But we did manage to take some time off to enjoy the holiday and snap a few photos before stuffing our faces with all manner of delicious fare...
...which included my red velvet cake, peach whisky barbecue pheasant (that the husband shot on his last hunting trip) and garlic mashed potatoes—all just a minor part of the dinner we attended with close friends.
Anyway, I thought I'd at least give you a preview of the whopping nine-foot tree the husband and I purchased recently and hauled home to excitedly set up. It, at long last, replaces the much much much smaller tree we'd had for the past seven years that came from Walmart. Needless to say, I was thrilled.
It took the husband a good while to actually get the thing setup. It was heavier, bigger and wider than anything we were used to! In fact, it ended up requiring some furniture rearranging so we could fit it in a corner between the china hutch and the entrance to our kitchen from the living room. Thankfully, it looks like that's where it always belonged. Whew.
Afterward, we took a break to cook up our own feast of honey-glazed ham, broccoli cheese rice casserole, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and stuffing. Every year, the husband and I stay at home and relax during Thanksgiving and cook tons of food just for us! It's so nice to actually enjoy the holiday, and save our time and energy for running around with family during Christmas instead. This particular meal we busted out the Spode Woodlands china my mother-in-law so graciously gifted us one year. (It's also perfect for our style, which, if you've noticed, is pretty country.)
Well, I've decided to call it a day for work so I'm off to taste test the chicken enchilada soup I've had in the slow cooker all day—will share the recipe soon if it comes out tasty! Then hopefully I can finish decoratin' and cleanin' up my place so I can share some more photos of our Christmas stuff. Oh, and our trip to Italy might be back on so fingers crossed we get to make it overseas before the New Year!!