Happy Thanksgiving!

Michigan bound!

What a whirlwind of a week! I love the holidays, but living across the country from my entire family can be hard, especially this time of year. Luckily, I work for a show that breaks for Thanksgiving, so I was able to go back home (sans laptop...GASP!) for 5 days.  There was so much prepping, cooking, eating, drinking, catching up, shopping, playing with puppies and and meeting Magic Johnson, I am exhausted! I could definitely use a vacation from my vacation.

Yep, that's right! Magic!

Love seeing these two faces when I go home! Duke does too!

For the first time, I was actually trusted enough to help plan and cook Thanksgiving dinner with my sister, Jen.  I thought this would be a great opportunity to work with a Thanksgiving dinner veteran to get some new dishes on the blog. I had this  great idea that I was going to blog and document every dish we made.  Yeahhh...was I ever clueless as to how much work went into making this  feast and completely oblivious as to how incredibly busy we were going to be! 

Once family members started to arrive and it began to get chaotic, in an effort to salvage the blog, I thought I would just take final photos. Before I knew it, pies were being put in bedrooms because there was no room in the kitchen! I'd like to say I decided to just set the blog aside and focus on the food, but in reality, I just got so in the zone, I forgot.


Overall dinner was a HUGE success...minus the part when I had to microwave some of the turkey because it got cold. BUT I blame my family for spending longer on appetizers than my sister and I anticipated. Whoops!! Luckily, it was still delicious and everyone enjoyed.  I was able to get some photos of one new dish my sister and I tackled together, Sweet Potato Souffle. That post detailing how we almost broke my sisters Kitchen Aid Mixer to come later this week.

Waiting patiently for droppings

I wanted to share a very sweet and touching toast my Grandpa Irv gave at dinner. As the head of the family, you can tell just how proud he is of all of us. I hope you all got to have as great of a holiday as I did!

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