by Erin Napier
We had the huge Thanksgiving spread at Ben’s parents’ for lunch at breakneck speed… And I only got this one lousy picture of Jesse getting a cup of punch before we set the table:
Here’s a picture from last year that’s 90% the same as what happened today, so let’s just pretend I took this today and Sam and his crew were still here:
We had to hustle in order to make the 4 hour drive home and get that food I made last week in the oven tonight in time for Kidsgiving, as in, the adult children on the Rasberry side of the family having their own little Thanksgiving gathering since our parents had planned to all go on vacation, but then our parents all backed out on said plans and the kids made the meal and the parents came and kicked their feet up (read: chased the babies around) and reaped the benefits.
It was honestly a ton of fun, each of us taking different responsibilities and bringing it all together to make a really dang good dinner. Jim deep fried the turkey and smoked a ham, Mallorie made turnip greens and tea, Amanda made dressing, fresh cranberry sauce and fruit salad, and I made sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, and pecan pies.
Our parents were pleasantly surprised by how good it was, I think, and are probably ready to relinquish Thanksgiving duties permanently. We’ll just have to see about that.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!