Thanksgiving 2016

We started our Thanksgiving planning early this year.  We invited all of our local friends and colleagues.  We ordered key supplies (crackers, Jif corn bread mix, Crisco, etc.) in advance.  We traveled out of country to pick up a Butterball turkey.

We set the menu:  Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Green Beans, Corn Pudding, Macaroni and Cheese, Buttermilk Biscuits, Applesauce, Cranberry Sauce, and Pumpkin Pie, Apple Cake, Chocolate Tarts, and Brownies for dessert.  (we also made chocolate ice cream, but forgot to set it out until most everyone had left)

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Making the Pies

There are no Petz Ritz frozen pie shells here, so we had to make our own – from scratch.

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Pumpkin Pies

Also, no canned pumpkin – so we brought that from home.  (You can cook your own butternut squash, but the consistency is not consistent…so bake at your own risk)

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Buttermilk Biscuits

Must have Buttermilk Biscuits.  I’ve not found buttermilk, so I add some vinegar to the standard UHT milk, and it seems to work just fine.

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The Turkey is almost done!

Our oven is actually in our kitchen (others have ovens in their basements or garages), and while not a full sized oven, it did fit a 16 pound turkey.  I did a dry brine the night before, and stuffed it with Grandma’s sage stuffing on Thursday morning.  I will confess that I lost a bit of sleep wondering about the availability of celery…but it was all for nothing…celery was available and  fresh.

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Hot Drinks

Last year, a colleague made mulled wine for a party.  He agreed to share his recipe, so I pulled it out this year.  It is quite nice.  I do not have a hot beverage dispenser, so I dusted off the soup tureen.  It worked just fine…but I did put a Bunn Airpot in my Amazon shopping cart the next day.

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Buffet is ready

I pulled out all of the dishes we would be using and set up the buffet to make sure I had space for everything.  I typed up a menu card, and used a place cards to mark food that may be unfamiliar to our guests.

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The table is set

The tables were set up on Wednesday, and we cooked all afternoon.  The goal was to get all of the side dishes made and the kitchen cleaned up, so on Turkey Day, we could just focus on the stuffing, bird, potatoes, gravy…and reheating everything.  So glad we did it that way…there is just not enough time to do it all in one day!

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We are just about ready!

There was just enough time to take a few photos before the fun began.

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Thanksgiving Buffet

An ‘after’ shot…after we enjoyed all of the delicious food!

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Thanksgiving Guests

Ramesh and I are thankful for all of these lovely people.  They enrich our lives most every day.

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Thanksgiving Guests

More lovely guests…so thankful for each and every one.  As we went around the table, sharing what we were each thankful for, one guest explained that her grandparents used to live in my house.  She did not realize it until she pulled up to front of the house!  What a flood of fond memories…she welled up in tears.

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Late Staying Guests

Ramesh’s soccer friends arrived late, and stayed late.  No complaints here…a good time was had by all.  (and they make Ramesh happy, which makes me happy!)

Once all the food was cleaned up, I Skyped with my family back home.  I sure do miss everyone!

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