Thanksgiving in August

This past weekend we gathered some dear friends and hosted Thanksgiving Dinner. There was turkey, lots of yummy sides, and even yummier desserts.  I brined the turkey in the usual sea salt bath overnight which creates a moist, delicious turkey.  Some of the sides we made were creamy mashed potatoes and baked beans with bacon.  Matthew’s baked beans are always a hit!  For dessert I made pumpkin pies from our garden pumpkins which I think created some happy bellies.
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Lots of pictures behind the cut.

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Because there’s alot to make on actual Thanksgiving day I usually make the mashed potatoes the night before and then cook them on Thanksgiving Day.

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I also made the pumpkin pies that night so they would set and be cold.

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When we woke up that morning we had to first get the cats off the table.  For some reason they all wanted to stretch out and sleep up there.

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The turkey went into the oven with it’s cut up vegetables.

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We always put white wine in the pan for the turkey but we never have a cork, so Matthew always makes one.  It’s become tradition now that he makes one everytime.

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Ta-da!  Homemade cork.

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For dinner cards this year I decided to go with writing names with chalk.  The good thing is these cards then become reusable.

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Everyone.  Double check.  Good.

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I really love how they look.

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Then I set the table and got everything ready.

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Put the flowers in place too..

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I bought too many flowers.  I love them.

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Sunflowers are always pretty.

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I put a few cups of lemons in water all over the table, that way if anyone wanted lemon for their drink they could just take one.  Plus they smell great.

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Final presentation.

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And more..

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And more.  Our place gets great light so we wanted to take advantage of that.

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We had to put 2 tables together because we wanted everyone to sit at the same table, this worked out nicely.

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Name cards in place…

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Then we stepped back, kept cooking and waited for guests to arrive.

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How many times do you usually test the turkey to make sure it’s done?  This is tradition too.

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Then finally the beautiful turkey was done!

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Oh glorious turkey.  All the kitties noses started to wiggle as they realized they would get some turkey testing soon.

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FiFi Bofinkles got a quick tester.  She ate a few pieces in about .2 seconds.

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Add a little bit of flour to the turkey pan drippings and you have the best gravy in the world.

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Let’s cut up the turkey..

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And some more.  I’m more of a dark meat girl, Matthew is more into the white.

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Stuffing that I could just eat by the spoonful.

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Green bean casserole.

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Mashed potatoes. I ended up making 2 bowls of these which was a good thing.

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The glorious baked beans which will solve all  the problems in the world.

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Vegetables that were cooked in the turkey pan.. carrots, celery..

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Baked squash with thyme. I was loving this.

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Colcannon, which is mashed potatoes, onions and kale.  This was one of my favorites!

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There was some vegetable salad in there too..

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Lots of delicious food… lots of amazing smells..

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Sparkling juices, soda, water, choose your poison.

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Grab a plate and get in line.

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And grab some food.

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My plate,  before.

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My plate, after.

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Hello beautiful.

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Friends and food.  Life is good.

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For dessert I tried everything.  My pumpkin pie in the top right (nom), cheesecake in the top left (beyond amazing, a star in my heart), homemade vanilla ice cream (was unbelievable) and sweet coconut sticky rice (yum).

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Matthew mixed some ice cream and root beer… root beer float time.
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Then Xanadu showed up to entertain us all.  There are no cats/table rules in our house, everyone is invited  to the feast.

Thanksgiving in August was a great time!

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