Thanksgiving

A few scenes from our Thanksgiving 2015:

Thanksgiving 2015

^good morning kisses

Thanksgiving 2015

^breakfast + chatting with Grampa&Gramma

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

^chatting with Aunt Amanda

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

^and this was before turkey.

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

We enjoyed Thanksgiving at home again this year.  Forest’s parents came out to visit for the week and helped us celebrate.  Forest cooked an excellent turkey (he has every year) and I was really impressed with the pumpkin pies he made.  YUM!  Everyone contributed something to the dinner and it turned out fabulous!  Peyton seemed to enjoy her first thanksgiving – she was able to chat with Grampa & Gramma and Aunt Amanda in the morning.  I’m sure she’ll enjoy next year’s Thanksgiving more since she’ll actually be able to eat the food!  After dinner and a short nap we went on a walk around the neighborhood before the sun set.  And we ended the evening with a few rounds of Euchre.

Until next time — Cindy

*All images are original to A View from the Shore

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving was wonderful – just like I imagined.

slept in got up early thanks to Indie but then snoozed in the chair with her until Forest rolled out of bed around 8.  He made breakfast (cereal for both of us) and then we flipped on the tv and waited for the Thanksgiving Day parade.  Forest ran to the grocery store to get the things for his dessert (apple crisp) and was home within minutes.

A little after the parade started we chatted with my parents.  We were in the kitchen prepping some food for later (garden fresh salad, deviled eggs) and they were in the kitchen doing the same.  It’s like we were all getting ready for the same dinner – if only there wasn’t 700 miles between us.

Forest had the turkey prepped in no time and we popped him into the oven (the turkey, not Forest) and headed back to the living room for the rest of the parade on tv.

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

When the turkey had about an hour left of cooking, we started the rest of our dishes that needed to bake – baked mac and cheese, apple crisp – and threw those in the oven too.  We also started the potatoes for mashed potatoes so those would be ready in time.

Then everything started to come together – the turkey was done so Forest pulled it out of the oven and started carving it, the mac and cheese looked gooey and there was just enough golden-brown-goodness on top so it came out, the potatoes were mashed, the garden fresh salad and deviled eggs were pulled out of the fridge, the apple crisp came out of the oven soon after that, and the rolls were popped in so they could warm up.  We set everything on the island and loaded our plates with all that yumminess.  I remembered the cranberry sauce at the very last second and I popped the pumpkin pie into the oven just as we were sitting down.

Thanksgiving 2014

Mmmm….

And while we ate, Indie enjoyed watching the dog show.

Thanksgiving 2014

Dinner (which was actually at 2) was followed by a nap on the couch, leftovers for dinner (my pumpkin pie didn’t bake all the way… I’ll have to make one for Christmas), a chat with Forest’s mom and sister, and snuggling on the couch the rest of the evening.

I am so, extremely thankful for a husband that can cook a mean turkey.  And that, although we weren’t WITH our families on Thanksgiving, we were able to chat with them.

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^the only picture we took together

Until next time — Cindy

Turkey Days Past

I’ve always been the person that celebrates Thanksgiving in its entirety before I think about anything Christmas related.  But for some reason, the thought of Christmas has been tugging at me for a few weeks.  I can’t shake it!  We put our tree up the day/weekend after Thanksgiving because I’ve always been such a stickler of celebrating Thanksgiving completely, and we’ll do the same thing this year, but I’ve secretly been listening to Christmas music at work.  Gasp! I know!

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  The whole family gathering together, devouring good food, and playing board games well into the evening.  Nobody fusses about decorations or worries about gifts.  It’s just family, food and being thankful for it all.

So in the spirit of THANKSGIVING, I thought I’d share what we did for our first 3 married Thanksgivings.

Our first Thanksgiving – Just the 2 of us, 2 weeks after our wedding!  We made our own turkey, side dishes, and desserts (waaaay to much of everything but leftovers for daaaays).  We played card games and board games all evening long (Forest won all games of rummy…).  We took time to chat with our families.  It was lovely.

Our second Thanksgiving – a trip back to Indiana!  We spent our second married Thanksgiving back in Indiana.  We did a mini-thanksgiving dinner at my parent’s house a few days before turkey day (Forest and I, my parents, the in-laws, my grandma, and Forest’s grandparents).  We met our college friends for dinner one evening.  Thanksgiving day was split – Forest’s side in the morning/early afternoon, my side for the late afternoon/evening.  And before we left, we helped both of our families decorate for Christmas.

Our third Thanksgiving – we hosted Forest’s family.  Forest’s parents and sister came out for Thanksgiving last year.  We made enough food for approximately 25 people (I’m only exaggerating a little) but it was all sooo yummy.  And we played board games well into the evening.  It was wonderful.

And this year it’s back to the 2 of us.  Plus Indie.  And baby. :)

We were invited to a couple’s house for dinner but, hopefully without sounding rude, we declined.  As weird as it may sound (since we love being surrounded by family on Thanksgiving) we like the little traditions we’ve made and having time to chat with both of our families throughout the day.  We got most of our ingredients for our Turkey-day dinner.  Forest still needs to get a recipe from his grandma if he wants to have dessert this year.

And just like that, I’m sooooo excited about Thanksgiving. It’s going to be great!

Happy Thanksgiving from us to all of you!

Until next time — Cindy