Thanksgiving 2011

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Hi, friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mine was great””lots of quality family and friend time, tons of delicious food and drink, and plenty of rest and relaxation. It was a successful holiday!

Thanksgiving 2011

Wednesday

On Wednesday afternoon, Mal, Murphy, and I hit the road to drive to my in-law’s house for the holiday. We managed to miss all of the Thanksgiving traffic (hooray!), so we arrived just before dinnertime. I never had a chance to eat lunch, so I was starving when I walked through the door. Thankfully, my in-laws had lots of snacks on deck! I munched on some chocolate-covered strawberries.

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And then some raw veggies with dip and a couple of glasses of white wine. I ended up snacking right up until dinner.

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All of Mal’s siblings were home for the holiday, so everyone pitched in to cook family dinner.

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Easiest way to cut parsley? Scissors! Great tip from my mother-in-law!

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On the menu: Spaghetti alla puttanesca (which we learned means “whore’s style spaghetti” in Italian), salad, bread, and more wine.

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After dinner, we spent the rest of the evening playing Pitch, which is probably my favorite card game ever.

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I also had some fun with these guys:

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And ate 3 million of these:

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Thanksgiving morning was pretty low-key. I ate breakfast (scrambled eggs + toast + coffee), went for a run (6 miles), and then puttered around my in-law’s house for a couple of hours. Meanwhile, Mal (and Murphy) put together his new snowboard rack for his card. (Murphy’s life is so hard. Look at that pathetic pug face!)

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Success!

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Psyched!

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Mal and I decided to split up for Thanksgiving dinner this year. He stayed home with his family, and I drove to my grandparents’ house. Thankfully, our families live in the same town, so we usually hit up both for holidays. Although, Christmas is always an adventure for us!

Dinner at my grandparents’ house was quite the family get-together– we had 24 people this year! You should have seen the dining room. It was totally packed! The set up sort of looked like this, but with four people sitting in the center. It was crazy and hectic, but fun and upbeat at the same time. I really love having a big family.

Dinner started with a Thanksgiving prayer and and a piece of blessed bread. (My grandmother got the bread blessed at church earlier in the day.)

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Our Thanksgiving feast included all of the fixings: turkey (regular and smoked), stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, turnip, cranberry sauce, peas, carrots, and apple cider.

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My favorite dish was a sweet potato casserole that my aunt Linda cooked. I loved it so much, I ended up eating three servings of it. Sadly, I forgot to ask her for the recipe, but I’m on it. It was so delicious; I need to make it at home!

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Dessert was out-of-control. Check out the spread!

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We even had birthday cake!

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Naturally, I ended up dominating the desserts. I ate a piece of cranberry pie, a scoop of apple crisp, and three pumpkin spice cookies with frosting. Mmm!

After Thanksgiving dinner, I headed back to my in-law’s house for a gathering of friends. My drink of choice for the evening was CBC’s “The Great Pumpkin Ale.” I liked it a lot””hoppy, good body””but its flavor wasn’t spicy or pumpkin-y. Even still, I drank and enjoyed it.

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The evening included lots of laughs and ridiculousness””I wouldn’t expect anything less from our friends!

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And an intense 14-person game of Taboo! Team 1 (my team!) won! YAY!

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Murphy had such an exciting day, he zonked out on the couch during all of the Taboo commotion. I can’t believe he slept through all of the noise. We were so loud!

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Murphy was so exhausted!

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Not sure what’s on the agenda for today. Maybe some Christmas shopping? Although, I’m not sure if I want to face the Black Friday madness or get pepper sprayed (WTF!?!).

Question of the Day

What do you think of Black Friday? Do you participate? Is it worth the effort?

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