We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year, with all the trimmings.
My celebration started on Wednesday, when I went out to one of our offices to have Thanksgiving lunch with a group of employees. (At the corporate building, we celebrate holidays with something like cheese straws and cookies. At the satellite offices, where they have full kitchens, they have turkey, dressing, tons of veggies and about a million desserts. Now, where would YOU rather work?) Anyway, it was very fun (and filling!).
For my "dish," I brought a big box of precious little autumnal cookies from Campbell's Bakery in Fondren. They were shaped like squirrels, acorns, leaves turkeys, etc., and they were all iced and decorated! So cute! (And tasty!)
For lunch on Thanksgiving Day, I made the turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce and appetizers. Laura pitched in with dressing and green bean casserole. And mom and sweet Grace made salad, rolls and pecan pies. I think each of us probably opened a bottle of wine. (Ha!) We had the BEST time. Clay and Caleb went tearing around the den and running through the backyard, and we all enjoyed one another's company.
Then, it was off to my in-laws for dinner. Delicious turkey, dressing, and green bean casserole (it seems I can NEVER get enough of that stuff!), plus a delicious, light strawberry dessert that I'll be making myself sometime. We sat around and patted our bellies, moaning and groaning, before taking a very tired little toddler home for an early bedtime.
Now, I'm sure you're thinking that with all of the eating I just described, nothing but chicken broth passed my lips on Friday. And that would have been perfectly sane.
But I am insane.
I had to go to FRYDAY, at Stacey's house. If you've never heard of FryDay, you can learn more about it here. I grabbed some shrimp, some catfish, some potatoes, a few veggies, and the tempura batter, then Clay and I headed over. I nearly made myself sick eating fried seafood, some delicious homemade eggrolls, and a truly unbelievable Dutch apple frittery-thing with brandy-soaked raisins in it. I came home and spent the rest of the evening willing my arteries not to harden.
I've been hardly better today, gorging myself on leftovers. I have NO will power.
Luckily, I DO have a pair of fat pants. And, really, I am sooooo thankful.