Thanksgiving was amazing. I had so much fun cooking and playing hostess.
The table linens looked fantastic. It’s the first time I’ve served dinner with cloth napkins and I think they’re such a nice touch. I look forward to using them again and again.
I started my day in the kitchen at 8 AM. I baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and delivered them to my favorite neighbor (who I knew was cooking and would be as busy in the kitchen as me). I may have dumped half the pan of mini-muffins on the bottom of the oven and the oven door. I cursed. I took a deep breath and said, at least it wasn’t the turkey or the pie. (The dropped muffins weren’t the only mistake I made though. I also forgot to put the blade in the bread machine so the bread didn’t mix and flopped. Oops. We never missed it though.) I moved on to start baking the pie and setting up the house.
We stated the day with munchies. Everyone came around 12 or 12:30. We all skipped lunch and just grazed and socialized. The starters included:
– mixed nuts, m&m’s, and chocolate covered almonds
– chex mix
– nuts in the shell for cracking, and salt & pepper pistachios
– fresh veggies and ranch
– coconut shrimp with dipping sauce (thanks Jill and Paul!)
– artichoke crab dip (thanks again Jill and Paul!)
Meanwhile I was cooking in the kitchen with a lot of help
Jill was the most amazing kitchen assistant on Thursday! Near the end, I was roasting more than the turkey and my amazing cousin-in-law was so kind to put a cold cloth with ice on my neck. She also read my mind and helped with everything from mixing mashed potatoes to swapping casseroles in and out of the oven to warm them at the end. I couldn’t have done it without her!
Alex filled many roles from bartender to turkey carver.
The food hit the table about 3:02 (my cooking schedule worked out just right for our 3 o’clock dinner). The final menu included:
– mashed potatoes
– green bean casserole
– green salad with oranges and beets (thanks Lynda!)
– butternut squash stuffing casserole (thanks Donna!)
– mom’s brussels sprouts
– sweet potato casserole
– cranberry sauce
After we all stuffed ourselves to the brim, we watched one of our family holiday favorites, Christmas Vacation.
Following the movie, it was pie time. This year we had two:
– Pumpkin Pecan Pie
– Apple Pie (thanks Jill and Paul!)
Both were made with the famous family pie crust. The Pumpkin Pecan Pie is a recipe my mother-in-law passed down to me last Christmas. And, the Apple Pie was made with heirloom apples from Oregon.
Everyone had a great time. I was surprised how different it was to be the one in the kitchen instead of sitting on the couch. But it was so much fun! All the housework, cleaning, cooking and dishes were all worth it. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
PS. The family room remodel was completed in time for Thanksgiving. Official before and after pictures coming soon. 🙂