Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Thanksgiving To Remember

Thanksgiving 2009 was such a success!

It all began at 6:30am for the Annual Turkey Trot!

(Please excuse the puffy cheek. It's a bit more swollen than normal)

Love this 5k. Mainly because it's on Thanksgiving and secondly because I always seem to run it with great people.

This year, my brother in law ran it with me. It was his first race ever and he did amazing!!!

We stuck together for the first 2 miles and coached each other through. He actually found one of his friends in the last mile, so I sprinted ahead in hopes of beating my last 5k time. I ended in 26:09 and he wasn't far behind. This was the farthest he had ever run and I couldn't have been more proud of him!!!

I cam home and got to work on my last minute Thanksgiving contributions....

The Turtle Pumpkin Pie (No Bake!!!) had to be decorated....

Cranberry Apple Relish was made....

And veggies were roasted.....

We left for my sister and brother in laws house around 1pm. My sister had the house decorated beautifully. She is such an incredible hostess. So creative and amazingly talented. She had a wonderful table scape prepared and even made cute little name tag favors for everyone.

Around 2pm, it was time to eat!!!!
Here are a few highlights....

The turkey. I heard it was quite tasty. I don't doubt it either, my dad is so reliable at delivering a stellar bird.

My nanny's Cranberry Salad. This is a family heirloom. We have it every single year and will always have it because its that one dish that makes the holiday a tradition.

My sister's MIL makes THE BEST Sweet Potato Casserole I have ever had!!!! I have been looking forward to this since the last time she made it, which was probably 3 years ago. Yep, it's that good that I haven't stopped thinking about it since.

We did a buffet style which worked like a charm.

My plate had a little of everything (minus the turkey). Everything was soooo good, I licked the plate clean!

The whole gang...

After we digested a little and cleaned up, dessert was served.

Pumpkin Roll, Chocolate Pumpkin Cake, Kandy Cake, Pumpkin Turtle Pie

Just when you think you couldn't possibly stuff another morsel into your belly. There is ALWAYS room for dessert!

We had a wonderful day and the best part was spending the holiday surrounded by loving family. It really makes me entirely grateful for the wonderful people I have in my life.
My incredible hubby,
And my sister....

And my Nanny

And everyone else that I didn't take a picture of. :)
Thanksgiving was perfect. I feel stuffed, loved and beyond blessed for everything I have and have been given.
Hope you all had a fantastic day! :)
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


  1. I'm glad you had such a good thanskgiving! Congrats on the 5k--I love the pic of you and your brother in law. Your food spread looks great--especially the pie, sweet potato casserole and roasted veggies. Yum!

  2. How fun, Lauren!! :) Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving, it looks like you had a great time (and certainly wonderful, delicious food!)

  3. What a lovely day for a lovely girl. So glad it was filled with family and yummo food!!

  4. Looks like a fabulous day overall! Love that you ran with your bro and I think you look gorgeous! Great job on both the veggies and that awesome looking dessert! I was supposed to be taking the whole weekend off of blogging but had to pop on to post a comment on a few of my favorite blogs ;)

  5. your thanksgiving looks like it was a blast. and omg i had the besssst sweet potato casserole today too :) lovee those little family traditions like your grandma's cranberry salad. and congrats on your run!


  6. yay! looks like an amazing t'giving and i loved seeing all the "traditional" foods that have become a part of your family

  7. Awww! Love that pic of you and your nanny! So sweet! Looks like you had a great time and great food too :) xoxo

  8. What a great celebration!! Way to go in the 5k - that's fantastic! Congrats to your BIL!

  9. just found your blog. All those eats look amazing (especially the dessert!)

  10. Congrats on the 5K. Everything looks fabulous!

    Have a great Friday!

  11. oh dear looks like a fabulous time was had by all! your family is adorable, the eats look amazing and i am so glad you had a great day. and woowoo on the turkey trot!

    enjoy your weekend, and happy thanksgiving love!

  12. Happy Thanksgiving girl! Glad to hear it was awesome! :D

  13. So fun!! what a wonderful post and Thanksgiving!! it looks like you had some amazing company and food!! all those desserts look delicious!! esp. a no bake pie! how fun!!!

    love your white sweater tooo!

    HAPPY FRIDAY PRETTY LAUREN!!!!!!!! hugs!! :)

  14. "Thanksgiving was perfect. I feel stuffed, loved and beyond blessed for everything I have and have been given."

    Best summary ever. That pretty much sums up mine, too! I'm glad you had such a great Thanksgiving, Lauren!