|Rustic flowers + birch bark candles|
|My turkey's before shot|
|And the after shot. We were so hungry we forgot to take a picture before we cut it!|
|Brussel sprouts with bacon and apples|
|Maple whipped sweet potatoes|
|Shelley's yummy stuffing (made with bread from Porto's!)|
|Shelley's pumpkin pie|
|And all of her mini pies!|
Well, our first holiday as the hosts was a success! The food all turned out really well--everyone enjoyed almost everything (or maybe everyone was just really hungry...). The brussel sprouts were amazing. The cornbread casserole was a favorite. The turkey was perfect. The potatoes with walnut-blue cheese butter were a big hit. The stuffing and pies were delicious! I wasn't impressed with the maple whipped sweet potatoes (Martha, that's the first time you've let me down), so I'll be trying a new recipe if that dish falls on me next year.
Before we host another family holiday, I would really like to get a square or rectangular dining table with leaves. The table situation bothered me immensely. We should also get some more silverware, serving utensils, and napkins!
All in all, it was a great Thanksgiving. I was able to enjoy my little traditions of watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and then watching Miracle on 34th Street. I missed sharing these traditions with my family, but I'm so thankful that we had the opportunity to host at least part of our family in our home this year.
I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with time spent with family while enjoying a great meal.