Tuesday, November 27, 2007

thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving was lovely. It was nice having my family here (my brother and his girlfriend from Arizona, my mom and sister from Utah, and my other brother, who lives in Seattle).

It was my first time taking on a Thanksgiving dinner. Dub made the turkey though (I only helped a little) and it was delicious. We brined it first overnight and then cooked it upside down so the breast meat would be more tender.

My mom and sister helped me prepare a lot of the dishes. I made these mashed potatoes, this sweet potato casserole, some yummy creamed corn (consisting of butter, heavy cream, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, and ritz crackers on top, as well as a few spices),regular corn, a really yummy pasta salad, a fall festive salad (with pomegranates, feta cheese, lettuce, sliced almonds, red onion, and poppy seed dressing), green beans, rolls, and stuffing from scratch. Then my mom made five pies for dessert. Needless to say, this was not a low-fat meal.

[We had this sitting out to munch on. My mom's homemade sweet pepper relish over cream cheese.]



[I made these little place settings in about two minutes...super simple, but they worked.]

[My mom with her perfect apple pie.]

[Levi and Leslie]

[My mom and Tyson]

[Me and my sister, Lindsey]


[The guys watching football after dinner.]

The next morning we hit some of the sales (though we didn't get up super early). That night we put up our tree. (I love sitting with all of the lights off except for the tree lights and just enjoying it.) Then on Saturday we went to a park and set our camera on a tripod for some family pictures.



[I love this one of Levi and Leslie]


Then my mom, Levi, Leslie, and myself headed up to Seattle. We went to Pike's Place (I've never been there around Christmas-time. Cute decorations) and then took a ferry to Bainbridge Island.
[View of the city from the ferry. The Space Needle has a Christmas Tree on top!]


Bainbridge Island was decorated really cute for Christmas. We had pizza there and ice-cream from Mora's and then came back.

It was nice having my family here. Nice taking a little break from school. Nice watching "One Magic Christmas" and hanging out with everyone.

7 comments:

jjstringham said...

I'm totally jealous of your photography and scrapbook/crafty stuff talents. Yes, I do scrapbook, but nearly as cute as you do. :-P

emfalconbridge said...

your family is so cute, and i love the little placecards you made. you're too young to have been on the mish with my bro-in-law!

*C said...

Ashley,

Golly!! You're so cute!! Look how you went all out!! The little place cards you made are so fun! Love them. You're so creative. I'm glad you had a happy Thanksgiving! And the family pictures are super cute too!

Kim said...

Love the pictures! Sounds like you had a fabulous thanksgiving with lots of yummy food!

Shannon said...

funny thing, i was totally planning on bringing a similar dish as the cream cheese with relish thing to your party. I think i still will... but mine has shrimp on it!

AdamsFamilyGreatestHits said...

So here I am reading your blog and getting sadder by the minute that there will be no Arizona Schultz Christma Gala. Boo hoo, lots of tears! Love the pictures!

Anonymous said...

you are awesome! i am jealous about every single thing you do! your amazing with photography, love the pictures we took that weekend.. i really hope we can work it out so that you take our engagements.. :) love you!