Tuesday, November 29, 2011


This is the whole gang. We enjoyed such a lovely day together. I think this is our first time for the tripod and timer for a group shot.  I wish I could remember what someone said that was so amusing to the kids!

The pumpkin seeds were planted a bit late this year, so the next best thing to eating them in pie on Thanksgiving, is to follow three of our grandchildren out to the yard Thanksgiving morning to harvest them. They grabbed garden gloves & tools on their way out the door. Drew is not to be outdone by his sister Lydia who loves to dress up, so he donned a fancy hat with matching purse to complete his ensemble. Steve looked a bit panicked when he saw me sneak out of  the kitchen with three kids and my camera, so he reminded me how much we still had to do to get dinner on the table.

The Cinderella pumpkin and cheerful harvesters!
We were excited that all the kids would be in for Thanksgiving this year. Everyone brought food, especially yummy food, and the morning was filled with chatter as we all worked together on the rest of the dishes. My daughter in law remarked how she is grateful to be living her dream life of time spent with family enjoying traditions together. I smiled and nodded as I agreed with her, grateful to the Lord for blessed us abundantly with our growing family. 

Alissa brought a deep fried bird to the feast (a first for all of us). We added the turkey our neighbor, Mr. Shedd gave us to the menu to assure lots of leftovers. Ben, our Alton Brown fan, took on the assignment of brining and cooking the Good Eats Roast Turkey. Our sides were sweet potatoes (beautifully topped with marshmallows and crunchy cornflakes by Ben n Maggie), traditional dressing, green bean bundles & loaded baked potatoes (specialties of Alissa), Green Salad w/ spiced apples & Asian pear w/ cinnamon dressing by Megan, Sweet Potato biscuits w/ Lingonberry jam,  Cranberry Orange Sauce , & for dessert- Pumpkin Pie (by Megan and loudly proclaimed by Drew) and Triple Berry Pie .
If you check out the link for the Triple Berry Pie, you'll see that it is not a pie to leave for the last minute to accomplish. Megan had already picked up all the fresh berries at the store for me and was gracious enough to make the pie crust and filling at the last minute.  My helpful kitchen assistants were very anxious to help in the kitchen and very proficiently cut the leaves & flowers to decorate the top and edge. 
The girls were very helpful before dinner writing names on the place cards and spent time writing down some things they were thankful for. I was thankful for these free Thanksgiving printables. They made our table extra festive!

Their masterpiece was very delish and several proclaimed it as a must try again recipe.  I decided it was a perfect way to involve the kids, and their sweet little hands created a very special memory for me. 
I'm thankful for an endless list of blessings. Our family is at the top of that list!

1 comment:

lambs and ivy designs said...

What a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration filled with family and fun!

Your blog is coming along very nicely too!! I will be back!