1) 20 lb Turkey
a) cornbread dressing, traditional of my cousin's wife's family
b) plain dressing, traditional to my family
c) cubed bread stuffing with onions and celery, traditional of Matt's family. But we added sausage to it and it is the best stuffing EVER. Says everyone.
4) Green Bean Casserole (with the French Fried Onions on top. I eat those things like potato chips. Yes, I bought an extra large can, and yes, I finished it up last night, while watching Heroes.)
5) Mashed Potatoes, with sour cream and roasted garlic
a) from a can, still in the can shape, and delicious
b) my aunt Cindy's recipe of brandied cranberries which is awesome
7) Rigatoni (my family is Italian)
Three kinds of meat in the sauce:
a) hot Italian sausage
b) meatballs, made by my sister Elizabeth
c) a 3 lb rump roast (doesn't that sound gross?) simmered in the sauce for 12 hours, then cut into chunks and returned to the sauce for everyone's enjoyment
And yes, I so use pretty pretty silver glasses with paper towels for napkins. And none of you should have a problem with that.
Matt carved the turkey, and did a fabulous job. Unfortunately, in the picture (linked), you can't see the turkey very well (it's a narrow, narrow kitchen), but you CAN see that we've already gone through a lot of wine glasses.
And then there was pie.
From the left, there is Apple, then Pumpkin, then a Cranberry Tart. (Below them you can see the Sausage stuffing waiting to go in the oven, as well as the cranberry jelly.)
Oh... But that's not all the food we had. Johnie brought over a cheesecake from Junior's. Which is pretty much the best cheesecake ever. Even Matt raved about it, and he is not a huge cheesecake fan.
Wanna see whatelse Johnie brought over?
Yeah, 45 jello shots. I pretty much never want Thanksgiving without them again. Because... YUM. Jello shots. (PS? My favorite jello shot used to be Strawberry Kiwi, but I think it's now Pineapple.)
Finally. The guests.
From left, Johnie, my sister's boyfriend, my sister Elizabeth, my brother Michael, my college roommate Jane, my husband Matt, my cousin Ara, his wife Cicely, their friend Ali, and ME!