This was a homebody Thanksgiving for us. We had no travel plans, and we had no guests (except for our friend GG, who has been with us for several weeks). We invited a number of people to join us, but they all had prior plans... so we had a homebody Thanksgiving.
We started the cooking yesterday (Wednesday). My philosophy is, the more we can get done in advance, the less we'll have to do on Thanksgiving day.
Making desserts: cheesecake and pies.
Round One of an astonishingly messy kitchen. I have the most amazing talent to dirty every dish in the house when I'm involved in kitchen projects.
Next I made two of GG's family favorites, candied yams and lime jello salad. The rest of us agree these dishes are revolting (and we tease GG unmercifully about it too) but what the heck, a Thanksgiving meal should include favorites for everyone.
Round Two of the messy kitchen.
End of Round Two.
Conclusion of the evening: Bread stuffing, wild rice stuffing, cheesecake, pumpkin pie, lemon meringue pie, candied yams, lime jello salad.
And a clean kitchen.
And a much-needed glass of wine.
This morning we put the bird in the oven...
...before going to a Thanksgiving service at our church (where the gospel text was Luke 17:11-19).
Then it was home to plunge into the kitchen again. The chickens got their own Thanksgiving dinner with some old rice.
Mildly colorful sunset.
Don carved the bird.
Lots of dishes afterward.
Dessert that nobody wanted (too full!). No worries, it won't go to waste.
I always look forward to the day after Thanksgiving because I go on STRIKE in the kitchen for several days. No cooking whatever! My philosophy is, there's plenty of leftovers in the fridge, help yourself.
Three... two... one... ON STRIKE!!
How was your Thanksgiving?