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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Misfit Thanksgiving: Nom Nom Nom

It has been a tradition of mine, if I don’t go home or if family does not fly in for Thanksgiving, to invite all of our friends who don’t have family in the area to our house. I call it a misfit Thanksgiving because anyone who does not have somewhere to go can come. Since we are home this year again we extended the invitations... 12 people we love will be at our table some family, some friends but for sure all fun.

I didn’t really think of the mechanics of having Thanksgiving at our house this year. Of course the furniture I ordered hasn’t arrived yet and none of the paintings or art are hung yet so the house was a little empty and unfinished however the bigger problem was the stove. You see we have only been in this house for three weeks and have only actually cooked in the oven twice. All ovens were not created equal and usually it takes a while to learn an ovens unique quirks. Mr. Rogue and I did a dry run with a 5 pound chicken a few days ago and it took almost double the time to cook. That got me quite worried so we just decided to put in the turkey super early, we figured that it would be easier to slow down the turkey if it was cooking to fast than to try and speed it up.

Mr. Rogue and I adore cooking together and we each are getting into a grove when we are in the kitchen. Mr. Rogue rinsed the turkey while I cut the veggies we like to stuff inside. We both look tired, it is after all 6:45 in the morning, but I am happy it is THANKSGIVING... nom nom!

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After the turkey went in I got to baking the apple pie. Oh apple pie how I love thee let me count the ways. And then after pie it was pumpkin bread and then green bean casserole. I was in the kitchen until 2:30 and since guests were arriving at 3 I scooted upstairs to get ready. The guests started arriving and soon the house filled with happy voices. To preserve my sanity we have a potluck Thanksgiving with each couple brining a prearranged dish. The bird we were cooking was 26 pounds but I wanted to be sure we had enough meat and had some leftovers so I asked the Dancer’s to bring a ham. Mrs. Dancer used my Orange Marmalade recipe and that ham it was DIVINE!!!!

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The turkey, despite the early time we put it in, ended up not getting done until 5, an hour after we wanted to eat, but seriously it was the best turkey we have ever cooked. It was by far the easiest thanksgiving yet. I am not sure if it is because Mr. Rogue and I have held holidays often enough to be well oiled or if the universe was just throwing me a bone, in any case I will take it!

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Almost everyone chipped in to help, some with a little nudge. Mr. Viking and Mr. Sweetie did the honors and carved the turkey while Mr. Rogue whipped up the gravy and I set finished plating up all the sides.

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Oh overindulgence that is the gorging of Thanksgiving you make me so happy. All those plates lined up with hot yummy comfort food, no worries about calories or portions, where the main idea is to just get full! The new kitchen has a peninsula counter that was simply AWESOME for working as the buffet style for the food. Everything looked so pretty!

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TURKEY, HAM, STUFFING, CRANBERRIES, MASHED POTATOES, SWEET POTATOES, GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE AND ROLLS

12 was the perfect number, which is just the maximum amount of people we can sit at one table. After everyone sat a cheers rose up, to good food, good friends, and good fun. The silence that followed that cheers, as everyone dove into their heaping plates, is probably my favorite moment of Thanksgiving; the silence after the storm of getting everything ready. Oh how I wish every single day was a holiday.

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AS MS. FIRECRACKER WOULD SAY ITS A NOAH’S ARK OVER HERE... AKA ALL COUPLES

After dinner we just all lazed around, bellies full and wine glass half empty we just chatted and tried to keep Baby Bambi happy and occupied. As the only kid at the table she had plenty of people to entertain her. The night wore on and I kept grabbing new toys for her to play with as she played the big kids joined in. I think the big kids had more fun with Baby Bambi’s toys then she did.

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AHHHH WE ARE SUCH DORKS... I LOVE MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!!

2 comments:

lilmansworld said...

happy thanksgiving and happy 'movember'

paul peggy zeus said...

I love Mr Dancers horns. CUTE!! Food looks marvelous.

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