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thanksgiving 2011 round-up

A photo roundup of our 2011 Thanksgiving Dinner.

me & food

Happy post-Thanksgiving! I hope each & every one of you ate to your heart’s content and were able to spend time with your loved ones. Haha, the cheesy picture above is me in front of all the food I made on Thanksgiving :)

I first wanted to do an entry with all my Thanksgiving recipes but then I decided against it. I will save it for next year, it makes more sense, no? Plus, this was my first year doing an entire Thanksgiving feast and was new into this blogging thing so I didn’t have any recipes prepared for the week-long Thanksgiving blog posts. However, I will post the pumpkin crème brûlée recipe sometime this week because I think it’s a dessert you should NOT miss out on! It was a huge hit with my family & guests.

So, instead of a recipe round-up, I’ll do a picture round-up of everything I made and some pictures that I took throughout the day with family and our guests. I hope you enjoy! If you see something that you’re just dying for the recipe (like, you can’t wait ’til next year), feel free to drop me a line in the comments section :)

turkey2011Surprisingly, for my first time cooking turkey, I didn’t mess it up! Yay! I brined it the night before and it truly makes a huge difference! My turkey doesn’t look as dark as other turkeys because I put foil all over him. I was afraid he’d burn and that the meat would be dried out.

garlic mashed potatoesGarlic mashed potatoes & homemade gravy (seriously, guys, that gravy is to die for, I could’ve drank the entire thing haha)

sweet potato & sage butter toppingSweet potato casserole wih sage butter breadcrumb topping

cornbread & sourdough stuffingI could make this not for Thanksgiving. I could probably eat this for an entire week. So so good. Sourdough & cornbread stuffing. Amazeballs.

broccoli supremeHaha, this broccoli supreme was full of bad but oh so good.

cran orange sauceCranberry-orange sauce. So easy to make — which makes me not understand why people still insist on buying the canned version..

pumpkin creme bruleeCome to mama, pumpkin goodness

apple crispApple cinnamon buttery love

me & momMe & my mom, the best sous chef in the world. She helped me so much! Love her

familyMy brother, me, & our parents

me & jasonJason & I

parents & jeff/teriMy parents and our guests, Teri, Sophia, & Jeff

As you can see, I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m so thankful for my family, friends, and boyfriend. It’s so nice to be able to spend the holidays with the ones you love. I’m so thankful for all the followers I have and all my new foodie blog friends. Can’t wait to someday meet you all at a conference or something!

Have a wonderful day snatching up the great deals or spending more time with family..and of course, eating leftovers!! I, on the other hand, will enjoy sitting at work — yeah, can you believe the government didn’t let us have the day off? Nonsense!


Thursday 31st of October 2019

First, I love the short hair! Lol second, did you have a special brine recipe? I’m making a turkey this year for my church. I’m nervous lol I’ve never bribed before so I wanted to try it.

Julie Wampler

Sunday 3rd of November 2019

I don't have a special brine recipe, sorry!


Thursday 31st of October 2019

Not bribe... brine****


Monday 19th of November 2012

Hey Julie, do you happen to have a recipe for that broccoli supreme? I didn't see it listed, it looks amazing!!


Monday 19th of November 2012

I believe my coworker adapted it from this one:!


Monday 28th of November 2011

It all looks lovely and you have a beautiful family Julie!!


Tuesday 29th of November 2011

Aww, thank you Cassie! :)

Steve @ the black peppercorn

Monday 28th of November 2011

What a wonderful family!!! I love that you took pics of the clan. So great. The food looks good as well. You seemed to have a wonderful holiday!

Krissy @ Krissy's Creaions

Monday 28th of November 2011

BEAUTIFUL Thanksgiving Meal Julie! After seeing these pictures I'm craving another meal :)