We rotate visiting families each Thanksgiving and Christmas, and this year it was a year to spend with my in-laws. I was so happy to hear that my sister-in-law and her family would be joining us this year from Ohio. We all met in the mountains and had a lovely time.
On Thanksgiving Day, we had our big meal around 4:00. Before that, Ian's sister sweetly gave us some of her time and played photographer for us ... family Christmas card photo, check! (I decided to use Tinyprints again this year and will share our card once it's in the mail!)
Some photos that we aren't using, but that are just too cute...
My two contributions to the family meal were this cute turkey cheese ball (I used this recipe for a sweet cheese ball -- love that it had diced granny smith apples in it!) and the cranberry sauce.
This was my best batch to date of cranberry sauce! I followed the instructions on the back of the package but added my two standard add-ins (fresh orange juice and cinnamon) and also gave it a quick dash of almond extract this year. Everyone loved it!
Camille wore a jumper that my mom made her and my friend monogrammed for us.
She loved her first Thanksgiving dinner, and even got to taste some pumpkin pie for dessert!
Friday we all needed to get out of the house and stretch our legs, so we went to the cutest park in Valle Crucis, then we all went and bought candy from the big barrels at Mast General Store. We also paid a visit to the cemetery where Ian's father is.
Friday we took a ride on the ranger down past the horse stables and went out to Mexican for a break from turkey!
It was a great Thanksgiving, and now ... time to get that Christmas tree UP!