Day of Thanks

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I was excited to have a home large enough to host Thanksgiving this year. I was awesome to be able to take the burden of always having to host off of my mom and invite my aunts and uncles over to join us in celebrating the day!

I was a bit intimidated by the turkey, I admit. I'd never cooked one before, but figured it can't be harder--only longer--than roasting a chicken.

The Pioneer Woman came to the rescue. On a whim I check out her newest cookbook The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays from the library. I don't actually make many Pioneer Woman recipes. I love her zucchini cakes and cinnamon buns and that's about all I've made. But her turkey sure looked tasty so I made her recipe, which consisted of rubbing the turkey with rosemary orange butter. It turned out perfect! I also used A Year of Holidays to make my mashed potatoes. Now, I know how to make mashed potatoes, but usually they must be done last minute to be warm. But The Pioneer Woman's make-ahead version was just as tasty and made meal making much less last minute. Another tasty side I made for the first time was Sausage and Apple Stuffing and the baked brie appetizer was delicious! I baked some fig and peach jam on top wrapped in crescent roll dough and wow, I could have made a meal just on that!

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I was especially proud--and thankful--for our new farmhouse table that Josh whipped up for the occasion! We needed a bigger table to make hosting easier. Not just for Thanksgiving but in general. Our former table only sat 6. Our new table sits 8-10 comfortably. We didn't have the funds to buy a new table, so Josh built it. Also, so thankful to our friend who gave us the lumber for the top!

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But I have to ask, what's your favorite Thanksgiving dish? The turkey? Mashed potatoes and gravy?

I have to say this year mine was the stuffing and sweet potato casserole my aunt makes. Yum.

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It was a lovely day of thanks and my heart was full of thankfulness for the blessings of this year.