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What I Ate … on Thanksgiving

on November 23, 2012

After running an 8k on Thursday morning, I thought I would starve to death before we made it to Chattanooga for lunch.  We were supposed to be there at noon, but I didn’t get home from the race til 10am and I still had to shower and get the kids ready.  Then it’s a 90-minute drive.  So needless to say we were running late.

So they started without us.  (That’s my family for ya)  🙂

By the time I got to photograph the food, it wasn’t pretty any more.

They had already demolished one pan of squash casserole before I ever got there.

I made the pumpkin pie (because what is Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie?!?)  It hardly got touched.  That’s fine – more for me later!  🙂

And my mom requested I make Snickerdoodle cookies.  If you’ve ever made Snickerdoodles, you understand how time consuming they can be.  Rolling all the dough into little balls and then dunking them in cinnamon and sugar before baking.  Bars are sooooooo much easier.  And considering the fact that I wasn’t feeling well anyways, I opted for the easier recipe.

I found this recipe for Snickerdoodle bars.  Not healthy in the least.  I considered making my zucchini brownies, but since Mom requested Snickerdoodles, I decided to grant her wish.

Her response?  They were too sweet.  Too sweet??  Well, duh.  Did you see how much sugar was in them??  What did you think cookies were made of???  I didn’t hear anyone else complaining … those things disappeared!!

I filled my plate with turkey, squash casserole, dressing, corn, carrots, green beans and a deviled egg.  I didn’t get any mashed potatoes or rolls.  This the first year in history I didn’t touch those melt-in-your-mouth Sister Schubert yeast rolls.  Funny thing is I didn’t really want one.  And I didn’t have dessert either.  Can you believe it?!?!

My daughter, on the other hand, ONLY ate mashed potatoes and rolls.


My cousin used to breed Great Danes.  So he brought his 6-year old Great Dane, Bosco, over for a visit.  Look how HUGE that dog is!  The kids had fun playing with him in the backyard.


What’s my favorite part of getting together??  The family photos, of course.

And we try to remember to do an annual group shot.  This year’s:

Here’s last year’s:

It’s amazing to see how much the kids have grown in one year.

In 2010, we had to skip Thanksgiving festivities because of germs.  (Plus she was still on the heart monitor and using a feeding tube).  We had just brought Lucy home after 4-1/2 months in the NICU.  (She was born at 24 weeks, 1-lb,9-oz).  It was entering RSV season and we didn’t want to risk catching anything.  So 2010 was the year we missed Thanksgiving and Christmas.





One response to “What I Ate … on Thanksgiving

  1. […] After Thanksgiving with my family, we headed to North Carolina for a working weekend with hubby’s family.  His sister and brother-in-law just bought their first house.  You may remember them from this post.  They are both potters and own a studio in downtown Bakersville. […]

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