We made it! From Chicago to Arizona to San Francisco to Napa…and now back to Arizona again!
I have so much to show and tell from our honeymoon. Everything from fantastic farmer’s markets to wonderful wine tastings. Plus, a broken wrist thrown in for good measure.
You’ll soon find out. 😉 But today, I want to give thanks for a very special holiday spent with my family.
We spent Thanksgiving morning with Bobby, who unfortunately had to fly back to Chicago in the afternoon for work. Thankfully, we were able to enjoy a delicious brunch before he left.
Brunch Egg Casserole was on the menu! A family favorite made by Mama Bender!
You can see the full recipe here. It is essentially a “quiche” with a doughy French bread crust.
A must-have during the holidays around here. Especially when served with mimosas.
We enjoyed the good food and good conversation until Bobby needed to leave for the airport. My family wished he wouldn’t have had to go but were thankful for the time we did have that morning.
Once I had returned from driving him, the house was transformed to get ready for our special dinner guests later that day. My mom’s aunt, cousins and their kids, who are all amazingly kind and wonderful people (hello if you’re reading!!). As usual, Mama Bender outdid herself with the decor. The deep red and purple theme was both fun and festive!
She also found gorgeous flowers to use as centerpieces from the grocery store.
Meanwhile, Papa Bender was cooking up a storm in the kitchen!
While the hot meal was prepared, several cold appetizers were served. Fresh shrimp with cocktail sauce and sliced cucumber topped with Tex-Mex Gouda Dip (both from Costco) were a big hit!
We also served up vino, along with citrus-infused water and Peppermint-Eggnog Punch!!!!
You know the holiday season is here when Mama Bender whips up a batch of this punch.
Before we knew it, the leaf place mats were covered by hot pans and plates that held a feast.
One delicious looking turkey…
…plenty of cornbread stuffing (mmm cornbread!)…
and foods to please every palate. Green beans, sweet potatoes, four cheese muffins and goat cheese puffs.
I had a little bit of everything.
Plus a lovely glass of vino to savor with every bite.
During dinner, we reflected on all that we are thankful for. Some of my list included:
- Bobby, my new husband and the love of my life
- Mama Bender, the most talented and hardworking woman I know
- Papa Bender, the best chef and cheesy joke teller in the world
- Baby Bender, my amazing little brother who inspires me every day
- The rest of my Korducki and Buss family (and there are a lot of us!)
- My fabulous new family whose name rhymes with mine
- My wedding party – Sam, Jill, Lauren and Caitlin, you are all truly incredible
- All of my amazing friends – both in the blog world and out (some a blend of each!)
- My business and business partner
- The happiness and health of all of the people mentioned above
- All of the memories still yet to be made
Clearly, I talked for a while. 😉 There is a lot to be grateful for and I am very grateful for that.
Another thing I’m grateful for? The gorgeous Arizona sunsets.
I can never get enough of them. Nor can I ever refuse delectable desserts!
Blueberry pie and pumpkin-pecan cakebread topped with freshly whipped cream.
How was your Thanksgiving?
Share links to your posts if you have them so I can catch up!
I am very thankful for all of you.