Andy and I hosted our first Thanksgiving dinner this year. Preparing included quite a few steps:
Something about the fall and winter holidays puts me in a crafting mood. Pinterest is my friend. Everything takes ten times longer than I think it will for a questionably small impact on the overall atmosphere in our home. Nevertheless, I love DIY home decor.
A last minute pit-stop at Michael’s for supplies:
Baby was not impressed.
Shamelessly walking the neighborhood with a pair of scissors and gathering fall decorations for our apartment. Free last minute decor!
And of course cooking:
Here is the first turkey I’ve ever made, slathered in mayo and about to go in the oven. Andy and I splurged on an on-sale-but-still-too-expensive roasting pan at Marshall’s because I figured I could use all the extra help I could get.
Our Thanksgiving Feast:
Turkey shaped cheeseball – Our Pinterest inspired appetizer.
Cider-brined and glazed turkey – WINNER! WINNER!! YAY!
Bubble Top Brioches – Usually a winner. I over baked them this time, but at least they looked cool!
Garlic Parmesan Rosemary Mashed Potatoes – Andy’s add stuff until it tastes good specialty
Green Beans with Miso Butter – Mine did not turn out like the ones pictured in the recipe. They got a little soggy. Darn. Good flavor, will try again!
Stove Top Stuffing – Andy doesn’t think it gets better than Stove Top and I challenge someone to send me a recipe that compares!
Pecan Crusted Sweet Potato Casserole – Also a winner!
Cranberry Sauce with Dates and Orange – This is the recipe that I’ve used for the last three years. Nom nom nom.
Beet Salad with Watercress and Apples – Andy semi-freestyled this one and created a homemade dressing and it was delicious! Another winner!
Sweet Potato Pie – Tried a new crust recipe too. Still working on perfecting this pie, but I love the flavors more than pumpkin. Determined to get this perfect eventually. Have to shout out my friend and co-worker, Khalid, who makes the best sweet potato pie I’ve ever eaten. Hopefully mine will taste as good as his one day!
Apple Pie with Crumble Top – This is the first recipe that I’ve ever asked for. I got it from the wife of my bishop during my freshman year of college. Ten thousand years ago.
Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake – Total experiment. And complete fail. Well, the chocolate mousse layer and the graham cracker crust were winners. However, the new cheesecake recipe I tried was a lumpy disaster.
I’m grateful that even though our dinner had some lumpy fails, at least the turkey was a success! This year, I’m especially grateful my brother, David, could fly home from New York to be with us during this holiday. I’m grateful for my family. I’m grateful for a home that feels like a sanctuary from the world. It is a place of love and shelter that uplifts me and protects me from the storms that sometimes rage outside. I’m grateful for a husband and son who maintain our sanctuary and create a warm and sacred place for me to remember who I am.
The day after Thanksgiving, we were all exhausted but happy and full of love.