Thanksgiving!!

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Preparing the turkey

We slept in today so long that we didnt' eat breakfast until 11am!  That certainly put cooking dinner on hold.  We had planned on an afternoon meal, but we ended up starting a little later so that we'd be good and hungry by then.  :)

It was my first time cooking the turkey and gravy!  I used an easy recipe (http://www.recipezaar.com/Uncle-Bills-Method-for-Cooking-Turkey-46262) that uses scalding water to shrink the skin on the turkey to keep the juices in (I didn't have room to brine it this year - maybe next time).  It was about 11 lbs, so it roasted, stuffed, for 3 1/2 hrs and was perfect!  Meanwhile, of course, we prepared everything else (sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes - another delicious recipe (http://www.

recipezaar.com/Mashed-Potatoes-27361) - gravy, fresh green beans, and cranberry jelly).  And inbetween all that, we played many rounds of Boggle, with Mom beating both Laura and me soundly.

By the time it was all ready, we were starved!  We must have scarfed it down in about 15 minutes flat!  Mom remarked how it was kind of like a wedding:  you plan and plan and prepare and prepare.... only to find that it's overwith in such a short time!  Haha.... a delicious way to spend 15 minutes, though, if you ask me.  :)

Pumpkin pie for dessert, of course, and we were too tired to build another fire.  Tonight is sad, because I have to work tomorrow so this was my last day with Mom and Laura (until New Years').  They fly home tomorrow afternoon (hopefully first they'll consume some of our approx. 8 tons of leftovers).  :)

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Preparing the turkey
Preparing the turkey
Jesses Thanksgiving job
Jesse's Thanksgiving job
Me and the bird
Me and the bird
Mom!
Mom!
Shadow checking out the turkey
Shadow checking out the turkey
Stuffing
Stuffing
Still stuffing
Still stuffing
Shadow on the balcony
Shadow on the balcony
Shadow-kitty
Shadow-kitty
Jesse and me
Jesse and me
Me, Mom, Laura
Me, Mom, Laura
Making topping for the sweet potat…
Making topping for the sweet pota…
Shadow attacking Jesse... haha
Shadow attacking Jesse... haha
Jesse waving the carving knife aro…
Jesse waving the carving knife ar…
Making gravy
Making gravy
Carving the roast beast
Carving the "roast beast"
Shadows ready for dinner!
Shadow's ready for dinner!
We took turns taking the picture -…
We took turns taking the picture …
Cleanup afterward
Cleanup afterward
Dessert time
Dessert time
Pumpkin pie... yummmm
Pumpkin pie... yummmm
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