The 24 lb turkey is in the oven, stuffed and seasoned. PB commented that it was the biggest turkey he’s ever lifted. He was worried that the oven rack would be able to handle it (can you see the rack sagging a little?!). It’s already making the house smell heavenly. When I was stuffing it, Reese commented that the turkey reminded her of my big belly. Oh boy. Just think of what my big belly will look like once I’ve eaten all this food!
The apple pie is cooked. I appreciate my apple pie even more than ever now that I’m allergic to fresh apples. I’ve even gotten out of the habit of popping apple slices into my mouth while I prepare the pie. :( MMMM! I can’t wait!
Grandma Betty’s famous strawberry jello salad (the one she made at every family holiday meal) is waiting in the fridge. I’ll be eating it for breakfast for as long as it lasts. Considering the number of people we have coming over today, it might not last long.
Still on the list to be done before people start arriving after noon: about 6 dozen yummy crescent rolls, a mountain of mashed potatoes, and last minute cleaning and moving of furniture. We have enough people coming today that my cooking load is actually pretty light (comparatively).
Sometime between noon and 2:00, everyone will start to arrive, and then the partying begins! To my food, we’ll be adding another potato dish, a layered salad, a veggie tray, cheese log, green bean casserole, pumpkin pudding cake, cranberry sauce, pot stickers, rice, and drinks. Remember, for my family recipes, check out last year’s Thanksgiving menu. I would love to hear what Thanksgiving food (other than the turkey) YOU can’t live without. What makes your holiday extra special?
One last thing–I wish all of you a wonderfully blessed, relaxed and joyous Thanksgiving! Isn’t life wonderful?
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