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November 27, 2011

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Little Miss Sunshine State

We did a trimmed down version of Thanksgiving dinner. My husband's boss gave us a precooked turkey from the Honey-Baked Ham Company, I did 3 sides, rolls, cranberry sauce and wine.

It was just the three of us. We watched the Macy's parade, the AKC dog show, football, we all took a nap and at night we watched ELF.

Christmas will be the same. Cape Cod Kid and his girlfriend arrive Jan 3 and we'll all ring in the New Year with a LOT of celebrating.

marty

It sounds like a great holiday! Yay for family! Thanksgiving is also my favorite holiday and I love the cooking and the fussing and the chaos of getting the meal on the table! Then, on Friday, I've always had Leftover Day, when everyone comes back to eat the leftovers, hang out and maybe play a game (less likely now that grandbabies take up a chunk of time!): this casual meal is more popular than the actual feast. Anyway, it's the highlight of the holiday season for me and, like you, I treasure every moment of the tradition, love that it evolves each year as the family grows, moves, and changes. And it sounds like you had an equally happy start of the holiday season: Happy Thanksgiving Jenn!

kellyg

I do most of the cooking but I do a combo of totally from scratch, pick up from the deli and doctored box/canned goods. But we don't do complicated dishes. The veggies are simply the veggies sauteed with some butter. I don't brine the turkey. I just pop it in the oven and let it go.

Probably the most complicated dishes are the desserts and this year my sister did the desserts.

Another factor is that we usually only have 4-6 people total at our family gatherings. Every now and then it gets bumped up to 12.

As my kids get older they will be able to help more.

Jenrantsraves

My mom did most of the cooking. I made sweet potatoes (with marshmallows, thank you very much), and turtle pumpkin pie, and took some sparkling grape juice. My mother in law took a broccoli/cauliflower casserole. The men in the family do nothing, which has always annoyed me. Jim's job was to keep Dylan out of the kitchen.

magpie

we had a lovely day, thank you! my husband and i did the lion's share of the cooking, but the meal was elsewhere, so we didn't have to contend with lots of people in my small house. there was an accident with gravy all over the back of the car, though. oops. damned deer.

Cassi Renee

We had a really quiet Thanksgiving this year. We usually share this holiday with our best friends, rather than family, but they were out of commission. So it was just the three of us, and I did a good size turkey (for leftover meat), mashed potatoes, stuffing, and corn.

My husband can't cook, but he is absolutely the best at cleaning up when I've cooked him a meal :-)

Suzy

We've had it catered for the last few years and this year Mom was in town for it.

We are OVER the concept of turkey. When it comes down to it, it's just not that tasty compared to lamb. Next year? Roast leg of lamb.

The Zadge

Ooh, that brulee looks delish! Must try! Thanks for the recipe!

Karen (formerly kcinnova)

Thanksgiving is about family and then repeating the next day with the delicious leftovers!
I made 4 pumpkin pies on Wednesday, and my MIL brought 2 apple pies plus an apple/cranberry fruit crisp made at her house, so when she arrived before noon on Thursday, we had plenty of time to put together the side dishes (mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, green beans, a pineapple custard dish to accompany the ham, cranberry-orange relish, and my favorite: sweet potatoes with sweet onions, olive oil, and sea salt -- YUM). My dh's uncle brought the rolls and my BIL roasted the turkey and baked a ham, so we had the kitchen free to do all those side dishes. Worked great!

I need to go check out your brulee dish...

Lisa

Went to a friend's, there were 23 of us, organized, delicious chaos! Everyone pitched in and brought things and of course it was perfect.

mom taxi julie

But the sweet potatoes with the marshmallows on top is my favorite part of the meal! LOL We all split up what to bring this time and it worked pretty good. Although we could have used a couple more hands helping to wash all the dishes (and it wasn't even my house).

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The day before Christmas was uncommon in that it is initially I've ever labored the day before the big day and our food needs a strong day of prepare operate.

Busy Bee Suz

Everyone helps here....but with my direction. Control freak who???
Glad your day(s) came together nicely....you have taught your family well!!!

Brightside-Susan

I was working this year and my son was invited to his new girlfriend's home. We had a big dinner on Saturday and I did most of the cooking and was gratified by all the yums and compliments. Normally we gather with my sisters and their families and we all contibute a couple of items. I love the cooking and preparations and the big gathering and I am looking forward to Christmas Eve when we will all be together.

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