Dec 2, 2008

This Is How We Do It. Part 1.

Let me explain a few things in regards to these pictures. And here's why:

First of all, I want you to know we all lived.
Through the fat.
Through the grease.
Through the belly wrestling match that mom and I nearly got into over my adding butter to already 8,000 calorie gravy.
Through it all - we lived. To tell about it.

And secondly...oh wait, I guess that was all I wanted y'all to know.

So here is the first ingredient in a Country Fried Thanksgiving Dinner of Champions dinner.
A cast iron skillet. I warned you all about this once before, remember???
That's CAST IRON PEOPLES! Get it right.
Or as Brandon says, "Fry it right or go home."
It makes no sense, but it's funny when you're high on Crisco.

And here's a key ingredient in the fight against all things healthy...FLOUR.
Add it and add lots of it.
That's Meridith.
I think she just added some to her plate and then dipped her bread in it.
We like it that much.

And here is the uber-plate, the show-stopper, the things that brought us all together....drumroll please....CHICKEN FRIED STEAK!
This plate really doesn't do it justice.
Mainly because there were only a few on this plate
as opposed the mountain that we ended up serving.
And also because there were paper towels under it, and since my family is classy we removed the paper towels before we served them.
I needed y'all to know that.

Here is the table once it was all set. Sure, our plates don't match. And we had to add one of those itty bitty card tables at the end. But there was a big group of us and we weren't really there for matching plates.
We were there for the foo.....I mean, fellowship.
All told there was: Country Corn Casserole,
Homemade Mashed Potatoes,
Broccoli Cheese Casserole,
Cornbread Dressing,
Baked Beans,
Spinach Salad,
Chicken Fried Steak w/Gravy,
Chicken Tenders
and Sour Cream Muffins.

Then for dessert?
Gigi's Cupcakes before...

And Gigi's cupcakes after.

And a bunch of other stuff, but mainly I remember the cupcakes and the frosting.
And the frosting. And all the frosting.

But I also remember how Remi spent Thanksgiving dinner watching "KaPana" (aka Kung Fu Panda) in the living room crying because she was so tired she could barely hold her head up.

How my mom spent 20 minutes at the Thanksgiving table telling a story about turtle meat.

How my dad told four jokes too many about how the meal was going to make his heart stop right then and there, which is not funny because it actually could have.

How my cousin Tyler and his girlfriend, Riki, announced their engagement from only 5 hours before.

And how Meridith and I smiled in delight at how all our hard work paid off.

And the six hours we all spent in the bathroom afterwards meant nothing to us.

It's a Thanksgiving miracle!


Anonymous said...

Tell me about those spots in the bottom of the cupcake box; is that some kind of stick-um to keep them from sliding around? I love cupcakes but keeping them neat and unsmashed together is always a dilemma. Thanks.

Tabi said...

I can give yo my address, would you mind bringing me some of those cupcakes?!?! Yummy!!

Oldwomaninashoe said...

Sounds like a good time was had by all!

Midwest Mommy said...

OMG! Those cupcakes!

Melissa said...

You're one step ahead of me. I'd have just left those paper towels right under that delish, fried madness. makes everything better.
Glad your ticker's still tickin'...
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar will clean out the arteries.....just sayin'.....this health tip has been brought to you by....Metoprolol (40 mg 2 x a day) Melissa.

Amy said...

Looks YUMMY! I should have come there instead!

Denise said...

Those cupcakes look heavenly! Honestly the whole meal sounds awesome. Can I come to your house next Thanksgiving?

Rhonda said...

I was wondering when the bathroom would enter into your day... lol!!!

The cupcakes look delish! And I'm all about the frosting too! Just can't EVER get enough.

Anonymous said...

Ah, making family memories, for all to remember! Both of my parents are gone now, but I have lots of wonderful memories. Like the time my neice gagged on my mother-in-law's deviled egg! (they were THAT bad!) Glad you had lots of people there! I thought everybody always put a card table at the end of the big table!

Leighann said...

Love it. Sounds delish and a great time. Can I get that recipe for sour cream muffins?

Tracy P. said...

I would totally settle for the cupcakes after. :-)

Pamela Johnson said...

Uh, did I see the word salad on there? that must have been a misprint!!

Christine said...

Sounds Mmmmm, Mmmmm, good!

This Little Hen said...

Sounds like my kind of thanksgiving! The cupcakes look to die for...

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I won't lie, it does sound good!
My husband experienced his first Dinner on the Grounds at church this past weekend. That man truly thought he was in heaven!