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sigh.  what a wonderful thanksgiving break.  it was the perfect amount of holiday bustle combined with relaxation and having no agendas.

ross and i spent the break at my parents’ house, and enjoyed lots of quality time with the fam as well as a visit to see a friend’s new baby!

mom was in charge of decorations and had all the tables decked out before we had even arrived.

we divided up the cooking, doing some on wednesday and the rest on thursday morning, for a very non-stress meal.

as promised, here was our menu for turkey day:

old faithfuls:  turkey, spiral ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, and stuffing – all prepared by my aunt and grandfather

other wonderful sides:

– sweet potato casserole

– homemade cranberry sauce

– my grandfather’s green beans

– mushroom, zucchini risotto

– apple pancetta goat cheese salad

– yeast rolls, sweet potato biscuits, and potato rolls

take a look.  i got a little bit of everything.

and for dessert:

pumpkin caramel cheesecake with a gingersnap crust, mini chocolate chip tarts and pecan pie tarts

we were all in comas for hours afterward, ending the evening with a walk down the road and a front yard bonfire.  hope everyone else’s thanksgivings were wonderful and relaxing as well.

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