Here are some images from my Thanksgiving meal for 2012. We had about 25 guests total. It was my birthday, too (it falls on Thanksgiving once every 7 years or so), which made the meal extra special. There’s nothing I love more than spending time with my family and friends… and birthday pie!
Our very long Thanksgiving table. We have so many guests each year, we have to tent part of our back yard to allow everybody to sit in one place together!
The calm before the storm. Lest you think I’m some kind of Martha Stewart, I’m not ashamed to admit that those dishes are the recycle-friendly kind. No way we’re doing that many dishes after cooking a huge meal!! My mom made the flower arrangements. She’s crafty that way.
This is Carl, the new labrador puppy belonging to my brother and his fiance. He caused all kinds of mayhem during the dinner prep, running through the kitchen with my lab Marley. It was fabulous chaos.
Our grand buffet. Sorry for the picture quality. The light was really low and I had several hungry guests waiting, so I only had a chance to snap a quick pic.
Who am I kidding? I’m not sorry one bit! My mom and I had just cooked for 25 guests. Talk about feeling wiped out. I’m still recovering!!
On the menu this year (recipes from the blog are linked):
Aunt Carol’s Spinach Dip
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Mom’s Mashed Potatoes
Kale, Pear and Cranberry Salad
Roasted Cauliflower Gratin
Nutty Sweet Potato Casserole
Coconut Saffron Scalloped Potatoes
Turkey Sausage Stuffing
Maple Butternut Squash Puree
Mom’s Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie with Streusel Topping
Persimmon Pudding with Caramel Sauce
Thanksgiving Cider Sangria
What was on your Thanksgiving menu this year? Did you have a chance to try any of the recipes I posted on The Shiksa Blog? Let me know in the comments section below!