After this weekend, I have a whole new appreciation for preparing Thanksgiving dinner because it is no joke. For me, it was a bundle of nerves, anxiety and doubt, but in the end, it was a big accomplishment and sense of pride.
That’s right, my SIL and I both prepared our first-ever Thanksgiving meal. And I only have one cut and two burns to show for it (each hurt).
So let’s do a little recap with link love of what we made:
- Turkey (no link, was pre-cooked)
- Corn and wild rice
- Cranberry and dried cherry relish
- Butternut squash soup
- Party potatoes
- Sweet potato hash
- Creamy green bean casserole with fried shallots
And everything turned out DELICIOUS. Being a perfectionist, I would make adjustments to the green bean casserole and soup recipes next year, but everyone assured me they were delicious as-is, so I can quiet my concerns.
The hardest part was the prep and rotating items in the oven, plus reheating the next day. This, plus exhaustion, lead to my battle wounds too. An oven rack burn on your arm at 325 degrees? OUCH.
The best part? Cooking everything with my SIL, working together with my brother to get the house ready, appetizers out and entertain our guests. The good china came out and everything! I have to say, we were a great team and I don’t think it would have been possible without them.
It looks like we’ll be doing this again next year too and I’m already buzzing with ideas of what to change and make.
Now, I’m ready for a nap and days of leftovers :) So let’s look at some pictures!
How was your holiday weekend?