November 29, 2013 by BettyCupcakes
Thanksgiving started bright and early with coffee and a breakfast of eggs and a cranberry and chocolate chunk roll. Then it was time to get to work.
Fall and harvest theme decorations took over the entire first floor. I have an astonishing large collection of stuffed pumpkin and scarecrow people.
It took some maneuvering to get the tables and chairs set up for 18 people. Unfortunately, we were still short two seats despite my best efforts! Next year, we’ll reconfigure so no one has to eat off the high chair- sorry Aunt ReRe!
My father-in-law brought his homemade white dinner rolls. Reserved for only the most special of occasions, they are pillow-y and dusted with sugar. Someday I’ll convince him to teach me his secrets.
Because our group is so large, we serve up the Thanksgiving feast buffet-style. We host Nick’s entire family: mother, father, brother, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins on both sides, and his paternal grandparents. It’s the only time of the year that we’re all together and I really cherish it. Now if only we could fly up my crew, I’d be all set (and I’d need a few more plates).
Like I mentioned in my Thanksgiving game plan, I roast two turkeys: one on Wednesday and one on Thursday. Nick made homemade turkey stock with the Wednesday turkey. What a husband!
Like any great Thanksgiving, the side dishes are the real stars.
Twice-baked potato casserole made it’s annual appearance. Some people said it was the best one ever. What could possibly be bad about bacon, cheese, sour cream, green onions, and potatoes?
The green bean casserole also got rave reviews, despite the fact that it was made with frozen green beans, canned french fried onions, and Trader Joe’s condensed cream of mushroom soup. Sometimes shortcuts pay off!
I made sweet potato casserole based off SkinnyTaste’s recipe, but I added some extra brown sugar and WAY more marshmallows. Probably not as skinny, but seriously good.
And the creme de le creme: cornbread stuffing! This is my favorite side dish. It’s based on my grandmother’s recipe and it just tastes like home. Even if you can’t be with your family during the holidays, you will always have a piece of them with you when you cook family recipes.
How did you spend your Thanksgiving?