Mark and I were lucky enough, this year, to host something called “Orphan Thanksgiving.” It’s an idea we stole from friends of mine who still host it, but we’ve made so many new friends out here that we decided to host one of our own.
Just as with the first Thanksgiving of 2011 last week, there are tons of pictures because there were tons of dishes and tons of people (we had a list of 25 people coming for food plus 7 people stopping by — not all came, but we were prepared for everyone!). As such, I’m just going to give you a quick rundown and get back to regular programming this week. You have lots of recipes to look forward to in the coming days/ weeks. Get psyched. They’re all delicious.
The first to show up to Thanksgiving was our friend Robyn, who came early to get the turkey in the oven.
Though I never tasted it, I certainly thought she did a beautiful job. It was her first time preparing a turkey! Here she is with her masterpiece:
So pretty! Robyn, too. 😉
Speaking of pretty, check out our two centerpieces. The gorgeous flowers are from Robyn and the other is a cookie jar full of green apples and cranberries. I like to think I’m creative.
Okay, the food!
Pumpkin Bread & Homemade Butter (same as from Saturday!)/ Roasted Eggplant Dip & Pita Chips
Shrimp Cocktail/ Cheese Plate
Yes, that is cheese whiz you see in the background. My friend Tom thought it was funny… but he also ate it.
Turkey, pre- & post- carving
Stuffing, both regular & vegetarian
Maple Glazed Carrots/ Sweet Potato Casserole
Baked Squash/ Lentil Loaf (Angela’s recipe! SO good!)
Green Bean Casserole/ Caramelized Onion, Swiss & Gruyere Mashed Potatoes (Mine! Look forward to the recipe!)
Oh, and my cranberry sauce, too!
Two different kinds of Brownies
Pecan Pie/ Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Spice Cookies/ Banana Pudding
Everything was so good.
Finally, the people:
It was lovely — if a little more raucous than any other Thanksgiving I’ve ever been to.
How were your Thanksgivings? What did you do? Feel free to link!