Enough Already

I have not had enough of this little guy and girl on my week off because I didn’t get to see them as much as I wanted to.  😦

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But enough Thanksgiving leftovers that is.  I have not only had the rich, buttery foods on Thursday, but also on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Tomorrow, I am going back to my normal eating habits, fingers crossed.  Each year, we only have about ten people eating Mom’s Thanksgiving cooking, but it seems we have enough for forty.  So I took quite a bit of leftovers home on Thursday night and kept  on eating, and eating, and eating.

This year my sister and I decided to help mom with the cooking; she still did most of it, but we eliminated some of her normal menu items by cooking them ourselves. 

Michelle, my sister, did the baked macaroni and cheese and ham.

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Mom did the potato salad…

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praline sweet potatoes…

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green bean and artichoke casserole…

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and the turkey, but no picture was taken because it was still in the oven at this point.

I cooked the cheesy, crawfish pies…

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mirliton and shrimp casserole…

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And we each cooked dessert, but I did not get pictures of all of that.  Mom made pumpkin bars, jam bars, brownies, cupcakes for the baby, apple pie; Michelle made a pumpkin cheesecake, and I made chocolate dipped almond meringues using this Cooking Light recipe.

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These must be meant to be cooked in Northern winter climates because with the high humidity and heat we had on Wednesday and Thursday the meringues did not keep their crunchy texture.  Though my sister thoroughly enjoyed the chocolaty almond taffy that resulted.

As for my plate, I tasted everything except the praline sweet potatoes because I chose to eat pumpkin cheesecake for dessert in place of the potatoes.  Hey, they both provide some beta-carotene right? 😉

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A little lacking of natural veggies, but that is how we roll down South for Thanksgiving. 

So this is what I’ve been eating the last four days and it has been good while it lasted.  Check back this week for when I will share my unhealthy recipes from the two sides I cooked.

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