Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

We spent a quiet Thanksgiving at home this year, just the seven of us.

I guess you could say we started celebrating Wednesday.  The kids were off from school.  I had this genius idea to have each of them make one part of the Thanksgiving dinner.  It had a two-fold purpose:

1.) give us something to do on their day off.

2.) take the pressure of cooking off me :)  I'm no dummy.
(but apparently I am b/c I just tried to spell that like d u m b y.  Thank you spell-check)

Anyhow, I think they had fun practicing their chopping, peeling, baking, and general cooking skills.

Later that night we headed out to church in the snow and went to the vigil mass.  They held it in the chapel and it was a cozy crowd who braved the storm.  So many blessings to be thankful for, and our parish family is one of them.

We woke up Thursday morning to Dad cooking waffles.  The cook decided ice cream would make a good topping.  Good call.

Parade watching, snow playing, dinner prepping, table setting, and a walk in the woods was how we spent our day.

Dinner was delicious.  We were so proud of the kids' creations.  Our turkey was accompanied by

Billy"s Deviled eggs

 Mary's Garlic Mashed Potatoes
 Ann's Vegetable Turkey Platter
 Tommy's Stuffing
and Matthew's corn muffins and blueberry muffins.
(no pic of that, but here's another one of Ann's)

We didn't even miss the sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce I forgot to put out!!

There's always tomorrow.

It was a great, relaxing day.  There is an endless list of blessings to be thankful for, but again I am most thankful for the gift of nothing heavy weighing on my mind.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!  I'm thankful for all of you, too.

 Gobble, Gobble.


  1. Kathleen, I loved every minute of your Thanksgiving!
    I loved that it was just you all. Same here!
    I loved that your littles each added something to the meal.
    And they turned out great!
    Your table looked wonderful...better than ours!!!
    Love your love of family, my friend...
    Have a great holiday weekend!!!!!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving!
    It looks like you had a nice family filled day.
    Love the turkey veggie platter!! So cute!
    The last picture is that of your home? Beautiful!

  3. Sounds like a lovely Thanksgiving. I love how they all helped make one part of the meal and i love that vegetable turkey!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving! Your have some talented little chefs. The vegetable turkey turned out so cute!

  5. Look at all your snow! (And I just came in from outside, putting up Christmas lights, smelly from sweating!) It is beautiful though. Happy Thanksgiving to you and you family. And Advent blessings to you all as well.

    The idea of the kids baking something was a terrific one. Way to go! And the kids look like they did a fantastic job. Truly.

    Thank you so much for the prayers lately. My family is so appreciative of them.

  6. Hi Kathleen! What a beautiful Thanksgiving celebration you had! Love the snow too, fun for the kids :) What a great idea to have them chime in with the cooking. Can't start too early with encouraging that!
    We had a great holiday. I had a houseful! My sister and her daughter along with my daughter's family stayed here, and it was so much granddaughters are the best :)
    Hope you are resting tonight. On with Advent!

  7. Aw, your family is adorable. So fun to spend a special holiday with people who matters most. Have a wonderful December.

  8. Seeing photos of your children always reminds of my own children when they were young - I miss that time so. My youngest is now 15; however, none of my children are yet married or moved far away, so I still get lots of fun time with them. All five of my children were here for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. It was a merry holiday season.

    Your table setting is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this precious, happy time in photos.