Our crowd was a little smaller than usual this year, with most of my family elsewhere. It was still fun with the handful there! We hosted Thanksgiving at our home this year, which when I told my doctor he told me I was very brave being 8 months prego. hah Luckily my awesome sister was here to help out, otherwise I think I may still not be walking. :)
Even with a smaller group we wanted all the fixins, it was still going to be a huge ol’ feast! The plus side this time was there were plenty of leftovers! Yay! :) Anytime my whole side of the family get together, extended included, you should never expect leftovers, probably hoard all you can on the first dish though :)
Between my SIL Marcie and I divvying up all the food, it wasn’t really that bad seeing as most the stuff required little preparation. Since I was in such a hurry cleaning, baking, cooking, beautifying…. the last thing I had time for was getting pictures of all the food, and taking the time to get good ones. Oh well, I got a picture of the turkey, that’s most important right….. you did know that this was my first time really cooking a Thanksgiving turkey, right? Yup, and it was Janae’s first time gutting and stuffing it too. lol and I HAD to document it with pictures! :)
I thought I would be nice enough to give her the experience of doing it….would make her future hubby super impressed that she can cook a delicious Thanksgiving turkey, don’t ya think?! :) And maybe I’m also grossed out by handling a raw naked turkey so I delegated the duty to her haha Look how much fun she’s having! :) For the record, she actually volunteered to give a shot at it, and might I say she did a fabulous job, the finished product looked and tasted wicked awesome! Cooked to perfection….thanks to the mighty turkey roaster my mom let me borrow. Love that thing, freed up the oven for the other stuff.
The picture of us is us crying over our beautiful turkey….mahah no, for reals it was from the UBER strong onion we put in our stuffing, so it was our stuffing that made us cry. :) It was pretty funny, never have I had less control over my emotions while cooking, whew. :)
Besides the Beaut’ of a turkey, I hurry and snapped some pix of these before we gobbled them up. Cran-orange cream cheese ball with cinnamon crackers & Bacon wrapped green beans.