Nov 302015
 

Hi there! I hope all my American friends enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mine was so much fun and was filled with lots (and lots!) of turkey and family time. Here’s a recap!

Thursday

I spent Thursday morning cleaning up the apartment and preparing to host my own Thanksgiving on Friday morning. I spent the morning chopping onions, celery, bread, etc. while watching the Thanksgiving Day parade. It was a little different from last year when we got to see it in-person, but it was still nice!

Fabio picked up his dad from the train station around 10:30 am, and then we all headed over to my dad’s house around noon for Thanksgiving number one.

My dad was watching my grandparents’ dog for the weekend, which meant that with Jack there were three black labs there. With the addition of Fabio’s dad’s dog, and three dogs that my cousins brought, there were seven dogs at this Thanksgiving! Phew! Clearly we love our K9s in this family.

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There were also twenty people there, mostly from my stepmom’s side of the family. This is what a table set for twenty people looks like, FYI. Crazy, right??

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I filled up my plate with all the usuals: turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, stuffing, and gravy. Plus a roll on the side. Everything was delicious!

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As soon as we were done eating, Fabio, his dad, and I drove over to Baltimore for Thanksgiving number two with Fabio’s brother-in-law’s family (Alex – he’s the one who got married to Fabio’s sister in Jamaica in June).

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They had so, so much delicious food, but unfortunately we were all still really full at this point. I still tried to eat some, but I couldn’t fit much more in my belly. Sigh.

Oh well, it was still fun to spend time with everyone!

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Me and my handsome guy!

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Alex’s family was so incredibly welcoming, and I’m so thankful to have them all in my life. We hadn’t seen a lot of them since the wedding in Jamaica, so it was really nice to get reacquainted!

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Friday

Friday was hosting day for me! Luckily I had set the table and prepped everything in advance, so the day wasn’t too crazy for me.

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My mom loaned me a ton of serving ware for the occasion, and I was so thankful to have it! The table just wouldn’t have looked as nice with my cheap plates.

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In addition to the table, I had a little drinks station set up for cider rum punch, wine, and water.

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Soon enough, everyone arrived! In addition to Fabio and his dad (who was staying with us), Fabio’s sister Diane and her husband Alex came over, as did my mom and stepdad. It was so nice to have everyone together!

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Diane helped me put together a few appetizers for the gang to munch on.

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Of course we used our favorite cheese plate (thanks, Megan!!) with a silhouette of Jack on it. Jeez, you’d think we like black dogs or something. 😉

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The “kids.” 🙂

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Me and my mom. She helped me so much with getting everything ready, and I couldn’t have done it without her. Thanks, mom!!

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Ahh, how cute are they??

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At around 4:00, the turkey was ready!

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Considering it was the first turkey I ever cooked, I thought it turned out really well! It wasn’t dry at all (in my opinion, anyway…).

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Thanks to a YouTube video and help from my stepdad, Fabio was able to carve up the turkey nicely.

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Meanwhile, the rest of us gathered around the side dishes, which is obviously the best part of a Thanksgiving meal. 🙂

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Dinner is served!

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My plate! I had a little bit of everything.

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The rest of the evening was spent cleaning up the kitchen, packing up leftovers, and hanging out with family. It was such a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, and I felt so thankful to have such an amazing group of people in my life. I especially have to thank Diane and my mom who were both a HUGE help in getting everything together!

Hosting Thanksgiving was a lot of fun, but also a lot of work! I wouldn’t mind doing it again next year – in fact it could be a nice, new tradition – but I sure am glad it’s a whole year away! 😉

Saturday & Sunday

The rest of the weekend was fairly relaxing, and we got some cleaning and chores done around the apartment. The two biggest achievements were 1) that we got a storage unit to put away all of Fabio’s baseball boxes that were cluttering up the living room (Hallelujah!!)…

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And 2) we set up our Christmas decorations! This year we got a live tree from Costco for $33 which at first I hated (I really like chopping them down myself…) but once we opened it up I had to admit it looked pretty great and you couldn’t beat the price.

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We also took pictures of Jack in front of the tree for our annual Christmas card, and let’s just say it was a process. Here’s a sneak peak of how it went…

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Haha!! I’ll share the final picture on Christmas Day like usual. 🙂

And now we’re all caught up!

Question of the day: What’s your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving?

 Posted by on November 30, 2015

  One Response to “Thanksgiving 2015: My First Time Hosting!”

  1. Literally all that food looks amazing to me. I’m always so jealous of you guys in the US with your Thanksgiving meal. We have something similar on Christmas day (though no sweet potatoes…more roasted potatoes in goose fat). Love the black dog chopping board. I had an apple-shaped chopping board from my friends as a moving in present years ago but it broke in half after I used it too much. Sad days.

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