A Vegan Thanksgiving

OK, not really.  Vegan, I mean.  But it is a catchy title, don’t you think?  And I did my part.  I’m all about healthy eating this year.  So I turned my dishes into vegan ones.  Leaving out eggs and milk and substituting soy milk – even in the pumpkin pie.  And I fooled them all.  It was delish!

But there was turkey – not tofurkey – on our table.  And even (horrors!) ham.  And I had some of everything.  Every once in awhile even a (mostly) vegan falls off the wagon.  At least that’s my story.

Jas was there.  Hanging around waiting for something to fall on the floor.

And Penny.  Isn’t she pretty?

Taylor too.  Penny & Taylor were imprisoned for the day in the master bedroom.  I don’t think they minded.  Because big, bad Jasmine was in the rest of the house.  See large dog pic above.

This was breakfast.  Biscuits with chocolate sauce and strawberries.  A family tradition.  And I had to have some leftovers when we arrived at noon.

Excuse me.  After looking at that picture, I need chocolate.  I think I have to run to the store…….

Paul believes in getting his hands into his work as he made the fabulous dressing.  Janna helped by watching.  And spooning the finished product into the pan to bake.  And eating.  We all helped by eating.

Paul learned from his Dad about helping in the kitchen.  Allen really takes his carving job seriously.

And he has a little shadow below.  Just like last year.  She’s just sure that something is going to fall overboard.

The 20-somethings do what 20-somethings always do….. play on their techno-toys.  Courtney, Nate and Paul did their fair share of computing while waiting for dinner.

While the kitchen smells were making my stomach growl, I took the opportunity to stroll around and take a few pics of fun things in the fabulous lakeside home.

Cute quilty tablerunner caught this quilter’s eye.

And how about this saying for the dining room wall?

Kaye takes pics of birds at the backyard feeders all the time.  They have quite a variety of birds to watch!

I especially like this pretty bluebird.  And yes, this is my usual pic of a pic.  I did not see one of these birds while we were there.  So disappointed!  Cropping pics so they look like my own is a favorite trick on this blog.

Janna made cute namecards again.

And how about these cute salt & pepper shakers?  Purchased in the Florida Keys.  Where they had a hard time finding anything that didn’t have seashells on it.  The little peppers are just right for a Texas home.

Nice table arrangements.

In fact, isn’t the whole table really pretty?

The Food


White meat, neatly arranged on the platter.  Allen is very particular.

Dark meat.

Ham (horrors!)  But doesn’t it look good?

Vegan Sweet Potatoes (smile) – no eggs, no milk, no butter, great taste!

Friendship bread.  Yum.  Probably not very vegan.

Everyone filled their plates.  Mom & Dad on the right, Sis just behind them in pink, then Allen & Dear Hubby on the left.  Loads of yummy food.  I missed pics of corn casserole (also made by me and vegan), green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls and stuffing/dressing.  There were also pumpkin, pecan and cherry pies!  But we ate them so fast I didn’t even get a pic.  Picture them delicious.

But here’s my plate.  With a little bit of almost everything. 

Now I definitely need a snack.  How about you?  Is it time for Christmas dinner yet?


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7 Responses to A Vegan Thanksgiving

  1. Kaye Bowling says:

    How fun to see our day together again!! You made me hungry :/ It was a true blessing to have everyone in our home. Thanks for the wonderful tribute to our Thanksgiving Day!!

  2. Susan Bancroft says:

    Everything looked so wonderful, but oh, my, those biscuits with strawberries and chocolate? Help! The perfectly carved turkey on two separate plates was my favorite thing–now HE knows how to carve! 🙂

  3. Cyndie in Ohio says:

    Thanks for sharing such a lovely day with family and food and puppy, kitties. What is the story behind the “traditional breakfast”. Never heard of bisquits, chocolate with strawberries. Is this something the pilgrims/indians shared on the first Thanksgiving celebration?
    P.S. Loved the quilt from last blog. 🙂

  4. LaLa says:

    Yum Yum Barb! You are becoming quite a great “vegan” cook! I hope to try some of your “specialties” at the JSS gatherings!!! So good to see your Mom and Dad “up & about” with the family!

  5. Janna says:

    Ok, looking at this before I eat breakfast was a bad idea. Now I’m remembering all the yummy food and wanting some more! Guess I need to make some toast with some pineapple jam on it (you know, since it’s just after 9 here in Hawaii). And Jasmine just looks oh so big bad and mean in that pic with a happy smile on her face! Thanks for sharing pics for our Thanksgiving!

  6. Lani says:

    Looks like a lovely family gathering, dogs and all…..just the way Thanksgiving should be!

  7. Your blog always makes me hungry! But Thanksgiving really does it! Yum! That’s what I love most about Thanksgiving – – – – – it’s all about FOOD!

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