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by Meghann on November 27, 2008

Talk about a great Thanksgiving, I am so full right now I could easily pass out and happily sleep through to the the morning. It’s funny because I thought there would be some guilt from my food packed day, but honestly I’m guilt free. I enjoyed great food with great family and I would not have it any other way. 🙂


This year my family enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at one of my Uncle’s houses on my Dad’s side of the family. The majority of my Dad’s side of the family lives within the area and we are very lucky to have such a close family. It always amazes me when other people I meet have never met their cousins because I grew up with all 20 of mine within driving distance. I think there ended up being a little over 30 of us this year for Thanksgiving. Not our largest get together but still a nice crowd.

We had not 1……


not 2….


but a total of 3 tables set up for dinner.


Yeah, I have a big family and I love it! I seriously hope to have at least three kids of my own one day to add to the ever expanding family.


With a big family comes big traditions and making Glurg is one of my favorites.


Glurg is a secret family recipe that we’ve been making every holiday since before I can remember. Its a very thick strong alcoholic drink that definitely clears your sinuses when you take a sip.


I had a small sip of my Mom’s glurg and it instantly warmed me up.


I also had some of the wonderful almonds they used to make the Glurg.


Seriously these are the best almonds ever. They have the wonderful after taste of the Glurg while still having the nutty almonds flavor to them.

I also enjoyed a German Wheat Beer while partaking in the Glurg making.


My uncle lives on this great man made lake in an upscale community in Orlando. We discovered the Kayak in his yard and took turns kayaking around the lake.


So not only did I get a great leg work out today with my run, but I also got a great arm work out in with the Kayak. I did a lap of the lake which took about 30 or so minutes.

My plan to just take a plate of food for the appetizers fell through when my family was the only one who brought appetizers, and there wasn’t many. so I ended up just taking a little bit of food at a time. basically by the time it was to carve the Turkey around 5:00 I was starving since I never had a proper lunch. 

I did nibble on 2 of my mom’s Mini Sausage Quiches.


and 3 crackers with my mom’s cheese ball ( I’ll be posting a recipe soon!)


And I could not resist one of my Aunt’s Congo Bars. The one dessert I enjoyed before the Turkey was carved.


When the Turkey was finally done everyone gathered around the kitchen in amazement over this beautiful bird.


My Uncle turned the town upside down looking for this 30 lb beauty. We not only had this turkey but a giant ham as well! You would think this bird would leave a ton of left overs, but at the end all that remained was the carcus!

Along with the Turkey we had a whole kitchen worth of food.


I couldn’t fit everything in one picture.


Look at that line to get food!


My Sis and I about to dig in! 🙂


And finally my plate!


Let’s see if I can even try to name all of the goodies on my plate. I had Hawaiin Sweet Bread (actually from Hawaii!), Fruit Salad, Corn Bread Stuffing, Mash Potatoes with Gravy, mashed Rutabaga, Turkey with my Cranberry Sauce, Ham, Green Bean Casserole, and Cheesey Cauliflower Casserole. I think that’s it.

Once the main course was done the desserts came out.



On my plate I enjoyed a piece of Apple Pie with Whip Cream, Pumpkin Bar and two of my Mom’s Peanut Butter Balls. OMG HEAVEN!!

Of course I did mindlessly pick at some leftovers as I was helping clean up, but nothing too bad. The food was all so good, I didn’t want the eating to end.

What a day! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is over 🙁 But tomorrow is going to be another big day. we’re going to hit the malls at 6 am tomorrow to shop til we drop. I LOVE shopping the day after Thanksgiving, its such a rush and there are seriously so many good sales.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and are now in blissful food comas. Enjoy your extended weekend and time with your family. I’m going to leave you with a family picture we took today. Aren’t we lovely?


Good Night!

1 VeggieGirl November 27, 2008 at 8:36 pm

PERFECT celebration you had!!

2 Megan November 27, 2008 at 8:51 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! It looks like you had an amazing time with lots of delicious food! Love the family pic!

3 bobbi November 27, 2008 at 10:11 pm

looks like you had a beautiful T-DAY!!! So glad you got your run in!!!! ME TOO three more days to POTM!

4 Erin November 27, 2008 at 10:16 pm

What a great post! I love the family pictures. You guys look so happy. I love that you got all that activity in today. Happy Thanksgiving Meghann!

5 Bridget November 27, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Sounds like an awesome day!! I also have 24 first cousins within driving distance, its so great. I also have the same green v-neck vest thing from Old Navy 🙂

6 Melissa S. November 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm

what a huge family!! but everything looks absolutely wonderful!!!

7 Sharon November 27, 2008 at 10:34 pm

Wow, such a big family!

8 Sammie November 28, 2008 at 6:30 am

What a great day – now that is what I call a family gathering. That picture is absolutely gorgeous!!! Have fun shopping – you are brave.

9 Laura November 28, 2008 at 9:32 am

Glad you had a great Thanksgiving with your family!

I can’t imagine having a family that big! I don’t even have a cousin. 🙂

10 Hangry Pants November 28, 2008 at 9:32 am

Well congrats on your 11 miles – amazing!

Your family looks like lots of fun. Glurg sounds very interesting. 😀

11 Sandy November 28, 2008 at 9:35 am

Fantastic pictures!! Look’s like your family had a wonderful day..
and the food looked great!!
Love your blog..I enjoy reading it daily!!
Great RUN you had!!
Good luck shopping today..have fun!!

12 ksgoodeats November 28, 2008 at 9:36 am

30 people?! HOLY COW!! Looks like everything was a blast!!

Cute family picture at the end – so photogenic 🙂

13 Lindsay November 28, 2008 at 12:48 pm

looks like an amazing time!!!! love all the pics 🙂

14 seeleelive November 28, 2008 at 1:30 pm

so glad to hear your t-giving went so smoothly. thanks for the pics!!!!

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