Tuesday, December 1, 2009

pieces of thanksgiving in Alabama

At our Thanksgiving Dinner....

The younguns made place cards for everyone.

Husband was in charge of the turkeys-- so there was no traditional oven-roasted turkey! One was smoked and one was fried. We took the drippings from the smoked turkey-- which was stuffed with celery and onion-- and made a smokey gravy to go with the traditional white gravy.

Miniature pumpkins worked well with the old brass candlesticks to make a cozy table display.

The china and silver was at its best.

I have always loved this china. The yellow centers of the little flowers are raised like braille, and I used to love to run my fingers over them and try to pick them off.
Not to worry. They're on very tight.

The fried turkey was injected with Creole Butter. Husband and I went to 3 grocery stores on Thanksgiving Eve in search of this ingredient-- we had no idea it was so popular! We finally found it at the 3rd grocery store-- the Piggly Wiggly. They were the only two left on the shelf. Ah, fate!

This is Husband surgically seasoning Mr. Turkey with the precious Creole Butter.

What are these girls up to? They found these cowboy hats in the house and next thing we knew they were out in the woods gathering sticks and pine straw. Hmmm...

Rolls, rolls, rolls. Did I mention Husband and I BOTH gained 2 pounds over Thanksgiving? We weighed at the gym last night. Amazing that just 4 days can do that.

The Fried Turkey masterpiece.

Just a few side items... we wouldn't want to go overboard or anything.

And everyone was generous enough to contribute their leftovers to a feast for the canines.

Yes, there were this many canines at Thanksgiving Dinner.

And this is all we saw or heard for the next 10 minutes after serving.

So, THIS is what the girls were up to!

Isn't it cute? Aren't they clever?

It even had a little rectangular window on the opposite side.


  1. Looks like a great Thanksgiving. We've never deep-fried a turkey, but we almost always grill it. Yummy, and less mess in the house.

  2. Looks like a wonderful day filled w/ food/family/fun/fellowship ... all key ingredients for Thanksgiving - plus so much more :)

    FRIED TUREKY ... I SO want to try to make one sometime :)

  3. Glad you had a fabulous time!
    I like the china, too. And what cute and clever girls!
    With all this deliciously-looking food, no wonder you gained weight.

  4. Wow that is serious turkey operation! Smoked?! Never thought of that...and all those dishes! How many were you feeding? Troops and troops?! Amazing! I love the amount of effort gone in! And I love the kids fort too! Wonderful! I hope you had a wicked day! xxx

  5. It was a troop of about 20 hungry men, women, and children... a troop of 26 including the dogs!

  6. What an awesome Thanksgiving! Those rolls looked so yummy and fluffy. And what a cool nest those girls built! I love it when kids do something creative like that with free stuff from your fave tv and gameboy!

  7. I'm glad you had a great visit with family and friends! Everything looks so happy and welcoming. Fried AND smoked turkey, and all the side dishes, followed by your trifle - oh, I'm sure I would have gained a LOT more than your 2 pounds!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  8. Beautiful post, Girl-Child! I've missed reading your wonderful bloggings:)
    Lug, Mug


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