Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008!!!

As most of you already know, we had Thanksgiving at our house this year. We were initially going to have Mexican food, but the day before we changed our minds to have the traditional Thankgiving Day meal. We're glad we did!

We had a wonderful time with my family (Mom and two sisters and my sister's husband and their 3 children) coming over.

We had lots of food and LOTS of leftovers! Our menu included; ham, turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, macaroni & cheese, brocolli cheese casserole, rolls, sweet potato pie with candied pecans, and Italian Cream Cake.

You know that I have to share a couple of details here...

I have been meaning to make this Italian Cream Cake after seeing it at Kroger many weeks ago. I had picked it up at Kroger to try it out. It looked delicious! However, because I am cheap and after seeing that 2 small pieces (that's how it was packaged) was going to cost me $2.79, I put it back, saying to myself that I'd make it myself for that much. lol! I remember coming home that night and surfing the net to find a recipe for it. I printed it and left it sitting on my dresser for about a month. Anyhow, I decided to make it as one of our desserts for Thanksgiving. It was FABULOUS! Oh my goodness! However, it was not an easy cake to make and it cost me more than $2.79. I didn't mind though as I got a whole cake and everyone loved it!! I will be making it for Christmas too!

I have another fun story to share. It's short I promise. We wanted a Honey Baked Ham! I had a gift certificate for $40.00 that someone had given us two years ago. So, I figure...perfect time to use it, huh? So, I go to pick up the ham on Wednesday afternoon. The line was out to the parking lot. I was so not wanting to stand in such a long line. When I finally got inside the store to place my order, I saw that other customers were giving the cashier $10 coupon. One of the workers walked past me and I thought I would try asking for a coupon. Hey, when it comes to getting the best deal, I have no problem in asking. All they can do is say, "no", right? Anyhow, I asked the worker if she had a coupon that I could use. She said that they would give me one at the register. By this time, I had picked out my ham which was $51.80. I was thinking..."WOW, I am going to get this ham for $1.80." Not to shabby, huh? Anyhow, I got up to the register and the girl gave me a $10.00 coupon to use. Ready for this? I took out my $40.00 gift certificate. The cashier printed the receipt and gave me $5.00 back. I tried to say something and she immediately stopped me with, "Don't ask." So, I walked out of the store a little perplexed. I got to the car and took out the receipt and saw that they had given me an employee price instead of $51.80. The receipt showed $35.00 and with the $40.00 gift certificate that I had, I got $5.00 back. How's that???? I was tripping out!

Anyhow, here's few pictures of our Thanksgiving Day! Oh, one more thing. I had absolutely nothing to decorate my table with. So, I talked the girls into walking the neighborhood to pick up a bag of leaves for me. They not only picked out some really good leaves, they had a fun time doing it and have already asked if we could make a tradtion of them picking up leaves every Thanksgiving now.

This is a picture of Morgan and my oldest sister, Kelly.

Sorry the picture is lopsided! Jae took it for us!

My mom and all the grandkids, Morgan, Jae, Mckenzie, Madison and Matthew.

My sister, Vickie and her husband Bill and their 3 children.

It was such blessing to spend this time together. I hope each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and would love to read all about yours if you'd like to share it.



Rae said...

The food looks delicious, your table beautiful and your loved ones radiant! What a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Denise said...

Everything looks so lovely sweetie, thanks for sharing.

April said...

Oh, boy, does your food look scrumptious!!! Aren't leftovers the best part...aside from family togetherness??? Your cake looks so yummy! You did ALRIGHT on your Honey Baked Ham, too! We actually got one from SAM's this year and it was spiral sliced with it's own about GOOD!!! Plus, it only cost $16! Not too bad, huh?

Love all the photos of your family. Everyone looks so happy! You should be so proud! Glad it was a good holiday for all of you!

I'm thrilled that you heard me calling those HOGS!!! Whoo Pig Sooie!! :)

Named Alicia said...

Hey lady! I have missed you! We have both been busy this week!

It looks like you guys had a great time. The table was beautiful. The desert looked yummy. And I think you deserved the deal with the ham after the whole ordeal over your wallet.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Susan said...

Oh my, WHAT A SPREAD!! I'm ready for Thanksgiving all over again...

Everything you listed is my FAVORITE.

Thanks for stopping by.

Looks like you all had a GREAT celebration.

Did you go shopping today?


Debra said...


The food looks lovely, the family looks precious and oh what a deal you got!

I am so happy you shared this with us, sweet friend!

((hugs)) to you!

Edie said...

First thing I want to know is what store and what was the cashier's name? I'm on my way over there for my Christmas ham! LOL.

I love the kids table. We had one of those when I was growing up.
Beautiful pictures!

Looks like you had a great time and ate well. ;) Thanks for inviting us along.

