Thanksgiving 2012

I love Thanksgiving. Always have, and always will so long as I have a face to stuff full of food. This year, however, I was faced with the incredibly daunting task of actually cooking. Like, all of it. By myself. Yikes. But after 2 weeks of planning and 2 days of cooking, I can officially say with a sigh of relief that everything turned out okay. I was extremely confident that  one or more of the dishes I was planning to make would be a disaster. It happens to me all too often, especially with things I’ve never made before. Turkey scared me to death. Gravy gave me nightmares. Ok, maybe not that far, but you get the idea. Here is the menu I came up with last week.

Everyone else dips Oreos in white chocolate for their husbands for dessert right? Oh, just me? Well I will not apologize . They were a gift to Josh for standing in line at the store for an hour for me when I needed an emergency pie crust Wednesday night. He’s a saint, really.

About the pie crust though…What the HECK are people talking about who say it’s easy? By the time the oven was pre-heted and I was supposed to be pouring my filling, my dough-covered fists were shaking in the air and curse words were leaving my lips in a loud voice. I never want to make pie crust again…Until I forget about how terrible it was. Which shouldn’t take long.

Anywhoo, here’s everything. It was delicious and so fun to put it all together on my own and watch my husband and his dad chow down. It is a joy to serve them and a blessing to even have a kitchen to cook in. Amen.

I would like to extend a special thanks to Paula Deen for her KILLER turkey recipe, that didn’t even involve brining or frying or basting or anything else that terrifies me. I used Pioneer Woman’s mashed potatoes that have a whole package of cream cheese to make them oh-so-yummy. The cranberry sauce was the easiest thing in the world, thanks to Rachael Rae, and the green beans and “no fail gravy” were from her website as well. Gotta love all my besties at food network 🙂

So this year I am leaving this holiday with a deeper appreciation for all the people who have ever cooked a meal like this for me. I’m thankful that my Father-in-law got to share the day with us. I’m thankful that I’m healthy and get to be in school and that I’m loved by an amazing husband and my wonderful Heavenly Father. I could truly go on for days…

What a wonderful day.