Giving Thanks

I had many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, including my family which made the trek from Iowa to join us in Chicago for a break from our traditional turkey-day routine. As I mentioned in my last post, I was very excited about hosting with my sister at my place for the first time, so we ambitiously mixed up our normal routine and menu with new recipes and served the meal in courses.  

I personally get really excited about table settings and dishware, so I ransacked my sister’s cabinets on Tuesday and threw it together with what I had in my cabinets to come up with our Thanksgiving table. I was really happy with the way it turned out — kind of a bold and colorful take on a rustic harvest motif. Orange and red paper turkeys or leaf prints aren’t really my style, so Thanksgiving in my mind became more of a harvest look.  

Here are a few shots of the table and dinner:

Bowls and glasses from Anthropologie

Tiny decorated pumpkin courtesy of my nephew

Potato, Leek and Broccoli Soup from Food & Wine

Winter Jeweled Fruit Salad (sort of…)

Look how proud Laura and Ryan are of their turkey-cooking skills!

Apple Cider Doughnut Holes for dessert (From Food Network magazine)

It may have been chaotic at times — 1:00 a.m. turkey-brining, a broken thermostat with no heat, a two-year-old with the flu (and a related unfortunate incident for Grandpa), three birthday celebrations, a REALLY bad bottle of wine, the world’s stickiest doughnut dough, six adults and one toddler in a tiny apartment — but we got through it and had a great time. A fabulous time, in fact — one of my favorite Thanksgivings in recent memory. And thanks largely in part to my fabulous mother (and her superhuman cleaning abilities), I didn’t strangle anyone while my apartment was turned upside down — a small, but notable victory during the holidays, I think!

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