Tuesday, November 27, 2007


I still need to do a post about Piper's HONK! performance, but that involves pictures and since I am never home, I thought I would at least do a post that has no pictures, really only because I am SO scatterbrained that I forgot to take some.

Thanksgiving dinner is at our house every year. Aaron and I decided to have it at our house back in 2000 and now it is a tradition (do we have a lot of traditions?)

Note to self: Make a "traditions" label.

Anyway. Each year, Aaron does the Turkey, he has a famous recipe with a very secret ingredient.

I do the dressing, a recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation on my moms side. It's a simple yet tasty recipe, it's actually not even really a recipe, just some bread and spices thrown into a bowl then into the oven. Sometimes I do some little extra stuff like a relish tray or something. This year my tray consisted of sweet pickles wrapped in cream cheese and ham, Mom's pickled carrots, mom's danish pickles, black olives and green olives. I also make the gravy, and provide the drinks.

Annie (Aaron's mom) brings the mashed potatoes and a ham.

John (Aaron's dad) brought chips and dips. And fruit salad. He usually brings something different every year.

Aunt Val and Uncle Doyle bring the pies every year. This year, they also brought the rolls.

Angela (and Seth) is someone else that brings different things every year. This year she brought some potato things with corn and sausage and stuff mixed in. She also brought a yummy peach dessert that Randy made for us.

Grandma and Grandpa Johnson brought the sweet potatoes. Usually Dave and Penny(Aaron's Uncle & Aunt) bring the sweet potatoes, but they went somewhere else this year, so grandma volunteered. However... grandma usually makes (THE BEST) deviled eggs, but since she did sweet potatoes, she didn't do eggs. Maybe at Christmas? Hopefully.

Jared and Jessica(Val's kids, Aaron's cousins) were there this year, that was really nice. We see Jared often and he has been to Thanksgiving at our house a couple of times. But, Jessica lives in Seattle so it was really nice to have her, we don't see her near enough. She just did a huge 5 month hike. click here to see her adventure.

Unfortunately, Gina (Aaron's sis) wasn't able to come, she had to work, and her kids were at their dads.

Anyway, it was a huge success, if I do say so myself. I don't think that I complained even once. Even Aaron noticed that I didn't complain about anything.

We are pretty laid back. I buy the Platter sized Chinet plates and plastic silverware and cups. My house is too small to sit around a table, so we just sit around the house. Aaron had a projector, so we watched to football game on my living room wall.


Corinne said...

Woah. That is a LOT of people! Sounds like a LOVELY time :)

Valerie said...

Thanks for opening up your home for Thanksgiving. The food is always really good and your family is so welcoming and fun to visit.

sara said...

I'm jealous...I sooo missed doing Thanksgiving this year. Well, on the right weekend anyway!