And what a turkey day it was!
Every year, the annual Thanksgiving dinner is hosted at my parents’ house and we have family from all over join us for the feasting. The guest list usually ranges anywhere from 15 to 20 people, but this year was our biggest celebration yet with 21 people!
Big guest list = big turkey
My mom roasted one 30-pound turkey, while my brother was responsible for smoking another 10-pounder in his smoker. Gobble gobble is right.
The table before the big meal:
(Don’t mind my life-size senior portrait hanging on the wall.)
The table during the big meal:
Originally, we planned to have dinner on the table by 5:00, maybe 6:00 at the latest. Unfortunately, because of a few mishaps in the kitchen (huge turkey to cook, only one oven to cook it in), my mom was running behind and we didn’t end up sitting down until 9:00 PM.
Hey—I’m not complaining. I still got my feast
I went back for seconds of turkey, sweet potatoes, and green beans because I couldn’t resist. Oh, and you cant forget my vegan, wheat-free, sugar free pumpkin pie!
This recipe experiment came out fantastic for a first timer, and I felt completely guilt-less digging into it after my two plates of Thanksgiving dinner. The only thing I can say is that it was a little difficult to slice and came out more like a mish mosh than an actual piece of pie, but hey—it tasted EXACTLY like the real thing! I can only hope for so much, right?
I’ll have the recipe up sometime in the next few days
And I can’t possibly forget the spectacular pumpkin trifle my aunt made for the occasion–
Needless to say, a food baby ensued
Although the food was spectacular and worth every bite, nothing could even compare to the family & friends that I was fortunate enough to spend my evening with.
(Popcorn wore his best tuxedo, courtesy of my mom.)
I’m pretty confident that blessed is an understatement for all of the great friends and family that I was able to enjoy the company of last night. A spectacular Thanksgiving, indeed
This morning, I surprisingly woke up with an appetite (which I couldn’t believe) and decided to embrace it with MORE turkey!
1-1/2 cup of puffed rice cereal, a sliced banana, ground flax, and almond milk
with two slices of Applegate turkey bacon.
With all of the glorious food I ate yesterday, I have a feeling that today will be filled with copious amounts of veggies and a definite workout of some sort. Time to get back in the game!
A bit to think about: If you celebrated, how did you spend your Thanksgiving?
If you didn’t celebrate, are you tired of reading about everyone else’s Thanksgiving?