For our Thanksgiving meal this year, Kara, Bri, Adam, and I headed to the Grand America and enjoyed a Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet. The meal got off to a rocky start when Kara and I discovered Bri and Adam didn’t eat breakfast that morning. Rule #1 in buffet/feasting preparation is that you need to stretch the stomach and should never starve before the meal. Amateurs.
This discovery aside, we were all excited to enjoy as many plates of food as we could.
This is Adam (and Bri) and Adam’s first plate of food. As this was a Thanksgiving “Brunch” Buffet there was breakfast food as well as the more traditional Thanksgiving fare. On Adam’s plate here there is shrimp, ceasar salad, pork tenderloin with duck confit, and an eggs benedict. I really love the randomness of food selection that often accompanies a buffet.
We got lazy taking pictures of every plate but you get the idea I think. I did take some pictures of the buffets. Like this one where Adam is choosing cheese:
Here is me in line for meat (Bri got all paparazzi and snapped several shots of me waiting in line.) There was lamb, tenderloin, and of course, turkey.
After about 2 hours of eating (including long talking breaks in between in an effort to postpone the inevitable food comas), we finally allowed ourselves to descend on the dessert table.
And drink egg nog.
We LOVE egg nog. Years ago my Dad decided it would be a fun family tradition to start drinking egg nog on Christmas night. I still remember the first year we did this. We all topped out at maybe two sips due to how rich it was. I remember trying to force it down that first year as I was just not into it. As the years went by our glasses got bigger and bigger and now…well, we all love egg nog.
Now, I am aware that Thanksgiving is more than feasting on excessive amounts of food but one of the many things I am grateful for is that I have the means to be able to do so now and again. One of the other things I am grateful for…
Sisters. (And brothers-in-law who will take pictures.)
Side note: For those of you that have seen Gossip Girl, anyone else think Kara looks a little Blair Waldorf-y here:
After our meal we went to my brother’s house and hung out with his family for a few hours. It was a perfect end to a great day as I got to be a human jungle gym for three little kids who I have missed very much. And even though we were stuffed we ate cheese blocks which is a tradition for our family on Thanksgiving.
You know, I try to be aware of this most of the time but on days like this I can’t help but be reminded of how abundantly blessed I am. For those that celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and were reminded of all you have to be thankful for.