Friday, December 2, 2011

Culture Mash: The Thanksgiving with the eggrolls and the casseroles.

We had Thanksgiving at our very own, humble first home this year. BIG DEAL, right?
Considering the fact that we were praying about finding a place to live leading up to the wedding where we could have people over and they could experience home, love and community, we were overwhelmed by the fact that it was really happening--that this in fact, is something God wants to bless us with. As we began to get more settled in, we thought it'd be fun to have our families over for Thanksgiving. We knew it'd be a minor feat to fit 8 people comfortably in our little dining area and put out TONS of food on our limited counter-top space (I mean, VERY limited--I sometimes pull the drawers out and then put cutting boards on those, so i have more room to work on), but we knew we'd make it work somehow.

The Lucht's first Thanksgiving:

To decrease the traditional stress levels of a belly-filling, thanks-giving holiday, we decided to have a Thanksgiving PotLucht Lunch! I made the turkey and some other small fixin's, and my mom, Dave's mom, my new sister-in-law, and my brother brought other dishes to share. THERE WAS SO MUCH FOOD! Every ounce of counter space was taken up and then some!:

The brine for the turkey:

The finished bird (I used Alton Brown's recipe):
The table setting (The bottles and the wood round are from our wedding--yay for "recycling"): 
The chalkboard I was inspired to make the morning of:
Cranberry nut bread--super easy to make and so delicious:
Bomb Pecorino and lemon roasted brussel sprouts a la my brother:
 My mama's delish eggrolls:
 Some of my mother-in-law's yummy side dishes:

 The feast:
The group shot. We are SO BLESSED. We have loved ones who love each other. 
(It is nerve wracking when you've never had blended family events before, 
so knowing that everyone gets along is AMAZING!)  Oh that covered wagon may seem random, and it kind of is--BUT Dave helped his granddaddy build that when he was younger :)
The day after:
 Dave's day after gravy mound:
 Hands down--best Thanksgiving EV-ER.

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His mercies endure forever!"

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