So I’m writing this post from my couch, relaxing after the family has gone and enjoying my tryptophan coma (while waiting for Mad Men to come on at 10 …).
Today went swimmingly!! We really couldn’t have asked for a better first Thanksgiving together and we pulled it off quite well.
Jim and I got up ate a slice of pumpkin bread I made the day before (using the same recipe for the Pumpkin Muffins, but you just pour the mixture in a loaf pan and bake for about an hour and a half) with cream cheese then made a trip to the Farmer’s Market and the grocery store for some ingredients. We then came back, cleaned the turkey, got the stuffing going (we decided to do homemade stuffing, we made our own toasted bread cubes and everything!) and prepped the bird for the oven. Once we popped it in, Jim’s family had all arrived and we decided to go for a walk around town while things cooked. It was a beautiful day and I took some lovely autumn shots while we meandered the streets to the tow path (photos of this tomorrow). By the time we got back, the turkey was ready and we finished up a couple last side dishes and all sat down to eat.
The turkey was AMAZING – I have to give my Mom credit though, because she told me her secret to getting a moist bird without basting: Cut a piece of cheesecloth large enough to cover the turkey, drench it in olive oil and lay it over the bird. You don’t have to worry about basting or covering it with tin foil. The oiled cloth acts to keep the juices in and you can just let it cook away until it’s time to come out. The skin came out perfectly crispy as well!
Alright, enough chatting … Here’s some pictures!
Getting in the Thanksgiving mood with some pumpkins
Sauteing celery and onions for the stuffing
Our turkey is almost ready to go in!
:: Fingers Crossed ::
It came out perfectly!! (Note the oiled cheesecloth - Seriously, you need to try it)
Thanksgiving dinner!! Modest, but delicious (and excuse the awful flash photography)
And now we have some tasty Thankgiving leftovers for lunches this week – Mmmm …
Tune in tomorrow for more photos – I took some great pictures of doorsteps and homes that are beautifully-decorated for fall!
What did you do this weekend?