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Thanksgiving in Asheville 2014

I can’t believe Thanksgiving in Asheville has already come and gone!  I look forward to the day for months, so it is always bittersweet when everyone goes home.  I think the meal and weekend house party was a success!  There were a couple hiccups, but it went off just about as well as could be expected.  My one main hitch was my camera acted up Thanksgiving day and I did not have time to deal with it, so I have a lot of Iphone photos to share with you today.  Turns out I completely filled up my memory card with pictures of my nephew Owen.  Woops!  I’m glad that was my main issue, instead of the food getting screwed up though.  There could be a lot worse issues to  have.

So without further ado, here is my Thanksgiving recap.

Thanksgiving in Asheville

Thanksgiving preparations start early in the week for me.  I do food prep work Tuesday and Wednesday.  I even peel and cut up 16 pounds of potatoes like it is my job!  After hosting Thanksgiving for a few years now the whole process feels more routine and natural.


My Dad arrives early in the week, but the rest of our family gets in Wednesday night from out of town.  I have these cute Turkey cookies coming out the oven as everyone arrives.  I’m totally channeling Emily Post with this move!


Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving day begins early with my Vegetarian Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole.  It is the perfect breakfast for a crowd because it cooks overnight and stays warm to accommodate people waking up at different times.

I start the main meal cooking around nine in the morning, and don’t stop until dinner was served at three.

Around noon, I serve a vegetable tray and dip.  I did all the prep work for this tray early in the week, so it doesn’t take any time out of cooking the main meal.  Little touches like this bring me such joy.


The center piece of my casual kitchen table is the “Thankful Tree.”  I started this tradition last year, and continue it this year. Each person at the house fills out a leaf of things they are thankful for and hangs it on the tree.  I  keep all the leaves from year to year and I hope at some point it is a time capsule of our lives.  I think half the family thinks it is super cheesy and the other half loves it.  But I’m going to keep putting it out until I win them all over.  I’m persistent like that. 🙂


The star of the show Thanksgiving Day is this little guy.  Can you believe how big my nephew Owen is?  Last year at Thanksgiving I was thankful for Megan’s healthy pregnancy and now I have a crawling, smiley, happy nephew!


He is such a happy baby and everyone has so much fun entertaining him.

Proud parents Megan and Justin—->


Proud Grandparents—->


I don’t get a group picture, but my Dad,


Brother and his girlfriend, Erica, are also there.

erica tommy

The table is mainly set by Thursday, but my Brother and Erica help me with the final touches as meal time approaches.


About two o’clock I’m putting finishes on the last sides (with an assist from my Father-in-law) and the hubby brings the turkeys upstairs!


He does two turkeys each year and this year he fried one and smoked one!


I don’t eat or really cook meat, so he has taken over the roll of turkey chef and really excels at it.  He spent as much time loving and preparing these turkeys as I did all nine side dishes!  Everyone raves about how good they are and what a great cook he is.


Putting together the meal is truly a team effort!


The hour before dinner is served I always panic just a little bit, but somehow all the food comes out at the right time hot and ready to eat.  We do a nice sit-down meal, but serve the food buffet style around the kitchen.


My crock pots do a lot of the work cooking three of my sides and keeping them warm, including my Crock Pot Loaded Mashed Potatoes.


The rest of the sides I make as casseroles in the oven.  This includes my famous Vegetarian Stuffing and my Mom’s amazing Sweet Potato Casserole.  Both of these dishes disappear quickly every year.


We have just enough time to take one quick picture of the spread and then it is time to eat!


And here is my plate!  Everything but the turkey.  YUM!


Baby Owen even tries his first real table food at Thanksgiving!  He loves the turkey and Mac and Cheese.


After a few hours of recovering from eating too much food, we enjoy dessert.  My Brother’s girlfriend Erica made these beautiful desserts and they all turn out spectacular!


I am so blessed and thankful for my family and having the ability to make this meal and serve it to them.  There is truly so much to be thankful for everyday, but Thanksgiving with family is incredibly special.  I am blessed!

