Sunday, November 30, 2014

Our Family Thanksgiving

Eddie and I decided we wanted to stay home and celebrate Thanksgiving in our own home this year.  We planned and prepared the menu and invited Eddie's family to come up and share our meal with us on Friday since we planned to go to the Thanksgiving parade on Thursday.  Our menu included a delicious turkey prepared by my amazing chef husband (I have seriously never had turkey prepared better than my husband's at any time in my life, ya'll!  He goes the extra mile to make sure it is well-seasoned and very moist.  This year's recipe called for cooking in a whole bottle of champagne.  What's not to love?), homemade mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and rolls.  For dessert, we had both pumpkin and pecan pie which both turned out great, I am proud to say.  I grew up loving Southern pecan pie made with the beloved corn syrup, but now we make it without the corn syrup, and it is just as good if not better.  We all ate until we were stuffed, of course, with plenty of leftovers to last several days.  That's part of what Thanksgiving is all about, right?  Well, that and being thankful.

I think Brody's mealtime prayer song that we sing at all our meals actually sums up our thankful list quite nicely.

"God our Father, God our Father,
Once Again, Once Again.
Thank you for our Mommy,
Thank you for our Daddy,
Thank you for our Evan, 
Thank you for our Brody, 
Thank you for our Baby,
Thank you for our Cocoa,
Thank you for our Grandma,
Thank you for our Papa,
Thank you for our Aunt Naomi,
Thank you for our Grady,
Thank you for our food,
Amen, Amen." (of course, he says "Oh man" here...haha!)

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Eddie carving the turkey.

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The Thanksgiving feast

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Brody wanted Grandma to blow on his food to cool it.  He definitely had the most diverse plate of all the kids.  He will eat just about anything and tried a little of everything. He treated the cranberry sauce like it was a condiment to dip his turkey in.  Haha!

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He is just a kid after his Mommy's own heart and just makes her so happy!

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The cousins had their own little table.  Grady had to sit with his big cousins.

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And he did a great job eating like a big boy too.

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Big cousin Brody trying to tickle Grady.  Grady wanted to play rough and wrestle with his cousins.

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He "mastered" the flop and kept throwing himself on the ground wanting someone to "tackle" him.

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Brody just loves cheesing for the camera.

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Grady did not want to let Brody wear the football helmet.

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Because he wanted to wear it.  Another football lover in the family?
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Trying on cousin Evan's old boots.

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Trying for one picture of the cousins together.
We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  1. I love Brody's prayer. How sweet! Eddie's turkey looks fantastic. I'm glad that you all had such a nice day!

  2. The turkey sounds fantastic! I've never heard of cooking it in champagne and I'm so intrigued. I'd love to have the recipe for Christmas. :). I'm so glad you guys had a nice Thanksgiving! <3

  3. Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving. After we ate lunch, me and Clarice took a two hour :)
    Hope you have a great week!

  4. Your dinner looks amazing! Yum!

  5. OK, you totally have to share the turkey recipe and the pecan pie recipe. Just send me the links or something. I must know!

    It looks like you had a lovely little day. I'm so glad.


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