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December 4, 2011


Filed under: family, food, holidays — Jana @ 6:42 pm

This year for thanksgiving I invited my Dad, step-mom Lisa, and little brother Matthew to our house for thanksgiving.  I made the meal, and I would say I’m almost a pro now, since out of about 7 of the 8 years we have been married I have made the entire  feast myself.  Don’t get me wrong… I prefer it that way.  I am a major control freak when it comes to the kitchen.   It is, however a ton of work.  I am pretty pleased at how it turned out.  Everything was tasty and delicious (excluding a few fails, but we won’t talk about spilled turkey brine or doughy rolls right now).

I brined the turkey in this recipe, then cooked it in a turkey bag… 17 lb turkey cooked in only 2 1/2 hours.  It turned out really good and moist, and it was super easy.


I also made this recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole… which is so good, it makes you forget your eating sweet potatoes.

I, of course, made a bunch of other thanksgiving classics but I can’t share the recipes because they are top secret (or maybe it’s because I am way too lazy to post them).

And don’t forget the pie!  Apple crumble, cherry and banana cream (last of which, I forgot to take pictures of and it was gone too fast to do it later), and lots of freshly whipped vanilla whip cream.


Here we are about to eat:


Please ignore that Lee is blurry, I am exhausted, carmen is bugged that she couldn’t sit by Uncle Matthew… in spite of all that, we had a really great time.

Earlier that day, while I was busy cooking up a storm, My step-mom Lisa kept the kids busy and out of my hair with a plethora of crafts… the most awesome of which was a ginger bread house that turned out really cute.


My favorite part was Moseley’s gingerbread (wo)man with the circus peanut bra. Ha Ha!


The rest of the weekend was a lot of fun too.  We went to see the muppets, went to the beach (it was 75 degrees in november!  This is why we live in southern california.), ate tons of leftovers,  and of course we did some shopping!  I love the holidays.




  1. i’m pretty sure that is the same sweet potato casserole that my mom makes – and it is freakin delicious. like another dessert at dinner time. :) and if we are ever stranded in Temecula for Thanksgiving and have no where to go, can we come to your house for dinner? I will totally entertain the kids and stay out of your way…. :)

    Comment by Tami — December 4, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

    • of course… you guys are always invited. :)

      Comment by Jana — December 4, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

  2. Seriously you are going to regret disclosing these beautiful food pictures someday when we all show up at your door on Thanksgiving.

    Comment by Eve — December 4, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

  3. The food looks divine! Pie, Pie, we want pie!!! I love the circus peanut “chomboles”.(prounounced ‘chom bowl ees’. “Huffaker language”.

    Comment by UtahGrandma — December 6, 2011 @ 7:30 am

  4. Wow! Who knew Mose was such a boob man. :) That Ginger Spice is stacked!! It’s rare that a cookie is deserving of a stripper name.

    Comment by (me)linda — December 12, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

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