Thanksgiving has came and went in a flash this year!  All the preparation paid off and the day went smoothly and lots of food was enjoyed by all.  By the time the big day rolled around, I had most everything done aside from throwing the bird in and baking a couple things last minute.  I  used the Michigander Way for the turkey, which was nice and easy for a first timer like myself.

Right before I popped her in!

The turkey turned out fabulous; nice and juicy and tons of flavor.  It did cook a lot quicker than planned so that through a bit of a wrench into my timing of all the other things that had to be put in the oven too, but we worked it out and got everything done in time.  Phew!

My in-laws were pretty thrilled to walk in and smell all the food in the oven and see me sporting the apron they bought us (Ryan has a “Mr.” of his own).

The afternoon before I made one of my favorite things: Pineapple Cake!  This is one of the easiest and an amazing dessert (my mom is the one that introduced me to this recipe).  I love, love, love the frosting and pineapple is one of my favorites so it’s a winner in my book.  The recipe is as follows:

  • 1 3/4 c. flour
  •  2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 can crushed pineapple and juice
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • 2 c. confectioners sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 8 oz. cream cheese 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix with handmixer until smooth and slather on cake once cake has cooled!

Gets nice and browned on top.
My favorite! Usually I share but I was home alone so it was all mine!

It’s long gone now!

Considering it was the first time hosting a holiday for family it went really well!  We really would love to host more parties and are really thinking of having a dinner party of some sort with friends.  We’d like to have some sort of theme so I’m wracking my brain for ideas.  Anyone have any interesting dinner party ideas?  Real Simple has these invites that I love, in particular the wine, cheese and chatter one:

Is this not the cutest and most clever idea?  
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