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Thanksgiving, 2013...

Thanksgiving Thursday As is our family tradition by now, my sister Vivian and her husband Jeff opened their home and their hearts to a number of us for Thanksgiving this year. Bob and Joe came along with me, and we joined, in addition to Vivian and Jeff, my parents, Jeff's sister and brother-in-law, and a family friend of Vivian and Jeff.

It's always fun determining what Vivian's decorating theme is, at both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and this holiday was no exception:

A hint as early as in the driveway.
Pirate scarecrow


Followed by a wall hanging.
Scarecrow wall hanging


Reinforced over the fireplace.
Scarecrow in a wreath over the fireplace


And one standing nearby on the hearth.
Standing scarecrow on the hearth

By george, I think you've got it!

More decorations and shots of the tables:

Full mantel shot.
Wreath above fireplace, lantern, flowers on mantel, fireplace itself and scarecrow on the hearth.


A horn of plenty.
A horn of plenty wall hanging


A fall flower basket.
A fall flower basket hanging


Dining room side table.
Small, wooden, round table decorated with flowers


Dining room table from the hallway.
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Dining room table from the kitchen.
Dining room table from the ktichen


Kitchen table (sorry about the bleed out)
Dining room table settings


And now what we've all been waiting for... the food!

First let me say that I missed (at least) the green beans and the mashed potatoes on the stove. There may have been one more dish on the stove, as well.

I also didn't get any pictures of the appetizers, which consisted of a pumpkin cream cheese dip with ginger snaps and wheat thins, cheese straws, a pepper jelly cream cheese dip, some Saltine-cracker-caramel-chocolate bars, among various nuts and such.

Turkey and chourico (Portuguese sausage), stuffing, and sweet potato casserole.
Turkey and chourico (Portuguese sausage), stuffing, and sweet potato casserole


Corn pudding.
Corn pudding


Ham, cranberry sauce, broccoli salad, rolls, and deviled eggs.
(That's bright light coming in that kitchen window!)
Ham, cranberry sauce, broccoli salad, rolls, and deviled eggs


I didn't get any pictures of dessert of which there was a choice of pumpkin pie or pecan pie.

A family portrait
(l-f): John, mom, dad, Jeff, Vivian

I officially regret not getting a picture of the other people there: Bob, Joe, JoAnne, Larry, and Richard.

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