Thanksgiving 2012

We came.

We ate.

We ate some more.

And we had a great, great Thanksgiving.


I didn’t wind up taking too many photos yesterday, other than the food that was on the table (which you’ll see in a second), but that’s just because I was too busy having an awesome day. Hopefully everyone else was doing the same!

Jay and I headed over to my parents’ house a little before 1pm yesterday afternoon to hang out with the little bro, the parents, and my grandma. Yep, we’re a small family, and that’s a-okay in my book. We snacked on some homemade Chex mix and enjoyed a few yummy beverages while we waited for dinner. Winking smile


We had to eat early since my brother was going to be leaving early so he could go down to the Jets game (poor guy), so by around 2pm, dinner was served…with all the usual culprits.

Turkey, sweet potatoes…


Mashed potatoes, green bean casserole…


Stuffing (this is my special one mom makes with apples and cranberries)…


Plus, my other contribution which you may have caught on Pinterest…

Pineapple upside down biscuits.


I found the recipe for these off the Food Network years ago, and every once in a while I’ll pull them out of the ‘ol recipe binder. They are SO, so good you guys. I love ‘em!

My plate…a little bit of everything, plus mom’s homemade apple sauce which, believe it or not, does not have any food coloring in it. That was all from the apples.


Everything was absolutely delicious, and one of the great things about having a small family is that there’s almost always lots of leftovers. My parents cooked a 22 pound turkey…so that meant leftovers for meeeeee.


I stocked up on lots of goodies!

A little while after dinner, it was dessert (#1) time.


We had my apple caramel cheesecake and mom’s homemade chocolate pie.


Both were delicious but that cheesecake totally blew my mind. WOW, that was good!


Once dessert was finished, we said our goodbyes and made the trip over to Jay’s aunt’s house for dessert #2. By this point I was still incredible stuffed, but I managed to dig deep for just a little more. Besides, I’d been looking forward to that pumpkin cake roll allll day.


I only got a few bites of the cheesecake in, but you guyyyyys. The pumpkin cake roll was everything I could have wanted and more. I will absolutely, 100%, be making this again.


After a couple hours of catching up with family, we made the trip back home, changed into our stretchy pants, and totally crashed on the couch for the night. I’m pretty sure I only made it until about 9:30pm before falling asleep so I called it an early night (besides, the Jets were atrocious to watch).

Today, Jay has the day off (yay!) so we have a pretty ambitious list of things we want to get done. We’ll see how well it goes…

Happy Friday, everyone!!

Question for the Morning:

What was the best thing you ate yesterday??


  1. Shannon says

    I was too stuffed and didn’t get the chance to try Mom’s apple pie for dessert. The turkey we had was very tasty, and homemade mashed potatoes always taste better compared to instant.

    It looks like you had a great Thanksgiving- lots of good food that went around for you. I’m jealous of your mom’s chocolate pie. We were going to have that but my sister wanted apple so she won. :(

  2. Kathryn says

    The best thing I ate yesterday had to be my moms sweet potatoes. No one else in the family likes them, she always makes them for me. This time, they were extra juicy, which I love because I use the juice on my turkey instead of gravy (which I don’t like). I’ve got the leftovers in my fridge, calling my name for lunch…and probably dinner, too!

  3. says

    Those biscuits look insanely good!!!

    I have a small family as well but I have learned to embrace it. I used to be envious of my friends who had large families but there is something to be said for relaxing on Holidays and not having craziness going on all around you!!
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  4. Alison says

    So glad you had an awesome day and that the pumpkin roll exceeded your expectations! :) The best thing I ate yesterday was (don’t mean to toot my own horn) my stuffing! It’s probably just because stuffing is my favorite Thanksgiving food. But this was the first year I did it homemade! Oh and for one of the desserts we had baked apples a la mode. Soooo good and easy to make (in the microwave)! This is the recipe in case you wanna try! I used a lot less sugar but subbed some maple syrup too…and it still turned out amazing!

  5. says

    It all looks soooo good! We usually do all the desserts up big at Peter’s family’s Thanksgiving but they didn’t have it this year, so I feel like I missed out on all the treats. In fact, I didn’t even get one of the pumpkin pie bars *I* baked! haha! Yep. I need to remedy that situation.

    PS – Peter would die over those pineapple upside down biscuits.
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  6. says

    All of those desserts look AWESOME! I don’t think I could pick just one food from yesterday that was my favorite. I love mixing the turkey, potatoes, gravy, and stuffing together to create one tasty bite! Mmm mmm….so glad you had a happy Thanksgiving!
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  7. says

    Sounds like an awesome Thanksgiving with some incredible food! that cheesecake and pumpkin roll are staring me straight in the face. It wasn’t Thanksgiving for us yesterday, unfortunately, so none of my food was too mind-blowing. Any leftovers you care to share with a deprived Canadian girl? 😀
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