Yes, this is a vegetarian blog, but I cooked a turkey today.
A whole turkey.
The only mishap?
I melted this beauty that I got in my Foodbuzz swag bag…oops. Thank goodness mom provided me with an old one, just in case…
And not only did I cook it, I tore it to shreds too.
Don’t mistaken that smile as someone who is having fun. I felt bad for that bird…and having my mom help me carve it and hit me with turkey juice in the face? Ew.
So, the day started off like every other, except this time I was playing with a turkey in the sink instead of out in the field.
Alas, after 6 hours plus of cooking, I was ready to feast!
I did of course snack on lots of cucumber slices and baby carrots with edamame hummus to keep me going as we didn’t get to eat until almost 2pm!
But the big spread was the best:
- Roasted Turkey
- Cranberry/Pear/Cherry Sauce
- Mashed Potatoes
- Green Beans with Caramelized Onions
- Roasted Butternut Squash and Cauliflower
- Crescent Rolls
- Turkey Gravy
- Mushroom Gravy
The last item was the one I was super proud of. I have never in my life made my own gravy and I was super excited with how well this one came out! And it was so much easier than I thought!!!
It tasted better than it looks. There was barely any left by the end of the first round!
Of course you know what I filled up on: VEGETABLES!
I ended up with the squash and cauliflower, some rice with mushroom gravy, and green beans with lots of onions.
Of course, there is always room for dessert after a bit of time to digest!
Mom made an apple and pumpkin pie, my running buddy brought over another pumpkin pie and some carrot zucchini muffins, my brother brought the fruit platter, and I bought the Cool Whip. Hey, I did all the savory cooking!
As I do every year, I had to have my Mom’s Apple Pie.
Just sweet enough for me with the bit of Cool Whip on top. This and my Grandma’s recipe for Applesauce Cake is the only things I ever have with Cool Whip. It’s just tradition.
I also had a handful of Peanut M&M’s. My day is never complete w/o chocolate.
Before I knew it it was time to pack up all the leftovers…
Clean up all the messes made (serious pet peeve: dirty tables. This sucker was cleaned asap after dessert!)…
And said goodbye to my family/awesome company…
(My parents are going to kill me for this photo…bahahaha!)
Whit was there too. Got to meet the family!!!
No, I’m snacking on some more fruit and some Japanese Crackers…I’ve got a mean headache from…god knows what, so I’m taking it easy tonight. Tomorrow will be a day of running, shopping for necessities (like a collar, tag and leash for Honey) with the sales that are left, and getting some Christmas shopping done! If I can get it finished now that would be great! It always makes me so anxious; I’m not a fan of crowds!
Snow’s coming back this weekend so I’m excited for that! Up to 4 inches baby! Yow!!!