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A Deep Fried Thanksgiving

We survived our first time hosting Thanksgiving!
But I have to give a major shout out to our parents. They brought over so much food and we barely had to do any of the cooking ourselves. The cooking that we did do involved a lot of oil and one turkey...
Our Menu
Deep Fried Turkey
Oven Roasted Ham
Chicken & Dressing
Broccoli Casserole
Squash Casserole
Macaroni & Cheese
Red Skin Mashed Potatoes
Butter Beans
Apple Cake + Ice Cream
There was so much food in our kitchen, y'all, you don't even understand. Our fridge is packed full of leftovers and our families took home plenty with them as well.
We did zero fancy things to our tables. I was just impressed that we had placemats/chairs for everyone and that Patrick agreed to let me bring in "yard debris" {baby pinecones} to fill up a little vase.

 Regardless of total lack of fall decorations {except for the beautiful flowers that showed up with my parents and with my grandmother}, we still had a great Thanksgiving meal. Plenty of family and lots of good food. I even managed to sneak into one picture!

... others managed to sneak in a nap. Priorities.


  1. You're crossing so many fun things off your list this year... Hosting thanksgiving, check! That deep fried turkey sounds so yummy!

  2. I'm so impressed! Isn't it so much fun hosting people and feeling like a "grown-up?" :) (I refuse to call my 27-year old self a grown-up!)

  3. Wow - so much food!! I love how Patrick called the pine cones "lawn debris." That sounds just like Mike! Great job on your first Thanksgiving in your new home!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  4. Aw so exciting to host Thanksgiving at your beautiful new home! Looks like a great spread! Fried turkey is the best!

  5. Okay, there are a few things on your menu that are definitely southern and definitely sound delicious!! Everything looks great!


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