This was the DH’s and my first time hosting Thanksgiving.  It was a very appealing alternative to driving 7 – 9 hours for Thanksigiving, especially since Thanksgiving Day was our wedding anniversary!  Being the domestic gal that I am, I was much happier taking two days to work in my bright and cheery kitchen!

DH and I were on vacation and then travelling for business the two weeks prior to Thanksgiving, so I was lacking on the traditional planning part.  But it broke down like so:

Wednesday:  Baking and prepping appetizers
Thursdays:  Turkey Day Run by 7:30; Prep and serve appetizers by noon;  Dinner by 4

Like usual, I probably tried to do too much.  But, I managed to stay focused and it came together beautifully.  Overcooked the broccolini, but not too bad given that the majority of these recipes were brand new to me!  (And, DH and I got to serve on our wedding china – the 2nd time we’ve been able to use it since we were married 4 years ago.  He could care less, but I was thrilled).

 

My obsession with formal dining re-iterates the belief that I am, in fact, 60 years old

 

So what was on the menu?

Appetizers:
Roasted Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce
Stuffed Mushrooms
Brie en Croute with Crackers

Dinner:
Alton Brown’s Roast Turkey
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Rosemary Sweet Potatoes
Pumpkin Loaf
Sausage and Pear Stuffing
Green Beans and Kales with Parmesan
Lemon Broccolini
Pumpkin Pie
Sweet Potato Pie

There will be recipes and pictures to come.  In the meantime, I leave a pic of DH and I after finishing the 5K Turkey Day run.  Official time was less than 29 minutes – FOUR minutes better than my first 5K last year!

 

Still smiling despite all of the hills!