Thanksgiving 2013

This is an eating post, not a cooking post.  We went to see John's family for Thanksgiving, and I contributed nothing to the amazing meal we had other than my mouth.  And I was very generous with that.

I love it that our national day of Thanks revolves around eating.  Thank YOU, Mr. Lincoln, for creating a blogger and foodie's paradise (he officially set the holiday in 1863, though President Washington was the first president to call a 'day of thanks' in 1789). 

My mother-in-law is a wonderful cook, and we had all of the traditional favorites.  

Roasted turkey (with two little helpers):
Stuffing with Italian Sausage:
Mashed potatoes + gravy (red potatoes with skin on):
Roasted sweet potatoes (cut in half, seasoned with S&P and paprika, roasted skin side up with plenty of butter on the baking dish):
BRUSSEL SPROUTS (picture missing because I was scarfing them down) - roasted and topped with a sweet-maply dressing and almonds - Sooo delicious.

Buttery rolls with orange zest:
And of course dessert - Pumpkin cheesecake with gingerbread cookie crust, pecan pie, and assorted chocolates:

And great company:
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and continue to enjoy the holiday season!!