Flashback Friday: Thanksgiving 2011

The other day as I was slaving over the organization of my new bookshelf, I came across my old high school yearbooks and couldn’t resist taking a trip down memory lane. As I sat down and flooded my mind with memories, an exciting idea surfaced. Why not create a weekly blog series that allows me to actively look into my past and bring it to the present to share with you all? 

So without further ado, I present to you Flashback Friday!

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Due to my long blogging break, I missed writing about all of the best end-of-the-year holidays! Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve being the most important, of course. I’ll leave the Christmas flashback for next week, but today is all about Turkey Day.

Ever since some serious turmoil shook our family a few years ago, Thanksgiving went from a large friends n’ family event to a holiday of 4- mom, dad, sis, and I.

Although the turmoil subsided and we consider ourselves more or less “recovered”, this past Thanksgiving holiday remained an exclusive family event. Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The morning started off with lots of peeling and chopping:

We had an extensive menu to prep, and we started with butternut squash soup- a family favorite and a recent holiday staple. Thanks to my wild grocery shopping habits, there was an excess of squash waiting to be used. Thus the butternut squash soup simply became squash soup.

The recipe is incredibly easy and beyond delicious. Sauté , cook, and blend to achieve perfection!

The plethora of squash also led to roasted acorn squash circles. Pretty, no?

I bought some vegan stuffing at Whole Foods and was excited to try it.

It wasn’t too bad, but it definitely doesn’t compare to classic homemade stuffing (dressing technically).

After hours of drooling and sampling food, the table was finally set.

Sweet potato fries, mustard-coated brussel sprouts, and homemade cranberry sauce made an appearance as well.

Wine was obviously a necessity.

Finally, the turkey made its grand appearance.

It was delicious! As it should be- it’s hard to beat organic, free-range, hormone-free turkey from Whole Foods.

Needless to say, I piled on my plate…(the pic below was just the beginning of many, many refills)

My sis and I (well…mainly I) was in charge of dessert, and I’m embarrassed to say that I royally screwed it up :/

It may look nice but the two cans of pumpkin (instead of 2 cups) that I used basically resulted in a raw pumpkin pie.

FAIL.

It was eaten anyway…

Our family Thanksgiving was memorable and a time well spent. I’m already looking forward to this year’s holiday! Thanksgiving is my favorite.

♥ Irina