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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33 Responses to “Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake”

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    Lindsay @ Peace, Love and French Fries — December 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    that cake is so beautiful, and sounds delicious!

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    Kim — December 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Wow! Your pictures are amazing! I would love to sink my teeth into that cake right now!

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    SimplySweeter — December 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Well…. you’ve done it again! Now, I simply have to add this to my Christmas Eve repetoire. It is fabulous! So many recipes….not enough time!

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    Meesh — December 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    wow! this look unbelievable. I might have to conquer my fear of baking just for this.

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    Shannon — December 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Wow, that is stunning! Nice job!

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    Boston Food Diary — December 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Whoa..this looks beyond incredible…I dont think my sweet tooth will be satisfied ever without this!

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    Karin — December 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I have to do this for Christmas dessert! Thanks for sharing!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — December 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    C’est magnifique! Great job!!

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    Krystal — December 15, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Seriously, that looks downright sinful and gorgeous!!! Just amazing Jen!

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    Shannon — December 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    wow, this is over the top 🙂 but totally worth it!! looks awesome!

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    Cupcake Activist — December 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    What a great combination of flavors! I can almost smell the cake. Yum!!

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    Sinful Sundays — December 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    STUNNING! Good job on this, I want a piece!

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    EliFla — December 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    …great cake!!! and happy bday to Z!!! Hugs, ciao Flavia

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    Melissa @ Made in Melissa's Kitchen — December 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    What am amazing cake! I love the bright red and contrasting white, simmply beautiful!

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    Rhondi — December 15, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    What a beautiful cake! My family would love this. Cheesecake and red velvet are my hubby’s favorites. Maybe I will make it for his birthday!

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    Sherry G — December 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Talk about impressive! You go!

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — December 15, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    And just when I think you can’t keep coming up with brilliant ideas and delicious photos…this looks/sounds utterly amazing!

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    Megan — December 16, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Cheesecake in between the cake layers… OMG. You so outdid yourself. That is amazing!

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    MaryMary — December 16, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Wow. I saw a similar cheesecake but couldn’t fint a recipe so resolved to just make “plain ole red velvet cupcakes.” This looks so much better!

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    Susan — December 16, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Oh My – this looks so amazing!

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    KV — December 16, 2010 at 4:15 am

    that looks awesome! I saw something similar in the Sam’s club add that I’ve been wanting to try but homemade would be even better

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    Vickii — December 16, 2010 at 11:25 am

    This cake looks so beautiful and I bet it tastes INCREDIBLE! I couldn’t print it out fast enough – I’m definitely trying it in the new year! Wow!

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    Caroline — December 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    this has been on my ‘want to try’ list for a while! Maybe this will be the push i need to give it a try!

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    Katrina — December 17, 2010 at 1:49 am

    That cake looks gorgeous and delicious!

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    Elizabeth — December 17, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    This is so cool! The only reason I like red velvet is the cream cheese frosting and this just takes it to a whole new level!

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    Pretty. Good. Food. — December 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Wow, where to begin?! That bright red is gorgeous! The cheesecake hiding in the center sounds ridiculously delicious! Gorgeous photos too:)

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    Dina — December 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    this is a perfect holiday cake! great idea.

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    Cakebrain — December 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    What a great idea! I love how the cheesecake layer looks so impressive sandwiched between the shockingly red red velvet layers!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 20, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Ok this looks amazing!

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    Joanne — December 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Hey girl, I am 100% sure I am going to make this for Christmas…it looks amazing! Just wondering…you used a 9″ springform pan for the cheesecake, right?

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    Jen — January 2, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Joanne, Sorry for the delay, but yet, I used a springform pan for the cheesecake. I think that’s why it came out a tad bigger than the cake layers. Did you make it for Christmas? How did it turn out?

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    Anonymous — January 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I made this for Christmas and it was absolutely AMAZING! My family really enjoyed it and I already have thoughts of the other cakes that would be incredible with a layer of cheesecake inbetween. What a great idea!

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    Sheka — September 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    This looks amazing! I am making 60 red velvet cupcakes for my cousin’s homecoming. I used the red velvet recipe without the cheesecake…AMAZING! The best recipe I have found yet. Thanks, keep it up!

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