When we got home from Sonoma we made a pit stop at Costco and then started Thanksgiving prep. I started the rolls and the sweet potato casserole while Joan and Mark got to work on the pies.
I rarely make pies and I have actually never made a pumpkin pie from scratch. But not these two… they are pros!
Look at this beauty.
This was the mixed berry, rhubarb pie and it was delicious.
The next morning I went for a run with Ms. Janae and then went to check on the Turkey!
Jared and I were talking to our friends the week before Thanksgiving and, since they were heading out of town, they offered to let us have Thanksgiving dinner at their house! At first I didn’t want to take advantage of their generosity, but let’s be honest, our apartment is tiny and the extra room was very appealing. We ended up taking them up on the offer and spent most of the afternoon over their prepping for Thanksgiving dinner.
A lot more room than our little 4 person table, aye?
I have already complained about the things that didn’t go exactly how I wanted them to. So instead of reopening that wound, I will focus on the things that went well! After I mention that the turkey was still frozen after being in the fridge for 3 days. Okay, done.
Once we put the bird in the oven, I went home to roll out the rolls, and bake the sweet potato casserole, while Jared and his mom babysat the bird.
While the bird was cooking everyone relaxed a bit and snacked on some yummy cheese Joan and Mark picked up at the Sonoma Cheese Factory.
Me and the bird. There is definitely a love/hate relationship there.
Dinner was ready a little before 5 o’clock and we all sat down to quite the spread. Tousled hair, half smile… pictures really do say a thousand words.
We had turkey, “better than pumpkin pie sweet potato casserole”, cornbread stuffing (this is the only kind Jared likes), garlic mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, buttery peas, Aunt Ann’s famous rolls, spinach salad and jellied cranberry sauce (this is the only kind I like).
The rolls were probably the best I have ever made, the sweet potatoes were delicious and the gravy wasn’t lumpy at all! (too bad I don’t use gravy…)
And then once everyone made a little more room in their stomachs we put a small dent in the pumpkin and berry pie. I liked both, honestly, and can’t really decide which one I liked more.
After a little movie watching and kitchen clean up, we headed home for the night.
And I did get to go home with these beauties. =)
The friends we had over for dinner brought them for us with some homemade hot fudge. I still can’t wait to try it!
Jared left a little early for his 9 PM shift so we didn’t see him until the following morning. But all in all it was a good day. I definitely missed my mom. I honestly never knew how big of a mama’s girl I was until I got married. But it really was nice to try to be a big girl and take off the training wheels. And this was definitely a “learning year”.
Notes to self: check the bird the night before, don’t make the potatoes 3 hours before the turkey is done, don’t freeze the whipping cream and expect to get whipped cream out of it, and ALWAYS remember to thank everyone for coming and focus on what we are thankful for, instead of the crazy dinner. =)