Tuesday, November 29, 2011

More Fun and, of Course, Thanksgiving Food!

As the little ones napped the afternoon away, we ladies were busy in the kitchen. Gigi showed Tara all about preparing a turkey, and then she made her first Waldorf Salad. We substitute light or sugar free Cool Whip for the mayo, as quite a few of the men in our family aren't fans of mayo. Just love having three generations of ladies in the kitchen!

Next we set our rolls out to rise, then prepared our stuffing, sweet potato casserole and spinach souflle`.

Gigi had been busy Friday making some deviled eggs to have as appetizers in the afternoon, along with artichoke dip (not pictured), little smokies, and cheese/pepperoni crackers. Certainly a bountiful harvest of food!

Our resident artist, Natalie, spent quite a bit of time designing our dinner place cards while the boys were playing with the train. She carefully chose a sticker for each of us, then decorated our cards, front and back. They turned out so beautifully and were definitely made with love!

Children love to be helpers, so we got them busy setting the dining room table for our special meal. Even the Sams could carry silverware from the buffet.

Once the table was set we had some time for blowing bubbles and enjoying the beautiful fall day outside.

Then it was time to carve the turkey, put the food out and enjoy the fruit of our labor. What a feast!

Twins certainly enjoy a special bond as evidenced by Nathan and Natalie considering considering one another their best friend. At this age, they really wish they could marry each other when they grow up.

We were all tickled when Samuel wanted his shirt off after dinner. Think he got hot. Well Samantha spotted him and wanted to do the same. So here they are, playing a little game together by hiding in a corner, totally "twin play"!

Finally, it was time to retire to the couch and recliner to watch some football...well sort of.

It was a wonderful day filled with family. From breakfast (with monkey bread of course) and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, to a dinner filled with traditional fare, we count our blessings and give thanks to the Lord.


  1. So much to be thankful for! Gigi

  2. What a wonderful day it looked like! From the yummy food (that pic of Tara "stuffing" the turkey cracks me up though) to all the things y'all did with the grand kids, I'm sad we missed it. We do have so so so much to be thankful for. Love you!

  3. We missed you so much Leah!!! It wasn't the same without you, though a wonderful day from beginning to end! Thanks Mom, Dad, and Grandma for all you did to make this day so wonderful!

  4. Linda, could you include your recipe for the dinner rolls? They look wonderful!