This year, we headed to VA to celebrate Thanksgiving. Though we have some uncles, aunts and cousins in the area that we visited with, our dinner was just the immediate family this year. And my mom sent around an email asking all of us what our favorites from Thanksgiving dinner are, so that she could make sure she got the ingredients. Unfortunately, none of our favorites overlapped, so for 5 people, we had 10 requests, not including the turkey and a couple other staples (none of us really requested a green veggie, so we added to the list). But, we're all definitely capable in the kitchen, so we tried to help Mom out, but she's just so efficient that she still did most of the work ahead of time and in the morning while we went on runs. Thank you, Mom :-)
Let me back-track a hot second. Wednesday night, before Thanksgiving, we drove over to my grandparents place (the original house that got us all hooked on the Northern Neck of VA) to see some changes. Mostly the large tree that dominated the front yard of the house was dying and seriously close to falling on the house. So my uncle and cousin cut it down. It makes the yard look so different, but the inside view towards the water now is beautiful! So Becky and I pretended to be trees (blurry trees) and Matt rocked back and forth on one of the pieces.
Here is a joke gift my parents were given years ago. A wooden lollipop holder turkey. Yep. Glorious, right? Well, what started as a joke has become a holiday tradition, and is often part of the centerpiece for the meal. My dad even drilled larger holes for the lollipops once tootsie-pops became part of the mix and had larger sticks than the older dum-dums. Like for real, we use this thing every year.
better version of green bean casserole. This version wouldn't end up mush.