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A Thanksgiving Feast

by Meghann on November 26, 2009

Over four generations of Andersons came together today to celebrate a meal of thanks.

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A meal of thanks for the loved ones in our lives, the good health we all cherish, and for the smiles on each other’s faces. It was one amazing Thanksgiving. ๐Ÿ™‚

Some people burn out on family over the holidays, but I thrive on it. I have been so blessed to grow up in a large family and each time we gather there’s never a dull moment.

This year for Thanksgiving we all gathered at my Uncle Andy and Aunt Betty-Anne’s beautiful house. They have a gorgeous backyard that offers picturesque views of the river.

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My Aunt did a wonderful job clearing her living room out and setting over 50 place settings over half a dozen tables.

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My Mom made her famous Cheeseball and Mini Sausage Quiches for family members to nibble on before lunch.

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While we waited for the main course I was pretty hungry an managed to snack on some unpictured cashews, mini quiches, and crackers with cheese.

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In my family holiday meals are served potluck style and as everyone arrived, so did the food.

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My Dad and my Uncle Bob are 12 years apart, but people mistake them for twins all the time. Wouldn’t you?

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Once all the food was in place and everyone had arrived, we all gathered to say grace.

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Amen. Time to eat!

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My plate was filled with a little taste of everything.

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I think my favorite was tie between the cornbread stuffing and the slice of ham. I really, really like ham. ๐Ÿ™‚
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With dinner I had a glass of generic red wine.

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After a little digestion it was time for dessert!!!

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Best item on the table – my Mom’s famous Peanut Butter Balls!!!

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Again my plate had a little taste of everything. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Dessert is always my favorite part of every meal. If I could just have a Thanksgiving of Dessert – I would be on happy girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

After everyone was stuffed to the gils it was family photo time. I don’t know why we didn’t take photos before the meal, by the time we took photos some of the kids’ shirts were stained and we were all uncomfortably full. Oh well – the point is the photos got done!

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The finished product!

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My Uncle Scott coming to town was what originally sparked the need for a big family photo. It has been years since all 6 of my Grandmother’s sons have been together at one time and who knows if this will be the last or not.

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Please keep in mind the photo above does NOT include all of the Anderson clan. I have three cousins missing, their counterparts, and their seven children. Also missing from the photo? My little brother, Ben! He has planned to spend Thanksgiving with his girlfriend’s family in Tennessee and was dearly missed!

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The holiday ended with one of my favorite family traditions of making the family secret recipe of Glurg.

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This holiday drink will warm your toes while growing hair on your chest.

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As per tradition everyone must have a swig of Whisky and a slice of orange while brewing the glurg.

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I stuck to hot tea. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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And with that we all took Abbygail’s cue and called it a night. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Isn’t she the cutest thing ever?

It was a long day of family, food, and giving thanks. It is so sad Thanksgiving has come to an end, but tomorrow marks a holiday of shopping. Yippee! My alarm clock is set for the crack of dawn so that I can get out and hopefully take advantage of some of those deals out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am still full from my extra large late lunch and have no other plans than hitting my pillow as soon as I hit publish this evening.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Good Night!!!

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 greensandjeans November 26, 2009 at 10:20 pm

What an amazing day! I love the family pics!

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2 melissa November 26, 2009 at 10:35 pm

so amazing! I love the photos they look professional! Happy tdat

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3 *Andrea* November 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm

happy thanksgiving! great food + great family. you look so much like your mommy! love your scarf.

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4 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 26, 2009 at 10:54 pm

WOW!! We had a tiny Thanksgiving dinner and I’m totally jealous of your huge fam! You and Kelly and the rest of the fam look great.

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5 Evan Thomas November 26, 2009 at 11:02 pm

It’s so special to see so much family! We’re not as large but I like to think we’re as close. Happy Thanksgiving!

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6 Lindsay November 26, 2009 at 11:03 pm

You have a hug family… my thanksgiving included just my mom and me!! We just baked all day and cooked a turkey breast for dinner, but it wasnt done in time so we saved it for leftovers and made sloppy joes!! I hope you have a great time tomorrow shopping at the break of dawn!!

