Mark’s First Thanksgiving

My little souschef & I cooked up a perfect Thanksgiving feast for our family of three to celebrate Mark’s first turkey day. Living abroad is a bit harder then usual around the holidays. Thanksgiving, which obviously isn’t celebrated here, is probably one of the hardest. With Brett at work all day, being apart from our families, & no turkeys available at the grocery store, yesterday was just a regular day in Belgium. But, given how much we have to be thankful for this year, I knew we had to properly celebrate the holiday. And of course, Mark’s baby book as a spot for Baby’s First Thanksgiving so I needed to properly document the occasion! So, Mark and I spent the day making a traditional feast (sans the big turkey) and had so much fun in the process. 

Even though Mark is only 8 months old, I decided to include him in as much of the food prep as possible. Mark “helping” consisted of a lot of things, like mixing the candied pecans, playing with the fresh herbs, moving around the table setting 🙂 It may have been more work having him help but it was so fun to watch him touch and explore all these new foods and textures!

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While most of our side dishes were completely traditional – stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce,  a fall salad – our turkey definitely was not. As I couldn’t find a skin-on turkey breast in Belgium, I decided to add my own crispy skin with some good ole bacon. So yes, we had a bacon wrapped turkey! It was actually pretty darn good but I’m definitely looking forward to a traditional bird next year 🙂 .

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Mark absolutely loved his Thanksgiving meal. As we are doing Baby Led Weaning all the foods I served were “Mark approved”. All this meant was no recipes with honey & I removed the pecans from his sweet potatoes and bacon from his turkey. Mark went crazy for the sweet potatoes (they had a little brown sugar!) and he was oddly obsessed with the piece of lettuce I let him try lol. Mark was also wild about his “first dessert”. Dessert was a simple puff pastry tart made with my homemade applesauce but boy did the kid want more. He was definitely trying to snag more from Brett’s piece 🙂

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thank goodness it is now officially acceptable to listen to all the Christmas music we’ve already been listening too!

xo, Em.

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