I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! We certainly did. It was a very relaxed day, filled with comfortable togetherness and lots of yummy low-stress food.
We started the morning with our traditional sausage balls, cranberry bread, homemade applesauce and Cougar Gold super-strong white cheddar cheese while watching the Thanksgiving Day parade.
Then we moseyed into action (as opposed to "flashed into action.") David and I decided to try a deconstructed turkey and stuffing recipe from America's Test Kitchen. It was only slightly more complicated than a regular method, but cooked much faster. The end result was a nicely cooked cut-up turkey along with stuffing infused with the turkey juices, but without the temperature/food safety worries of an actual stuffed bird. David and his mom did the lion's share of the cooking and recipe interpretation.
The best thing about the recipe was the shorter cooking time. We didn't start even THINKING about cooking until 11:00 am, and all the food was ready and on the table by 2:00 pm. We even took a nice long do-nothing break in the middle of that time. We had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, marinated Brussels sprouts, homemade cranberry sauce, rolls and fruited jello.
Then we had sweet potato pudding and three kinds of pies for dessert. I bought the pies instead of making them, because I am all about taking the easy route this year. Grandpa Mel and Tommy whipped the cream for us.
It was a very nice day, and now we're all full and tired. The boys are happily playing video games. Grandma and Grandpa went back to the hotel for an early night. David and I are frantically researching cars because we probably ought to go out car shopping tomorrow. Yuck. We are not looking forward to it, but I suppose David can't drive a rental car forever.