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7 Erin November 26, 2009 at 11:11 pm

What a fun day — there’s nothing better than spending some time surrounded by family you haven’t seen in a while. ๐Ÿ˜€

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8 VeggieGirl November 26, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Fabulous feast and family photos!

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9 chasingthenow November 26, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Love all the family photos. Thanks for sharing them with me! ๐Ÿ˜€

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10 kbwood November 26, 2009 at 11:26 pm

WOW that looks so awesome! your family is beautiful and love all that good food ๐Ÿ™‚

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11 Running for a Cause November 26, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Wow! the food looks amazing! Sounds like you had a good time with your family.

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12 runningaroundnormal November 26, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Wow your family is huge! And your aunt’s yard is beautiful! All of the food looks amazing.

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13 Marissa November 27, 2009 at 12:05 am

What a fun family you have ๐Ÿ™‚

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14 Runningwriter November 27, 2009 at 6:12 am

Thanks for sharing, what an amazing day. Your aunt did a great job converting the living room!! It’s lovely that your family is so close.
Also the first thing I thought when I saw the white shirts on for lunch – I would never be trusted to eat before a photo shoot in white ๐Ÿ™‚

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15 coco November 27, 2009 at 6:44 am

you have such a big family!!! Such a wonderful day with your loved ones and I must say… your family know how to make a feast, look at those amazing food!!! I’m full just looking at them!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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16 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 27, 2009 at 10:22 am

Love the day full of family and fun! All of the desserts look wonderful – hands down my fav part of the holidays?

How did your roasted vegetables go over with the fam? I made brussels sprouts with caramelized onions, bacon, and cranberries yesterday and I’m excited about the leftovers!

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17 Anne P November 27, 2009 at 10:34 am

Awesome family portraits ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay curly hair!

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18 marissa8161 November 27, 2009 at 10:42 am

Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving! Good, me too. It was a great year! But I’m jealous–I didn’t get to have any of the delicious desserts this year! Went a little overboard on the sweet potatoes and thought I might explode if I had even one tiny delectable slice of pie. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But luckily I nabbed a slice of each kind to enjoy over the next week or so!

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19 megan November 27, 2009 at 11:05 am

Sounds like a great holiday! How great that you got to have such a large part of your family together ๐Ÿ™‚

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20 Amanda November 27, 2009 at 11:24 am

Your mom’s cheeseball looks just like my mom’s!! I’m so jealous. I wasn’t with family this year… first time ever!

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21 Jenna November 27, 2009 at 11:43 am

looks like you had an amazing day!
jenna

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22 Kara November 27, 2009 at 11:46 am

Aw your family looks like so much fun!

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23 Jess (What's Normal, Anyways?) November 27, 2009 at 11:48 am

Wow, what a day and what a wonderful recap. I loved all your photos….your family is rather photogenic, yes? ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s nice to see your family getting along so well, my Thanksgiving was a bit of extended family drama, as usual. Oh well, it goes with the turf!

I’m a bit scared of the Glug. How did that come about? Sounds like it would be a rather interesting story!

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24 Jo November 27, 2009 at 11:50 am

Love the end of the meal drink tradition. Also. cute boots.

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25 RunToTheFinish November 27, 2009 at 12:08 pm

wow and wow. you are so lucky to have so much family to be with

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26 Melissa S. November 27, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Great family pictures Meghann!!!

And everything looks so great!

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27 Heather November 27, 2009 at 3:04 pm

What awesome pics!

Where did you get your boots..love them!

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28 Marina November 27, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Such great pictures! I love how you all are bursting with happiness and love. And I love the food pictures, everything looks so yummy.

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29 Erica November 27, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Looks like SO much fun. I love the little pies with the dough hearts- adorable. You look fabulous. We’re about to take family pics too- we’re doing a grey theme with the shirts ๐Ÿ˜‰

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30 jennylikestorun November 27, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Awww looks like you had such a fabulous time! I like that you curled your hair too, it looks stunning.
I love how your family came together, it seems like such a great family tradition you have there. The food looks amazing!
Happy thanksgiving!

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31 KatieMoo November 27, 2009 at 6:38 pm

I agree, I love your boots! What brand are they?

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