Happy Thanksgiving, Folks!

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I completely forgot to take photos during our humongous family Thanksgiving feast today. After I realized this, and stopped hysterically crying due to the lack of photographic evidence to back up my sure-to-become-hazy future memories of the event, I decided to capture the day another way….ta-da! A blog post.

I was surprised by my paternal grandparents today when I walked into my cousin’s home. I heard my grandpa’s voice as I set down my green bean casserole (the best I have ever tasted, if I do say so myself)…and my heart melted. There’s just something about seeing the special people in my life during the holidays! My grandmother had open heart surgery a little over a month ago and we weren’t expecting them to be able to make the 6 hour drive. *happy happy*

I tried a few new recipes today and received raving reviews by my family. As previously stated, I was a dumb ass and forgot to take photos – even though my iphone was in my back pocket the entire freaking day!!! – so there aren’t any photos to show you my baking/cooking prowess. I made an Orange Cranberry bread ( 100% delicious) and plan to recreate it tomorrow and will absolutely post photos at that time. I received the recipe almost two years ago from a friend – his mother’s recipe – and this was the first time I’d attempted it. It was delightful!

We never eat Turkey on Thanksgiving. Never ever ever ever. Both of my parents prefer chicken and they have always hosted Thanksgiving, so they make a large chicken and a large honey ham with pineapple and cherries (so good)…and I have always felt a little odd that my family was the only family in the United States that didn’t eat Turkey. Today, that changed. My cousin bought a Turkey and my grandmother spent all morning cooking it. It was the most delightful piece of meat I’ve ever eaten on a Holiday. Chicken? Yum. Ham with marashino cherries and pineapple? Double yum. A moist, succulent turkey, melting in my mouth? INDESCRIBABLE. I am hooked. I will never again go without a Turkey on Thanksgiving. Yes, Turkey is capitalized. I realize that it should not be. Screw you. It was that good.

I am thankful for many things on this Thanksgiving. But the list of things I am thankful for could take me hours to type out, so I will just say this: I am thankful for my family and friends. I love them. They are wonderful.

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