Thanksgiving 2011 Recap

Happy Monday everyone!
I hope that you all had wonderful Thanksgiving weekend filled with family, food, and shopping! My parents left Saturday, but my sister is still in town until tomorrow, so today I’m taking the day off from work to spend some time with her. But before time flies by and we get into the hustle and bustle of Christmas, I wanted to share some photos from our first Thanksgiving! 
Overall, I was extremely happy with the way everything turned out. It was great to have my family here, and even though we had a lot of leftover food, people seemed to like the dishes we made. But before I get to the food, after gathering much inspiration from Pinterest, here’s how my Thanksgiving table turned out:

 I decided to go with red tablecloths, as I thought I’d get more use out of them for other holiday gatherings versus something that was super Thanksgiving-y. I used the burlap I bought for my wreath as a runner for the table, and I think that helped make the red tablecloths seem less Christmas-y. My sweet momma and I went shopping on Wednesday and she got me some additional table decorations including these cute pumpkins we found at Marshall’s for only $2! Such a great deal. I think my favorite part of the table decor was the pear place cards I made. I got the idea from Pinterest (obvs) and I was initially planning to spray paint the pears gold, but Cam convinced me to just leave them their natural color and I think they ended up being the perfect compliment to the rest of the table.

Other than the table, I didn’t do too much decorating to the rest of the apartment, but I had a few little touches here and there…

Ok, now on to the food! Last Monday, I shared our Thanksgiving menu that we had planned, however, we did end up making a few changes because stuff happens and we had to adjust. The meal started out with appetizers, and those stayed true to our original plan. We had a veggie tray with hummus and blue cheese dip, a cheese tray, and then of course I had to throw in a little candy! 
And then I had to make Cam’s mom’s pumpkin muffins, and they turned out great just like they do every year. They mad a great breakfast/snack while we were getting ready for the meal, and I’ll be sharing the recipe for them later this week!

Thankfully, Cam did a large part of the cooking and cleaning for the big day and then my dad also helped a ton with everything.

Lola, on the other hand, wasn’t quite as helpful…

As for the meal, we started out with the butternut squash soup as planned and it turned out great. We did have a little mishap when we were preparing it the night before; Cam had it in the blender, tried to stir it through the whole in the top, and ended up with butternut squash soup ALL over the kitchen…whoops. But we had already made enough soup for everyone to have a small portion to start, and the addition of the blue cheese and bacon on top was so yummy.

Cam did a great job on his first turkey but I totally forgot to get a picture of him with the whole bird, so I snapped one after it was all carved up.

Lola so wanted that giant turkey leg. Also, it ended up being like 70 degrees on Thanksgiving, hence why Cam is dressed like he’s going to a barbecue. As for the stuffing, I ended up changing that up last minute. A week prior, my aunt who was coming called to see if she could bring anything, and I told her some kind of vegetable dish would be great. When I talked to her two days before, she said that she was making a sweet corn casserole, and I felt like it was probably going to be way too similar to the cornbread stuffing I had in mind. So, I opted to go with a more traditional sage stuffing, but I decided to make it in the the crockpot! I used this recipe, and it turned out so well. Seriously, making the stuffing in the crockpot is the way to go because it’s super easy and it frees up space in your oven.

We also made the caramelized brussels sprouts and added some dried cranberries for color. They were good, but I think that the cranberries might have been a little too overpowering.

One regret I had about this meal is that I felt like we didn’t have enough green food. Between the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet corn casserole, bourbon yam mash (also compliments of my aunt), and the rolls, I felt like everything on our plates was brown. Oh well, lesson learned for next year!

As for the desserts, we did get the pumpkin cheesecake from Costco, we made Cam’s grandmother’s apple crisp recipe, and I made a chocolate trifle…but not on purpose.

I mentioned on Monday that I couldn’t make up my mind about what chocolate dessert to make, so after much deliberation I decided on this Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake, but I ended up running into a few problems. First of all, the recipe makes a ton of batter, way more than to fit in the bundt pan I have. I reserved some of the batter and baked it in a separate pan, however, some still ended up spilling over while it was baking. Fail. Then once it was done baking, I let it cool but when I tried to take it out of the pan, and the top of half of the cake stuck and it pretty much all just fell apart. Double fail.

However, the cake itself tasted really good even if it looked hideous, so I decided to re-purpose it into a trifle! I used this recipe, except instead of brownies I used my cake (obvs), and then instead of using Cool-Whip for the whipped cream layer, I made actually whipped cream. (I did use Cool-Whip in the chocolate pudding layer though!) The trifle ended up looking really pretty and it was a delicious way to cover up my baking snafu.

Overall, it was a delicious day with the family…

We didn’t get a lot of candids this Thanksgiving, my fam is all about the posed photos in the same location with as many different combinations of people as possible. Yes.
(I also realized after the fact that my dress was a little more see-thru than I thought so wearing it with a turquoise bra probably wasn’t the best idea…)

I also wanted a picture with Cam and Lola, but it ended up being quite the ordeal…

She is such a drama queen, but finally we got a good one!

So that was my Thanksgiving, I hope that yours was wonderful as well! Xoxo



  1. November 28, 2011 / 4:09 pm

    the one where Lola is like, on her back looking at the camera out the side of her eye made me laugh out loud. she is too funny.

  2. November 28, 2011 / 5:54 pm

    I love how you set your table! everything looks so good!

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