Three days post-gobble gobble, and I’m still in pajamas

Sunday afternoon is here and I do declare that I think Thanksgiving 2009: Family Merge was a success! Folks arrived in waves with my family coming for the game at 11:30 and Aaron’s family coming in two shifts — one around 1:30 and the next closer to 3:30. We ate around four and, of course, were done twenty minutes later. Ok, maybe the meal lasted longer than that but it’s always so much work and worry and getting ready and then — poof! It’s over. Though, to be fair, it wasn’t that much work for me since my role was more cleaning and catch-all while Aaron slaved away in the kitchen. And I mean that — he worked hard. And has the sweat stains to prove it. In addition to turkey, we served garlic mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts with homemade bacon, ginger and orange carrots, and garlic green beans (my favorite part of the meal). Aaron’s mom generously brought two kinds of stuffing — one sans ‘shrooms since I can’t stand them, as well as her signature dessert. Terry, Steve & Mags brought multiple pies (apple, dutch apple and homemade pumpkin), sweet potatoes and copious amounts of wine. My mom brought the hors d’oeuvres — chips and guacamole (Whole Foods), bean dip and salsa (both from Pasqual’s — the best); shrimp; cheese and crackers; crab dip; spinach artichoke dip; potato chips; and fruit. She also brought the cranberry relish and the rutabaga (blech!). What else? Oh! Aaron served his homemade smoked fish (white fish and trout). Ok, I think that about does it. So, in all, it was a lot of work but we also had tons and tons of help and I really had a good time. The star of the show, though, you might think was the turkey or the homemade bacon but, in my opinion, you’d be wrong. The real star was…my table! Gosh, how I love it. Second and third place can go to the other two contenders.

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8 Responses to “Three days post-gobble gobble, and I’m still in pajamas”


  1. 1 Sara H November 30, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Happy T-Day! Oh, brussels sprouts and bacon. I need to get to the market. That sounds good right now, even for breakfast.

    How were the turkeys? I’m very curious!

  2. 2 gracieandkate November 30, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Oh! And I forgot the homemade bread. Eeks! Very good.

    You know, the turkeys were amazing but, as predicted, they got mixed up. I noticed no difference in their scrumptiousness. The other thing was, Aaron made one the night before by butterflying it — so it took only about an hour to cook. Worked super well and was total yumsville.

    What did you do for your day?

  3. 3 Mary November 30, 2009 at 11:51 am

    As a guest I say the dinner and company was superd. And thank you Kate/Aaron for all the hard work and hospitality. It was a wonderful day.

  4. 4 gracieandkate November 30, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Hee hee. Superd.

  5. 5 gracieandkate November 30, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    A) Did you see that there’s going to be a Real Housewives of DC? Interesting. To me.

    B) http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/28/us/politics/28crasher.html?_r=1

    Shocking! Not that they crashed — old news — but that they were in the running to be on the show!

  6. 6 Kristin December 1, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Looks beautiful. And delicious! We tried brining the turkey in buttermilk this year (a first) and let me just say it was beyond moist and delicious.

    Re RHWoDC: I’ve been hearing about this for several months now (why we haven’t discussed, I have no idea). Huffington Post has been covering the casting etc. That whole state dinner crash was just a mess. Ugh. My fave, of course, is the picture of the woman with Biden. He slays me.

    Anyway, happy post Turkey Day to all.

  7. 7 gwendolyngarden December 1, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Oh those brussels sprouts look good. My favorite vegetable!!!! It sounds lovely and your table is excellent. Love the baby blue.

  8. 8 Sarayu December 1, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Oh my god, your table. I love love love it. And the food sounds just amazing. It doesn’t help that I’m ravenous right now. I want homemade bacon and pumpkin pie and copious amounts of wine asap. It does sound like loads of work, though. Loads.
    As for RHODC, I really need to get on the bandwagon. This is getting embarrassing.


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