A Tale of Two Thanksgivings

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Thanksgiving weekend is over and I’m still stuffed!  Why?  This year, I had the pleasure of indulging in not one, but TWO Thanksgiving dinners! I don’t think I can ever look at another piece of turkey again.  I had a great time, though!  Read about my two tasty dinners after the jump!

Dinner #1 was on Thanksgiving day at my boyfriend’s sister’s house.  There was a minor mishap at the start of the day when her oven died and she had to send the turkey to her mom’s house (45 mins away) to be cooked! Consequently, dinner was delayed about 3 hours.

Finally, we arrived at the house and it was time to eat!  My boyfriend has 5 nieces and nephews, ranging in age from 6 to 19, so the place was packed with energy!  It was a casual affair- there were a couple tables set up in the basement and the food was served buffet-style.  Here’s what we ate:

-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
-Hawaiian Rolls
-Green Bean Casserole
-Stuffing
-Brown Gravy
-Turkey
-Mashed Potatoes
-Corn
-Olives (the kids LOVE olives, so there was a huge bowl of them on the table!)
-Cheesecake

The highlight of the dinner, however, was a yummy layered dessert called “Death by Chocolate.” Before the meal even started, everyone was talking about it in anticipation.  It was a super-simple recipe- chocolate pudding, Cool Whip, Oreo cookie crumbs, and chocolate cake all put into a huge glass serving bowl and chilled.  Yum! I forgot to take a photo, but it looked something like this:

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After dinner, we hung out, watched “The Simpsons Movie,” and I played with some of the kids.  It was a fun night, overall.

Dinner #2 was the next day at my parents’ house.  My grandparents were there, as well, along with a neighbor.  There aren’t any kids in our family, so holidays are always pretty quiet at my house.  Here’s what we ate:

-Stuffing
-Turkey
-Mashed Potatoes
-Corn Casserole
-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples
-Bread
-Cranberry Sauce
-Pumpkin Pie
-Chocolate Chip Pumpkin bread (I’ll write about this later this week)
-Wild Rice with Cranberries (I’ll also write about this later this week!)

Unfortunately, at this dinner, I ate WAY too much and ended up feeling sick and being a blob on the couch afterward. We watched some old movies, looked at some photo albums, and had a quiet night.  But I was sent home with plenty of leftovers, so I’m looking forward to using them up!

If you need some ideas for using your leftover turkey, click here!

I’d love to hear about all of your Thanksgivings! What dish was the star of the show?  Who did you spend it with?

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