Thanksgiving 2010 was a little bit different than previous years. Because my sister and brother-in-law couldn’t make the trip from Abilene to have Thanksgiving with our whole family, we decided to have Thanksgiving with them at my parents’ house in Abilene. Matt and I made the trek from Houston to Abilene Wednesday morning to begin the holiday. We enjoyed a great catfish dinner in Buffalo Gap Wednesday night and then we got started with some of the prep work for Thanksgiving. We made the pie crusts and the cornbread for the dressing and got the turkey all injected with marinade and rubbed down with seasonings prior to being fried the next day.
Thanksgiving morning my mom and I got started cooking early and made a delicious meal for the family. We had a creole garlic fried turkey,cornbread dressing, gravy, twice baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash/zucchini casserole, mac & cheese, bread, and cranberry sauce. We also had pumpkin pie, apple pie, chocolate pie with meringue, and coconut pie with meringue. It was all so tasty!
We celebrated my mom’s birthday and also gave Jillie & Jake ornaments for their first Christmas tree. Friday morning, my mom, sister, and I ventured out to do a little shopping. We weren’t really looking for anything in particular, and really just wanted to hang out a little bit. We did a little shopping/looking, had lunch together, and ended our expedition with a coffee stop. That evening we ate Thanksgiving leftovers for dinner and made cookies with my mom. Jillie and I went through all of my mom’s recipes and scanned the one’s that we wanted so we can make some of our favorite foods for our families now.
Saturday we went to the ACU playoff football game, but unfortunately they lost in round 2 to Central Missouri. They didn’t play very well, but only ended up losing by a couple of touchdowns. We had dinner at Rosa’s and reminisced about my parents’ move to Abilene 10 years ago and how hard of a decision it was, but how thankful we all are that they did decide to leave Beaumont.
It was kinda strange not being with the rest of our family for Thanksgiving this year, but the 1st annual Abilene Thanksgiving was a huge success and we had a blast just being together. Hopefully your Thanksgiving was relaxing and joyous.