Gobble, Gobble!

231 pictures on my camera right now. Oh lordy. Brace yourselves!

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First and foremost, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I am really thankful for the opportunity to spend the day in the wonderful presence of my family, great food, a warm home, and now, a very full belly!

This morning, we started the morning off with a bowl of pumpkin oats.

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1 scant cup of oatmeal, 1 3/4 cup vanilla soymilk, 1 cup canned pumpkin, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp cloves, sprinkling of chopped walnuts, cinnamon, and a spoodge of agave!

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So yum and a great filling breakfast to stretch out our stomachs for today’s feast keep us full til turkey.

I enjoyed a cup of coffee with mine!

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And then we buckled down on grub. I think I am just going to stick with chronological order so you can get the full effect instead of separating it out into different dishes, how’s that?

Let’s rock n’ roll!

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Peeling Sweet Potatoes

I did not do hair and make-up today. At least I have a seksi apron to make up for it.

 

Chopping Sweet Potatoes

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Resembling a bobble-head.

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Boiling Sweet Potatoes

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Peeling Carrots

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Zee Turkeeeeyyyy

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Making stock…

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Chopping carrots

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Prepping the bird

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More to the stock

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More bird work

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More stock

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Garlic to stuff the bird with

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And herbs

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And the shoving begins!

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Cover with some oil, sprinkle with salt and paprika.

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Two thermometers for good measure!

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2 cups of water in the bottom of the pan, cover the bird, bake at 325*. It took just under 4 hours to get up to ~175*.

Mashing sweet potatoes. I used a Bella Eats recipe.

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The carrots are all chopped and pretty!

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Sweet potato casserole in the works…

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It’s noon somewhere! These were for Jodus and Dad!

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My poppa! (I get the bobblehead look from him!)

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Working on the sweet potato casserole toppings: flour, brown sugar, etc.

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I forgot the nuts so I just sprinkled them on top!

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Time to get to work on the mashed potatoes!

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And season the carrots for roasting.

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Then I started on Angela’s Raw Vegan Brownie Bites she featured on KERF forever ago!

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Boiling potatoes and simmering stock

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Prep a veggie tray with hummus and pesto cheese spread

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More snackypoos

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Dad’s contributions (and the salmon ball, above. and two bottles of wine. and a jar of pickles.)

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Jodus and I pretty much annihilated the salmon cheese ball!

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We had some down time so the three of us played two games of Settlers of Catan… I won them both. 😀

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There was frequent checking on things…

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And I had a bottle of hard cider while we played.

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Then more family arrived and things came together nicely!

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Dad was in charge of gravy.

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We finished the potatoes by adding some roasted garlic and butter and shizz. 

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Finishing products…

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We enjoyed Dad’s wine at dinner.

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Dad, Aunt Steph, Oma, Allissa, Jodus!

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My Plate:

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The goods up close and personal:

Spinach Salad with walnuts, craisens, feta, and Montana dressing.

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Eating Well Chili Roasted Carrots

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Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

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A Cranberry Wine Sauce made by a coworker.

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Rice Stuffing, made by my Aunt.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

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The desserts:

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I haven’t had any… yet. But we dished some out to others and to take home.

I am SO FULL.

I ate too much.

Intuitive eating? Pssssssh.

I had one brownie bite, a few devilled eggs, my plate, lots of salmon ball, a handful (or two) of veggies w/ hummus or cheese. You only live once. 😉

It’s 8:30. Everyone has gone. We are watching a movie. We’ll probably have pie. It’ll be delicious.

I truly hope that everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving Day 2009! Many more to come! I think that my first was rather successful! It helps that it was a small party! It was great to see my family again! I don’t think that happens enough! Christmas Day will be our next meeting.

xoxox

-L4L-

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6 Responses

  1. Great spread, you did a fabulous job on the Turkey too! Happy Thanks giving to you!

  2. Holy moly, that’s an awesome looking spread. Props to you for tackling it. I’m actually particularly eying that salmon ball, I would have attacked that too 😉

  3. Leah, it looks fabulous!!!!!!! I knew you could pull if off. Wish we were to together. Enjoy all your leftovers, I think I have about 18 lbs of turkey left….

  4. Everything was to die for. Soooooo goooooooood. Mmmmmmm. I am one lucky H2B that’s for sure. I didn’t even think the dishes were that bad. Great food. Great company. And a four day weekend. Woot!

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