Happy Thanksgiving!

I can’t believe Thanksgiving has already come and went!?! But what a great day.

I’ve got to say, I am so incredibly thankful for all of the wonderful things in my life; one of which is being able to spend holidays such as these surrounded by all those I love the most. :)

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Our small table for 7 was already nicely set and decorated when we arrived at Mom & Dad’s today. Setting the table actually used to be one of my favorite things to do when we had holiday dinners. I was secretly hoping it still needed to be done…maybe for Christmas? (hint, hint) ;)

Before digging into the main meal, we all did some snacking on Jay’s fabulous chex mix…

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I think I just may know what his specialties are now…chex mix and omelets. :) So so so GOOD!

Even though I snacked on my fair share of those goodies you see above there, I was definitely more than ready when it came time for dinner.

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As usual, I dug into a little bit of everything.

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But my favorite side dish is the “special stuffing” that my mom makes just for me. It has diced apples & dried cranberries, and is made with mostly chicken broth so it’s not as “heavy” as some other stuffings are; it’s heavenly! And because I’m the only one who eats it, guess who has LOTS of leftovers?? Oh yeah, THIS GIRL! :-D

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You can also add two extra scoops of stuffing to that plate. Mmmm Mmmm! ;)

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So while we were all sitting around the table chatting, I decided to dare my brother to rip into the chicken leg that was on the platter. Well, Dan never refuses a dare…

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It was QUITE amusing and definitely gave us all a good laugh. :)

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After dinner with my family, we headed on over to Jay’s aunt’s house for some dessert.

Pumpkin Cheesecake + Apple Pie

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HOLY YUM! The cheesecake was amazing. I really wanted to just dive head first into the whole thing, but I decided that probably wouldn’t be a popular decision amongst the rest of the family, so I abstained.

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I also snacked on a few of these little festive cuties, courtesy of yours truly. :)

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I baked up a batch of these Lemon Curd Filled Shortbread Cookies yesterday and into this morning.

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They are ADDICTING. And dangerous. So of course I’ll share the recipe with you guys…but it’ll have to wait until tomorrow because I am BEAT!

After dessert, Jay and I met back up with my family and a few friends to watch the Jets game at a local bar. It was an unusual way to end Thanksgiving, but it was definitely a blast…and the Jets WON, so it was a win-win all around. :)

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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