Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Turkey Day!

In the 9 years Michael and I have been married, this was the first year we have cooked a 'real' Thanksgiving meal. Every year we have spent Thanksgiving at a family members house and just had to bring the drinks or a pie or something.

There was the one year that my sister was living with us, my little bro Cam was at BYU and we wanted to have a Thanksgiving meal that didn't involve a turkey. So, we had an untraditional Thanksgiving at our house. We decided that we would make the items that we liked, and not feel obligated to have the other items.

Michael and I were in charge of the main items. Instead of turkey we had a rotisserie chicken, we like rolls, so we had those, but cranberry sauce was forbidden. Mashed potatoes are always good. We put my little brother in charge of those. He didn't have a mixer, so he made them in the blender. Never heard of doing that, but I applaud him for his creativity! I can't remember what else was on the menu, but it was all food that we liked.

So, this year, we were going to do the same thing. That was UNTIL I went to a Holiday Cooking class and tasted how amazing everything COULD be. So, little by little during this class, I decided that I really did like everything involved in the traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Luckily I have an amazing cook for a husband, and he made just about everything. He woke up at 5 am to get the turkey started. He mashed the potatoes, made some amazing yams, and the most flavorful gravy I have ever tasted. I felt like a failure with my lame attempts in my homemaking skills. I microwaved the stovetop stuffing, microwaved the green beans and poured the french fried onions on top of them. Luckily, my saving grace was the rolls I made from scratch the day before. They actually turned out! They were soft and flavorful, and they weren't burnt on the outside and raw on the inside! I did buy Rhodes rolls and have them waiting for me in the freezer in case my rolls didn't turn out.

All in all, we had a great Thanksgiving meal, and I have so much to be grateful for.

This was the kids after dinner craft yesterday. They turned out cute, huh?
Reece made this turkey at school. Oh, how I wish I could spend my day gluing beans, macaroni, and paper.


dishes and laundry said...

I have that EXACT same turkey - saved from my boys.
Sounds like you had great day.

Kathy said...

CUTE. sounds like fun! last christmas i made our first christmas dinner - lots of work - but fun and i was proud! ok FINE, matt did most of the bird too.

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