Now lets take a look at my kitchen.....
Next up, prepping the bird. I had an 18.5 pound turkey that I had defrosted in cold water the day before. After washing and removing giblets and neck from cavities, pat dry with clean towels. I rubbed butter all over outer surfaces and then squeezed the juices of several lemons and oranges over bird, and into cavities. Liberally season with salt and pepper. I stuff the cavity with citrus and garlic, and fresh herbs. I pour a cup or so of chicken broth into the pan.
Time to make the stuffing. I don't stuff the bird anymore. I used a package of herbed stuffing mix. I brown a pound of sausage, and saute an onion. To the bread crumbs I add this mix of sausage. I melted a cube of butter and add chicken broth to this. And pour over bread crumbs. Lots and lots of seasonings. And then I add about 3 cups of chopped apples, plenty of fresh sage and salt and pepper. Mix well. It often needs a wee bit more broth added to mixture. I pour into a greased baking dish and bake this off at the end. I basted the bird about every hour. By now the kitchen is smelling awfully good!
I wish my trash cans weren't out there!
I love this picture of my son Drew and his girlfriend Diana. Drew had been growing a beard, and he shaved it off that morning! I love to see his handsome face. It is just like looking at my husband when he was that age!
My daughter Gennifer had done a lot of cooking at her house. She made a turkey, and a butternut squash puree that was TO DIE FOR!! And she made a stuffing, and also the mashed potatoes! All delicious!
We had to chuckle when Geeps went to carve the turkeys. He had pulled up a video from his ipad and set it up in the kitchen to view as he sliced!
We sat down to a beautiful feast. The food was delicious!
Best of all though, were the people at our table. Erika and Noah both said grace. Oh how I wish we had taped it when Noah said his beautiful prayer! Then we dug in! And we went around the table, one by one, each person saying what they were particularly thankful for this year. It was a perfect day!
After our meal, feeling stuffed to the gills, we decided to take a brisk walk around the block. Which just so happens to be one mile. I know because I have tracked it when I jogged that route.
The kiddos were excited to ride their scooters.
Darkness was just beginning to fall. We gathered on the driveway. Eri stayed behind to tidy up a bit and get the coffee going for dessert.
After our walk, we were ready for pie. Erika put a Christmas movie on for the kids in the den.
We relaxed and watched football, and movie trailers.
It was truly a perfect day!!!