Thanksgiving Recap

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday!


Barry and I hosted Thanksgiving again this year. My dad and sister came down for the holiday, and we had a nice day yesterday. We kicked things off the same way we did last year, by walking the Drumstick Dash 5K in Roanoke. It’s been unseasonably warm this week, and the temperature was 40 degrees or so at the race (in the past it’s been as cold at 15 degrees!).


After the race we headed back home and shortly thereafter it was time to start cooking. I’m glad to report that my plans to cook our turkey, or ‘Big Tom’ as we I nicknamed him, in the roaster worked out perfectly! The only little snafu I hit was that Big Tom ended up being a bit too big, despite being within the weight range listed for the roaster. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without something going awry. Luckily we were able to fix it by holding the lid down with a couple of paving stones.


We sat down to dinner sometime between 3:30 and 4 in the afternoon and we had quite the menu to choose from! Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, green beans, carrots, cranberry sauce, and rolls. In the end we probably cooked enough for about eight people, and we’ve got plenty of leftovers!

Buffet-style this year.
Buffet-style this year.

We ended the evening by watching Home Alone together. This is a tradition that has been in my family since I was a kid and we would go up to my Nana and Pop Pop’s house for Thanksgiving. After dinner, all of the adults would fall asleep and us kids would watch Home Alone. This year, we all stayed awake to enjoy the movie and also enjoyed some dessert.


I made an egg custard pie and a pumpkin pie and my little sister made her delicious apple crumble (baked apples with a cinnamon brown sugar oatmeal crumble on top). I hope y’all had a great holiday!

What time do you typically eat Thanksgiving dinner?
What Thanksgiving traditions does your family have?
Do you call it stuffing or dressing?

7 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Recap”

  1. I am lucky to go to my in-laws for supper and do not have to host! I washed all of the dishes though! My MIL has a tradition that all of the “kids” (mostly grown) write their letters to Santa after supper. Your spread looks delicious and Thanksgiving leftovers are the best!

    1. Washing the dishes is a big job! Even with just four of us, there was a lot to do. My dad and husband took care of it all, though. Lucky me! The letters to Santa is a cute tradition. I like little, unique things like that.

  2. Looks like a great Thanksgiving! I always call it stuffing, although I guess we normal have “dressing” as it’s typically made separately from the turkey. At least, I think that’s the difference?

    1. Good point on stuffing vs. dressing. Technically, we have dressing too! I think the difference is actually regional – it just depends on what part of the country you live in. But I like your distinction between the two.

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