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Post Thanksgiving

I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving day with your families! We had a perfect day! The kids popped up at 7:50 a.m. because Thanksgiving is one of their favorite holidays. I, however, needed some more sleep. So they played in their room until I got up at 9:00 a.m.

While Rick and the kids watched the DVR'd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, I made some biscuits and gravy for breakfast. Then I got to cooking our Thanksgiving dinner. I have to say, each year I improve on our meal. This year's meal was delish!

Of course we had turkey. I use Uncle Bill's recipe for roasted turkey and it turns out perfectly! (My dad's name is Bill, but it's not his recipe, and Uncle Bill is not my uncle.)

My dad had the honor of cutting the turkey this year. Usually it's just Rick, myself, and the little two kids on Thanksgiving. But this year the older kids came and my parents.

Along with turkey we had crockpot stuffing (thank you, Lora, it is the best stuffing EVER!), mashed potatoes with homemade giblet gravy, green bean casserole, homemade noodles by my dad, corn, rolls, and our new favorite …. stuffed mushrooms! (Those mushrooms were to die for!) For dessert we had pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake.

After posing for some pics, Rick and the kids settled in to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and The Nightmare Before Christmas. My mom and I cleaned up the kitchen and then went to Walmart for Black Friday shopping. Yes, I am one that enjoys snagging a good deal. We didn't have any big ticket items to get, in fact my mom didn't even have anything to buy. But, I happen to think it's fun. I got some great deals on things I had on my list, saving $60 in just two items that I was going to buy anyway, and now, going into December, I only have a couple of items left to buy.

I got home at about 1:00 a.m., ate some cheesecake, and hit the sack. Today we are taking it very easy and are going to get out and decorate the outside of our house for Christmas in a bit.

We had a photo bomber .. do you see her?


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