6:27 pm: I just ate one slice of pumpkin pie (awesome!) and one slice of the apple pie (phenomenal). Both were nice and spicy, the way I like them. I was told the carrot cake was delicious, and my uncle swears that the hideous looking pie tasted good too. I doubt I'm as stuffed as a good portion of the American population, because I can't eat that much at one time, but I'm definitely ready for a food coma!
And now, dear readers, if you made it this far, I am thankful for my friends, my family...and most importantly that I was able to pull off this dinner
See you next week, when I'm back to my old habits in the kitchen (cooking for 3, and not 8). Good night, and Happy Thanksgiving! I'll post pictures when I wake up tomorrow. If I remember :P
5:25 pm: I don't mean to be crude, but in this occasion I feel it is necessary. Children, look away.
I made Thanksgiving my bitch.
Sorry mom, dad, papa....but it's true. I absolutely rocked everything. We ate at a reasonable hour, everything tasted awesome, and while it wasn't all hot, nothing was cold. I'm so proud of myself for making everything and getting it on the table without ruining anything (I did put my aunt's sweet potatoes on the stove, not realizing the burner was on...but nobody said they were burnt!). Now all that's left is to eat the desserts!
Stress level: Nonexistent (wine and tryptophan work wonders)
3:45 pm: crunch time! Turkey is out. Making green beans and gravy, and then we gotta heat everything else up! Eek!
Stress level: moderate
2:25 pm: Ugh. I'm really tired. I think waking up so early was a bad plan. Anywho, all the apps are done (minus the shrimp cocktail) and all the desserts are done! All I have to do is make the gravy, green beans. and somehow magically serve everything hot. Time to check the turkey!
Stress level: moderate (sleepy)
1:35 pm: The popcorn was a big hit! Everyone was surprised with how much popcorn the popper made.
And the finished product is even better....
Yum! Smoked paprika (I'll be putting this one everything) and shredded gouda. Interesting, and addicting.
Stress level: still very low! Hooray!!!
12:45 pm: The curry dip is finished and in the fridge, and it tasted pretty good! It was so easy too, although I may have to adapt it to use less mayonaise if I plan on making it again or posting the recipe. My grandpa's wife (we like this one!!!) is making the salad for me, and I'm about to start the popcorn! That leaves the shrimp, and the appetizers are finished.
I also forgot to mention that we are using the hood of my mom's car as our second fridge, because there isn't any room in ours. So we just throw the stuffing, veggies, etc, outside to keep cool. Does anyone else have to do this?
Stress level: surprisingly very low
12:00 pm: Well, the turkey is finally in the oven. The carrot cake is frosted, the pies are defrosting, and the spinach and artichoke dip is in the crockpot! I cut up the vegetables for the curry dip, perhaps I'll make that next.
10:00 am: Sweet potatoes are cooling on the counter, and I just had a conversation with my mother about tree nuts. I guess I need an epi pen, because according to my aunt...I could die. So we'll be avoiding the pecans in addition to the walnuts this year, which puts the sweet potatoes in the "don't eat" category.
Turkey status: defrosting in the sink. It'll go in the oven soon, and I'm going to make the frosting for the carrot cake and start on some of the appetizers while that's cooking.
Stress level: mild
8:40 am: So I guess I was a little overzealous in waking up so early. Apparently our turkey is little (only 12 pounds) so we don't need to put it in for a few hours! I'm just sitting around, talking to my relatives while my aunt makes the sweet potato souffle. Yummm!
7:30 am, November 24th (Thanksgiving day!!!): All right, we can do this! Wait, why isn't my mom awake? We have a turkey to cook! Maybe I'll go wake her up...I bet she'll appreciate that.
9:4o pm: Well, I think I've just about had it for the night. Pumpkin pie is in the oven, and mom said she'd keep an eye on it while she waits up for her brother and his family (always notoriously late, but that's ok) if I wanted to go to bed. And boy, do I want to go to bed.
So as I go to sleep, here is what is finished:
- 2 apple pies
- carrot cake (not frosted, but I'm considering it done)
- cranberry sauce
- stuffing (just have to add more chicken stock tomorrow and reheat!)
- cauliflower mashed potatoes
- and a pumpkin pie (in the oven)
So I think we made a pretty good dent on the menu, but who knows how tomorrow will be. Sweet dreams, and see you bright and early for some Turkey time!!!
8:50 pm: I've entered a zombie-like daze, shuffling through the kitchen. My body is working to finish everything I need to tonight, but my brain shut off awhile ago. Stuffing is in the oven, and I'm moving on to the pumpkin pie now. Hopefully I finish soon so I can go to sleeeeeeeppppp.
This kinda stopped being fun. I understand why my Aunt Carrie always yells at me during Thanksgiving, even though it doesn't excuse it! (Looking at you, Aunt Carrie. Also, bookmark my damn blog! I can't believe you didn't know the URL.)
8:00 pm: The stuffing is sitting on the counter, waiting to be put into the oven. The whole house smells like Thanksgiving now, and it's amazing.
The pizza delivery guy said that this was the best smelling house he's been to yet! I think that's the highest compliment a random pizza delivery guy could give me!
Although, if he had complimented my adorable Mickey apron, that would have been cool too. Anyway, I deserve some dinner!
I presented it to my mother, and she looked at it and said, "will that be enough?" Sigh. I specifically asked her if I would have to double the recipe, and she told me no. And I'm not going to go buy cauliflower tonight, so we'll just have to make do.
Chatting with my grandpa right now, and then I'm going to start on the stuffing. Haven't told my family that I'm blogging everything yet, wonder how they'd react...
6:30 pm: The kitchen is clean, the dishwasher is loaded and running, and I'm prepping my green beans while the potatoes boil and the cauliflower braises. Feeling not too stressed right now!
6:00 pm, November 23 (Thanksgiving eve): So I got home early today and immediately set out to clean the entire house, top to bottom. I finally finished that, and while mom is driving to the train station to pick up my Grandpa and his wife, I'm off the to kitchen to make my cauliflower mash.
So far, we have finished: two pies (only one will be edible, I can almost guarantee that), cranberry sauce, the bread for the stuffing, and the carrot cake, which just needs to be frosted. Seems like an awful lot left to do...
I'm not sure if this is the stupidest, or the best idea I've ever had, but I'm going to attempt to live blog my Thanksgiving eve and day activities. If nothing else, it'll be entertaining to watch me get more and more stressed until I absolutely lose it!