I don't even know where to begin. Life is good. Right now I am loving life in our little home. The house is completely clean and we have put up all of our Christmas decorations (this is the first year for outdoor lights for us -- woohoo!). Outside is completely covered in snow, but today Nate and I got to go to church, make sugar cookies, visit with some of his family at his gma's house, and eat turkey noodle soup (thank goodness for tgiving leftovers). I feel like all I have done this entire break is cook -- which I am completely happy about. I'm not sure what it is about being home with some good music playing and measuring, mixing, and cooking that makes me so happy and relaxed.
Of course, I'm having a hard time relaxing about all of the butter I used in the last five days -- 2 whole pounds! I did, however, make our entire Thanksgiving dinner from start to finish (and brownies and cookies for some others that we didn't consume) so that's a good excuse for a lot of the butter. You are going to think I'm crazy, but cooking the entire Thanksgiving feast has always been a dream of mine -- I don't have a very exciting bucket list. I felt very accomplished after the whole thing was done. So accomplished, in fact, that I took a very long nap. But seriously ... all of the food was ready at the same time and we only have one oven. Not trying to brag here, I was just really ecstatic about that. I never could have done it were it not for all of the years watching my mom. She beats Martha any day of the week.
You want to see pictures? What?!?!? I have pictures?!?! I know! I was feeling very generous considering it's the holidays and all :) Luckily while I was cooking away in the kitchen, Nate was snapping some proof of my creation (and it's a good thing because we were done in like 20 minutes flat).
Ferguson Family Traditional Turkeys (aka See's Chocolate Turkeys): I like these guys so much better than the real turkey. And it's a known fact that the head tastes better than the rest of the turkey.
Place Setting: I am being very thorough here. Nate had lots of time to take pictures. Don't worry; I removed the leaves from the glasses before I poured our Martinellis.
|My 12-lb. Turkey: We get a free turkey from Nate's work and this was the smallest one he could find. So, I did what any American would do and roasted him up. Does anyone else get sad when cooking the turkey?|
Happy Thanksgiving! Love, Nate and M.C.