Happy Thanksgiving from Georgia

25 Nov

Luis and I spent this Thanksgiving in Sandy Springs, Georgia (just 30 mins from midtown Atlanta) with my father’s side of the family.  This was my first Thanksgiving with them, and I believe my first “real” time meeting my aunt Kim and uncle Dave.

I hardly made anything. I just watched, took pictures and experienced new family traditions and listened to new stories.

What new traditions you may ask?  Soup night the night before Thanksgiving.  We had three soups.  My aunt Kim made gumbo, my uncle Eddy made chili, and I made my pumpkin and sweet potato chowder.  The soups were delicious, and I probably had three bowls of my uncle’s chili just because it reminded me of home.  Danny’s chili back home just makes you feel safe, warm, and cozy, and Eddy’s chili gave me that same feeling.

A few of the other items I made was a batch of cinnamon spiced applesauce and sweet cranberry butter.  I later found out my grandmother always makes applesauce for Thanksgiving too.  So, that’s where I get that from.

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On Thanksgiving Day is when all the cooking, baking, and roasting begins.

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Three generations cooking in the kitchen.

This family is very organized.  Everyone was assigned jobs and even the dishes were laid out and labeled with what item would be served in it.   I had two pretty serving dishes with my name on it since the only item I was asked to make were the green beans so, I made two different kinds.  One was made with raspberry glaze and almonds while the other was made with a Dijon sauce, bacon, pearl onions, rosemary, and thyme.    I wondered if my green beans would be kid friendly, but Adan ate three helpings of the green beans with Dijon sauce so, I guess they were.

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Grandpa and Luis watched football in the house while the other boys were outside making the duck, goose, and turkey.  Thankfully, they didn’t miss any of the games since they had a T.V. outside =)

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Around noon snacks are brought out to the sunroom.

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Back inside, I caught Grandma making my dad’s favorite dessert; a chocolate pudding pie.

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Then a photo shoot with Adan.

Warning! Lot’s of photos coming up.  I thought a post with photo overload was needed since I haven’t been posting as much as I use to.  Plus, it was too hard to pick the ones I liked the most.

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Just in case you are wondering, I took 120 photos of Adan during our little session.

Half time means a break to walk to the river.

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Isn’t he a cutie?

Then it was time to play with the kids outside and make some sidewalk art masterpieces.

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Then, back into the kitchen.

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Ducks!

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THEN!! It was gobble gobble time!

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After dinner, Sofia made us whipped cream for our desserts.

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Before Luis and I headed home, aunt Kim gave me some beautiful hot plate holders/place mats that were made by my grandmother’s sister, Ruth and a ceramic trivet.  You know how much I adore family items, especially when they have been made by hand.  In love, love, love.

I hope everyone enjoyed their turkey day as much as I did.

The end!

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4 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving from Georgia”

  1. Elaine Miller November 25, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    What a beautiful thanksgiving! Great tablescapes! Food looks absolutely sinful. Looks like you had a really, really good time. Families are what it is all about! Makes me really happy for you Bridgie! Love you ,and Luis too!

  2. 1,460 Days of Georgia November 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    Yes, wasn’t the table awesome? Grandma took her time putting it all together. I am very thankful to have them in my life, who would have known? I miss you Elaine, and hope to see you soon!

  3. Melanie Duffy November 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Bridget, Everything–table, settings, lake, food, and the people, look absolutely beautiful!

  4. Carol Newman November 30, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    What a beautiful thanksgiving! Great tablescapes! Food looks absolutely sinful. Looks like you had a really, really good time. Families are what it is all about! Makes me really happy for you Bridgie! Love you ,and Luis too!
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