We hosted Thanksgiving this year!
And like every large party we ever host, I'm always disappointed the day after when I upload my photos with great expectations, only to realize that I didn't properly document all the wonderful food people prepared nor does it look like any adults were in attendance. I seem to only ever photograph the kids.
While this was the second Thanksgiving I hosted at our house, it was only the first where I actually cooked the turkey! Here is our organic bird, wrapped in organic, nitrate-free bacon, ready for a long bake in the oven.
All the food was prepared ahead by me, or brought over by contributing family members. While the turkey cooked, I ran around the house in my jammies, tiding up spaces that had needed attention for months and pulling out my wedding china that gets used (maybe) once a year.
I wanted to share these adorable owl plates which I picked up for the kids at West Elm this holiday season. One of the smallest members of our family is a huge fan of birds of prey, so they are perfect for our table. Unfortunately, we were short two for the Thanksgiving kid's table.
My brother-in-law always has the job of carving the turkey, and he has not idea why.
We served the kids up first since we only have room for one table. Everyone loved their turkey feast, except for the this lil' pilgrim:
I don't know what was going on with him, but this is how he sat while all his siblings and cousins ate. Then, when all the big kids were done with dinner, his attitude about his meal changed, and he sat at the table, by himself, and ate his whole meal!
This salad was a great addition to our table: Roasted Beets and Carrots with Goat Cheese Dressing
My Thanksgiving plate:
Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette, Olive oil muffin, Saurkraut, Roasted Beets and Carrots with Goat Cheese Dressing, Roast Turkey Wrapped in Bacon, Lemony Mushroom-and-Pine-Nut Stuffing Muffins, Cranberry Jelly, Mashed Potatoes.
The kids playing in the garage/playroom - the IKEA swing is everyone's favorite!
My sisters, my mother and me!