Thanksgiving 2015

hey y’all I didn’t delete my turkey picture this year! Boom!


This is going to be a good year I can tell. I’m kinda blogging again and I’m not making stupid mistakes like deleting an entire holiday memory from my camera. Watch out 2016…I’ve got my shit together again!


Truth: this Thanksgiving nearly killed me.  I love Thanksgiving, it seriously is my favorite holiday…food, friends, relaxed fun, no present ‘pressure’.  But it totally snuck up on me. Between traveling for work, Sydney’s birthday party and having 648 things to tie up at work in a 3-day work week, I didn’t have a chance to think or prep for the holiday til about 6 pm on Wednesday. By the time 6pm rolled around though I was so tired all I could do was make center pieces and prep the table by counting and sorting silverware.  Thankfully I saved a shopping list a few years ago with all the ingredients for all the dishes so after running through our pantry and fridge I was easily able to make a list which Royce successfully executed on Monday while I worked.

Since I had to make everything the day of Thanksgiving instead of what I usually do (which is at least get the pie and other sides out of the way), I had a very busy day of cooking and cleaning.  By the time my guests arrived at 4pm I was tired! But we all had fun and the meal was great. This year my old FDA friends Leslie and Kim and their families joined us; we had 10 around the table, 6 adults, 4 kids. Was the perfect amount of chaos. Hopefully I will be better prepared next year!


Thanksgiving 2014

Apologies for being so behind in posting…

Our Thanksgiving here was fantastic; a joyous holiday with full bellies as always. We spent it among our friends Ashley and Greg and their kids Stella Jane, Peter and Elliot.  We had fabulous conversation, food and drink and the kids played by themselves for once!

I’d love to post some pictures of the event but all I have is this photo of my pecan pie taken from my cell phone.

Greenbean casserole isn't very photogenic, so here are my next two holiday favorites...pie and wine!  Happy Thanksgiving!!

and a picture of me sitting down (for a few minutes) to knit before the party started.

I always try to find some time for calm. Cause the storm is on the way amiright @ashleysiers 😁🙌

We did take other photos of course…on my real camera.  The photo of me with my turkey which has become tradition to take each year and the crazy prop photo that Greg has introduced us to from his family Thanksgiving tradition…

but they were all deleted 😦

accidentally of course, off my camera in a moment of rushed thoughtlessness by no one other than myself.

So 2014 will have a void of a turkey picture and our other memories from that day, but they stay within ourselves and we can only hope to be surrounded by the same friends and festive spirit the coming years ahead!

Thanksgiving 2012

We had another fantastic Thanksgiving here at the house!  It was probably the most chaotic thanksgiving yet — but it was sooo much fun.


We had 5 adults, 2 toddlers and 3 babies!  yikes!   Our neighbors Ashley and Greg joined us for the first time this year. Now that they are a family of 5, traveling during the holidays is difficult.  I was happy to show them how much fun Holidays with friends can be.


And they introduced us to a new tradition from Greg’s family — who take a photo each year with something silly.


This is our silly (and next year I’ll take the time to set up a tripod so we are framed better!):


And the two toddlers being super silly!



Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of them all.  I think it is because you can get away with not spending it with family with low-guilt factor (disclaimer:  I would love to spend it with family, but alas Royce always works Thanksgiving so we go it alone over here on the east).  We have kinda gotten into a family-less Thanksgiving groove here.  For the past couple of years we have gathered with other family-less friends for general merriment.  This was the second one I hosted here at the house and sadly the last one for the orange kitchen.  I snapped lots of worthy orange kitchen pictures…however getting exposure right in this room is really hard!


Royce had to work all day so I was left to my own intentions all day.  Luckily I had a lot to cook (and clean).  When he got home though he started the party in a way only Royce knows how:

This year we had Torey and Morning over again, and also Sarah, one of my coworkers joined us.  

All of the typical Thanksgiving staples were present, but I will have to admit that shoving some celery leaves, and other random dried herbs under the skin of my turkey breast bumped it up to "best turkey ever". 

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