Nantucket Thanksgiving

November 27, 2012

 

I’ll let the photos do the talking…but needless to say, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I hope you did too.

 

 

A week from today…

November 15, 2012

Is Thanksgiving.  Early on in our marriage (errr we have only been married just over 3 years) we decided that Thanksgiving would be “our” holiday.  Our first year married we took an extended honeymoon, the second we went on a SCUBA trip, and although last year we did break with tradition and did the traditional visit to my parents, we are taking it back this year!  A week from today we are heading to Nantucket, just the three of us, for a quiet Thanksgiving.  I could not be more excited, especially since I have 5 photo shoot, 2 big events and a video project to finish before then.  Next Thursday cannot come fast enough.

 

Leftovers

November 27, 2011

Well I have packed one more little plate of Thanksgiving leftovers to take with me on the plane and am heading back to Boston after a wonderful week in Atlanta.  This was my last pre-baby air travel, and I crammed in lots of work (preparing to pass off some projects for a client in Atlanta), visits with friends, dinners with family, a college football game, and some baby shopping with my mom.  It was a great week, but I am ready to get back to Boston.  Christmas is my absolutely favorite holiday and I have lots of decorating and holiday prep to do.  Not to mention cram in all the work, photo shoots and nesting I can do before baby comes in late January.  So I promise, lots more posts.

Thanksgiving center piece created by the talented people at Boxwoods in Atlanta.

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My attempt at some southern style cheese straws…they came out merged as one big cheese straw on a cookie sheet.

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My attempt at an apple chrisp with tart crust bottom…gluten free and Paleo style (used almond flower)  It actually came out quite good.  One point for me!

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But I left the big stuff to my mom.  Perfect as always…

Turkey Time

November 23, 2011

I am in Atlanta for Thanksgiving and my final trip before I am grounded.  Then all I have to do is sit around and wait for baby…well that and get in as much work, organizing, going out to dinners, everything, done before the little cherub enters our life in January.  I posted this last year around this time, but thought I would share it again, as it is one of my favorite holiday recipes.

I am sure there are as many ways to make mashed potatoes as there are families that make them, but this is my family’s way; passed down from my great-grandma Finnegan.  It is not a terribly difficult recipe; it just takes a little time.  I swear, the end result is the creamiest, most savory and seriously delicious mashed potatoes on this earth…like better than dessert good.  My mom and I are making them tomorrow.

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Gorgeous Platine Bleue eggs I found.

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Great-grandma Finnegan’s Mashed Potatoes

Ingerdients

3 lb. or 12 medium sized potatoes

8 oz. package of cream cheese

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs (lightly beaten)

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Steps:

1. Boil potatoes until cooked and tender (test with a fork).  Then peal potatoes while they are still hot.  The hot potato skin should just peal off by hand.  (Maybe wear gloves too…they can be really hot.)

2. Beat and mash potatoes while hot and add the cream cheese and butter.  *It is easiest to cube up the butter and cream cheese and blend them in with the hot mashed potatoes.  The heat helps melt the cream cheese and butter in smoothly.

3. Add eggs and milk together as one and blend

4. Salt and pepper to taste if you like

5. Place in 9 x 13 glass, oven safe dish and refrigerate (Do not freeze)

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To serve:

Preheat oven to 350˚F and cook covered for 30 minutes or until warm throughout.

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Would love to hear any feed back if people try this recipe.  Let me know what you think.  I think they are the best on the plant. :)

Holiday Mashed Potatoes

November 18, 2010

With Thanksgiving a week away and Christmas right around the corner, I wanted to share one of my favorite holiday recipes: Holiday Mashed Potatoes.  Now I am sure there are as many ways to make mashed potatoes as there are families that make them, but this is my family’s way; passed down from my great-grandma Finnegan.  It is not a terribly difficult recipe; it just takes a little time.  I swear, the end result is the creamiest, most savory and seriously delicious mashed potatoes on this earth…like better than dessert good.

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Gorgeous Platine Bleue eggs I found.

________________

Great-grandma Finnegan’s Mashed Potatoes

Ingerdients

3 lb. or 12 medium sized potatoes

8 oz. package of cream cheese

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs (lightly beaten)

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Steps:

1. Boil potatoes until cooked and tender (test with a fork).  Then peal potatoes while they are still hot.  The hot potato skin should just peal off by hand.  (Maybe wear gloves too…they can be really hot.)

2. Beat and mash potatoes while hot and add the cream cheese and butter.  *It is easiest to cube up the butter and cream cheese and blend them in with the hot mashed potatoes.  The heat helps melt the cream cheese and butter in smoothly.

3. Add eggs and milk together as one and blend

4. Salt and pepper to taste if you like

5. Place in 9 x 13 glass, oven safe dish and refrigerate (Do not freeze)

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To serve:

Preheat oven to 350˚F and cook covered for 30 minutes or until warm throughout.

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Would love to hear any feed back if people try this recipe.  Let me know what you think.  I think they are the best on the plant. :)

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