A Lowcountry Thanksgiving – Part 1

Our Thanksgiving was officially dedicated to food and family this year and it was fantastic.  The party began at breakfast, with fruit, sausage, rolls and quiche.

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Followed by a game of Guitar Hero,

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organizing food,

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and little bit of munching.  We clearly needed an app to hold us over until the real deal, so we enjoyed local shrimp

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and artichokes while we waited.

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After losing interest in Guitar Hero, we headed outside to watch the turkey fry.

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Slowly-but-surely, he was lowered into the pot of bubbling hot peanut oil – head first.

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Dun dun dun….

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I wouldn’t want to be in that hotness for 45 minutes…ugh.

While he sizzled away, we engaged in a little picture-taking

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and played a few games of catch.

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Before we knew it, he was ready!

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While he cooled, the rest of the food was strategically set out for self-serving.  Get ready for this ridiculously large amount of food for 10 people.  We had:

Sausage stuffing,

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squash cups,

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honey baked ham,

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sweet potatoes,

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Charleston red rice,

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mashed potatoes,

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succotash,

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green bean casserole,

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mac and cheese (that almost disappeared by the time I was finished taking pictures of all this stuff!),

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and the turkey, of course.

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We set out 2 of the desserts in the dining room – pecan pie

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and pumpkin gooey cake (that ended up being the same recipe I used for our fall supper club!).

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The dining room looked so good – I had to capture it before everyone dug in.

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My cousins made the creative place cards for each of us -

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so we would be sure to know where to sit!

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I went back into the kitchen and filled my plate with a bit of everything, which was a fairly difficult undertaking.

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After stuffing ourselves over a few rounds of family questions, we moved onto dessert.  I chose to have a bite of the pumpkin gooey cake and one of Cacky’s chocolate pots – with a dollop of homemade whipped cream on both.

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Woof.  Everything was delicious.  By the time we finished cleaning up and putting away all of the food, it was around 5:00pm.  Right about then, we took a “time-out” from food.  Some of us took a walk, some watched a movie, and some napped.

By 8:00, we were ready for round 3 – which will be continued in Part II of A Lowcountry Thanksgiving…

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