Yes, we had two Thanksgivings. The second one wasn't so much a Thanksgiving as a large, formal, family meal with my sister's family and my parents. You know I love to make a large formal meal.
The first reason it wasn't exactly a Thanksgiving meal is that they were out of Thanksgiving decor at the grocery store. I bought a fall-themed bread basket on clearance (that was all that remained) and two poinsettias and declared it a Thanksgiving-Christmas fusion meal.
Such a cute little photobomber.
Second reason it wasn't a second Thanksgiving meal is that I made a roast beef instead of turkey. I am no good at cooking turkey. But meat that is *supposed* to be undercooked in the middle? No problem.
I was highly excited about the roast.
I also made green bean casserole (from scratch, not that hard and so worth it), cinnamon-orange cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and some horseradish sauce to go with the roast (which is made from horseradish and whipping cream, oh yes I did).
Then people came over and we ate.
(There were also candy canes in the kids' napkin rings. I don't know how many they ate, but regrettably, there are none left)
And then we had pie. You've already seen that picture, but it bears repeating.
(Ryan made the pecan, I made the pumpkin. I made the crust but composted the pumpkin I roasted when it was too hard to scrape into the food processor and used the canned stuff.)
(Not pictured because they got eaten too fast: chocolate truffles, which now have a place at all future holiday tables of mine)
Batman popped in for a visit after dinner.
And James took off his pants and wore my niece's pink sparkly shoes all over the house.
I love it when my house is full of people and good food (and kids dressed like Batman and princesses and toddlers with sticky candy cane faces) and it was a great kickoff to the Christmas season (which doesn't actually begin here until the start of Advent next weekend).