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And on that day, we gorged ourselves on the flesh of dead birds

I could have titled this post, “Snapshots from Thanksgiving Weekend,” but where’s the fun in that?

turkey pie

I baked a strawberry pie. Someone who ate a piece wanted to know if I’d made it. I answered in the affirmative, of course.

Friend: Did you make this pie?
Me: Yes, sir!
Friend: How did you make the crust???
Me: With unicorn magic and fairy dust.*

*I did not tell my friend that, in fact, the pie crust was made by Pillsbury. I’m probably going to Hell.

table for 6

We hosted our first family dinner on Saturday. I made turkey meatloaf, roasted red potatoes, and a nice green salad. I also set the fanciest table I’ve ever set in my young little life. But it’s nothing in comparison to this:

thanksgiving table

My mother’s holiday table is what my kitchen table aspires to be when it grows up.

turkey boy

She made these beautiful turkeys out of pinecones she’s been saving for fifty-five-ish years. Her mother found them on a vacation in 1956-ish and thought they looked just like turkey bodies, so my mom has been saving them all these years to turn them into Thanksgiving decorations. Next time Mike wants to know why our linen closet is stuffed full of craft supplies I rarely use I’m going to say, PINECONE TURKEYS.

candle light

Even her hors d’oeuvre table was gorgeous.

pilgrims and natives

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the Sylvanians! In this scene, a friendly native bearing gifts of friendship approaches a wary pilgrim. Not pictured – our fireplace mantel, where a Puritan minister teaches the natives about Jesus.

she gazes longingly

Mike made a wonderful squash dish that was the belle of the Thanksgiving ball, next to the turkey and my grandfather’s infamous wild rice stuffing. Even Valentine wanted this squash. If you behave, dear readers, I’ll share the recipe later this week.

What were the highlights from your Thanksgiving weekend?

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  • ‘Cita

    Sweet as can be!  I love this.  But missed the Pie….

  • My highlight? Food poisioning.

  • Wait, is that turkey dough the pie crust top?  Cause that’s amazing. We should get together and bake pie.  

  • cookie

    Trish!!!  I love these photos…  I can see you there, and your mom’s beautiful efforts for the family… geepers… are you two something or what??????  love you…. cookie