So Thanksgiving 2014 is a wrap, it’s time to move onto Christmas!


Bring it on!

Your turn!

What did you do for Thanksgiving?

What is you favorite Thanksgiving dish?


By | 2017-11-04T11:55:10-04:00 December 2nd, 2014|Friends & Family, Fun, Holidays / Decor|27 Comments


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  4. NC Blogger Network December 6, 2014 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Looks like you had such a great Thanksgiving! That spread of food looks fantastic 🙂 -Sarah VA for NCBN

  5. Nicole @ Waterloo, with Love December 3, 2014 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Okay, so
    a. those turkey cookies & turkey vegetable platter are so adorable
    b. absolutely love the idea of a “thankful tree!”
    c. I’m so happy to hear you had such a terrific thanksgiving! 🙂 Canadian thanksgiving was back in October, so it seems like ages ago, but my favourite thanksgiving dish is pumpkin pie.. I know, very cliche haha

  6. Laurie Morris December 2, 2014 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Everything looked wonderful!!! But my fav is Owen looking out the window with HOHOHO a on his hiney! PRECÎOUS A!

  7. Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections December 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    All the food looks amazing! I love the little turkey platter of veggies! So cute.

  8. Camilee Bennett December 2, 2014 at 11:36 am - Reply

    You did a fantastic job.Looked real good! love your posts

  9. Joanna @Makingmine December 2, 2014 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Wow – you had an amazing spread for Thanksgiving! Way to go on a great weekend! I love the turkey veggie platter – so cute!

  10. Eric December 2, 2014 at 8:48 am - Reply

    With those crockpots, you would love this book: Lots of great vegetarian stuff

    • JulieWunder December 2, 2014 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the tip! I love slow cooker AND Indian food… so that is right up my ally.

  11. I always look forward to Thanksgiving too and it is so much work and then it’s over! Looks like you had a great time with your family. I need to try the breakfast casserole

    • JulieWunder December 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      We did have a great time! Everyone lives so far apart that the time is so valuable! The breakfast casserole is awesome… not going to lie 🙂

  12. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie December 2, 2014 at 7:35 am - Reply

    I’m convinced you need your own shown on the Food Network! Not only did all the food look delicious, but your decorations were gorgeous. Move over Sandra Lee!

    • JulieWunder December 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      I should send a tape!!!! Thank you! What a amazing compliment!

  13. Jessie December 2, 2014 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Dang girl! Theres no doubt that you throw together one beautiful & delicious Thanksgiving menu/dinner! I’m in awe of the veggie turkey tray. It’s quite adorable.

    • JulieWunder December 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      Thank you!!! Honestly, the veggie tray is my favorite part 🙂 That and the sweet potatoes!

  14. Susie @ SuzLyfe December 2, 2014 at 6:41 am - Reply

    Wow wow wow wowow wowowowowowow. Girlfriend, you win at Thanksgiving! What a feast and spread! This is simply incredible. I made both of my Thanksgiving dinners, but none can compare to this. You didn’t just raise the bar, you BROKE it!

    • JulieWunder December 2, 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      Big smiles!!! Thank you! This is the third year I’ve done it, so time has helped the process. It tasted so awesome! I wish I could send you all a doggy bag 🙂

  15. Blane Sherer December 2, 2014 at 6:26 am - Reply

    I’m glad that your Thanksgiving was such a success !
    Baby Owen certainly is a cutie !
    I enjoyed a great Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings
    at my folks’ on Saturday evening. Both of my daughters and my 2 month old grandchild were there and we had a great time.

  16. Jenny December 2, 2014 at 6:18 am - Reply

    Whew! You did it! 🙂

    • JulieWunder December 2, 2014 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      That is what I felt like about 5 PM! Then I fell asleep on the couch. haha.

  17. Ryoma Sakamoto.Japan December 2, 2014 at 5:21 am - Reply

    Cheers to cute baby with a nice family! !
    The person to my respect; John Fitzgerald Kennedy,

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