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Nov 24, 2011

A Bunch of Turkeys

Gym Rat

Another turkey...who is missing?

Dog Walker

Princess! Turkeys don't have lips!

Prima Donna
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and not just because I love to eat. Although I have to say that I can make an AMAZING pecan pie. About ten years ago, I decided I wanted to learn to make a pie. I don’t ever remember my mom making pies, and on rare occasion Grandma might throw one together, but homemade pies were not part of our tradition. I did a little research and a lot of experimenting, and I finally stumbled upon a recipe that we all really like from America’s Test Kitchens. Now I make pies every year (well, except the year that Scout was born). I just finished up the pies for this feast…six pumpkin, three pecan, and one cherry.

My family is all about traditions. We started a rather silly one about 5 years ago. I’ve told you before that we love the Reflections contest sponsored by the PTA. So one year when Teach was still in high school, she decided she wanted to create a Theater entry around a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. The Dog Walker has a tendency to memorize movies and the part of Peppermint Patty denouncing Charlie Brown in one of his favorite speeches.

So the entire family was in on the joke except the Dog Walker. We sent him upstairs to the shower and then we put out “dinner” consisting of popcorn, toast, chocolate pudding, pretzels, and jellybeans. You can imagine his reaction when he returned. With the camera running, the Dog Walker didn’t disappoint us although we were surprised to find out that he really was disappointed about dinner and until we assured him that the real dinner would be served shortly, he was pretty upset.

This has become a fun tradition for us! Now we choose someone each year to play the part of Peppermint Patty. This meal happens at noon and that keeps everyone satisfied until the actual dinner is served. We have added lunch meat just to make it a little filling, but the kids love the chocolate pudding in long-stemmed glasses and gorging themselves with jellybeans. These fun turkey pics were taken a couple of years ago. Bossy and Teach usually provide the kids with some fun activities while they are waiting for the food. See all these things I have to be grateful for? Even if they are a bunch of turkeys…

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Me holding my little Curly (before he was curly)

Bean Dip



Drama Queen


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Anita @ Dreaming Beneath the Spires said...

Wow! Imagine having time to write a blog with so much baking, and so many adorable children!

Marci said...

That is so much fun! I love the turkeys! And Peppermint Patty -- LOVE IT! Happy Thanksgiving! I sure love learning about your family traditions

Bossy said...

I am pretty sure that was Dog Walker's pre-eaten. I don't remember if I made one that year. But no one else has the half-sized licorice on theirs.

LeAnn said...

Loved the pictures and the tradition; a very fun post.
I can tell you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.
Blessings to you!

Arkansas Patti said...

Loved the snaps of each.Interesting that Curly wasn't always curly. Maybe there is hope for me yet.
You are truly blessed and what a table you have each day much less Thanksgiving.

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

I love those!
Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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