Good evening! This week is already flying by and I feel like I’ve barely had time for myself. This is the first time I’ve had time to sit down and look at the photos from Thanksgiving and figure out which one’s to share with you guys. Since the big part of Thanksgiving centered around food, I thought I’d share my “What I Ate Wednesday” in Thanksgiving style tradition. Thanks to Jenn for the link up party. Click over to her site to read what other bloggers are eating!
As I shared with you last week, we were going to be partaking in three different Thanksgiving meals. One with Darin’s mom, one with his dad’s side of the family and one with my family. Thankfully they all live in the same state so the drive isn’t too bad and we were able to space it out through the week so we could spend time with everyone!
Wednesday afternoon was our first Thanksgiving meal. This was one of my favorite appetizer’s Mrs. Judy had. A simple cream cheese and almond log that you spread onto crackers and add strawberry jelly on top. Simple but delicious and I couldn’t stay away.
On Tuesday night before we left, I spent some time whipping up this beauty…
I LOVE Pumpkin Cheesecake and adapted this recipe from the Pioneer Woman’s recipe. Gingersnap/almond crust with caramel drizzled on top, oh my I want some more. This cheesecake didn’t last long.
After filling our bellies with good food, we took my niece and nephew out to feed the quails. Darin’s step-dad Jim raises them to use for for hunting practice.
I could live out here, it’s so beautiful and peaceful.
Since Christmas is always tricky trying to get everyone together at the same time, Mrs. Judy gave us our Christmas gifts ahead of time. The kids were of course ecstatic.
She gave us our first Christmas ornament since we’ve been married, such a cute idea!
Plus gift cards- my favorite! $25 for Starbucks is perfect because I already spend way too much money there. Now I have a reason to get my favorite Coconut Misto. And Darin and I love a good Cracker Barrel breakfast. Have you tried their Sweet Potato Pancakes? Yum.
We spent the day relaxing and catching up with everyone. I didn’t snap a ton of pictures while we were down in Moultrie. Our marathon eating continued on Thursday at Darin’s dad’s families and I had the best carrot cake ever. No pictures snapped there but just imagine the best cream cheese icing on top of spice cake and an empty bowl within minutes.
Friday morning we ventured up to our mountain house in North Carolina. When we arrived my sister was busy cooking up dinner for us all.
We all settled in and prepared to eat dinner together.
My sister made a delicious Chicken Tortilla soup which we topped with fresh avocado, cilantro and tortilla chips. It was delicious and perfect for a cold night in the mountains.
After we filled our bellies with warm soup, we headed outside to warm up even more around a big bonfire. This is my favorite part of being in the mountains with family.
No fire is complete without graham crackers, marshmallows & chocolate. Don’t try and tell me differently.
My sister with my niece and nephew, Emma & James.
It was such a treat to have my brother Brian come in town for the holidays. We missed his wife Erin as she had to work but we all had a great time catching up. I got a little camera happy!
We spent hours roasting by the fire and eating too many smore’s before going in for the night. Our bodies needed rest for the Thanksgiving feast that was to come.
Saturday was all about the food, (as if my week hadn’t been already), and we spent most of the late morning prepping, baking and cooking.
My sister’s husband, Greg cooked a delicious turkey flavored with fresh herbs and citrus juices. It was so delicious.
Leah made a homemade Pecan Pie & Pumpkin Pie that were to die for.
She’s so crafty with her pies, braiding and all.
I made an Apple Crisp similar to this recipe but with an oat topping vs flour.
Plus a fall salad mixed with: Cranberries, Pears, Apples & Pecans. It was delicious.
I also roasted some fresh vegetables: Carrots, Red Potatoes & Brussel Sprouts mixed with Olive Oil, Oregano, Thyme, Salt & Pepper. They turned out so tender and flavorful.
Thanksgiving for me is all about the Sweet Potato Souffle. Yum.
These babies were my first ever homemade biscuits. Cheddar & Garlic Herb Biscuits. You know you are salivating over there.
This was our final spread.
I didn’t hold back and I definitely went back for seconds. Everything was SO good. I’ve had good Thanksgiving meals but this was probably the best so far. It was all made with time and love.
The best part of Thanksgiving for me is family. I am so grateful for all of the faces you’ve seen in this post. My family and my “new” family are all wonderful people who I care for dearly.
I’m truly blessed and thank God everyday for the family he has given me. I hope you guys enjoyed my Thanksgiving re-cap! I’ll be back this week with a new recipe + how I stayed active over the holidays.
What’s your all time favorite Thanksgiving dish? Mine is Sweet Potato Souffle for sure, come to mama.