Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are getting back into the swing of things this morning, I know we are (or trying to, at least). I thought I'd share our quiet little holiday and our laid back Thanksgiving today.
We were planning on eating about 1:00, but I knew there would be some grumbley tummies, so I put out a few appetizers to keep the guests appeased. :)
I made traditional Southern Pickled Shrimp via Hugh Acheson's recipe...
...and a White Cheddar Cheeseball with Cranberries and Pecans.
Both were really, really good. I have made a New Orleans-style barbecued shrimp that I actually like better than the pickled shrimp recipe, but they were still delicious. And I love a good cheeseball! You can't go wrong with white cheddar and cranberries, yum!
Getting a picture of my little monkies was about like catching a glimpse of bigfoot, so all my pictures are blurry or someone is crying, or both...
I found these precious smocked turkey dresses online at the last minute for an amazing price, and couldn't resist!
And I had some extra turkey embroidered brown corduroy, so I threw together a pair of pants for Ben to match. :) Can't resist matching. :)
The girls helped me and mom finish up the sides, and were ready to go!
The turkey actually came out a little earlier than I was expecting, and was perfect!
We had a simple table setting, but I was so excited to use my china (I try to use it every opportunity I can!), my grandmother's silver (and she recognized it right away!), and my late grandmother's glassware all at our table. Things like that are so special to me, since both sides of my family have a rich history of food and cooking.
And my favorite part...the sides! Mashed Potatoes (I swear by the Pioneer Woman's recipe), Cornbread Dressing (my mom's recipe), Squash, Collard Greens, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Fruit Salad, Rolls, and a Relish Tray. ALL my favorites!
We enlisted Dad to carve the turkey and do his part. :)
The kids had their own special table with a tablecloth and special turkey plates and cups, but, of course, they ended up in our laps at the adult table. :)
After dinner, Brantley and Bmama played a bit of Simon Says, and I Spy, and though Brantley wanted to play Tag, they decided to play some less physical games, haha!
A few naps were taken...
...and Christmas gifts were picked out and circled in catalogs.