Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday yesterday, full of reflection and family togetherness and eating too much turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. This year we had our traditional family Thanksgiving meal at my aunts’ house, involving a big delicious turkey dinner eaten around a table with all the fancy table setting stuff.

We brought the high chair along so Lillian could join us at the Thanksgiving table for the first time. (Longtime readers may recall how last year she was only a month old and slept in her bassinet while we enjoyed our meal.) I imagine it must have been interesting and exciting for her, this different kind of meal in a different house with different people than usual.

We thought she might even partake in some mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes and stuffing, since it’s soft enough and not a choking hazard and whatnot… But she didn’t seem very interested in any of it. The first bite, she made a face and let it all dribble out of her mouth, and then clammed her lips shut and kept squirming away from the spoon when we offered her more.

In the end, Lillian ended up dining on some Gerber mashed peas — much better than Thanksgiving dinner by baby standards, I guess! Though perhaps this is a sign that we need to work harder to offer her a more diverse range of foods lest we end up with a picky eater.

Anyway, those are the highlights from our Thanksgiving. It was a wonderful relaxing day with family, and we have so much to be thankful for.

How was your Thanksgiving? Anyone doing Black Friday shopping today? It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is over already — I suppose it’s time to start thinking about Christmas shopping and holiday decorating and all that fun stuff!


  1. LOL She looks excited by all that food at first (sure sign that she’s a Hart), but then it’s no way to the potatoes! She is so adorable, even when refusing food!! Maybe if you had some mashed up ham for her, she would have tried it (another sign of being a Hart)! LOL

    There will be no Black Friday shopping for me, not after working at Wal-Mart during college! That was quite enough for me!!! Thanksgiving was nice. My mom came over and had dinner with Bill, Amy, and me. We, too, have much to be thankful for this year. Love you all!!!!

    • That sounds like a lovely way to celebrate Thanksgiving. And I imagine working at Wal-Mart would be enough to make anyone wary of Black Friday shopping — from what I’ve seen in videos and such, people can get really crazy and carried away!

  2. Stephen and I went to mom’s house for Thanksgiving, with David, Michelle & Javie, Diana & Casey (the boys were at their grandma’s house), Rachel & Robert and of course, mom! We had the traditional stuff and some new stuff, and one “new” traditional dish, LOL! To explain, my grandmother used to make a homemade pimento cheese filling in celery stalks, but this is the first year my mom has made it. The really new dish was crabcakes. And for once, no deviled eggs, even though it was Dave’s birthday (and he loves them)! Rachel said she will make them for Christmas, if mom doesn’t want to, LOL! No worries about Lillian’s snubbing sweet potatoes, their tastes change a lot in the first few years. Plus, seasonings that to adults are barely discernible, to a baby can be like a whole salt shaker full! We’ll make sure to have some unseasoned bits for her at Christmas.

    No Black Friday shopping (never have), but maybe some Small Business Saturday shopping.

    • That sounds like a nice family Thanksgiving celebration with lots of tasty dishes! And that’s a good point about the level of seasoning. The rice snacks Lillian goes crazy for seem completely bland and tasteless by adult standards, and if these Thanksgiving dishes were tasty to us, they might’ve been overwhelmingly flavorful to baby taste buds.

  3. It was a blessing to have so many of the family here for Thanksgiving. We missed those who could not make it, and look forward to seeing everyone at Christmas. As for the crabcakes — I did make them a couple of years ago, but didn’t like how they turned out. I like this recipe better, and they are baked in a muffin pan, so easy to do. I like to serve some of the same dishes my Mom served, with some local favorites added in, and have a bad habit of trying out new recipes on my visiting family!

    Casey and I went shopping on Black Friday, looking for rainboots and fabric for Christmas dresses. We didn’t find the boots, found lots of nice fabric, and waited in line at the cutting table. Only 50 people ahead of us! Had a wonderful day!

    • Wow, 50 people in the line, sounds like it must’ve been really crowded! Glad to hear there was lots of nice Christmas dress fabric to be found though. And those crab cakes sound tasty! :)

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