I have been meaning to post about Thanksgiving since it happened. It was a Thanksgiving of firsts for Gates and I. Our first to be married AND our first to have people over. We don't have our good china together yet, but I think we made a solid effort on the table. Here's what it looked like - before the food, of course:
It's such a joy to just have the things that you need to set a table. That's definitely new to me. A special shout out goes to my sister, who gave me those great placemats by TAG. I love TAG.
We got our turkey and ham from the honeybaked ham store and my parents brought dressing. We made the sweet potatoes and the creamed potatoes. Actually, it's a bit misleading to say, "we," as really I went to the Cathedral for the Thanksgiving Day service and Gates made the side dishes. (He did a great job.) My sister brought her husband and her newborn daughter, and Sister Schubert graciously provided the rolls.
And...I made cupcakes for the occasion: Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream as the frosting. I was a bit disappointed with the cake, because it to be more spicy, but I loved the buttercream. Everyone who was not me thought that both the cake and frosting were delicious. I used the recipes found here. Next time I want to use this recipe, as I think it has more of the flavors I was hoping to taste.