Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanksgiving

So it's true in life that if you want something, you have to it for yourself sometimes. This years Thanksgiving was the case. My job requires me to travel on this holiday each year. The traveling part is great, but missing Thanksgiving isn't. Last year was spent in Aruba eating Penne Pasta. Not okay with me. So, this year I talked with the children I nanny and we decided to make Thanksgiving at home before we left for Costa Rica. We invited the grandparents and cousins and had a great time making place tags and baking pies. It was the first full Thanksgiving I'd ever cooked and let me tell you people...it is no less than a three day process between the planning, cooking and clean-up. I am so glad that I did it though, listening to the children express what they were thankful for (this doesn't happen often) was absolutely worth it. These kids often spend this holiday at restaurants, which can be impersonal.

Spending that much time in the kitchen gave me the opportunity to reflect on what I am thankful for. If I wrote all my gratitude in this blog you would be reading for days so I will spare you, but I am very thankful for Thanksgiving and the opportunity to reflect on all that I am blessed with. Below are some highlights of our feast!


The Table-We made the place tags out of chocolate bars.


The Appetizer-Hot Artichoke Spinach Dip in a Pumpkin, served with bagels.


Turkey (I used the recipe from Barefoot Contessa and it turned out great!)


My personal favorite, Pumpkin and Pecan Pie!

2 comments:

Dave and Mel said...

Your dinner looks amazing!! You should teach a cooking class to the fam the next time we all get together. Your kids are lucky to have you and I hope you had fun in Costa Rica- it is very beautiful there! I love reading your blog and I feel like I'm getting to know you all over again. We really should get together soon- but I guess we will see each other in UT- yeah! thanks for the tag, I don't know when I'm going to do it, but I will. Love ya!

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