This year, Thanksgiving dinner was all up to me and me alone. I started early and finished late. I was exhausted after all was was ate and digesting. But I must say, I impressed myself this year. Although it was just the four of us, I still wanted all the traditional favorites and used some new recipes that turned out AMAZING (thank you melskitchencafe.com).
mini peppers with goat cheese and topped with buttered bread crumbs, Costco apple pie (my one and only cheat- can it get any better than costco pie?), DIY Martinellie's (club soda and apple juice consentrate), crackers with smocked cheese log/ cream cheese topped with tartar sauce, to snack on till dinner
our ity bity turkey- tons of herb butter under the skin and stuffed with lemons, fresh rosemary,thyme, and sage
super smooth potatoes with lots of butter and chives
homemade cranberry sauce and gravy made from turkey drippings
sweet potato casserole topped with marshmellows... yummmmm
green bean casserole, I made my own fried onions rather than using canned
stuffing- my favorite dish! so delish- I added sage sausage to the recipe
Finally! Damon realized the flash was not on!!
Damon's one contribution to the entire meal.
All day cooking, baking, cleaning, setting, timing, basting, mixing, cutting, decorating- all for a half hour of actual sitting and eating- maybe even 20 min. Lennox got more food on the floor than in his belly, Madden refused to eat anything other than the rolls and honey butter and Damon didn't even bring his plate to the sink afterward.
Despite all the hard work and the fact that we missed our family, Thanksgiving Day was awesome. I love to cook for my family, I love to spend time with my family and I love family traditions. I felt so blessed this year as I sat at our kitchen table filled with food and my little perfect, adorably handsome boys and hubby of 6 years! All you need really. I am going to try harder now until next Thanksgiving to have a grateful attitude everyday for all the amazing things God blesses me with.