Thanksgiving is over! Now two of the four main holidays of the year (for us) are done- Halloween, Thanksgiving…. just Christmas and New Years are left now. New Years is not technically a big deal in our family, but the whole “fresh year” thing still brings some excitement and is a fun time. I always get so excited for the fall/winter holidays, but they always seem to kind of zoom right by.
I’m feeling a little talked out right now after a full and busy week with lots of family and chatter and good times. 🙂
Going to try to keep the words pretty brief in this post!
Thursday morning: apple pie making with the boys
….while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (always)
Pie ready to go in the oven:
Lots of other prep followed. My Dad and I did basically all of the cooking:
He made the turkey and several of the main sides:
While we worked in the kitchen, my mom set the table and made things pretty:
Once things seemed in pretty good shape, I squeezed in a 20 minute BB workout and a 20 minute walk, which felt really great:
After a shower, it was time to attempt to get everything hot at the same time:
Okay, a few more words needed here. Are we the only ones who find it damn near impossible to get everything HOT and ON THE TABLE at the same time, without feeling like we just ran through a Tough Mudder obstacle course?! Every time, it never fails- the final push ends up feeling very chaotic. Trying to get all the various dishes hot and served while hungry people are waiting, working out the timing of the hot rolls and keeping the gravy warm and the mashed potatoes from going cold….. oof. Always seems like a little bit of a cluster! I mean, everything tasted great, and it always ends up working out. But there has to be an easier way?!
I suppose offering fewer dishes could probably help immensely (or having a 4x larger kitchen, with 3 ovens and 5 microwaves), but we are fans of all the “variety” that comes with our traditional Thanksgiving. What can I say. Old habits die hard.
We squeezed in a few more family pictures while I pretended that I wasn’t sweating from just having been bent over the hot open oven door shuttling things in and out for the last 35 minutes:
And then finally, WAY later than planned (because we didn’t put the turkey in soon enough, due to a combination of the pie making starting too late, and the fact that we ended up Skyping with my sister and family in Ireland- oh well! Good reasons for a delay), DINNER WAS SERVED!
*Not shown- my sister-in-law, her husband, two kids and my brother-in-law, plus my parents were all at the table.
After a breather, we moved on to dessert(s):
Then we moved on to…. clean up. Grateful to my sister-in-law who stepped in and helped with a LOT of dishes!!!
Side note- Thanksgiving was wayyyyyy easier when I was a child. Show up at Grandma’s, go play with cousins, eventually be called to the table, stuff face with delicious food, then run off to continue playing with cousins. Grocery shopping? Food prep? Cooking? Cleaning? Dishes? Was not a part of my day back then. hahaha!
I hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful day. 🙂
I am grateful for another happy, healthy holiday for our family.