Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Goodness

Thanksgiving gloriously delivered.

And by delivered I mean waves of goodness.

The kickoff going something like me asking, okay begging Chris to hike up to the attic and drag down my tubs of Christmas decorations.  He eventually caved in and while babies took in some Polar Express and hot cocoa, I worked myself into a frenzy of garland and snowmen.

Wave of goodness.

We packed up our crew and headed to Dallas to see Chris' family.  Keurig Gingerbread coffee and Sportscenter Top 10 were awaiting our conclusion evening drive.  Cousins poured out of the house picking up our babies with giggles and stories.

Wave of goodness continues.



The week would ensue with crowded meals of cousins outnumbering adults.  Dinner theater at the Muppets, exploring the forest, Cinderella on repeat.  The goodness was filling up our hearts and blessing our souls.











The best blessing of the trip, sweet Sophie Lynn turned 3, sharing a birthday with her cousin Austin.  I can't believe she's 3.  Because it was only yesterday she hollered in the operating room and made her entrance. Cuddling on my shoulder with her newborn scent and tenderness.  The perfect blend of fire and sweetness.

My girl fits perfectly into the middle of this house of pink.  She blesses us with her silent assassin agendas and sheer determination.  We couldn't love her more.
And since she detests grand celebrations and attention, we are sneaking in birthday celebratory bursts whenever possible.

Happy birthday precious one.

And as much as we wanted the goodness to continue, it was time to pack up.

Home we came to our warm beds and cozy decor.  Another feast and more waves were on the horizon.

I needed left overs.  And I needed them now.

Pioneer Woman is legit and thanks to her blog and about 3 pounds of butter, a spread was served up.  (Recipes used below)

My one recommendation, Pumpkin Cream Pie.

Her simple recipe has me convinced I may never have regular ole pumpkin pie again.
Because this was just a Thanksgiving party in your mouth.


My mom and brother came in on a wave too.  Plenty of playing, cooking, and squeezing in more birthday celebrations for Sophie.















Which includes bustin' a move over chips and salsa, because why not.  Little does she know, we're not done yet.

Pizza and her now requested deep blue cake with flowers are coming.




The best part, this turkey holiday is only the beginning.
The beginning of winter.  Trading recipes fashioned with pumpkin puree' for gingerbread and cranberries.  But not before taking one last nibble on some Pumpkin French Toast.

Pumpkin French Toast
1 loaf pumpkin bread
3 eggs
1 1/2 c. heavy cream or half & half
1 tsp. cinnamon
- whip it all up, slap some butter on your griddle, dip sliced bread in batter and toast it up
Farewell pumpkin, we'll miss you.

The beginning of Christmas morsels has officially begun and this house is ready.

Thanksgiving was just simply fantastic.
We are thankful for the waves of goodness in this season.  Thankful for family, thankful for friends.
And thankful for Pumpkin Cream Pie too.
Good groceries.

Recipes for Thanksgiving from the mama...
Turkey: inside filled with apples, carrots, onions, garlic, lemons and outside rub basted with butter and cooked it like this.
Used Target's Market Pantry for stuffing
Used the French Onion box recipe for Green Bean Casserole
Used Sister Schubert wheat rolls

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