After a two year break, the Hurts got the esteemed privilege of hosting Thanksgiving dinner once again.  We entertained family members from all corners of Virginia as well as some local friends.

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This year Jed got adventurous and prepared the turkey using a dry brine and the “spatchcock” method.

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Mattie Windsor and I made a centerpiece using found items from a recent nature walk.

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While I busied myself setting out the finery on the adult table,

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Mattie Windsor created her own tablescape

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complete with customized place settings for her and her friends.

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I was immediately advised not to mess it up.

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In honor of my Mam-ma, I ensured that there were crafts for our younger guests.

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It was a huge hit…

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(and a huge happy mess!)

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My Dad was given the important duty of blow torching the marshmallows on top of Lynn’s sweet potatoes

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and then it was finally time to present the turkey in all of its glory!

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There was no shortage of culinary delights

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and fantastic conversation at our table.

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The girls seemed to enjoy themselves too!

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In the spirit of the upcoming Christmas season, I sent all of our guests home with homemade paper ornaments.

I am so thankful to have shared another Thanksgiving with my family and friends (and to Jed for not only cooking the best turkey I have ever tasted but also volunteering to do all of the dishes!)

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