We’re gonna have the hap hap happiest christmas since Bing Crosby tapdanced with Danny f*n Kaye.

Happy Holidays! Thanksgiving went above my expectations. The “surprise,” my brother came up from Orlando to surprise my mom and dad. Total “Niagra Falls Frankie.” I’ve been sitting on that mystery nugget for a month and am thankful I didn’t slip up. He came in late Wednesday, which means getting my a** out of bed on Thursday morning was incredibly difficult. I Turkey trotted 10 miles solo, but it was a great run and you feel so much better before heading into the kitchen. I wish I could have snuck in a proper race, but we were in the kitchen at 8:00 AM. Oy!

Mikey Likey

On to the food! Our turkey, aka “Norman,” was a success. Phew! The brine worked perfectly and the turkey turned out better than expected. I can’t believe that thing sat in a bucket in our garage overnight. Faith in the Food Network! Alton Brown knows what he is doing – get Alton’s recipe here. Not to brag, but it was probably one of the best we have had in years. We also made a squash casserole that was amazing – thank you Paula Deen. Butter makes it better. I whipped up fresh, homemade cranberry sauce. Deliciously easy. Something about cooking the meal makes you appreciate it 100x more.

Norman - the gianormous turkey

I also baked until the blender beater fell off. Pecan Pie, mini Pumpkin Pies and Pumpkin Bars. The mini pumpkin pies were a huge hit, but they were almost an epic fail. First time baking a recipe means you almost always forget a step.

Guilty as charge. How cute is that little guy?!

After our Thanksgiving with my family, we were off to Andrew’s family. His mom and step dad are serious chefs and they did not disappoint. We got in more turkey, this time deep fried (they do two turkeys, one normal and one deep fried). They inject this turkey with seasonings and spices and let me tell you, fried is the way to go.

Ah, family. Poor dog.

We saw tons of family and seriously this is my favorite time of the year. I am so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by such an amazing family. What a great holiday.

Now – get ready for loads of obnoxious Christmas and holiday rants.

I truly hope that you enjoyed some time with your family and friends as well. Wishing everyone a fantastic start to the holiday season.

Favorite Thanksgiving dish? Let’s here it!


23 responses to “We’re gonna have the hap hap happiest christmas since Bing Crosby tapdanced with Danny f*n Kaye.

  1. Favorite part of the meal? Stuffing.

    Favorite dessert? Pecan Pie!

    The mini pumpkin pies sound like an awesome idea. My friend was just telling me to master the pumpkin pie and I feel like I’d like the ratio of crust to pumpkin better with the mini ones.

    I don’t know how many times I’ve missed a step while baking… my friend never found out I forgot vanilla in one of the tiers of her wedding cake I did. Oops… 😉

    • An entire tier?! That cake must have been so insanely good nobody noticed, that’s hysterical.

      Yes, the mini pumpkin pies are also lethal, bc they are somewhat bite size.

  2. Those mini pies ARE adorable, you nom them up and don’t feel guilty! 😉 10 miles before 8 a.m.?! I like your mojo.

    Fun fact: I wondered if Norman was in line with your mom’s alias Norak, and tried to say it backwards and see if there was a code! Nope. Just Norman – looking brined, Alton’d and cooked just right.

  3. The most enjoying traditions of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin. Thith tree is a thymbol of the thpirit of the Griswold family Chrithmath…


    my family watches that movie EVERY year at Thanksgiving, and sometimes again at Christmas…

    I’m so glad you were able to keep such an awesome secret – that would have been tough for me!! Sounds like you had a great holiday… I may have even eaten a DEEP FRIED turkey… 😉

    my favorite dish is our family’s dressing recipe… it’s unique and DELICIOUS. I guess I may have to share it soon… 😉

  4. Deep fried turkey, nice! I’ve always wanted to try that out. I can’t say no to my moms stuffing, it is so damn good. Congrats on getting in 10 and preparing dinner, well done.

  5. Sounds like a perfect Thanksgiving! So impressed with all of your cooking. I made a few dishes that we so easy it’s ridiculous…but tasty nonetheless. My favorite parts of Thanksgiving are snacking, sipping cider or wine and chatting with the women in my family while we cook. And the desserts – always room for dessert.

  6. oh I would have ran those 10 miles with you. Wish we lived close to each other!
    But you guys are just too stinkin cute. I love seeing couple sharing laughter and smiles together. 😉

  7. It sounds like you had a really great Thanksgiving! Bring on the holiday season! I loved being with family this weekend. I visited lots of homes and ate my way through ’em all.

  8. Glad you had such a great Thanksgiving!! I love being surrounded by family during the holidays.

    And butter definitely makes it better. 🙂 I had a butternut squash casserole on Thanksgiving that I’m convinced was loaded with a whole package of butter. It was heavenly 🙂

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