Monday, November 28, 2011
My family always starts Thanksgiving early, around 10:30am. We drink mimosas, eat appetizers and hang out.
Wild mushroom tartlets.
Erik's smoked oyster apps, EW! But he loves these things and so does my dad so every year we must have them.
My mom's cranberry bread.
Erik and my turkey.
True to what seems to be a growing tradition, I had a minor turkey meltdown. Erik and I tried an oven bag for the first time and we were also cooking in my brother's oven, which is very new. The 22 lb. turkey cooked in about 2 hours and 20 minutes. I was expecting it to take at least 3 and a half. I've NEVER heard of a turkey cooking in that little amount of time. So by the time I realized it was already done, it was a little too late. It got a bit overdone and a bit dry. I was pissed. Really pissed. I did so much research on oven bags and followed a recipe exactly. Grrr. But....I made a really tasty gravy and when the turkey had the gravy it didn't seem dry at all. So in the end, the turkey was pretty good. But I wanted a perfect turkey....so I wasn't happy.
Nikki (my sis-in-law) had her house decked out super cute. Pretty fresh flowers and a lovely tablescape.
She made placecards for each person. So cute.
My cute mom.
My little bro and his wild hair.
We all took turns cuddling with Chloe, the littlest member of the family.
Nikki's mom makes excellent apple pie. We ate it with ice cream. Mmmmmmm.
My older brother made the most amazing pumpkin whoopie pies. I took three of these babies home and it took all my willpower not to eat them all in one day. They are huge so that would have been impressive. YUM.
I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and long weekend!!!