Thanksgiving Day and Vesper’s Birthday

Thanksgiving at our home was cozy and comfortable this year.  JJ and Justie were home from Oregon State for the holiday, which also included Vesper’s family birthday celebration.  It was a treat to have the whole family together for good food and a relaxing day together.

Vesper's 15th Birthday Cake

Vesper's 15th Birthday Cake

We’d celebrated an early Thanksgiving/Christmas/Winter-Birthdays event the weekend before with my side of the family, as my parents snowbird in southern California for the winter and they wanted to get the family get-together done ahead of time.  Michael’s mother made the trip up from Eugene to my parents’ place in Salem last Saturday for that occasion, so rather than battle traffic this weekend to come to the Portland area, she attended a Thanksgiving dinner with friends in Eugene on the 24th.

Despite the fact that we had just five of us here, I cooked up the full blown Thanksgiving feast.  I love to cook, so going “all out” is fun for me.  I particularly love doing it post-remodel, because the kitchen area is open and I can visit while I cook.  The design of the old kitchen excluded me from the visiting going on in the living room.

I made less desserts and sides than I would have for a bigger crowd, but we still had both turkey and ham, plus other T-Day staples such as stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, fruit salad, scalloped potatoes, a couple of vegetable dishes, pumpkin pie with whipped cream and, this year in our family, Vesper’s birthday cake.

I’ve decided to post some of my family’s favorite Thanksgiving recipes.  That way, as my oldest kids move out into the world on their own, they will have a photo reference anytime they decide they would like to make something that reminds them of home.

After I’m done posting some of the recipes, I may also post a couple of the videos of Vesper’s birthday activity choice – a family session of Just Dance 2.

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