before i get called a thanksgiving grinch, let me tell you that i love thanksgiving. i do! i really think it is a great holiday and i look forward to it every year and a turkey dinner drowned in gravy is probably my favorite meal. but oy vey, i am glad it comes only once a year. thanksgiving is a lot of work.
somehow our thanksgiving 2013 motto turned into yolo...so we went big with the food.
potatoes have 5 sticks of butter? yolo. homemade vanilla ice cream to top the pumpkin pie? yolo. seventeen side dishes? yolo. i'm pretty sure everything we ate had heavy cream in it. the rolls were homemade. i made 5 pies the night before. you heard me correctly...5 pies for 6 people. awkward...? yolo.
we had a slight mishap with our mashed potatoes and for a second there i thought i ruined the star of thanksgiving dinner, but it all worked out. note: making mashed potatoes in the crock pot is a no-go and when pioneer woman tells you you have to mash your potatoes with a masher, don't listen. put them in the freaking kitchen aid.
anyway...our california thanksgiving was beautiful and the weather was perfect even though trusty dallas raines predicted rain up until that morning. we lined the table with autumn leaves from the yard and sprinkled cranberries in the vases and used the fancy china my parents got for a wedding present (rip, my parents marriage.) ava was digging the rolls and the chocolate pie but didn't eat much else. the girl has opinions of her own, i tell ya.
the best part of thanksgiving was having my family all together. my little brother and sister came down from college and they bring such happy energy whenever they come home. they spoiled ava with attention and treats and she is the most loved niece out there which makes my heart smile. the worst part of thanksgiving was the night after and the hours i spent laying in bed, feeling like i was going to barf and having david rub my back. you know those people who can just barf like it's nothing and get on with their day? i'm not one of them. i overate and hated myself for it. wah-wah. tis the season...?
i'm sharing some of my favorite thanksgiving recipes from this year's feast and hopefully you guys cook another turkey come christmas time like we do so you can try these bad boys out.
pumpkin pie (no nutmeg!)