Thankful

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving!! I headed home to Delaware to celebrate the holidays. It was nice to be home for a few days!

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On Thursday morning, my mom made a delicious pumpkin coffee cake. I enjoyed a piece while I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I love watching the parade every year. This year JMU’s band was the first band in the parade – I was very excited for my alma mater!

My Aunt Jackie and Uncle Ronnie invited my mom, dad, and I to their house for Thanksgiving dinner.

20131201-223814.jpgShe hosted quite a crew for Thanksgiving! It was really fun to celebrate with my aunt, uncle, cousins, and their kids! Her table was decorated beautifully for the occasion.

20131201-223759.jpgMy favorite part of the meal were the Sussex County slippery dumplings!! Mommom Wilson rolled them out and was in charge of preparing them for the big dinner. Here’s a shot of the dumpling chef in action!!

20131201-223533.jpgTalk about good home cooking!!! Have you all ever had slippery dumplings?? They are the best.

We had more than just dumplings of course!

20131201-223631.jpgWe enjoyed fresh turkey and ham.

20131201-223543.jpgA delicious butternut squash soup, which was creamy while still being perfectly light.

20131201-223619.jpgA delicious homemade dressing and cranberry sauce.

20131201-223555.jpgMashed potatoes and homemade gravy. I tend to cover my potatoes, turkey, and dressing with gravy. Anyone else??

20131201-223643.jpgGreen bean casserole and sweet potato casserole. I LOVE green bean casserole. I don’t know what it is, but it is always so delicious. My mom and I made the sweet potatoes. They were mashed and topped with brown sugar and pecans. There was not a shortage of butter in them either. 🙂

20131201-223700.jpgMy cousin Wendy’s macaroni and cheese, which is my favorite macaroni and cheese of all time. It has tomatoes inside and tons of sharp cheddar cheese.

20131201-223609.jpgOyster pie, which is a family classic. It was full of fresh oysters and did not have a shortage of butter either. 🙂

20131201-223734.jpgAnd finally, rolls, pretzel salad, and cucumbers and onions. My mom made the pretzel salad – it was so good! I also loved the cucumbers and onions. My cousin Carrie made them with her husband’s grandmother’s recipe. They were wonderful and added a nice fresh crunch to our line up of casseroles.

20131201-223444.jpgI had a “taste” of everything, which quickly turned into a heaping plate! I somehow managed to finish most of this plate, but I could not make it back for seconds!

20131201-223835.jpgI did have to save a little bit of room for the dessert stars of the evening! We had three homemade pies: apple, pumpkin, and pecan chocolate chip. There were rave reviews about all three!

20131201-223431.jpgI tried the pecan chocolate chip, which my mom made with my Aunt Linda’s recipe. This was a delicious pie!!! My mom has always made pecan pie, but I had never had it with chocolate chips. I was not surprised that I loved it with chocolate – I firmly believe that chocolate makes everything better!! 🙂

We had an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving and a big thank you to my Aunt Jackie and Uncle Ronnie for hosting us! We had a lot to be thankful for: great family who are also friends, wonderful food, and warm homes to celebrate the holidays in.

20131201-223416.jpgOn Friday, my mom and I did some online shopping in the morning. Around noon my mom, dad, and I headed to the movie theater to see Catching Fire!!! Have you all seen it yet? I LOVED it! I actually liked the second book a little more than the first so I wasn’t surprised that I liked the second movie more than the first. I think the second movie was also a little truer to the book than the first.

After the movie, we headed to downtown Lewes for lunch. We ended up at the Rose & Crown, which is attached to the Hotel Rodney. The restaurant was gorgeous inside and had exposed brick walls. I had the short rib sliders, which were delicious! Their homemade chips were pretty awesome too!

20131201-223404.jpgOn Saturday, my mom made a turkey for us to enjoy. My dad’s work usually gives him one every year and my mom wanted to go ahead and make it. It was cooked perfectly and the meat was moist and delicious!  I enjoyed my sandwich with a side of law school outlining.

My mom and I headed to the nail salon on Saturday afternoon for pedicures and manicures. My nails are a lovely and festive red now! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can keep them looking good through the holidays and not bite them due to finals stress during the next few weeks!

20131201-223353.jpgOn Saturday night, we had another smaller Thanksgiving! We had leftovers and my mom’s cornbread dressing. I love my mom’s cornbread dressing and I am excited that there is more of it sitting in my refrigerator!!

Our second Thanksgiving was delicious and Chris and I enjoyed leftovers from it on Sunday night while we watched the Walking Dead mid-season finale. We might be enjoying them again tonight!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Ours was fantastic and I am happy that I was able to make it home and enjoy the holiday with my family. Cheers to the holiday season!!

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