|I believe this face says "Bring me some pie!"|
|She still loves the camera!|
|Such a happy baby!|
Unfortunately for all you loyal readers, I'm not much of a holiday picture taker. I get so distracted by all the commotion and family camaraderie that whipping out my camera just never comes to my mind until after everyone has left for the evening. Of course, during Thanksgiving, I'm also one of the two main chefs, so I'm swamped in the kitchen to boot. I did manage to take a few quick snaps of Piper and my niece Larkin, which I will post, but if I didn't tell you so, you wouldn't have a clue they were holiday related. You will notice that Piper is not in a "Thanksgiving" outfit, per se. However, under her cute pink overalls, her brown onesie does say Gobble, Gobble. Gobble on it...you just can't see it! But it was there, so I count it regardless.
|Two beauties, for sure!|
|Piper has a new thing where she bangs on things!|
|Told you the pics only had these two in them!|
|See them toofers?|
|Such a commanding look!|
|About to start pounding the table again...|
|Always checking what others are doing.|
|Here she is probably wondering how we all got so dang goofy!|
|And here she is demonstrating it!|
Besides all the fun and games, dinner was fantastic! On the menu this year was the usual turkey but this year I injected it with butter while my mom rubbed rosemary under the skin. We also had my infamous stuffed mushrooms, my great grandmother's dressing, green bean bundles, mini macaroni bites, artichoke and roasted red pepper pastry puffs, cranberry sauce, carrots and rutabagas, cheese grits, crescent rolls, cream cheese cherry pie, mini apple and cranberry pies, pumpkin pie, and last but not least, champagne, beer, wine, and whiskey. I feel like I may be forgetting something, especially since we have such a massive spread every year, but if so, oh well. The mini macaroni bites, pastry puffs, and mini pies were all new this year. I decided to add some finger foods that would fit nicely on an overfilled plate, so that was my inspiration for those. All but the pies were homemade recipes, and I was amazed at how well they all turned out. I will admit that a lot of cursing went down during the mini pie making. I will openly admit I am not much of a from-scratch baker. I really suck at rolling out dough, and I honestly don't know how the bakers of the world accomplish such amazing works of art. My pies looked like crap, I dropped a lot of f-bombs during the process, but in the end they were ugly but uber delicious. As a matter of fact, they were the new favorite item, which means I will be forced to recreate them every Thanksgiving from here on out, yay! Yes, you can read that as extreme sarcasm!
|Big eyes, tasty fingers!|
|Or maybe practicing her future whistle?|
|The all-knowing smirk!|
|The questioning our sanity!|
|The look of resignation that she is just like us!|
|Love this turtle lip!|
|And this one I added for the too-cool-for-school|
look of my nephew in the background!