144.8…Thanksgiving: Done.

I have a whirlwind of food photos to share with you. So many delicious eats…..where to begin??

Tuesday night my husband wasn't home so I whipped up my favorite salmon dish, Amazing Salmon, with some steamed broccoli. 

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Wednesday morning's breakfast was a toasted English muffin with peanut butter and a grapefruit. 

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I took the kids to school and got to cooking for Thanksgiving. Somewhere along the way, I had a tuna salad sandwich and some Pringles for lunch. 

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After a full day of cooking and setting tables, there was no way I wanted to make dinner. We all decided to go Island's for dinner. We shared some fries which I dipped in a combination of ranch dressing and hot wing sauce. Perfect sauce for fries, by the way.

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I enjoyed my cheeseburger and fries thoroughly. 

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When we got home it was time to put the turkey in the brine and call it a night. My fridge was officially Thanksgiving ready:

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Thursday morning I was up super early to start making my Thanksgiving pies. I snuck in a mini bagel with cream cheese for breakfast at some point. 

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Ready for pie making:

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And just like that, my family (all 31 of them) started to arrive. I put out several appetizers to hold everyone until dinner. 

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After a few hours, my Good Eats Roast Turkey was done and ready to carve!

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Luckily I had two great carvers to help me. My brother:

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And my brother in law:

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Fabulous job!!!

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While the turkey was resting, I threw all my sides in the oven. Everything came out perfectly! 

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes (recipe to come):

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Gulliver's Creamed Corn:

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Stuffing (my sister in law's recipe):

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 Green Bean Casserole that my brother in law brought:

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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese:

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 Homemade Gravy:

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There were also Hawaiian Sweet Rolls in there somewhere. :) 

I took a little bit of everything which turned into a plate with a lot stuff:

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I hate to toot my own horn but I think I finally nailed the perfect Thanksgiving menu. I'm always trying new recipes to find the perfect ones and I think this year I finally found them all!!

If that wasn't enough, out came dessert!

Grandma Ople's Apple Pie (the perfect apple pie recipe):

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I'll be sharing the pie crust recipe with you soon. I used it for the pumpkin pie I made which was also incredible. 

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New York Cheesecake:

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The recipe promised the cheesecake wouldn't crack if the directions were followed exactly. Still cracked. Boo. But it tasted Amazing! 

Others brought desserts too!!

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My "serious face" while whipping cream:

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And just like that, Thanksgiving was over. After weeks of preparation, it all went by in a flash. Another Thanksgiving in the record book.

Friday morning called for carbs. 

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Bagel with onion & chive cream cheese. 

I cleaned up the house a bit, packed and we hit the road for our weekend in Los Angeles. We stopped in Oceanside at Ruby's on the pier for lunch. Bring on the cheeseburger and onion rings!

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I met this guy on our walk down the pier:

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Not a normal sight the day after Thanksgiving. Gotta love Southern California!

We checked into our hotel and then met the rest of the family at El Cholo for dinner. I had the steak enchiladas.

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After dinner we went to the Lakers game. They lost but it was a great game and we had a fun time together. 

Breakfast Saturday morning was a turkey bacon egg white sandwich from Starbucks. I enjoyed in on the way to the USC vs. Notre Dame tailgate that my brother was throwing.

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My sister in law Helen, my husband, me and my brother in law Jerry: 

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My brother and I:

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My brother, me, my sister in law Stephanie and my husband:

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For USC fans, it was a great game!! We won 49-14. I'd call that a victory.

Dinner that night was a CPK. I had a half order of the Italian Chopped Salad.

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I shared a Chipotle Chicken pizza with my husband.

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I came across this giant squeeze bottle of Cholula: 

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I need to get me one of these!

Sunday morning's breakfast was room service at our hotel (Marriott). Two eggs over easy, bacon and potatoes:

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We hung out in the room for awhile before packing up and heading to lunch at Yard House with family. We shared the Garlic Noodles:

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I went big and ordered hot wings!

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We drove back to San Diego. We had plans to go with my brother in law and his family to burger night. After all the food I had eaten over the past few days, I was NOT feeling like eating a burger. So I ordered the Chop Chop salad which was loaded with all different kinds of veggies and feta cheese.

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That was the most vegetables I had had in a long time. Good call.

Yesterday it was back to normal life. I didn't go the gym because my back has been bothering me so I've been trying to take it easy. I took the kids to school and went to the Apple store to get a new phone. My old phone ate my breakfast and lunch photos. Breakfast was Honey Nut Cheerios and lunch was a delicious Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad from Nordstrom.

I picked up the kids from school, took them for hair cuts, then came home to make dinner. Nothing crazy…pasta:

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And salad:

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Breakfast this morning was a broccoli and cheddar cheese egg beater omelet. 

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 Whew!!! I have to say…there were a TON of great eats over my Thanksgiving holiday? 

What was your favorite dish on Thanksgiving?

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