Nov. 26, 2012 7:00 am
Updated: Nov. 26, 2012 6:17 pm
Today I am reflecting back on my Thanksgiving. I invited my brother and his family over for dinner, altogether there were 13 of us. I woke up at 7:30 am so I could get everything ready. I planned out my cooking times and when I should start everything
down to the minute. My plan was to eat at 2:30. Well I started my ham in the turbo oven(best way to cook it in my opinion). It always comes out great! Next up was the turkey of which I ended up with a whole turkey and a turkey breast as my mother felt I needed
that instead of the boneless breast I usually cook. So one goes into the electric roaster and one into the oven(stuffed with stuffing - cause my brother likes it that way of course - to me that is just gross!) Stuffing is up next, I tear up two loaves of bread
but my mother doesn't feel thats enough either so two more loaves get torn up... are you noticing a pattern... way too much food! So some gets stuffed and then we fill two Fiesta ware pie plates heaping full. I now have to utelize both of my ovens because
my upstairs oven is full. Mashed potatoes is easy, just enough cut up to fill the pan. We always have fried carrots(my mom insists), candied sweet potatoes and peas. I decided I also wanted to add some other sides so I make Corn Casserole and Green Bean Casserole
both of which need oven space. Brussel Sprouts were a great addition. I made these stovetop alternately cooking my sweet potatoes, peas, and gravy. Two of the burners were being used already with the potatoes and noodles. I really need a larger cooking surface!
I also made German Potato Salad, regular potato salad and pickled eggs earlier in the day. Needless to say my dinner was not on time. But it was only 20 minutes late, so not too bad I think.
It is always great to get together with family but this year was a little hard on me because I was missing my mother in law! She would have raved about the spread I put out(even the new additions to the table) and been delighted to be with us. I am actually
dreading the traditional christmas videos my husband and I always watch. I get teared up even now thinking about her and its been 8 months!
Green Bean Casserole