November 18, 2013

Road Trip {Thanksgiving 2013}

Cumberland Island, GA
We'll be heading southbound on Friday!

Before we leave Jersey, we'll be dropping by the Renault Winery to get bottles of the Garden States own Blueberry Champagne for our Thanksgiving hostesses.

Blueberry Champagne
Renault Winery, Egg Harbor City, NJ
My posting may be erratic, but I'll pop in from time to time, to document this:

Disney! Can't wait to see it decorated, we've never been during the holiday season.

We'll be staying at the Nickelodeon resort.  Boys picked it...

...and the autograph books are ready and camera is charged.  It's going to be crazy, hectic, exhausting!

Perfectly timed for the rest of the week to be spent with my family {relaxing} in St. Mary's, GA. 

A down home Thanksgiving holiday.  We will be squeezing a ton of stuff into just a few days.

Including Black Friday spent on Cumberland Island.

We will be visiting the First African Baptist Church. Maintained by the National Park Service, this simple one-room frame structure, with 11 handmade pews and three windows on each side, was built in 1937 to replace an earlier 1893 structure.  Also the site of JFK, Jrs. marriage to Carolyn Bessette.  I am sucker for Camelot-related any good Irish girl should be!

May they rest in peace...

Onto the family holiday!  Spending the holiday with my aunts, uncles and cousins.  

My mother will not be traveling with us, as she will be undergoing surgery shortly after the holiday and unable to travel until.  Please say a prayer for her; we will miss her immensely.  Thank goodness for Facetime!

Traditionally we have Brandy Alexanders during food prep, using my Great Grandmothers china, glassware and silverware.

Brandy Alexanders

1 1/2 oz. Brandy
1 oz. Dark Creme de Cacao
1 oz. Half and Half
1/4 tsp. Grated Nutmeg

Blend or shake with ice ~ delish!

These pieces are so beautiful and well preserved for being so old. I'd pick out the patterns today.

A typical menu from our Thanksgivings...

~Thanksgiving Day Menu~

First Course ~ 11am

Hot Crab Dip

Cold Spinach Dip

Cold Seafood Salad

Assorted Cheeses and Meats

Crackers, Breads and Dippers

Brandy Alexanders (adults only)

Main Course ~ 6:30pm

Roasted Turkey with Traditional Dressing

Mashed White and Sweet Potatoes


Scalloped Oysters

Pearl Onions

Green Bean Casserole

Hot Rolls

Gelatin Salad with Carrots (throwback to our foremothers)

Black Olives

Cranberry Sauce

Dessert ~ Assorted pies and fancies.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday and safe travel wherever you may be!

Thanks for visiting!

{Some photos courtesy of Pinterest}


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