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Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Great Thanksgiving, 2012

 Hi, Everyone,
I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.
We had most of our family with us...a couple of the married grands were other places and a grand living off in Portland (but he called us and just thrilled us to pieces). We're hoping they will ALL be here for Christmas.

We were blessed to have 13 around our Thanksgiving table and how thrilled we were to have them. They are all healthy, happy and busy and for this, we are thankful.

 The 12 lb. turkey looked good, even BEFORE being roasted, 
with all those citrus fruits, butter and herbs....:)
 I used a different method of baking the turkey this year...
a recipe right out of COUNTRY LIVING, Nov. 2009.
I couldn't find THE recipe on their site...but THIS ONE is very close.
My turkey didn't look as PRETTY as theirs...but it was so tender and moist
and we ATE THE WHOLE THING. !! :)....NO LEFTOVERS.....yay!!
....and, we had a small pork tenderloin from a recipe out of the JAN. 2013 issue of COUNTRY LIVING.
Trimmed by
MR. SWEET, wrapped in BACON and probably the best we'd ever eaten.

Mr. Sweet is also our SALAD MAKER
and he stayed busy for quite awhile, making the BEST green salad.
*shhhhh...don't tell him I said so but, he cut the tomatoes and put them in a separate  dish, to add to the salad just before serving..and he forgot them.
O, but the all green salad was delicious anyway, with fresh squeezed lemon juice. :))

We had ALL the trimmings,......
candied yams
giblet gravy
carrots and RANCH
that great Green salad
hot rolls
mack and cheese

Fruit bowl...

and 3 of the best PIES from CRACKER BARREL and I forgot to take photos of those beauties....

I did get a photo of the MAKER of those pies....
  Yes sir ree bob....
my grandlove, BROOKS, is the pie and salad maker at our Cracker Barrel here...
....and he is JUST AS SWEET as he is CUTE....and I love him. 
 ...two grands and a memaw
I do so love all these people....with all my heart.
♥ ♥ ♥
I hope YOUR day was a great one....
and please don't forget to say prayers for all the people
still suffering from the damage by SANDY.

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middle child said...

Glad you had such an awesome Thanksgiving! We did also. I think I need a piece of that turkey but since you had no leftovers.......

Stacey said...

Hi BJ! Your dinner sounds wonderful. Ours was delicious too. We all gathered with my husbands family - cousins and all. It was a big crowd. :)

Sarah said...

BJ, how wonderful that so many of your family could be there around your table to share that delicious meal. Your menu sounds great!

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving at your place. You have a lovely family. The turkey sounds yummy. Have a great week ahead!

Blondie's Journal said...

What a wonderful Thanksgiving you had! I loved seeing all your loved ones around the table. Family is such a blessing! Your turkey turned out yummy!


Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

That turkey looked delicious, BJ. Lovely family. I'm glad you had a great day, as I had one of my best Thanksgivings ever!

Entertaining Women said...

Sounds like a day that filled your heart with blessings. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Pondside said...

Ah, BJ, it doesn't get any better than that, does it? Your family is beautiful.....and that turkey made my mouth water!

Lavender Cottage said...

Looks like a happy family gathering BJ - lots of good food and conversation I'll bet.
Send that handsome young grand of yours my way to bake a few pies for me will you? :-)

Kathleen said...

Sounds like a wonderful gathering!
Good to have a pie maker in the family. We miss my mom's mile high apple pie. Try as I might, I can' t duplicate it, and she left no recipe!
Have a good week.

AshTreeCottage said...

So delish! I saw that pork loin recipe and want to make it too. So happy to hear that your Thanksgiving was filled with family and joy.

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Vee said...

Oh it all looks great in the food department. How amazing that you can gather 13! That says a lot of your home and hospitality.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That is a blessing indeed! Love the fun family photos...and all of your wonderful food! Enjoy the week ahead!

Lorrie Orr said...

What delicious food and delicious family time you had! How wonderful to be together with so many of your loved ones.

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving you had. I love the picture of the three of you but I do think you all should have struck the Hear No Evil/See No Evil/Speak No Evil pose....not that I think you look like monkeys or anything, you understand.

We had a wonderful celebration, too. Blessings- xo Diana

Linda Chapman said...

WHAT a wonderful post!!! All that food is making me hungry!! We had plenty but I am catching up on my favorite blogs here in the wee hours of Monday morning and my stomach is GROWLING at those awesome pictures of FOOD!!!

Loved seeing pics of you and the family!!

Beverly said...

A family to share love is a great blessing. It all looks just perfect, dear BJ.

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Lovely post, "BJ"!

But do you know what I liked best? That Mr. Sweet cut the tomatoes and forgot to add them.

Yes! It's so good to hear that others of we-olden-folks, do things like this! -gigggles- I had to tell Uncle A. that one. :-)))))

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Oh and some other blogger said that every Thanksgiving, she is the only one who HAS to have cranberry sauce. And she forgot all about it, till done with eating.


Oh doesn't it make us all feel better, when we read such things? It's just plain natural! That's what it is! Just plain natural! To forget stuff, now and then.

"Auntie" sezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...!!!

Theresa said...

Oh how I love family time together, food/fun/family... can't beat it! I bet Mr. Sweet's salad was yummy even without the tomatoes:) Have a blessed day dear BJ, BIG HUGS!

lina@happy family said...

Being together with family is always wonderful times.

SmilingSally said...

What a good looking bunch! And, your grandlove REALLY is a pie maker for Cracker Barrel? Wow. That's FAMOUS!

Happy Blue Monday, BJ.

Cafe au lait said...

What a wonderful celebration.

I played too. Mine are here and here.

Madeline's Album said...

So glad you had a great thanksgiving. Your family is so lovely now I know why you are so proud of them all. The meal sounded delicious. My day was great I only had my daughter, Deann, and her family here so that made just 5 of us, but it was enjoyable. We had turkey, creamed potatoes, green beans, strawberry jello with strawberries mixed in, baby carrots, pecan pie and pumpkin pie (Both of which I made)
Oh yes I had to have chicken nuggets for my one grandson who will not eat turkey for some reason. I did not take any pictures now I wish I had. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Glad you had such a great Thanksgiving! You have a lovely family :)

On Crooked Creek said...

All I see is L O V E gathered around that table...what a blessing, indeed!!!
P.S. L O V E the photo of the grandgirls and Memaw!!!

LV said...

You and family did it the right way. As always, the food just about puts me under. I spent mine in the woods on a picnic table. Never spent a Thanksgiving like it in my 83 years.

Ann said...

Very attractive Bunch you have there. We had 17 including 5 toddlers. My BIL deep fried a turkey and I took a 23lb roasted one. Both were yummy. We had all the trimmings as well plus pies (pumpkin, pumpkin chiffon and pecan.Oh gosh-I'm getting hungry.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Looks like a wonderful family gathering!

As always, your comment makes me giddy!

Luna Miranda said...

a delicious meal shared with loved ones is a wonderful way of giving thanks. lovely photos.

Audrey said...

What a great day ... what a awesome family.
Audrey Z.
Timeless Treasures

Audrey said...

What a great day ... what a awesome family.
Audrey Z.
Timeless Treasures

Becolorful said...

What a lucky woman you are and it looks to me that they are all lucky to have you too. :D Blessings and thanks for linking up to BeColorful.