I already had this blog half done when Baby Gary decided to push a few buttons on my laptop and he deleted it! So I will try to do this again now that he is napping!
A lot of my friends outside the US have asked questions about what Thanksgiving is for and how we celebrate it! I celebrated it with my family on Thursday night at my brother's house, and Sunday night at my mom's house! I don't have any photos of the dinner at my mom's house because she has very little lighting and the few I tried to take were just grainy and not something I want to share!
Thanksgiving commemorates a day in our history when the settlers from England made peace with the Native Americans known then as Indians! Both sides brought all the food that they had and fixed a feast where they all ate together! It was to show peace and brotherhood! So on that day every year, we give thanks for our ancestors and our good fortunes with a big dinner! There are certain dishes that are somewhat traditional, but you can eat whatever your family likes! Twice now we have had tacos!
This year Andy decided to have some fun with our dinner on Thursday! He wanted to try new recipes instead of some of our traditional dishes! He loves to cook new things, so he did ! It was a complete success! I will show you the few shots I got of the food and then the shots of our family just enjoying each other's company and laughing a lot like we always do!
First off, we did have turkey which is the most traditional part of the meal ! We usually roast one and deep fry one! This year we had only roasted turkey!
This is what it looked like fresh out of the oven with all the yummy seasonings on it! The kids are very excited for the wish bone to dry so that they can make a wish! It is so funny because we always got excited over the wish bone too when we were small children!
Instead of rolls or biscuits, Andy made us yummy corn fritters! They were AMAZING!!!
We had a very yummy spinach salad with dried cranberries and sunflower seeds with a homemade vinigrette dressing! This was in place of cranberry salad or sauce!
This is the spiral cut ham and mashed potatos! The dishes that I did not get a photo of include the gravy for the mashed potatoes! We had an incredible pecan crumb topped sweet potato casserole! For a veggie we had peas! I didn't get a shot of our pie either because I was changing the baby! We didn't have pumpkin pie! Instead we had a vanilla bean ice cream and caramel pie! It might just be the best pie I have ever had in my life! It had a graham cracker crust, which I always LOVE!!!
Now for the shenanigans!
This was Gary's first Thanksgiving so we will start the family shots with one of him eating turkey! He was NOT at all happy to be wearing a bib! It was hard to get a shot of him not crying or pulling on the bib! Eventually we just took it off him! He did very much enjoy his dinner! He signed for more food several times!
This is Jordan and my dad! Most of the family shots include Jordan because we don't get to see him too often!
Jordan was playing Baby Gary and making him laugh! So cute!
A rare photo of Trevor! He almost never lets me take shots of him! I am so happy to have this! (:
My mom taking a photo of me taking a photo of her! We are super silly like that!
Jordan and James aka Jordan's mini me!
Jordan and David!
James and David enjoying their meal !
My beautiful Grace enjoying her dinner!
The chef and his assistant in the kitchen! Only Andy moved as I took the shot and I only caught his arm! (:
I will leave you with one more funny shot of Gary trying his hardest to get that bib off!
I hope you enjoyed a peek into our Thanksgiving! Now it's your turn to tell me all about your day/weekend whether you were celebrating something or not!
NEXT COMES CHRISTMAS!!!