Gobble, Gobble, Gobble in Groves, TX!


Happy belated Turkey Day, folks!

As you put the finishing touches to your Christmas tree, bake sweet treats, and get your holiday groove on with Pandora Christmas radio, take a moment to reflect on the good in your life. This post brought to you by: a Thanksgiving holiday with new family near a new home in Texas.

Because of the traveling and constant grading and planning, I haven’t had any breathing time–let alone blogging time–to update everyone on our first Thanksgiving in armadillo country. Erik and I traveled to Groves/Port Arthur, TX, to gobble down some goodness with his cousins, Roxie & Ronnie, Granny Fontenot, and Tante Tina. The following timeline will give you a feel of how things went down:

4:30 a.m., Thursday (Thanksgiving Day): Woke from the dead.

5:00 a.m.: Hit the wide open Texas road (mostly to eliminate any possible traffic issues, namely, near Houston).

7:30 a.m.: Called Roxie to let her know that we were in Houston–she was surprised but excited.

9:00 a.m.: Pulled into the Broussard driveway, not a minute passed nine o’clock. Proceeded to eat breakfast (I was starving!) and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. And, then, football (of course!). We didn’t have the Turkey feast on this day, so we managed to lounge, converse, and enjoy one another’s company!

11:00 a.m.-ish: Granny and Ben arrive. Tina followed soon thereafter. Things get hazy from this point, mostly because I was sleepy and too caffeinated for my own good. But, good times were had!

9:00 a.m., Friday: Get into Turkey Day mode. Begin warming delicious foods.

1:00 p.m.: DIG IN! I ate: Baked AND Friday Turkey, Pork Roast, Rice Dressing, Cornbread Dressing, Green Beans, Sweet Potato Casserole, Cranberry Sauce, Waldorf Salad, and rolls. For dessert, I brought my Granny’s made-from-scratch Raisin & Pecan Pound Cake, and others made, Cherry Pie, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, and Blueberry Cheescake-y Pie. Bon apetito!

2:00 p.m.: Slug time. The rest of the evening we played games like Scattergories and Dominoes and watched more football. 🙂

8:00 a.m., Saturday: We took a day trip to Galveston Island and actually rode a car ferry across the sound. It was mostly rainy, but it was still really interesting to visit a beach in Texas. Basically, there were no real surprises. Same beach community that I’m used to visiting in the Carolinas. The most interesting info tidbit: Galveston was severely damaged by Hurricane Ike a few years ago. The damage was so extensive that it cleared out all beach homes (all except ~20 houses) and most of the aftermath was still strewn across the fields on the sides of the road. Because of this clearing of land, some private investors have even set up oil drills right on the beach sand! I’m not so sure how that affects the beach environment, but I don’t think it’s good. Anyway, Galveston is a quaint beach town with a lively group of denizens and tourists. Not trashy like Daytona or Myrtle. There’s also great seafood, we ate at Fish Tales and got the Crab Cake Sandwich with fries. We made it home by dinnertime and devoured on more Turkey Day leftovers. So good!

6:00 a.m., Sunday: We headed back to Austin. Ate some “kolaches” at a gas station paired German bakery. By the way, “ko-la-sh-es” is pronounced by Texans as “ko-la-chee-s.” Ha! Whatevs.

When we got back home, it was 10:00 a.m. and we both quickly realized that it’s pretty awesome waking up early on Sunday. Normally, we sleep until 8:00 or 9:00 a.m. but, when you wake up at 6:00 a.m., it’s almost as though you’ve doubled your Sunday day. Needless to say, we got a great deal accomplished and got to bed at a decent hour.

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So, there’s how we spent our first Turkey Day in Texas! Enjoy the photos! We had a great time visiting with what has become our closest relatives (used to be the farthest away)! I’m looking forward to the opportunity of celebrating future holidays with new family! How did you Thanksgiving go? Any good recipes for Turkey Day leftovers that you want to share? Comment below!

Have a great rest of the week! I am busy winding down the year with my seventh grade lovelies! Here’s to only nine more days of school before the holiday break!

So totally grateful,

Small Thing


About asmallthingintexas

I am a small thing in big Texas. This blog will detail this big change for my husband, Erik, and I, as well as share new recipes, adventures, and commentary. We are moving from Raleigh, NC, to Austin, TX, in early July and cannot wait to start a new journey together, learning about the history, culture, food, and people of this southwest state. Wish us luck!

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