This Thanksgiving marked the first time I would host and cook the majority of a holiday meal myself. I received lots of help from my brother, Mom, and Tim, so I can't take all credit. I learned, though, that when you are the one taking the time to plan, prepare, cook, and create this spread of food, you find yourself without an appetite all day. When it came time to sit down and eat, I just wasn't too hungry. And me, who is always looking forward to desserts, skipped it. Even into the evening, I didn't eat any. That can't be said for the following day, though :)
Wednesday I took the day off work to start of my day preparing and cooking. Once I had everything in front of me, it turned out not to be as full of a day as I thought it would be. Plus, I knew Josh was coming so I intentionally put off a bunch of tasks. That backfired, though, when he didn't get down here as soon as I thought he would!
Tim and I planned on making a cheesecake Wednesday night. What I didn't plan on was Tim spending close to two hours in Hy-Vee and coming home with a trunkload of groceries! LOL- he said he went in for a couple cheesecake supplies and came out with spending over $200! He gets more and more into food and cooking everyday so the man can't be trusted in a grocery store anymore. You never know what he is going to come home with!
Once the turkey was placed snuggly onto the smoker and all the cheesecakes were finally baked, it was just after 1:30am when we hit the bed.
Before we knew it, we heard Grammy and Papa's wakeup call of the front doorbell at 7:21! Ohhh, gawdddd was all I said while not moving a muscle. I let Josh take one for the team unlock the front door. I pulled myself from bed a couple minutes later only to find my Dad in Kaydin's room waking her up at the crack of dawn. He was just too excited and had to get her outta bed. Problem was, she was too excited last night that her Uncle Joshie was here that she probably didn't go to bed until almost 10:30-11:00! That didn't matter, though, cuz once she saw my Mom and Dad's face, she jumped out of bed and was on her feet in .2 seconds!
Once we were all up and breakfast was in the oven, it was time to break out the Black Friday ads.
As if cooking a full meal for eight people wasn't enough, I also planned a full breakfast complete with French toast casserole, sausage, egg, and cheese quiche, and strawberry cream cheese Butter Braid bread.
Kaydin even joined in the cooking, too! She helped get the baguettes laid out to be toasted.
Jalapeño Dip w/ toasted baguettes
Artichoke Dip w/ toasted baguettes
Vegetable tray with ranch dip and hummus
Cheese and cracker tray
Relish tray- pickles and olives
Main course and sides
Smoked Pork Loin
Cheesy Crockpot Potatoes
Cream cheese and chive potatoes
Green bean casserole
Cole slaw salad w/ cranberries and almonds
Escalloped Corn (2 ways)
Carolyn’s Cookie Salad
Whole wheat dinner rolls
Pumpkin Pie w/ fresh vanilla bean whipped cream
Chocolate Chip Pie
Peanut Butter Cheesecake
|Entree and Sides Spread|
Later that evening we had a fierce battle for the wishbone. It turned out no one won, though, because it wasn't dried out enough. We had to pick up that battle later the next morning and Kaydin turned out to be the successful one!
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with their family! I also hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season. I'm not completely done with everything on my to-do list but I have a pretty good dent in it :)