In last week’s review post I talked about how “blissfully uneventful” the calm before the holidays took us by storm seemed. This past week was the complete opposite! Well, not exactly, I suppose, because it was still a week filled with joy but quite eventful at that! I’d like to share some tidbits from my life last week as well as an accompanying photo recap with selections from my Instagram with you.
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My week was dedicated to all things Thanksgiving, starting with more house prep, grocery shopping, and organizing my kitchen before a big day of baking and cooking on Wednesday in preparation for Thursday’s eating fest. It was a long day on my feet, but well worth it as I was quite pleased with how all of my baked treats turned out. I made Three Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins as take home treats for our guests, my chocolate chip cookies, Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan-Gingersnap Crust, and Apple Pie with a Cheddar Crust. I also whipped up my Grandma’s sweet potato casserole recipe, giblet stock, and made the brine for my roast turkey. All in all, it was a very productive day in the kitchen!
We kicked off the holiday with Thanksgiving eve supper at my parents house with family who was visiting from out of town. My Mom sure knows how to set a beautiful table! She made her mouth watering delicious beef bourguignon, which was out of sight! It was wonderful to catch up with loved ones while enjoying a scrumptious meal together.
On Thursday, Don and I hosted family and friends for our 9th annual Thanksgiving feast, starting with football and snacks in the early afternoon and supper served in the evening. It’s always a very relaxed occasion (for everyone but the cooks, of course, but we don’t mind). I love that our guests have the opportunity to spend time together catching up and making memories in our home.
Don and I split the main cooking duties. He makes chicken wings (as a hot appetizer), a smoked turkey, accompanying gravy, and the mashed potatoes, and I make the roast turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, and desserts. We lay out a spread of cold snacks and our family fills in the rest of the sides and hot appetizers to share. Family friends help clear the dishes and load the dishwasher after dinner. It truly is a group effort!
I was pleasantly surprised that Thanksgiving came and went without a hitch and I was able to keep up with my usual hostessing duties despite being eight months pregnant. My feet definitely paid for my efforts, but that happens every year, pregnant or not! I spent most of Friday cleaning up and putting the house back together with the help of the guys. By the end of the day we even had our two big Christmas trees up, which is an annual tradition for us, just in time to watch White Christmas in front of the fire. It never felt so good to put my feet up and get into the holiday spirit with this classic movie! My dog, Winnie, felt exactly the same, as you can see. 😉
We spent our weekend split between transforming the house for the holiday season and with our families. On Saturday night we celebrated the one year wedding anniversary of my cousin and his partner (who you might remember we threw a wedding reception for last Thanksgiving weekend). They’ve actually been together for 38 years! It was fun to take them back to Ruth’s Chris where we held the reception last year for a trip down memory lane.
It was a whirlwind week for sure, but one filled with so much light and laughter.
I am beyond grateful for all of the love in my life! ❤︎
I vlogged sharing my Thanksgiving prep and party last week:
I’d love to hear about your Thanksgiving if you celebrated and care to share.
I hope your holiday season is off to a great start!
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