Melissa said...

LOVELY pictures!

YAY! Now it's time for Christmas!

Jennifer Raack said...

It was so fun to see pictures of everyone. It's been forever since I've seen your sister and your mom! They look so different, I would not have recognized them....I guess that's what happens when you haven't seen someone in over ten years, huh?

I want that cake recipe!!! I'm still full from our Thanksgiving feast but I think I could eat a piece of that cake!! It looks delicious!!!

Anonymous said...


I am so glad that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The food looked delicious. You have a beautiful family!

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh..everything looks so good!! Are you going to post the recipe for the cake? It looks really moist!!

Awesome about the discount ham! What a blessing because they are expensive!!

Your house looks so nice and cozy too! Beautiful family!!

Lorrie said...

Hi Daphine, so glad you had such a nice family Thanksgiving. Your table looks beautiful and the food looks delicious!

Heather said...

great pictures! you & vicki definitely look like sisters:)
i'm so happy you all had a wonderful thanksgiving!

He And Me + 3 said...

Wow, I am so happy for you about the cake and the Honey Baked Ham. Great job. Everything looks delicious and the pictures of your family are wonderful. I love the one of you and your two girls. Just gorgeous! What a great Thanksgiving for you!

Sandy Toes said...

What a wonderful day for you all..the pictures are great!!! It looks like you had wonderful food to eat!!!
What a blessing!
-sandy toes

Carrie said...

Everythings great! Wow getting five dollars plus a ham you lucky girl!

Stacey said...

Looks like a perfect day!

What a deal on the ham. We talked a little about non traditional food but opted for turkey also. We are glad we did. I have to say that even though I'm too full still, your food looks delish!!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Daphine, What an amazing table you set. Your centerpiece is so beautiful. You have gorgeous daughters. You are a blessed family! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
~Warmly, Melissa :)

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Daphine
Your Thanksgiving pictures are amazing. Your food looks delicious and your table looks beautiful. You have the most wonderful family and they all look so happy. I am sure you will treasure memories of this day for many years.

Laurin R. Kelly said...

The food looks great, the decorations looked amazing and you have a beautiful family! The cake I will have to try...that looked so yummy!

Wendy said...

Thanks for sharing Daphine!!Your table,food,and family are all amazing!!

Jennifer said...

I truly cannot believe they paid YOU to eat honey baked ham (my favorite I might add!)...that is too much! It doesn't get any better than that...

Your table was beautiful. So glad you all had a great day!

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my goodness, Daphine : ). Your Thanksgiving looks like it was an ishload of fun : ).

All of the kids are so cute : ). I LOVE chute children. They are my favorite thing!

I am SO excited to hear about the honey baked ham discount. I just LOVE a good discount. OH YEAH!

Have a wonderful day tomorrow worshipping! Love, Becky

Anonymous said...


What a blessed day you all had. I am so happy for you. And it sounds like God had it in mind and blessed you right from the preparations. Don't you just love it when He does that...He gives us His stamp of approval. The food all looked wonderful and I really enjoyed getting to see pictures of your family.

And thank you for your Thanksgiving wish on my page. I just picked it up. Many blessings...see you in the morning!


Mod Girl said...

Your table was beautiful... Sandy at Reluctant Entertainers posted just last week about using yard foliage as table decorations! Good job. And, wow what a blessing you scored on the money-maker ham! What a special, homemade Thanksgiving with those you love most... the very best kind.

Jill said...

Your table was gorgeous and all the food looked awesome! I wish I was a relative of yours :)

I loved the pic with all the grandkids. What an adorable bunch.

michele said...

It looks like a wonderful day!! And I can't believe that deal you got on the ham! I think that is so great!

Kim said...

What a beautiful family...looks like you had a great day!

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

I am new here! What a great blog! ♥ Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Everything looks great and the smiles look plentiful!

BTW- I think you need to pass along that centerpiece to me. LOVELY!!

Speaking from the Heart said...

The food looks yummy. I got hungry just viewing them. That's awesome about the ham.

I would have commented sooner, but I got tired of waiting for my in-law's dial up to refresh your blog page.

I am so glad to be home and back on the internet with faster speed. I know, I am spoiled rotten.

Have a good week.


Darlene said...

Your food looks DELICIOUS and your table is beautiful. GREAT job!!!! Great pictures of your family!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! The food look so good. I love your cooking (and Dirk). The pictures were great too. I am glad your family had a Happy Thanksgiving.

P.S. I can't believe you did not bring me a piece of that cake!!


Rebekah said...

Wow! Your table looked fabulous! You went to a lot of trouble! I know it was all so worth it! What a blessing to have your family there! They are all so beautiful!

Katie said...

Ah you all look awesome, can I come over. That food looks so good. We will miss you while your computer is being fixed.