Oh Thanksgiving, how I do love thee. The food, the family, the whole concept of taking a day to give thanks. Once a year everything slows down as home, family, and friends become the heart and center of the day.
Elliott and I had discussed our Thanksgiving plans about a month ago and I asked if we could "fill up the table." Our huge farmhouse table is wonderful for craft projects, collecting odds and ends, and feeding the three of us at one little end, but it comes into its fullness of purpose when filled up with friends. Elliott said, "Sure!" and we extended invitations to our community group and a favorite Italian family to join us for Thanksgiving Day.
I spent much of Wednesday and Thursday preparing: baking apple pie, prepping the turkey, cleaning the house (with Elliott's patient assistance to my insistence), and setting the table. This was my first time to host Thanksgiving and the first Thanksgiving I had ever spent away from my parents and siblings. I was anxious that everything would go right!
But then, as I was rolling pie crust on Wednesday afternoon, Elliott and I were treated to a magnificent rainbow. It turned into a full-bowed triple rainbow with a half-rainbow beside it! Such a beautiful reminder of God's covenant faithfulness as I move away from being a daughter and fully embody my new life as a wife, mother, hostess, and friend.
hot spiced cider in Polish pottery mugs
cute boys before our meal with baked Brie and crackers... and wine too, apparently
Some people we love very much.
Almond cookies from our Italian guests (and they brought espresso for afterwards too!)
Dessert // apple pie, vanilla ice cream, and pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting
Who doesn't love some dessert?!
I love the citrus in this apple pie... mmm...
Lena was fascinated by Baby Benjamin, which is a good sign for when our baby arrives soon!
Our sweet kitty, who found a quiet corner of the dining room where she wouldn't miss a thing... or not.
Thanksgiving Menu 2012
Baked Brie in Cut Mangoes and Honey with Crackers
Spinach Appetizer Balls
Fruit Salad Cups
Lemon Butter and Thyme Turkey from Style Me Pretty's Thanksgiving Guide
Brown Sugar Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows from Epicurious
Classic Gravy from Style Me Pretty's Thanksgiving Guide
Steamed Green Beans with Butter and Salt
Mama Woodworth's Classic Stuffing
Classic Yeast Rolls
Local Wines (of course!)
Deep Dish Apple Pie from the Barefoot Contessa
Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting