Thankful Thanksgiving is Finally Over!!

Thanksgiving is finally over. It was great, I came, I cooked, I conquered the cranberry chutney doubters! Unfortunately, I didn’t blog or take nearly as many pictures as I should have.🤦🏾‍♀️ Oh well, we’ll just have to make do.

This year I really took on Thanksgiving full force! I went to two family gatherings and hosted Friendsgiving on Black Friday. Here is an image of the table set up for Friendsgiving. Somehow we managed to host dinner for 12 in our cozy little sun room.

Thank goodness I started early and had my niece in the kitchen with me helping. Every year, we make our cranberry chutney recipe and year after year, it gets rave reviews.

Starting early meant that I wasn’t stuck in the kitchen missing the fun. Instead I was helping the ladies win another game night victory and making memories with loved ones.

Ok back to the cooking duties! Let’s rundown all of the items I contributed to said celebrations:

For my mom’s house:

-scalloped potatoes

-spiced cake cupcakes with pumpkin cheesecake frosting

-cranberry chutney

I did the scalloped potatoes in a bunt pan this year. They weren’t my strongest dish. I can’t wait to try again and improve upon this recipe.

For my uncle’s house:

-leek and artichoke bread pudding

-mulled wine

-cider and bourbon cocktail

-cranberry chutney

-Spiced cake with pumpkin cream cheese icing

**Fun fact- I iced the spice cake about 15 minutes before we had to rush out of the house. It wasn’t the prettiest but OMG it was delicious!! Mr. AD said the frosting was one of the most delicious frostings he’s ever tried. It wasn’t too sweet and it was packed with seasonal spices.

Friendsgiving at my house:

Stuffed Buttermilk Cornish Hens

Mac and Cheese

Leek and Artichoke Bread Pudding

Cranberry chutney

Mini Lemon Cakes with Keylime Icing

Mini Spice Cakes with Candied Ginger

Mini Pumpkin cheese cakes

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic and Honey

Roasted Potatoes with Parm and Herb Garlic Butter

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

My mom was kind enough to make additional items for my Friendsgiving dinner including:

-Turkey

-Ham

-Rice and Beans

-Pepper Stuffing

-Green Bean Casserole

My bestie brought cider for a spiked cocktail, a delicious apple pie and dinner rolls.

It goes without being said that my guests were well fed! After the food, we played games. We got to do two game nights in a row which was awesome! My face always looks so crazy in the middle of play! What can I say? I’m really passionate about taboo😂😂

My next post will be all about my famous cranberry chutney. If you haven’t tried it, DO! It’s pairs great with savory menu items. I served it to doubters with a bite of mac and cheese and turkey.

I hope your Thanksgiving holiday allowed you to spend time with those nearest and dearest to your heart!

Thanks for stopping by the blog! Come back soon.

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