I had every intention of writing my Thanksgiving recap post yesterday but it just didn’t work out that way. I was so exhausted from all of the holiday cooking that I didn’t have any energy for much of anything else.
Our Thanksgiving was pretty uneventful. I cooked all day long for the two days prior and on the actual day we woofed it all down and then it was over. Not that I’m complaining. You know how much I like to cook. And I tend to overcompensate for our very small family gathering by cooking enough to feed twenty people. Which works really well for leftovers. No cooking needed for several days after. I love leftovers.
I had to laugh as I was making dinner. I looked out my window at one point and there was a flock of turkeys strutting through our yard. They looked pretty happy to be alive if you ask me. Cocky even.
Every year I make the same things pretty much the same way. Ever since I learned about brining a turkey from The Pioneer Woman, that’s what I’ve done. I just love the citrus and rosemary in the brine. It makes the house smell fantastic and the turkey taste equally divine.
When it comes to dessert, no one agrees around here. So I always end up making several different pies. This year it was pecan, apple and pumpkin…
I’m sort of glad no one agrees on dessert because I really love working with pie dough. It’s like edible Play-Doh. Fun!
As far as cranberry sauce goes, I’m the only one who likes the homemade stuff. Everyone else likes the jellied version in the can. But I still go ahead and make the homemade for myself. At least it’s a leftover that I know I won’t have to fight over. I get it all to myself.
I also baked the most wonderful cranberry orange bread I’ve ever had for our Thanksgiving day breakfast. You must check out the recipe if you like that sort of thing. It was off the rails good. I’m thinking of baking some up for Christmas gifts.
And of course I had to share a picture of the finished bird. I’m not sure why it looks so lopsided. Not a very Norman Rockwell looking bird. Nonetheless, it was perfect.
You’ll notice there are no pictures of humans in this post. I was so wrapped up in cooking the meal that I didn’t take a single picture of the little people. But rest assured that they were smiling. And eating. They were doing an awful lot of that.
All in all it was a great day. And before you even ask, no I didn’t head out after dinner for Black Friday shopping. I did venture out the next day for a bit, but I didn’t buy much. Just some holiday dresses for the girls and some matching tights. My heart just wasn’t into shopping this year.
How about you? Did you have a lovely Thanksgiving? I hope so. Did you score any tremendous bargains during Black Friday?