We had quite a large turnout for Thanksgiving this year. My Mom flew in from California, which the kids always love! And since I love to be surrounded by family and friends, we invited our cousins the McMullens, and our friends the Rencarges and the Deeths!
All in all we had 21 people at various tables!
My Mom wanted to be sure to get a picture of everyone!!
Of course, everyone wanted to bring something, so I told them what the menu was and then asked them to bring something that they traditionally have at their tables! It was so fun sharing in each others traditional recipes!
Our family tradition is to use the three days before Thanksgiving to prepare for the feast.
MONDAY...............we peel and cooked 20 lbs of potatoes and mash them!
Of course by the evening we are all hungry for potatoes, so we make meatloaf or
homemade chicken tenders, green beans and baby carrots and have just a little bit
of the mashed potatoes with it for our Monday night dinner!
TUESDAY.................we make the pies!! This is my Mom's specialty,
she loves to bake Apple Pies, so that is what we make.
This year we made two for our Thanksgiving dinner
and we made a third that we delivered to another family to bless them!
The girls got really creative this year! The pies were almost too beautiful to eat!!
WEDNESDAY................we cook the first turkey! We buy one great big turkey,
around 23 lbs and one medium sized turkey, about 13 lbs.
We cook the big one on Wednesday, because it takes all day and is absolutely loaded
with stuffing, which is one of the reasons it takes so long to cook!
We try to have it finished cooking by 6:00 or 7:00 and then we pick it apart
like little scavengers!! My family just loves the skin of the turkey, and since
no one is actually going to see this turkey, it doesn't really matter what it looks like!!
We take all the meat off and scoop all the stuffing out and pour all the drippings into a container.
Then we make sure everything is put away and the kitchen is nice and clean for the next day...
This is NOT the big turkey...this is the medium one. It is prettier, believe me!
We get up on Thursday morning and we put the medium turkey into the oven,
it will be done by 1:00pm. Then we prepare the sides that we are doing,
they will go into the oven as soon as the turkey comes out.
Green Bean Casserole, Corn, Squash, Peas and Onions and
Sweet Potato Casserole!
This year my cousin Sondra made the Sweet Potato Casserole
and she also made homemade Cranberry Sauce! Yummy!
Our other friends brought Pumpkin and Pecan Pies, little Gerkins, Olives,
the cutest Turkey Cupcakes, Gluten Free Stuffing, and Wine!
Gravy in the making!!
Mackenzie was in charge of decorating the tables, I think she did a wonderful job!
Before dinner we formed a circle and prayed.
So happy to be celebrating with my family and friends!
Natalie is serious about her pie!!
We ended the celebration by driving down to the Country Club Plaza
to see the Plaza Lighting Ceremony!! This was the 70th year!
Ready for the countdown!
The beautiful Plaza all lit up!
And that ended our wonderful Thanksgiving 2017!!