It looks like this year will be just the three of us for Thanksgiving, so I think a simple dinner is in order. I debated doing a small turkey breast in the crock pot, but I do still have a frozen full sized turkey in the freezer, so I figure I may as well cook that. And plus, having the leftovers will be great – making stock and having turkey soup and turkey noodle casserole are some of my favorite ways to eat turkey leftovers.
I think I’ll do a cider brined and glazed turkey this year, and keep the sides really simple – mashed potatoes with gravy, corn bread stuffing, steamed broccoli, home made cranberry sauce and a pumpkin pie. And we’ll have a nice bottle of beaujolais nouveau to go with it. So, a simple and classic meal. I’m really looking forward to a low-stress relaxing day at home with the menfolk.
Well, I am full. Dinner was a huge success. I lazed out last night and didn’t do any prep or baking, instead opting to do it all today. And you know what? It worked out just fine. It was a leisurely day of cooking and spending time with family, just as it should be. Of course I made a few last-minute alterations to the menu, so this is what we ended up actually eating this year –
Honey and chardonnay glazed roasted turkey
Mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon and brown sugar
Home made cranberry sauce
Chocolate icebox pie
And it was so good, if I do say so myself. My pie crust turned out perfect, with delicate, flaky layers. And I found a mini turkey cookie cutter in my stash, so it was adorned with cute little pastry turkeys for a festive touch. It was a great day. I am thankful for the bountiful table we were able to provide for our family today. I’m thankful for my family, especially my son and my husband. I’m thankful for decent jobs that allow us to provide decent well for ourselves. I’m thankful that we’re in a position to pay it forward and give back a little to those in need this year. And I’m thankful for all of you, sharing this little corner of the interwebs with me.
I hope you all had a safe, happy, contented, bountiful Thanksgiving with those you love. And officially now, Happy Holidays!