Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving Prep and Thanksgiving

Ah, the baking and prep for a big meal, whether it is for a large crowd or a small group, is always a feat. It takes planning and lots and lots of cooking....
My eldest daughter and I are basically a storm to be contended with when we get into a kitchen. Our mission?  Three days before, I made bread for stuffing....

Then, we made pies. Yup, 5 pies! One for a neighbor who rescued me fixing a cabinet...so he got apple. Another apple pie, for the family my eldest is dog sitting for. A lattice apple pie for us, a harvest pie (apple, peach and raisin) and a pumpkin pie. Then, after all the pies, we cut up all veggies we would need for stuffing or roasting or anything else and put those in ziplocs for the next day.





Fast forward to 6 am on Thanksgiving.....we were up and prepping everything. Cleared the table and set it....
Then we made stuffing (from the bread I made)
 and started a turkey in the oven and Hubby started his turkey smoking (believe it or not, he has a recipe for smoked turkey on the BBQ that only takes 2 hours!)
This is Hubby's turkey...after 2 hours...yeah, mine was the "extra" after 4 hours.....
We made oodles of side dishes.....green bean casserole with Alfredo sauce (no cream of mushroom soup), creamed onions, creamed kale (which was wheat and dairy free made with almond milk and Pamela's baking mix), roasted root veggies, mashed potatoes (done with celeriac and no milk) and mashed potatoes (made with sour cream), and popovers.....

The day was a whirl of activity....and when our other daughter arrived with her Hubby and baby (our darling little 7 week old grandson)...we ate like there was no tomorrow....
It was a day to thank God for all of our blessings and spend time together....except our son-in-law had to leave because he works as a manager for a major store, and he had to go because of Black Friday.....(yeah, I am so anti-Black Friday...)
So much food.....which I happily share with our kids...and then, it's time for lots of clean-up....
I do hope you had a wonderful holiday...
Nancy

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