Tasty Tuesday: Thanksgiving Favorites

December 02, 2014


Is it really surprising that American's celebrate a holiday based around eating? Obviously there's more to it, but really it's about putting yourself into coma like state. Somewhere after our 3rd Thanksgiving (we attended four of them) my pants began to feel a little tighter. I gave up all together by the 4th and wore leggings. It was tough, but we survived.

I don't consider myself a picky eater until it comes to Thanksgiving. Give me veggies, sushi, and any other odd food and I'll devour. But please keep that stuffing far far away! I don't know what it is about stuffing that just freaks me out. Maybe it's the soggy bread thing? Really I get goosebumps even thinking about it. 

My Thanksgiving plate consists of lots of light turkey meat, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and a roll. It's almost as if Joshua, a normal "picky eater," and I swap brains one day a year. He eats absolutely everything. If you think about it, Thanksgiving really is a man-pleasing meal. 




One of my favorite holiday time dishes is salmon ball. I'm a total fish/ sea food junkie. Half of this was in my belly by the end of the night. Back in 2009 my aunt and I took a trip to Alaska and brought back dozens of locally caught and canned salmon from Hoonah, Alaska. Sadly it didn't last but six months. We made the best salmon ball for Thanksgiving and Christmas that year. 


Of course there was pie, lots of pie. Mainly the reason my pants are still a bit tight. Pumpkin pie is one of my absolute favorite things about the holidays. Add a tiny bit, or cover the pie completely (my mom) with Miracle Whip and it's the perfect end to a bountiful feast. 

Back in October I shared my family's preferred way to do Pumpkin pie-like desserts. Though it's a favorite, we tend to stick to my Grandma's traditional homemade Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving. Pumpkin dessert will make it's way again during Christmas get togethers. 

I hope each of you had the most wonderful Thanksgiving, full of food and memories to last a lifetime! 

What is your favorite Thanksgiving appetizer?
What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner?
Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving dessert?
How many Thanksgiving dinners did you attend? 
Did you bust out the stretchy pants? (; 
xo kiki

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42 comments

  1. No stuffing?!?! That is one of my favorite parts :) I was definitely feeling that coma after our Thanksgiving...I could not even imagine how I would feel after 4! Hope you had a great day though!!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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    1. Oh it was a blast! Just way too much food!

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  2. Aw I love that pumpkin pie-- it looks absolutely amazing! My favorite Thanksgiving appetizer is prosciutto-wrapped figs stuffed with blue cheese! They're so perfect and so delicious :) And honestly, my favorite part of Thanksgiving has to be sitting around the table with family and friends. And my favorite dessert is apple pie!

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    1. Yummy! We had warm apple pie at another one of our Thanksgivings. (:

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  3. Hi sweetie,
    Since I arrived in Italy, I have not celebrated Thanksgiving, because here we do not use. And I'm not happy to about that :(
    But I really love pumpkin pie.
    Kisses
    Maggie Dallospedale Fashion diary - Fashion blog

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    1. Well it's fall so you can have Pumpkin pie anyway and just say because. (;

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  4. I have never celebrated a thanksgiving in my life. The food looks amazing. So jealous! Mrsinlondon.co.uk

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    1. Even if you dont live in the US you could have a similar feast. Literally we just eat turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pies, rolls, green beans casserole and any other carb that goes with until we feel like we're going to die. (;

      Thank you for the visit. (:

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  5. Wow, looks like an awesome Thanksgiving set up! I'm a total seafood fan and have never tried a Salmon Ball before. I can't imagine not falling in love!! Looks great! When I was growing up we didn't celebrate Thanksgiving as "big" as many of the US. I was raised with Dutch culture and since we moved to America after I was born, we ended up not getting as excited about "American" holidays because it wasn't in out traditions. Not to mention, my whole family was in Holland.. So it was just the three of us. Wish it were like that Norman Rockwell food gathering painting. Have you seen it? Quite cozy and homey. Almost like your photos above!!

    Much Love,
    -Stephanie Eva

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    1. That's so cool to learn that you are actually Dutch. Totally don't blame you for not really being into Thanksgiving. I personally know lots of people who dont celebrate it. I'm pretty sure you mention you live in Boston? OMG sea food heaven! Joshua and I were debating vacationing there this summer but plans got jumbled and we are doing Atlanta instead. I'd love to visit Boston, it's in my future plans!

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  6. I can't say I like seafood, but I do love a good cheese ball, which is what this salmon ball reminds me of! :) BUT I always love PIE. The more the better!!

    Maggie
    www.PolishedClosets.com

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    1. At Christmas time we have a salmon ball and a cheese ball. (:

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  7. That pie looks so yummy!!!

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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    1. Thank you I'll send compliments to my Grandma. (;

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  8. I'm not a fan of stuffing too and always wonder what it's made up of too!! Your Pumpkin Pie looked oh so delicious!! I missed out on it this year!!
    My favorite part of Thanksgiving is when we all go round the table and say what we're thankful for :)
    I just found your blog and it's so lovely - I can't wait to see more!
    Naima
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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Naima. So sorry to hear you missed out this year, but we can still be thankful every day! (:

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  9. I freaking love pumpkin pie. Yummy food.
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  10. This all looks so yummy - it has made me so hungry reading this! Thanks for sharing xx

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  11. we didn't have any pumpkin pie this year and i was so disappointed! but we had 3 pecan pies!

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    1. I love pecans! But unfortunately I hate the way bakeries "candy" the pecans. So no pecan pie for me. (;

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  12. I am kinda with you on the stuffing thing girl! I am not a picky eater but I agree it's just a strange texture! My whole family thinks I'm crazy for not eating it! Haha my favorite thing we have is pecan pie! I could eat a whole one by myself!

    XO,
    Emily
    Www.idodeclareblog.com

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    1. My family thinks I'm crazy too! I think they are crazy for eating soggy bread. (;

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  13. Thse dishes looks so delicious, Kiki. Well I am not a picky eater or maybe I am anyhow, it's just I don't really care about all that food, yeah I know I am weird :/
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. It's definitely something I could only eat once a year. So I dont think you're picky at all. It's way too heavy of a meal. (:

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  14. Great post!!! That food looks so tasty that it made me hungry <3

    xoxo,
    Ann at www.porcelanna.pl

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  15. Looks like you had a really nice Thanksgiving! I actually had on yoga pants for most of the day until everyone was yelling at me to put on normal clothes haha... I should have just stuck with the yoga pants!

    Natalie // Sprinkled with Pearls

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    1. I looked so nice until the 4th one and I just gave up. I showed up with leggings a huge cable knit and dunkin donuts coffee. (;

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  16. Oh I wish my family celebrated thanksgiving! Never heard of salmon ball but I'd imagine I'd love it too since I am a huge lover of seafood. Yay seafood lovers unite!


    Bf Gf Does Blogging

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    1. It's so easy to make! You should definitely try it sometime! (:

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  17. Looks like such a great thanksgiving!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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    1. Thank you Melanie. We had a great time!

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  18. these look so delicious!
    Its not fair!! I can't make anything but the usual meals!:/

    Konstantina || The girl with the dreamcather tattoo

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  19. Yum, that food looks delicious! :) How lucky you got to have 4 big thanksgiving meals! :)

    We don't have thanksgiving here in Australia, but we do all like to gather with family on Christmas and eat a big meal. No pumpkin pie though, usually pavlova, haha!

    Away From The Blue

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    1. I've never heard of pavlova. I love learning about foods in other cultures! (:

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  21. Hmmm fantastic post! The food looks delicious, thanks for sharing and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

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