Thanksgiving wrap-up

The fun began Wednesday night. For the cranberry sauce, we splashed a little spiced rum in with the cranberries, sugar, orange and cinnamon stick.

The fun began Wednesday night. For the cranberry sauce, we splashed a little spiced rum in with the cranberries, sugar, orange and cinnamon stick….

Here's the sheet of pecan squares before we cut them into squares. They are so insanely good. The recipe calls for 1 1/4 pounds of butter just in the shortbread layer.

Here’s the sheet of pecan squares before we cut them into squares. They are so insanely good. The recipe calls for 1 1/4 pounds of butter just in the shortbread layer.

Homemade spicy cocktail sauce plus a remoulade (mayo, ketchup, chopped cornichon and capers) with our Old Bay-seasoned shrimp.

Homemade spicy cocktail sauce plus a remoulade (mayo, ketchup, chopped cornichon and capers) with our Old Bay-seasoned shrimp.

Truffle butter under the skin, olive oil slathered on top, thyme, onion and garlic stuffed in the cavity. And still, it tasted like blah turkey. The meat was pretty juicy though.

Truffle butter under the skin, olive oil slathered on top, thyme, onion and garlic stuffed in the cavity. And still, it tasted like blah turkey. The meat was pretty juicy though.

My first completely homemade gravy. Not a single person ate it though! Salmon was definitely the hit of the afternoon.

My first completely homemade gravy. Not a single person ate it though! Salmon was definitely the hit of the afternoon..

The celery root puree and sausage-stuffed mushrooms both came out great. Keepers!

The celery root puree and sausage-stuffed mushrooms both came out great. Keepers!!

Miss Greta slyly sampled the cranberry sauce, kid-style -- which is to dip your finger in the serving bowl when no one is looking.

Miss Greta slyly sampled the cranberry sauce, kid-style — which is to dip your finger in the serving bowl when no one is looking….

My good little eater!

My good little eater!

Magnus and Uncle Taylor have a special bond. Two mischievous Green boys.

Magnus and Uncle Taylor have a special bond. Two mischievous Green boys

The aftermath.

The aftermath.

Our guests were gone by 4pm so we took the kids to see Frozen. It was really cute. Thumbs up. The snowman in the picture is "Olaf" from the movie.

Our guests were gone by 4pm so we took the kids to see Frozen. It was really cute. Thumbs up. The snowman in the picture is “Olaf” from the movie.

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