And just like that- poof! Thanksgiving is over. Bye Bye pumpkin, hello peppermint and gingerbread! We had another great year, after 2 days of cooking for 31 people, I am utterly exhausted and ready for bed. Thankfully we aren’t heading out for black friday shopping until 6am, so I can get a decent night sleep tonight. I started Thanksgiving prep yesterday, I arrived with 3 pages of things I needed to make.
I got most of the big items finished and then I woke up early this morning to do the turkey, the appetizers and foods that couldn’t be fixed until today (stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted green beans with bacon.)
While I was doing that, my oldest daughter and my Mom got to work on setting the 2 adult tables and the kid’s table.
We added something new to the menu this year – fried turkey! My brother was in charge and he did a fantastic job, it was cooked perfectly.
Then it was time to get started on the apps. I scoured Pinterest this year looking for new appetizers because I was sick of eating the same thing year after year and I thought it would be fun to change things up. I think it was a huge success and everyone loved them. I hope! And only one #pinterestfail. I am not a crafty person, my Mom is and my oldest daughter is, that gene totally skipped me, but I tried. I wanted to make this cheese and salami turkey.
Mine looked like this:
OMG- it’s even funnier today. I can’t stop laughing. Then we had kielbasa bites– unpictured, but a definite family favorite and they were so easy to make.
Standard vegetable tray
Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip– served with nilla wafers, pretzels and apple slices.
and Cranberry Pepper Jelly dip– my absolute favorite of them all! Served with a variety of crackers.
Also pictured is this Thanksgiving Drink– so delicious, so easy to make, another family favorite.
For the turkey this year, I stuffed it with lemon and orange slices, then a dry rub and basted with chicken broth once an hour while it cooked. Of the 5 years that I have been cooking Thanksgiving dinner, this was the best turkey.
To go with the turkey we had mashed potatoes with a homemade gravy (made by my father in law), corn casserole, roasted green beans with bacon, stuffing, fresh cranberry sauce, homemade rolls (made by mother in law) -yes, we celebrate with both sides of the family at one dinner, cuts out on a ton of holiday stress!
And then my phone was put away. The rest of the day was spent laying around, hanging out, going through the Black Friday ads and wondering how fast this year flew by, because from here on out, I’m going to blink and wake up in January.
I started writing this post last night, but was too exhausted to finish it, so I’m up early to finish, get dressed and head out for shopping! There is nothing I have to get today, so if I see something on my list I’ll get it, but otherwise, I’m just along for the ride. Have a great day!