrapped smokies, and helped with a lot of the other sides as well.
Our guests consisted of my dad, my brother and his wife, their five kids plus one they were babysitting who is absolutely a doll! She’s only four years old I think, and she is such a sweetheart. We know her well, since my brother’s family babysits her often. (Her mom works retail). And lastly we had an old family friend over. Unfortunately we didn’t have Bubs other two kids because they had other plans with their moms. They were definitely missed, but this means now we will have them for Christmas. Which is just as great because we have a whole list of Christmas traditions that we do. (We decorate our own stockings!)
My brother has a blended family as well! My brothers wife came with a teenager, who is the same age as Khalub and Isaac (my brothers oldest son). As I mentioned in previous posts, Bubs has been a friend of my brother’s family long before I got here. So now we are just one big blended family all together.
We kept the libations to strictly wine, so nobody got crazy drunk, and we all just had a really great time. We did get some wine spilled on the carpet, though, which was blooper number one. It wasn’t carelessness by the adults either. Eely (sweetheart toddler) was reaching for her tablet and knocked my brothers red wine over. Luckily, I was able to get it up quickly and I have brown carpet so it didn’t look terrible.
The other blooper was that someone sent the kids into the kitchen to make plates prematurely, while Bubs was still carving the turkey. So they were hovering over him, and creepily walking around the kitchen in circles with their plates full of all their other food. It was just a bit annoying, but nobody yelled! Success!!
I am incredibly blessed, and beyond thankful that I was granted the opportunity this year to be surrounded by my family for the holidays. This Thanksgiving was so great. No fights, none of the food got messed up, nobody got hurt, it was AMAZING!
Tomorrow we have the third Thanksgiving dinner to go to at my brother’s house. I hope it is equally as great. If not, at least we had two great successful meals already. LOL.
Tell me about your Thanksgiving!
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Do you host at your home, or do you go somewhere else?