Thanksgiving Part Two

Friday was my turn to host Thanksgiving dinner. With a total of 31 people scheduled to come, I had a lot on my plate!

First things first: make the pies. I made an apple pie:

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And a pumpkin pie:

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Then it was time to get all my appetizers out. Bean Dip:

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Cheese platter:

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 Cinnamon-Roasted Almonds, Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Butter:

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And a few other appetizers that didn’t get included: Taco Dip in the slow cooker and Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Dip. At that point, I started to get so busy that pictures just weren’t happening. My guests started to arrive and Thanksgiving craziness began.

I did mange to snap a picture of the two turkeys before they went into the oven.

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Since my brother was so skilled the night before in carving his turkey, I let him carve one of mine and I had my brother in law, who is a doctor, carve the other. I figured he’d be good with the knife. :) He was.

Soon, it was time to eat!

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We had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, Gulliver’s Creamed Corn, rolls and peas. None of which got photographed. :(

Eventually I sat down with my family to enjoy all my hard work!

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Just when I thought it was time to relax, it was time to get up and put out the dessert bar!

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We had enough desserts to feed a whole neighborhood. Besides the two pies, I made a cheesecake, chocolate cake, homemade vanilla ice cream and homemade whipped cream.  WOW!

Then the massive clean up project began. I had so many clean up helpers that the job got done pretty quickly. I finished up after everyone left and fell into bed.  My kitchen had never seen so much action. :)

So….what was the best thing you ate during Thanksgiving?

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  1. Your pies look amazing! I've never been successful with a lattice topping.

    My eats were low key, but good - my favorite though is a sausage stuffing that I cook in my cast iron skillet so the bottom gets a bit crunchy but still tender on the top!

  2. The Onion & Grueyre dip sounds right up my alley!

  3. Wow! What a spread! And what a beautiful kitchen...I want it!

  4. Oh my, I think I would have bypassed most of the dinner just to have the desserts! Your apple pie looks amazing! I want some now.;-)

  5. @Mo
    Tell me about it! I was thinking the same thing. :)

  6. Cinnamon almonds, be still my heart.


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