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Happy Thanksgiving 2011!

by Meghann on November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!! πŸ™‚

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I love Thanksgiving! I love the food, I love the traditions, and I love taking a day to give thanks for all of the things I tend to take for granted in my life.

Today I am thankful for my health, my friends, and my big wonderful family I have to celebrate with.


This year my cousin Bobby and his beautiful wife Candice opened up their wonderful home and welcomed 50+ family members over for a Thanksgiving lunch. They outdid themselves transforming their living room into a festive banquet hall with enough food and seats to feed an army.



The appetizer table was my first stop of the day. I nibbled on bites of homemade artichoke dip, bacon wrapped chicken and my mom’s famous cheese ball while catching up with family members and friends.


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The house was loud and bursting at the seams with family. Just the way the holidays should be. πŸ™‚





My Uncle Bob was in charge of the turkey and had tracked down a 24+ pound bird.


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I’m not sure how he cooked it, but the bird was so moist and delicious, that it was falling apart before he even started carving it.


mmmm…. turkey. πŸ˜‰


With the turkey carved – and the blessing made – it was time to eat!




As is my goal every year, I tried to grab a little piece of everything just to try it. This year’s favorites included my roasted veggies and the crusty white roll. Yum!


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I also enjoyed a glass of red wine with dinner.


We are clearly a mature bunch in my family. πŸ˜‰



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DESSERT! For some Thanksgiving is all about the turkey, but for me, it’s all about the dessert.


I wanted it all. Pumpkin cheesecake…my grandma’s famous red velvet cake…congo bars… apple pie… mine and Megan’s random chocolate pie… it. was. all. good. πŸ™‚


After our bellies were full – and our pants a little tighter πŸ˜‰ – we headed outside to partake in the Anderson family tradition of making glurg.


Glurg is a rich alcoholic drink that my family has been brewing for years. We brew a big pot every Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and it’s always a good excuse to kick back and do taste samples to – you know – make sure everything is just right. πŸ˜‰









Everyone goes home with a bottle. Even Great-Great Aunt Evelyn.

She’s in her mid-90s and I’m pretty sure she could outdrink me. πŸ˜‰

Put a fork in me, I am DONE! So much good food and so tight of pants I need to peel off of me.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!

1 Biz November 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm

HAPPY Thanksgiving Meghann! πŸ˜€

2 Sana November 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm

:)! I love the picture of you and Derek!
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3 Cait's Plate November 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! I can’t believe how long your hair is!
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4 Amanda @ Let Me Be Whats Underneath November 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Looks like you had a wonderful day–Happy Thanksgiving!
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5 Brittany November 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I always love seeing your holiday recaps. The big family gatherings always look so fun. Happy Thanksgiving Meaghann!

PS – I love your yellow sweater. πŸ™‚

6 Candice November 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Thank you Meghann, it was a pleasure having everyone over and spending such a great day with our great family. Love you. <3

7 Anne Marie November 24, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Looks like you guys had a great thanksgiving! What a great day with family πŸ™‚

Your hair looks so long and gorgeous!!

8 Aggie November 24, 2011 at 9:29 pm

What a wonderful day! Love the photos!

9 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I don’t think there are that many people in my family even if I count out to people 3 times removed! What a fun time πŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving!
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10 Meg November 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, everything looks great πŸ˜€
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11 Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 24, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Our family Thanksgiving isn’t until Saturday so I haven’t really had any delicious food yet so I’m jealous, everything looks amazing!
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12 Maureen November 25, 2011 at 12:03 am

HOW FUN!! It’s only 5 of us around the holidays each year, so I love the thought of a HUGE family gathering!

Happy Thanksgiving!
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13 Ned November 25, 2011 at 2:33 am

What is this glurg you speak of? I am wondering if it is glΓΆgg or glΓΈgg if your family is originally from Sweden or Denmark. Or was it just an Americanisation? πŸ™‚

14 Meghann November 26, 2011 at 9:11 am

Yes, my family is originally from Sweden and that’s where the recipe has been passed down from. We’ve just Americanized it along the way πŸ™‚

15 Lucy @ Porridge and Parsnips November 25, 2011 at 2:36 am

Aww, I love love those top photos of you and Derek, so adorable!

Happy (late) Thanksgiving! Looks like you had an amazing time – so much family & food! πŸ™‚

16 Elisabeth November 25, 2011 at 6:20 am

Those first pictures of you & Derek are so cute! Happy Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

17 Amy November 25, 2011 at 8:33 am

Hey Meghann… love your watch. Where is it from?
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18 Meghann November 26, 2011 at 9:11 am

Thanks! It’s from Fossil

19 Kim November 25, 2011 at 9:02 am

looks like you had an awesome holiday! I love your watch, where is it from? I have been looking for one similar without spending a fortune!

20 Meghann November 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

It’s a Fossil watch. I LOVE it. It seriously goes with everything! πŸ™‚

21 Amanda November 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

And I thought having 25 people at my Thanksgiving was a lot! haha

Love your yellow sweater – that’s a great color on you, and so bright and happy. πŸ™‚
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22 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I love family time at T-day too! SO delicious and wonderful. Looks like yours was fun too!

You look good in yellow, p.s.!
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23 courtney November 26, 2011 at 8:12 am

i LOVE your yellow cardigan!! so cute, do you remember where you got it?

24 Meghann November 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

Thank you! It’s from Old Navy. πŸ™‚

25 Dawn November 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm

What a haaappy thanks giving indeed. All looks jummy and nice xxxxx

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