Our Turkey Day

It’s so funny how having a  baby makes every holiday seem even more exciting.  We try to make sure that we count our blessings each and every day, but we were especially thankful on Thanksgiving for the wonderful life we have been blessed with and for the gorgeous baby girl who has changed our lives forever. She spent her first Thanksgiving with a nasty cold but she was still as sweet and lovable as ever.


The day before Thanksgiving she and I did some last minute shopping. It was our first solo grocery shopping trip and it didn’t go too well- but that’s ok. We got what we needed and made it home to start the preparations. Because we’re in a Muslim country, it’s very difficult to find pork products. Luckily there is one store that sells pork and we were able to get a ham. It wasn’t very big and probably one of the most expensive hams we’ve ever bought but it was definitely worth it!

Jesse got up at 4:30 a.m. to start smoking the turkey. We usually deep fry our turkey every year but decided to smoke it this year. He smoked it for about 8 hours while I worked on the side dishes.  I made some of our old favorites and also tried out some new recipes.

This isn’t a very good shot of the food but I’m sure you get the idea.


We had rolls, corn, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole, ham with ham sauce, and smoked turkey with Beer N’ Butter injection.

Everything turned out wonderfully but I have to say that my absolute favorite thing was the ham sauce. I didn’t really care too much for the glaze but the sauce was amazing! I also decided not to make pumpkin pie this year because I’m terrible at making crust. I went with the Paula Deen Pumpkin Gooey Butter cake. It was.so.good. I honestly think it has replaced pumpkin pie as a Thanksgiving staple in our family. Yum!

After dinner we hung out and played Wii.



Of course, Emerson loved having new people to play with.


She was obsessed with the moustaches- maybe they reminded her of her favorite book- The Very Hungry Caterpillar. (The Marines are growing out their moustaches this month for some strange reason. Gross, I know!)


Despite sickness (and  a little bit of home sickness) I’d have to say it was a pretty successful Thanksgiving. We may not have spent it with family but we did get to spend it with good friends and one very cute little turkey.


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Andrea said...

What a cute little turkey! I can't imagine how homesick you must have felt, but I'm so glad you were able to spend it with friends! I made the Paula Deen cake before, the woman has no bad recipes!

Traci said...

That food looks delicious? Are you and Emerson the only ladies in that group? You need to hook those guys up.

ajs {of MN} said...

all of your food looks SO good!

Kelly said...

Awe, so glad you guys had a good time! Maggie had her first cold on Thanksgiving too. :( (Well, still has it actually)

Brittney Galloway said...

Looks like an awesome Thanksgiving! And you'll have to pass on the pork store to me :)

We spent the day in your city house hunting today!!! And wouldn't you know it, the first one we saw we fell in love with- now we're just waiting on some answers from Ian's company about whether it meets their requirements!

Anna & Kirby said...

What a special Thanksgiving! I like the last family picture too... cute :)

Megan said...

Wow the weather there looks so warm!! Jealous here! Your food looked delicious!

Anonymous said...

the menu sounds delicious! what a cute little turkey.

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