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Monday, November 17, 2008

Weekend Fun

The joys of an upcoming holiday. Thanksgiving never seemed stressful before, so what happened? Oh yes, I was a blissfully ignorant child who didn't have to plan a literal feast for the first. time. ever. in. her. life.


The funny thing? I'm only making a meal to feed four adults. No children, no additional people, no special requests.

I don't mean to sound like I'm complaining. I see this as an experience of a lifetime. It's just that I had no Earthly idea how complicated it was to figure out what to make, what time to start it, what can cook at the same time, at the same temperature, and how to make everything finish at relatively the same time without burning or forgetting anything.

Knowing my family we'll probably forget the rolls.

This Thanksgiving it will be J and I, along with my parents. I'm not too worried, because that's three loving people who I know will help if I need it. Actually, I'm pretty sure my mom will help out, so this experience will be easier than if I were doing it completely on my own. Thank you Mom! I'm actually looking forward to cooking with you again. It has been a while. Maybe we can make some cookies while you're here. That always brings back such good memories. I can't wait to make the apple cranberry relish from our favorite German restaurant in Frankenmuth. I hope it turns out just as good as theirs tastes!

In order to try and get myself prepared and mentally ready, I spent part of this weekend planning. How you might wonder? I did that by making lists, figuring out cooking times, temperatures, and what remaining items I will need to get at the store. Ah! Don't you worry your pretty little heads, I already have my fresh turkey. Mr. Gobbler is sitting in my fridge right this minute. Thankfully I was able to find one under 15 lbs and not frozen! I'll be brining him on Wednesday morning (Thanks Ree!) so the osmosis process can work overnight, and then on Thanksgiving morning I'll rinse, dry, and get him in the oven to roast. Many of the things I still need from the store are perishable, and I didn't want them sitting in the fridge, taking up space for a week and a half.

Another thing I'd like to start as a tradition (especially once we have a family) is, stating at least one thing we are thankful for about each family member. We could also tell what we are thankful for from the past year. That's what it's about anyway.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, what things are you doing to prepare? Do you have any special recipes or traditions that you enjoy?

3 thoughtful comments:

Burcham Family said...

I love the holidays! It always makes me feel warm and fuzzy:) I'm sure you'll make a great meal. Can you email me the cranberry recipe?

Hol and J said...

I love the "warm fuzzies" too. Enjoy the recipe! I'll have to let you know how it turns out when we make it.

glee said...

You will have a wonderful holiday! You'll be surprised how well you do, I'll bet, and I know your mom will have one of the best Thanksgivings in her life. She is a great cook and a great teacher, so soak up whatever you need to from her. I will think about you all!

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