Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving 2011!

by Meghann on November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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.

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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.

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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.

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mmmm…. turkey. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

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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.

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We are clearly a mature bunch in my family. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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After our bellies were full – and our pants a little tighter ๐Ÿ˜‰ – we headed outside to partake in the Anderson family tradition of making glurg.

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Everyone goes home with a bottle. Even Great-Great Aunt Evelyn.
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She’s in her mid-90s and I’m pretty sure she could outdrink me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!!!

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