A Perfect Thanksgiving

This week I had the pleasure of sharing another relaxing, scrumptious and most of all fun Thanksgiving with my family. To top off a perfect day we woke up to a fresh dusting of snow. 

This year I planned the menu about a week in advance and stared shopping for groceries 6 days before. With the threat of major snowstorms the week of Thanksgiving I knew it was best to get as much in advance as possible. We saved seafood and fresh produce for our last minute purchases. My mom and I made the pies the night before and started the other dishes in the morning so they could just be warmed before eating. Working on dishes throughout the day allowed us to keep the kitchen clean and the mood stress free.

After devouring the amazing meal we sat around the table for another hour chatting and laughing. Shortly thereafter we all assumed spots under comfy blankets on the couches with the dogs cuddled around where we napped and watched football afternoon. Doesn’t get much better in my opinion.

Our amazing spread of food consisted of:
(click the titles for the recipe links)

Steamed King Crab (served with melted butter infused in garlic and lemon juice)
Sauteed Shrimp and Scallops (marinated in lemon juice and Chipotle Tabasco)
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes (added lots of fresh herbs and mixed in shredded cheese)
Quinoa Stuffing
Green Bean Casserole (subbed heavy cream for cream of mushroom and used crunchy onions instead of bread)
Chocolate Pecan Pie

Paula Deen’s pies y’all
All the dishes!
The perfect plate


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