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Thanksgiving in Edisto Beach

Happy Black Friday!

We are heading back from a wonderful 48 hours in Edisto Beach where we spent Thanksgiving with my fiance’s family.

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Edisto Beach is a small, charming coastal town just south of Charleston and Kiawah. I have visited many South Carolina beaches but this was my first time in Edisto.


We drove down with his brother and sister-in-law and arrived on Wednesday evening. We were welcomed with a spread of snacks and chili. I LOVED this chili. It was made with Italian sausage instead of ground beef and dried beans instead of canned and also had a little cinnamon in it. So good!


After nine hours of sleep I was up and ready to get moving on Thanksgiving morning. We headed out for a little turkey trot of our own.


I ended up covering 8 miles (my fiance and I decided to part ways after the first 2 minutes of the run…haha) and it was amazing. The weather was so perfect.


After getting showered and dressed (and making a bloody mary) I got to work on preparing a kale and butternut squash salad with pomegranates and pumpkin seeds.


I also baked a bourbon pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust that made the trip with us.


All dressed and ready to eat!


We had a really nice spread of food. My plate was full of sweet potato casserole, kale salad, stuffing, ham, turkey, cranberry sauce and gravy. I also had a freshly baked roll. While I love Thanksgiving turkey (<– dark meat please!), the ham was where it was at. It was a whole bone-in ham and so juicy and delicious.


Dessert a little while later was apple crisp and pumpkin cheesecake. We had a houseful of 10 adults and 4 kids so it was quite a feast. My plates don’t even show all the other stuff we had like collards, chocolate cake, pumpkin brownies, lima beans, etc.


We ate around 2:30 p.m. so I made myself a little “second dinner” around 9:30 p.m. after watching the Panthers game and playing Head’s Up with everyone. I made a slider from one of the rolls and added ham, brie and cranberry sauce. This is one of my favorite things to do with Thanksgiving leftovers. Lots of kale salad (and unpictured cheesecake) on the side.


We woke up to another gorgeous day this morning.


After eating more ham and bread, this time in biscuit form, we headed out to soak up the sunshine.


My fiance and I took a long walk on the beach.


And then a ride in the golf cart to explore Edisto.


We stopped in a cute little coffee shop where I grabbed a latte and then headed back to the house where we took a big family picture, said our goodbyes to everyone and got on the road back to Charlotte.

Between traveling to be with my mom for her birthday, spending a week with my grandmother and having Thanksgiving with my fiance’s family, I am feeling very thankful for time spent with family. As we enter the new year, I am putting a huge focus on more family time. It’s so important.

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!

Tell me what you did for Thanksgiving? Did you stay in town or travel?

Did you cook or bake for the feast? If so, what did you contribute?

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  • Linda November 27, 2015, 5:05 pm

    Looks like you had a perfect Thanksgiving weekend! Your salad looks great
    I started the day with Suzanne in a packed house. Perfect way to start the day!
    We went to our friends for Thanksgiving Dinner and of course followed up with the Panther game. Anyway, the girls made an amazing Turkey Tenderloin stuffed with spinach, fig and butternut squash. From Skinnytaste. Oh my, so good!! Will be making! I brought roasted butternut squash, sweet potato and onions with lentils which was a big hit.

    • Jen DeCurtins November 27, 2015, 8:20 pm

      Yum! Happy to hear you had a great Thanksgiving!

  • Michelle November 27, 2015, 5:54 pm

    Well, I’m Canadian and so we celebrated Thanksgiving in October however, while catching up on your (DELICIOUS LOOKING & SOUNDING!) post, my fiance just slipped in the shower! So, I am thankful that he didn’t break anything and is okay!!
    For our actual Thanksgiving, I did the whole meal – turkey, ham, sides, pie – and it came out great! I had my fiance’s son and brother over for a feast to feed 10 and hardly a leftover remained :). I did snag enough leftovers for sliders on rolls though – that is also something I love doing and really, after a day (or two!) of cooking, probably my favorite thing! Happy Thanksgiving Jen!

    • Jen DeCurtins November 27, 2015, 8:22 pm

      I’m glad he’s okay! I’m so impressed you did the whole meal by yourself! Sounds like it was a success!

  • Cass November 28, 2015, 9:48 pm

    Looks like a great way to spend thanksgiving!! I love your red sweater in your dressed up and ready to eat photo. Where is it from?

    • Jen DeCurtins November 29, 2015, 10:54 am

      Hey Cass! It’s actually from H & M. I picked it up about 2 weeks ago. It has a pretty gold zipper on the back at the neckline. I love looser fitting sweaters.

  • Sara @ Oats & Rows November 28, 2015, 11:25 pm

    Wow you guys had such beautiful weather!! My family has been in town for Thanksgiving which was my first year cooking. I did about half of it and my mom did the rest. Lots of food & a Panthers win & family time made for a great evening!

  • Arthi November 29, 2015, 9:17 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The cheesecake you made looked delicious!

    I drove to Michigan with my mom and pup to celebrate with our family of choice! I always play sous chef in the kitchen but did contribute some oatmeal chocolate chip caramel bars and mini banana pudding trifles for dessert!

  • Julie December 2, 2015, 3:22 pm

    You look BEAUTIFUL in that pic holding your salad! We went to a friendsgiving on Thurs. & I took sweet potato casserole, a cheesy corn & macaroni casserole, & some dessert bars. We went to my mom’s on Sat. & I took sweet potato casserole again, corn casserole, green bean casserole, pumpkin cheesecake sopapilla bars & pecan pie bars. (I like to cook.) 🙂

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