Thanksgiving is always a big ordeal for our family. Every year, four generations gather – my great-grandparents, who are ninety, my grandparents, my aunt and uncle with all of their children, and my family. This year, we had some friends join us as well. We had a very large meal, with dessert of course, and enjoyed fellowship with each other.
“I will lift my eyes to the hills, from whence comes my help. My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121: 1-2
Mayflower Martinis ~ ginger & rum
Mix-Your-Own ~ gin & jam, house made lavender bitters, prosecco
Assorted Confections ~ from artisan chocolatier, Burdick Chocolate
My aunt and uncle and their family dressed up as pilgrims. Here come the two oldest boys making the pilgrimage up our driveway with their “Thankful Tree”.
Some of the children doing a craft while they wait for dinner…
My mother mixing up drinks and being the perfect hostess she always is…
Making drinks for friends Starla and Britani…
My aunt Kat – “Sister Prudence” as my momma calls her
The thankful tree
Before we started eating, Junior played a hymn, “Oh God Beyond all Praising” and my momma and I did a violin & piano medley of “We Gather Together”, “Come, Ye Thankful People”, and “Now Thank We All Our God”.
Herb-Brined Organic Turkey & Gravy
Mashed Potatoes ~ with raw cream and chives
Cranberry-Brandy Chutney ~ house made vanilla
Whole Grain Stuffing ~ with dried fruits
Blistered Brussels Sprouts ~ with caramelized onions and maple glaze
Onion Tart ~ in homemade puff pastry
Mushrooms ~ shallots and sherry
Corn Maque Choux ~ cream and thyme
Roasted Apples & Sweet Potatoes ~ honey-bourbon glaze
Classic New England Cranberry Bread & Candied Ginger Pumpkin Bread ~ with maple glaze and miniature gingerbreads
Selection of Organic Wines ~ and Puritan punch (for the lightweight)
The food kept warm in slow cookers that connected together.
The table was beautiful. It was ornamented with chestnuts from our property, clementine oranges, local beeswax candles, and bittersweet.
Our menus represent the rations that the pilgrims had that first winter. Each person was given five kernels of corn every day.
The pilgrim family…
The girl behind the camera (me )
Pumpkin or Chocolate Cheesecake
Assorted Hungarian Pastries
(no pictures of dessert…it was eaten too fast)
pictures taken with my iPhone 5, edited with apps aviary and font candy. due to a slight bug in resizing, pictures are slightly grainy. thanksgiving is one of my favorite things about fall.