Thanksgiving Day 2009

We started raising turkeys last year… three of them. We bought fifteen since then and have butchered some, given some away and still have a few left for hopefully reproducing.

Here’s a picture I took a few weeks ago. Our turkeys escaped their pen and made their way up to our home.

Yesterday my husband picked out one of the three big toms we had left. You’re Thanksgiving dinner you big guy!

He weighed 35 lbs dressed. He’s cooking now as I write and smelling delicious~!

Homemade dressing! And I mean homemade. I made a loaf of bread the other day, cubed up and left out to dry. This morning I added celery, onion, sage, chicken broth, fresh ground pepper, lots of butter and a splash of worstershire sauce. I still have yet to cook it. It smells delicious already.

Here’s our big guy. It’s not done yet but I had to take a picture after basting it.

Now for the important part. Thanksgiving. Our family. Our God. What He has provided. Here’s our fourth child little Leah. We’ve had a new baby every Thanksgiving for four Thanksgivings in a row now. It is beautiful.

Here’s Elisabeth. She’s spending her nap time with momma today coloring. It’s a special day for her. The other kids are still napping and it’s so quiet in here today, I love it. The turkey smells delicious and I’m thankful, actually grateful for what we have. I’m grateful that I know the Lord and that through the Lord I met my husband. Nobody could be as compatible as we are for each other in all the important areas. We couldn’t have met other than through the Lord. And of course these children and lives wouldn’t be here either if not for the Lord. There were just two of us on Thanksgiving in 2005. Now there are six of us in 2009. I hope to live another 50 years. It’s hard to see that these little lives will be here possibly another 75 years. We try hard to raise them up right. It’s very hard right now but we are getting better.

Here’s the finished product. He’s a big boy all right! Made a fantastic gravy.

Here we are ready to devour our meal. Daddy is taking the picture.

Here’s my husband included as well. He loved the gravy so much he had two servings of it.

Yam Pie. I had the pumpkin in my hands at the store the other day and went to put the evaporated milk back, I thought I could do better with cream or half and half. Well, I had put the pumpkin back. I looked up a recipe for pie made with yams and found one on foodtvnetwork.com. It sounded delicious, I had all the ingredients and I thought I would give it a try. It turned out beautiful. The color is magnificent on this pie and it was delicious. I did still kind of miss my pumpkin pie but I may experiment with a mix of the two next year. We will be growing some sweet pumpkins this next year so I’m sure it will be a hit. And of course I didn’t forget the whipping cream on this. : )

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