Thanksgiving 2013 Recap

Thanksgiving 2013 will always be special. Our family has so much to be thankful for this year in light of the recent tragedy that hit. I wanted to give a recap of the week to share it with you guys (all photos from Instagram).

Thanksgiving Meal at the Beantown Baker House

Thanksgiving Meal at the Beantown Baker House

Ever since Hubby and I bought our house in March, we knew we wanted to host Thanksgiving. We were excited at the thought of owning a home big enough to accommodate such a feast and spread the word. Hubby’s family made plans to come from CT and NY and my family all planned to drive over from IL. There were various numbers of people at our house from Monday to Saturday of Thanksgiving week. At the peak, we had 18 people in the house for Thanksgiving itself. Each day, we planned one activity that people could participate in if they wanted to.

I ended up working on Monday to try to get caught up after unexpectedly being out of the office the entire week before. My two sisters, brother in law and nephew showed up Monday afternoon, shortly followed by Hubby’s mom and her boyfriend.

My nephew Ryan joined me in the kitchen to help out

My nephew Ryan joined me in the kitchen to help out

I had planned ahead and made a bunch of food that got thrown in the freezer for the days leading up to Thanksgiving. I didn’t want to be worrying about how to feed a large group for dinner every night. Monday night we had crockpot pulled pork and grilled asparagus. That pulled pork is always a huge success and it freezes so well.

National Sign Museum in Cincinnati, OH

National Sign Museum in Cincinnati, OH

On Tuesday, our activity for the day was to hit up the National Sign Museum. Hubby’s mom had requested we check it out since she had read about it online. We show up around 2:30 only to find out they were CLOSED! They are only open Wed-Sat.

As luck would have it, the owner was outside working on a project and my mother in law started chatting with him saying they were in from out of town. After asking where they were from, it turns out the owner’s mother lives in the same town in Connecticut – small world! So he decided to let us in and gave us a private tour of the museum. Let me tell you guys, this place was AWESOME. I can’t wait to go back some time. If you’re ever in Cincinnati, you have to check this place out. The floors are concrete, so wear comfortable shoes.

Rolls baking in the oven

Rolls baking in the oven

Tuesday night we invited some friends to stop by for turkey chili and cornbread. I had made the chili ahead of time and reheated it in the crockpot. After dinner that night, my dad, stepmom, brother, stepbrother, and stepsister all showed up too.

On Wednesday, our activity for the day was a tour at the learning center of the company Hubby and I work at. We both served as tour guides, talking about aircraft engines, their history, and what we specifically do at work. We’ve both worked for this company since graduating college, so it was great to give our family a little insight into the jobs that keep us oh-so-busy on a daily basis.

By that time, my mom and her boyfriend had also shown up so we were at 15 people for dinner that night. Luckily I had made these meatballs and sauce ahead of time, so again, they were reheated in crockpots for everyone to enjoy. I served them with spaghetti and spaghetti squash for the non-carb-eating people in the group.

Thanksgiving dessert spread

Thanksgiving dessert spread

Then finally, the big day arrive. Car’s sister, her husband, and their stepbrother all showed up overnight on Wed, so we were at full capacity that day. All the prep work I had done with menu selections and making food in advance paid off. The meal was amazing and we had tons of leftovers. We sat down for dinner around 3pm and broke out the desserts around 7pm.

Our Thanksgiving table

Our Thanksgiving table

We had rented chairs, plates, flatware, and linens since we didn’t have enough to seat and feed everyone. My mother in law set the table and totally nailed the look I was going for. I had gotten a couple bouquets from the grocery store and she sorted them by flower type and put one type in each of the jars/vases on the table.

Playing games on Black Friday

Playing games on Black Friday

That night we played games, which is what my family does when we’re together. We had movies playing on the TV and just had an enjoyable day spending time together.

My White Christmas Tree

My White Christmas Tree

On Friday, we started the Christmas decorating. I set up my new white tree that I’m in love with. My stepmom and dad put garland on the fence outside. She also did the mantels and the stairwell. We blared holiday music and nibbled on leftovers throughout the day.

Our house with the garland

Our house with the garland

I really couldn’t be happier with how the week went. It really reconfirmed the fact that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s really all about family time and great food without the added hassle of gifts and whatnot.

How was your Thanksgiving?

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14 Responses to “Pecan Pie Brownies”

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    Blog is the New black — December 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Looks tasty!

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    Jessica Steele — December 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

    These look like heaven!!!

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    Shannon G — December 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    way to kick pecan pie up a notch! fabulous 🙂

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    Mal — December 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    These look absolutely amazing, I can never resist pecan pie

    Mal @ The Chic Geek

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    Megan — December 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I actually did make chocolate pecan pie for Thanksgiving… and quite a boozy one too! I think these pecan pie brownies would have gone over well. I’ll keep them in mind for next year!

    • beantownbaker — December 4th, 2012 @ 10:08 am

      Boozy definitely means better in my mind!

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    Sarah C — December 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    These are in the oven now. I can’t wait to try them! Confession – I don’t think I can wait for them to cool overnight before I have a taste.

    • beantownbaker — December 30th, 2012 @ 11:30 am

      Hope you liked them!

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    Kelsey — December 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    What a great recipe, Jen!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — December 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Holy yum!

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    Kelly Anne — December 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids 🙂
    I also like the below brownie recipe.
    Thanks for sharing,

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    ashanti kimble — June 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    those hing look so good before i even try to cook them so awesome baby who ever invented those you are awesome so so good mmmmmmmm………..

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    Janessa J — November 26, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I found that baking the brownies for only 10 minutes before adding the rest was not long enough. The pecan pie topping fell right into the brownie batter and 55 minutes later,and what is left on the top is hard as a rock and the brownie still gooey and a little runny. I won’t be able to cut into squares but it still tastes good so I will chop it all together and we can eat with it a spoon and some ice cream.

    • beantownbaker — December 1st, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

      Bummer that they didn’t bake all the way through for you. Although underbaked brownies are one of my favorite desserts ever! Glad you still enjoyed them.

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