I did it!

Now that I’ve eaten, I can tell you all about my Thanksgiving.  We chose to start our own family tradition, and stay home.  My parents were both great about it, and very understanding.  My dh didn’t tell his parents until the last minute, so there were some hard feelings, I think.  I really hate that! 

I’m sort of a holiday perfectionist.  I want everything to BE perfect.  Of course, that only sets me up for disappointment.  I should know that by now.  But the day started off good.  I slept in, and then was able to watch about half of the parade before I started cooking.  I had helpers in the kitchen, and that was fun.  I had to let go of the control, and let them do their own thing.  Brooke made a wonderful pumpkin, chocolate cheesecake, and a different tasting banana salad.  Zach made a yummy pumpkin pie dip, and we ate that with shortbread cookies.  I had made deviled eggs the night before, so I started the green beans with ham, and the potatoes.  I put the mashed potatoes in the crock pot on warm for the rest of the day, and that was so easy.  I put together my grandma’s dressing, so it was ready to go in when the turkey came out.  Zach and I tackled the turkey into a roasting pan, and removed the “contents of the bag”.  I’ve never cooked a whole turkey before, so I had several different recipes that I was following, and sort of made a combination all on my own.  I patted it dry, stuck my hand between the skin of the breast, and then put butter in that space.  I then rubbed it down with olive oil, and added rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.  I put stalks of turkey under the turkey, several around it, and a few stalks inside it.  I also cut up two large onions in chunks, carrots, and whole heads of garlic.  I place those around the turkey as well.  I stuck a few inside the cavity, with more rosemary and thyme.  I began the roasting at 425 degrees for 35 minutes, until the skin was a golden brown.  Then I lowered the temp to 350, and loosely placed foil over the the turkey.  I cooked it for about 3 more hours, and when the temp was perfect, removed it to rest.  I then started the dressing, and sweet potato casserole.  The noodles and gravy were started then as well.  Everything was done about an hour after it was supposed to be, so we were all very hungry.  And it was all very good.  I’m pretty sure that my grandma does something very secretive with her dressing though, because I have made it twice now, and it doesn’t even compare. 

For my tablescape, I went outside and collected some pretty red, yellow, and brown leaves.  We put the gold tablecloth on the table, and a pretty autumn cloth napkin in the center of the table.  I placed the leaves on that, and put a votive on each corner.  The turkey platter went over the leaves, and at each end of the platter was a small clementine.  (To look like a pumpkin…)  Yeah, so I’m crazy. 

We ate off of the china, and drank our iced tea from crystal goblets.  It was a very formal affair!  Oh, and I almost forgot the bags.  On each plate there was a small bag tied with a gold ribbon.  Inside were 5 kernels of corn, and beside the plate was the Legend of the Five Kernels, typed on cardstock.  I found that idea on the web, and the kids really liked it.  I’ll do it again next year. 

Everyone helped clear the table, and I had to HANDWASH the china (really didn’t think that one through!).  Along with the homemade desserts, we had a pumpkin pie and pecan pie.  Boy were we stuffed!  Aside from Zach and I both having a meltdown simultaneously, and sitting in the middle of the floor crying, I think it all went well.  Did I mention that Matthew spilled his iced tea two different times?  Once it went on the tablecloth and Zach’s legs, and the other time just the tablecloth again.  But it’s just a tablecloth, and it can be washed.  I didn’t freak out about it, and he was so cute wanting to clink glasses with Zach. 
By the grace of God, we started a new family tradition, and it was good.  Many thanks were given.  And then we went to bed.  Because that’s a lot of work!

Turkey

trimmings I have spent some time reading the FAQ and the forums, and see that I am not the only one encountering problems uploading my pictures.  I found a few tips , and will now try them out.  I so want you to see my turkey! 

Turkey

)food  Wow…lots of work, blood, sweat and tears later.  I can see them, and sure hope you can too.  Just looking at the pictures has made me very hungry.  Please excuse me while I go eat some left overs! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have been trying for a few hours now to upload some food photos, and I have come to the conclusion that I am computer illiterate.  The only thing that I can accomplish is uploading the full photo.  It seems everyone who wants to do that on purpose, has trouble with only a thumbnail coming up.  I’ve tried, but now I need sleep.  In less than 4 hours I’ll be out in the cold for Black Friday.  Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I’ll try to figure out the uploading stuff later today, and let you know how my first turkey was! 

Sunday Scripture 3

Sunday-Scripture

Today I chose Psalm 126:3
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
It’s very simple, and a great reminder. We do have so much to be thankful for, and it all starts with God. I just pray that in this week of Thanksgiving, you remember why you have what you do. Try not to focus on the things, and put your focus instead on God. Without Him, we have nothing!

Thursday Thanks

Sometimes it’s hard to get up and out of the mire of daily life and hassles, but when you focus on being thankful, your whole outlook changes.  I learned this valuable lesson from Pam over at Without Fear. So Pam, I love your blog because it inspires me! 

Here’s what I am thankful for right now…

1.  Praise be to God, and his grace, mercy and love for me.  I don’t always feel worthy, but He says I am! 

2.  My warm and cozy home that protects me from the elements.  I pray for those people who are out on the streets without a place to call home. 

3.  My family is healthy.  That is a big one, because we have all kinds of bad things going around in the school system right now. 

4.  The chance to touch others’ lives with prayer, because it is such a simple thing for me to do, but it has a tremendous impact.

5.  My friends and family, because I know they are praying for me. 

6.  My husband, because I know in my heart that God placed us in the same location for a reason.  We are meant to be together, and in his own way, he makes me strive to be a better person.  I love him.

7.  Fall is my favorite season.  The spring and summer were so dry here, and I wondered what that would do to the fall colors.  Well, God has taken out his paint and brushes, and the canvas before me is a glorious display of red, yellow, golden, and orange.  I love it because everywhere I look I can see God!

8.  The whole daylight savings time is something that this Indiana girl is just not used to, and frankly I struggle with it for about 3 months.  So I really thought about this one.  I am thankful for the time change because I can see the sunrise on my way home from dropping my dd off at school.  We started the school year off by sharing the sunrise together, and then had a few weeks where it was dark when we left our house.  Now we can share the splendor of the sky together again. 

9.  My recent motivation to take control of the clutter and get organized is still here.  I am sticking with it, and seeing results.  My kitchen sink is shining Flylady! 

10.  Last, but not least, I am thankful for the wonderful women who minister to me from their blogs.  We may never meet one another in person, but I consider you all my friends. 

If you’re inspired to follow suit with a Thursday Thanks Tank, grab the button and go see Pam to let her know.