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Our First Turkey Bowl

by Courtney on November 4, 2012

Yesterday was SUCH a great time, thanks to our friends Seth and Nicole for inviting us to their annual Turkey Bowl party. Jay and I headed over there around 2pm yesterday and had a blast the whole rest of the day.

When we arrived, there were some appetizers out, so I snacked on some veggies and a few bites of goat cheese on toast, which was phenomenal.


Nicole also had some iced tea and lemonade which, let me tell you, were delicious mixed together. I was sipping on my own Arnold Palmers for most of the day!


The boys were hoping to be able to get a football game going in the afternoon, but it wound up having to be nixed due to a lack of players. It’s alright though, because we were all having plenty of laughs inside. Plenty!

While we were all hanging out during the day, Nicole was hard at work in the kitchen getting everything ready for our big turkey dinner. It had been smelling SO good all day long and I think everyone was about ready to dive head first into their turkey.


As things were getting ready and we started setting the table, a certain somebody decided he wanted to start making some napkin art. Does that look like the face of a sober person to you? Winking smile


I don’t know how in the world he did it, but some of his work actually came out looking like legit birds. I was impressed.


Eventually it was time to eat! I filled up my plate up with some turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and cranberry ginger relish. Everything tasted awesome, and I probably would have gone back for seconds, but I had to save room for dessert.


Happy Turkey Bowl Day!


Shortly after finishing dinner and clearing the table, it was time for the good stuff…DESSERT.


We had apple pies, mini pumpkin pies, and a peanut butter fudge brownie trifle, which Nicole said she found on Pinterest. I did a little searching of my own, and I believe it may be THIS RECIPE by Jessica. Nicole, am I right?


If so, you HAVE to make it because that thing was uh-maaaaazing.

We also, of course, had my dessert contribution which I am happy to report, got rave reviews from all.


I’ll work on typing up the recipe for you guys soon when I have a bit more time!


My plate – trifle and layered dessert


After dessert, the fun and shenanigans continued on for quite some time.


Jay with the wonderful hosts, Seth and Nicole.


Jay, again photo hog, with our friends Bryah and Kate.


And me, with my very favorite brother who officially, as he said, “became an adult” yesterday, as he moved out of my parent’s house and into an apartment.


Boy, they just grow up so fast, don’t they? Winking smile

And with that, I’m off to go work on cleaning up the house, making a trip to the grocery store, and getting ready to have a few friends over later to watch some football. Talk about a great friend-filled weekend!

**Edited to add the winner of the Grandpa Pete’s Giveaway!

The winner is entry #110:

Justeen @ Blissful Baking November 1, 2012 at 10:00 pm

The marinara sauce would be perfect on top of spaghetti squash and cottage cheese or ricotta (sounds weird, but tastes delicious!)

Congrats, Justeen! Email me at sweettoothcourtney at gmail dot com so we can get you your sauce asap!

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1 Nancy November 4, 2012 at 11:10 am

That turkey and those desserts look phenominal. I wish I was there eating it too, haha!!
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2 Blog is the New Black November 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

This post got me so excited for thanksgiving!!
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3 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

Looks like a fun day! :)
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4 Mabelle @ Dance, Love, Dine November 4, 2012 at 11:39 am

An early thanksgiving feast? who can say no to that?! everything looks delicious.
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5 Marielle November 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

That sounds like a perfect day- and now you have me very excited for thanksgiving food! (my favorite holiday). Have a good Sunday!
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6 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl November 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

It looks like you had a fabulous day, especially the dessert part! I can’t wait for you to post your dessert recipe!


7 Ashlee@his n hers November 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

How fun!! I love the idea of thanksgiving with friends! Can’t wait to see your recipe. Yum!


8 Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm

All those desserts look so amazing!!!


9 Alicia @NeverEverBeenSkinny November 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Looks like fun. Never heard of a Turkey Bowl before so please let us know how this idea came to pass.

The deserts look delicious!
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10 Shelby November 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Hey Courtney!
Get togethers like that are always so much fun, getting to spend time and laugh together! I just wanted to let you know that you look so beautiful in the picture with your brother- I know you haven’t been feeling your best lately and I wanted to send you some words of encouragement :) I’ve been a long time reader and always enjoy seeing what pumpkin-flavored item you will find next, haha. Pumpkin really is the best! Have a wonderful Sunday.
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11 Sarah November 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm

This looks like such a fantastic weekend! As always, your desserts look absolutely to die for. So jealous! My countdown to thanksgiving is already beginning- moreso for the family time than the food, but seeing this post raised my excitement level even more!
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12 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles November 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I made Jessica’s trifle for Christmas last year – it definitely got rave reviews!

Excited to see the recipe for your layered dessert – looks delicious!
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13 kim@hungryhealthygirl November 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Looks like you’re having a super fun weekend! Those desserts look out of this world!
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14 Shannon November 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm

That trifle looks so good! Peanut butter + fudge brownies = a great dessert combination. :) I can’t wait for Thanksgiving- watching the parade either LIVE or on TV in the morning, and eating a yummy turkey dinner.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


15 Michelle@Peachy Palate November 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Looks like you had a blast; your dessert looks incredible! So intrigued to find out if it’s banoffi!
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16 Justeen @ Blissful Baking November 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Oh wow, so excited that I won this giveaway!! I’ll email you ASAP :)

The dessert spread looks awesome – can’t wait to see your recipe!


17 Brittany November 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Your dessert plate has me drooling. Those PB cups look amazing.


18 Kristen @ notsodomesticated November 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

What a fun event!! Seeing this post is getting me excited for Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving foods!!
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19 Brandi November 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm

How fun! :) Looks like you guys had a wonderful night!
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20 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm

All of the food looks amazing! And wow, those desserts!!! I’d be in heaven. ;) I’m feeling motivated to host/plan a friends’ Thanksgiving meal after reading this post. I can never get enough Thanksgiving food and extra time with friends is always a plus!
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21 Natalie @ Free Range Human November 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

That looks like a lot of fun! And great food, too!
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22 brittani November 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Completely random but I had to add that I finally made your latest crockpot chicken recipe and it was so delicious! I feel a little healthier with the greek yogurt addition. :-) Thanks for the recipe!


23 Brittany Peters November 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Those desserts look amazing!!


24 Annette@FitnessPerks November 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Those desserts look SOOO tasty!
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25 Miz November 5, 2012 at 5:55 am

life is all about the friends and family.
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26 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake November 5, 2012 at 6:33 am

This looks like so much fun and everything looks DELICIOUS! Makes me excited for Thanksgiving!
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27 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 5, 2012 at 7:21 am

All of that food looks great! Can’t wait for the dessert recipe. It looks really yummy :)
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28 Elizabeth @ Southern Color November 5, 2012 at 10:44 am

Happy early Thanksgiving, looks like a fun night! My mouth is watering over all those yummy looking desserts :)
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29 Ashley @ Sweat for Sweets November 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Those mini pumpkin pies! So cute!
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30 Em November 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Your dessert looks amazing! Eagerly awaiting the recipe :)


31 Bek @ Crave November 6, 2012 at 1:09 am

What is turkey bowl? Is it the same as Thanksgiving? Haha, you can tell I;m not from around there ;)
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32 Emilie @ Hungry Delights November 6, 2012 at 1:21 am

All those desserts look ridiculously delicious and I can’t wait until you share that recipe with us!
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