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Wow, I am behind.

The Detroit Lions. Lost last night and lost unfortunately when I was home for the Thanksgiving Day Game. I’ve gone to the Thanksgiving Day Game pretty much every year in my life, except for one when I was spending Thanksgiving in Hong Kong, visiting my friend S up there on the left. And E there on the right, he’s a big Lions fan too. We’ve got pride. (Get it – Lions *pride*?)

This past Lions game was one of the better ones, mostly because we got to tailgate before the game started, which we never do. I feel like I know a lot of people and a lot of people who know people but for some reason I RARELY know people who actually have a legitimate tailgate. Not this year! S had the hookup for us and part of it included deep fried turkey. Yes! I have heard of this phenomenon for years (as well as the injuries sustained to people doing it) but I had not actually tried. I don’t know what I was expecting exactly but I can tell you it surpassed all expectations.

See below:

There it is! I wasn’t expecting the fryer to be so small, that’s for sure. But the group went through three fried turkeys, understandably. Also, the turkey looks a little burnt – but the meat I had was not at ALL.

In fact:

Possibly the best turkey I have ever had. All I know next Thanksgiving will be a MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT if I do not have this again. I’m tempted to buy a deep fryer for my apartment cause I have my mom and older sis coming to NYC for Christmas but I feel like that would be nothing but trouble. So, not happening. But fried turkey, I will be having again. It was soooo juicy and so good.

And here’s some more of our Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day Crew. We always have a crowd of about 15 family members (including E who is honorary on Thanksgiving Day for maybe three years now?) Good times, good times. Now Lions, if you could only start playing just a little better for me.

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Are you sick of looking at Christmas party food yet? Nope? Good. Soooo I mentioned going to a party Christmas Eve at Jeff’s. Well we returned Christmas Day for round two of food, friends, and festivities. This is part of the spread above. The turkey is from Jive Turkey in Brooklyn which is freaking awesome. They sell all kinds of fried turkeys. We had roasted garlic and jerk turkey. YUM! Apparently you can spend seven or eight hours waiting in line during Thanksgiving.

My contribution was this salad. It’s actually a recipe from my Aunt J and I had to make the dressing and coat almonds with sugar to make it soooo very delicious.

Also there was green bean casserole:

This is before it was done being topped with Frosted Flakes. Yep, FROSTED flakes. Ha.

One of my favorite pictures from the evening comes from when all six of us ladies were sitting on the couches while all the guys were working in the kitchen. AWESOME! And we were all wearing different colored/patterned tights.

Aaand here’s the whole crew:

After we had dinner and dessert we played this game called Quelf which was hilarious and makes you do slightly embarrassing things. It was fun. And I thiiiiink that is my last Christmas post so Merry Christmas one more time. :)

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Okay, so maybe Thanksgiving was last week but you’re going to have to get over it for five seconds and look at all this good food!

Thanksgiving is the best. Lots of family and lots of food. And lots of Lions football but I’m not going there this time. :) Always love my Lions!

This year, Thanksgiving was at my cousin’s house in Rochester, Mi and there were 8.5 billion people and 8.5 billion dishes. Above you see turkey and mashed potatoes with green been caserole coming up from the back. There was this guy there I’ve never met before and he was like, “Why are you taking pictures of the food?” Um, hellooooooo! Haha. He was nice. ANYWAY.

Would you like some ham? Sweet potatoes? Carrots? The most amazing salad ever with strawberries and walnuts? Seriously, the salad. My aunt makes it every year and every year I love it. Yay thanksgiving!

Here is an added bonus of my little sister looking completely thrilled. It was during the part when you’ve got your plate all ready but you’re not sure if it’s rude or not to start eating. Ha.

Here is one of the lovely desserts. There were all kinds of pies and mini pies and who knows what but above is some sort of oreo creation and oreos are always so fab.

And here’s a piece of that action. Followed by some homemade pumpkin ice cream!

Pumpkin ice cream! Geeze, looking at these pictures makes me feel so worthless. I’m 25 and all I do is show up! I think my Dad brings a bottle of wine… so there’s that. We definitely weren’t lacking anything at this meal, but still. Maybe next year I’ll bring the wine. Haha.

And here’s one more pictures of my little sister trying to tame one of the thousand dogs that were running around. Oh, and if you’re wondering yes, she is dressed like an elf, and no that’s not a usual thing (someone did ask us that) but we dressed like elves for the Lions game this year. It was fun! We even had little elf hats. I brought mine back to New York just incase, you know, I need it one day or something.

Happy weekend!

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