Friday, November 23, 2007

Giving Thanks

Tom and I hosted a family of eight, my daughter and her friend from school for Thanksgiving. There were eleven of us at the table (Pictured above is us digging in). It was a very pleasant time. We also had other friends stop by after dinner to spend time with us.

I was so grateful that our friends loaned us their two teenage daughters the night before to help me with the cooking. We made two turkeys (I couldn’t find one big enough so we made two smaller ones), baked ziti, stuffing and gravy. Below are some pictures of the girls cooking and having fun.

Making ziti. Lots of pasta and three different cheeses.
Chopping onions makes her cry, but not for long. Smiles all around.













The next day we finished off the menu with baked ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn and green bean casserole. All the girls (I had four helpers and did I ever appreciate all of them) helped get the house together. They cleaned, set the table and helped finish off the meal. Many hands make for light work.

Our wonderful guest bought over wine, shrimp, chocolate cake and homemade cranberry sauce. Costco makes such good pies, that I decided I would let them contribute the pumpkin and apple pies we had.

I am very grateful for God, my family (near and far), good friends (and their wonderful kids who help cook) and for so many blessings God has given me. I hope that all of you had a great Thanksgiving.

© Nadine Z. 2007

11 comments:

LL said...

gee, but that looks fun!

those girls better put a bag over their heads! poor things will never find a husband (HA!)... Good thing they can cook!

Delina said...

What a great day you had!

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Scarlet said...

What a spread! Sounds like you had fun and with the help, it makes it so much easier. I love the pics!

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

Oh my word - how delicious! And how awesome to have such wonderful help. I somehow knew you'd have pasta!

Art said...

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Louise said...

Love those pics! The girls cooking looks like a blast!

Damselfly said...

Looks tasty! I don't have any pictures of Thanksgiving -- not until my aunt sends us the ones she took!

Shaunda said...

What a great day you HAD! MANY MORE!

Cate said...

Now I know you're Italian since you made baked ziti along with the other stuff. We always have that too, except this year because my father in law decided to make stuffed shells instead. What was he thinking?

Nabeel said...

wow, what a big dinner on thanksgiving .. well hope the food was delicious and the feelings were warm.