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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Eve

I tend to overdo it around the Holidays anyway, so add in the job of growing a baby boy to my typical Holiday madness and that makes for one exhausted mama.  I know, that doesn't sound any different than how I normally feel, but the Baums have been busy bees today!

Carney was nice enough to come over this morning to spend the first half of the day with the kiddos so that Dan and I (and Bo and Meagan) could get a few things done.  I worked for a while this morning (one thing I'm definitely thankful for is a flexible job that allows me to work from home frequently!!!) and also managed to do 4 loads of laundry by the time Carney left at 1pm.  Go me!  After I wrapped up work, the real madness began.  I got L down for a nap around 1:15 and then Dan and I got busy with preparations for tomorrow/the weekend.  I made blueberry muffins (mini and regular) to take to the mountains, made most of my sweet potato apple casserole for tomorrow (saved the topping for in the morning) and started on my second Thanksgiving dish while Dan started on dinner (tomato soup and grilled cheese), all before we got L up at 5pm.  Dan's friend from high school, Grant, and his wife Emily and their family are in town for the Holiday, so they came over to visit and had dinner which was a lot of fun.  They left around 8pm at which point I gave L a bath, and then Dan took over for books and bed time so that I could go finish putting together most of my second dish for tomorrow (confetti corn).  I cooked, cleaned the dishes, packed most of Lilly's stuff and most of my stuff and am now sitting in bed about to pass out!

In honor of Thanksgiving being tomorrow (and in case your Facebook and Instagram feeds aren't blowing up like mine are with photos of the delicious food everyone is making in preparation for the day), I thought I'd share with you our family's menu.  We alternate holidays with our families, and it's my family's year for Thanksgiving, which means we spend the day with  my Mom's family in Asheboro (think a huge gathering of grandparents, aunts & uncles, cousins and everyone's kids).  It is such a blessing that we are able to visit with each other, and I promise you have never had better food!  Here's what's on our menu:

2013 Thanksgiving Menu
Chopped BBQ and Sauce
Deviled Eggs
Broccoli Casserole
Sweet Potato Apple Casserole (Baum Contribution #1)
Pinto Beans
Green Bean Casserole
Macaroni & Cheese
Cranberry Sauce
Mashed Potatoes
Confetti Corn (Baum Contribution #2)
Apple Caramel Cake
Peanut Butter Pie
Pecan Pie

Remember when I said I planned to eat so much that I wouldn't be able to eat again for three days?  I was not kidding.  YUM.  I typically make macaroni, but Katy asked to make that this year (and by Katy I mean Josh as he is the chef in that family), so I tried a new recipe with the confetti corn.  Honestly I didn't think it could go wrong because it has bacon (which I left off for tonight and will add in the morning), but I sampled the almost-finished-product tonight and it did not disappoint.  Let's hope the family agrees!  If you are somehow still in need of a dish tomorrow, I highly recommend confetti corn because not only is it going to be delicious but it was pretty simple as well.  Can't beat that!

I will try to post tomorrow, if for nothing else than to show you a photo of L's Thanksgiving ensemble.  I was reminiscing back to last year's Thanksgiving, OY I know she is my kid but I can't stand the cuteness:

Such a sweet little butterball.  I seriously found a pair of those pink overalls in her size on eBay and almost bought them for her to wear again this year because I loved that outfit SO.MUCH. but I finally decided that might be weird.  Whatever.

We have so much to be thankful for as always, and I can't wait to celebrate tomorrow with family.  We are gearing up for another COLD weekend in Boone - there is quite a bit of snow on the ground already and I hope it hangs around long enough for me to see what Lilly thinks of it.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve to you and yours, and safe travels!


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