How was everyone’s Thanksgiving?  Full of wonderful friends, family, and food?  Here’s a bit of a recap on our Feast.

To start…more crafts!  (Note:  you can clickisy on any photo to make it bigger.)

We have an abundance of pine cones here in the Hills.  So why not put them to use?  These are cute little place cards for our table.  Added bonus?  They can become ornaments for Christmas!  The scrolls are just cardstock I printed the names on, cut into strips, then curled the ends around a pencil.  A dab of hot glue, and wa-la!

And some simple jingle bells on a ribbon for the napkin rings.  (Huge hit with the kids…and the cats.)  Thank you Michaels for having them on sale and giving me a 20% off anything and everything coupon.

(Hey look – we recovered the chairs!  My hands still hurt from pulling the staples 2 weeks ago.)

Here’s the table, all ready to go.  More pinecones for the centerpiece.  Along with some real hazelnuts (in the shell), and some fake acorns, and some fun orange “diamonds” as the Boy named them.  The acorns and diamonds were leftovers from a party up here that were going to get pitched.  Not any more!

The dinner was delish…but I failed to take any photos.  Oh, I have a few of the turkey but let’s just say you can tell we were 3 courses into the feasting and drinking.  In all honesty, everything was wonderful but I don’t think anything really stood out this year.  The Chocolate hazelnut tort was a huge hit, but I think I’d rather have it made with hazelnut butter than chunks of nuts.  The wild plum soup was yummy, especially made with plums grown in a friends backyard.  I suspect it would be uh-may-zing over ice cream.  The pomegranate turkey was moist and delicious, although unstuffed it still took way longer to cook than it’s mere 21 pounds should have.  Good thing we had appetizers and soup and salad to tide us over.

Of course, with most of the family present, we had to take photos.

Aw, aren’t we cute?  And almost everyone is smiling.  The Girl is not sure what to make of all this.  Plus it was past bedtime at this point.  And if you look closely she has a plum soup mustache.

But by now you know this family isn’t really that calm and normal, right?

Roller coaster!

That’s more like it.

The Girl says “I am still not amused.  Someone give me more food and put me to bed already.”

Here’s hoping you and yours had a wonderful day of thanks.  I feel blessed to be able to have most of our family with us to celebrate.