Our first Thanksgiving of the season

Thanksgiving mantle
This year for Thanksgiving with the big boys we got a chocolate turkey.

Thanksgiving spread 2013
First we had dinner.

Gavin made rosemary walnuts.

And stuffing.

First turkey of the season 2013
And real turkey.

Everything on the table Thanksgiving 2013
He also made green beans and cranberry sauce.

Chocolate turkey 1
After dinner, came the moment our little one had been waiting for.

Chocolate turkey 2
Carving the chocolate turkey and eating it!


I made mushroom stock for the cream of mushroom soup the night before.

In the morning, Gavin took our little one out to the park so I could cook. I watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on my laptop while I was stirring and mixing and roasting.

This is the first year I cooked Thanksgiving dinner by myself. (Gavin coached me on the gravy, but I am the one who made it.) I am so pleased and proud of how it turned out!

After dinner decaf.

Our first Thanksgiving of the season

This year we decided to try having two Thanksgivings, and we’re having them far enough apart that it’s an enjoyable swell of turkey and cranberries without being stressful or overwhelming.

Gavin carving the turkey

We had Thanksgiving with the big boys on Saturday, and Gavin cooked his traditional recipes: a Butterball style turkey, homemade gravy, stuffing, green beans and his roasted walnuts with rosemary and butter.

I made the pumpkin pie, though.

Saturday afternoon was a lot of fun. We didn’t get a huge bird, so there are just enough leftovers to have a few turkey-cranberry-stuffing sandwiches without getting sick of them. Then, this coming Thursday, I’ll be the one to cook Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve never done it before by myself, and I’m excited about it. I ordered a heritage turkey, and I’m still researching good recipes.