Welcome to this special edition of Make it Monday! This was our first Thanksgiving as just us, my first one ever without my parents or brothers. I have to admit, most of the morning I was kind of pouty and didn’t want to play nice with others because I missed my family. But I got over it and we ended up having a great holiday.
First of all, in the morning, the kids woke up way before we wanted to and ended up with all four of us in bed having a cuddle puddle. Then we ate breakfast and drew some turkeys. Piglet through a fit and wouldn’t color. Blueberry tried to eat her crayon but we were able to color our own turkeys without a problem.
Onto the main event!
First recipe, brussel sprouts, asparagus, and bacon.
I chopped the sprouts in half, cut up the asparagus, and diced the bacon. I put it on a baking tray and then covered the mixture with olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika. I cooked it at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. I’ve never been a big fan of brussel sprouts but these were delicious! It could have been the bacon but whatever.
Next up, mashed potatoes. Easy-peasy. Cook the potatoes, mash them with some salt, pepper, butter, and milk.
Then I made a sweet potato souffle. Last year, we went over to our friend’s house and she served this up from The Honey Baked Ham. It was so good. I am not a sweet potato fan so when I say this is good, I mean it.
First, cook 2 sweet potatoes. Once cooked, peel them and put them in a bowl. Add an egg, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/4 milk, 1/4 sugar and blend until smooth. Put that mixture into a pan and cover with brown sugar and pecans. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
The last side was boring old cornbread stuffing from Stove Top. Piglet tossed it into our cart and I bought it by accident last Christmas and we fell in love with it. I grew up not liking stuffing but this is so yummy.
Finally, the main event. The turkey.
We bought it frozen on Sunday and I put it in the fridge to defrost. It was nice and defrosted by today. I pulled out the gravy packet and the neck and we got to frying. I commented that it was weird that there were no giblets or heart but it was a “young” turkey and we thought nothing of it.
38 minutes in the fryer and that beauty was done! Hubs got to carving and found the bag of giblets and heart (whoops). We threw that away and kept on carving.
I served it up with the gravy packet that came with the bird and damn, it was good!
Even though I was sad that I couldn’t spend the day with my parents and brothers, it was a great day. We successfully cooked the dinner, we colored with the kids. It was quite nice. We ended the day with a beer and the Star Trek movie from 2009.
How was your Thanksgiving? Do anything fun?