Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all had as great of a holiday as I did. This was definitely the best Thanksgiving that I can remember. I was in charge of a great deal of the cooking/set-up/clean-up so I was definitely busy but that just made it even more rewarding. We hosted the feast at our house this year and there were 7 of us in total: me, my parents, my little sister, uncle, grandma and grandpa. We had such a great time as always and afterward my dad and I were saying that we wished we had a video camera or something to record our ridiculous conversations. We’re definitely your typical “Jewish family” with our loud bickering and shouting over each other. There were points where we were laughing so hard we were crying! It was great.


I got up early this morning to get a good workout in preparation for the day’s festivities. Afterward I had a few cups of coffee and a delicious honeycrisp apple as I got to work on getting ready for Thanksgiving.



Cheese Plate: Garlic Cheddar, Smoked Gouda, Brie


The whole spread including: cheese, veggies and dip, Grandma’s famous chopped liver, salmon paté and crackers.


And my family’s traditional cocktail: Black Russian. I’m such a lightweight that I was definitely feeling it after this drink! 


Thanksgiving Feast

Frozen Cranberry, Pineapple, Marshmallow cups.


Carrot Ring 


Cranberry, Pecan, Cornbread Stuffing






Roasted green beans, brussels sprouts, broccoli.


Maple-Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes


The whole spread–so delicious, and we have more left-overs than we know what to do with!


Wine. I had about 1.5 glasses of the Pinot Noir throughout the afternoon and was drunk by the end! I’m an embarrassment, hehe.



And the best part of the meal, obviously.

Carrot-Cake Cupcakes, homemade fudge.


….And the star of the day and my pride and joy:

Praline-Pumpkin Cake


DROOL. Everyone was raving about this and said that it was by far the best dessert we’ve ever made and was definitely restaurant-worthy. I just might have to go back for another slice as a midnight snack ; )


I am STUFFED. I definitely ate and drank way too much but I enjoyed every bite and sip that I took. I was able to really let myself indulge and enjoy my amazing meal guilt-free. I worked really hard cooking and preparing this year and it makes me so happy that everyone loved everything and had a great time. 

After we stuffed ourselves to capacity most of my family collapsed on the couch but my stomach was so filled to the point of bursting that I couldn’t even sit down comfortably so my dad and I went for a long walk around the neighborhood. It felt great to get some fresh air and chat. 

I’m still super-full and hope that my stomach makes some room later tonight so I can go back for seconds on that cake and try some of the food that I didn’t get a chance to taste yet. For now I’m going to go change into my sweats and watch some football. I LOVE THANKSGIVING!


13 Responses to “HAPPY THANKSGIVING!”

  1. 1 VeggieGirl Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING, SARAH!!! I want your fooooooooood!!!! 😀

  2. 2 eatingbender Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    YAY!!!! What a great celebration!! Your cake looks seriously amazing – I would totally be going back for seconds later tonight if I were you 🙂 I’m so glad you’ve had such a relaxing and enjoyable holiday!! I’ve had a couple glasses of wine and am now feeling it, too – haha!! Enjoy the rest of your evening, Sarah!! Thanksgiving = THE BEST!!

  3. 4 saima Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    OMGGGGGGG!! that looks scrumptiouss!! yummm oh yummm!! being a dessert person of late…i hafta say that cakee looks sOOOO good! really i was drooling just looking at the pix and then had to scroll down quick before my unpredictable sweet tooth kicks in!!

  4. 5 ksgoodeats Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Everything looks SO GOOD that you can feel free to ship any leftover’s to me 😉 What is a carrot ring, though?

    Don’t worry about being a light weight – I am too!!

    Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving, enjoy those leftovers girl!

  5. 6 jenngirl Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Sarah!! I’m so glad you had an awesome day, and wow, that cake DOES look amazinggg!

    And Ecco Domani is my favorite wine, the Pinot Grigio is delightful 😉

  6. 7 Erin Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    HOLY *&%& THAT IS THE BEST LOOKING SPREAD YET! I can’t believe the desserts. Your dinner blew mine out of the water. SO JEAL!
    I’m so happy you had a guilt free day. 🙂 You deserve it! Yay!

  7. 8 Melissa S. Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    great job on that cake babe! it looks AMAZING!!!

    I’m glad you enjoyed the day with your family!!!

    happy thanksigivng!!!

  8. 9 Sharon Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Can I come over for some food? =) Haha, delicious!

  9. 10 Katie Friday, November 28, 2008 at 2:04 am

    Oh my sweet lordy, that cake looks AMAZING!!!

    Glad you had a wonderful time tonight. I definitely hear ya about the “Jewish family”- we were shouting over each other here as well!

    Happy Thanksgiving Sarah!

  10. 11 megan Friday, November 28, 2008 at 11:21 am

    I want a piece of that cake! 😉 Looks like a happy feast!

  11. 12 Julz Friday, November 28, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    I Love you! HAPPY THANKS! I’m uber thankful for the sfam I’ve found in you 🙂

  12. 13 Kristie Friday, November 28, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Everything looks completely lovely and nicely displayed too!
    That cake looks sooo good. If only food were edible right off the computer screen…

    Gotta indulge on Thanksgiving. Especially when it comes to from-scratch, completely homemade goods. The absolute BEST kind.


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