Well, I must say, this was quite a success! The food was AMAZING…and it was all ready on-cue! We had 20 people…15 adults & 5 kiddos! We probably could’ve fed 50…3 turkeys (roasted, grilled & fried), 2 hams (smoked & spiral), sides galore…and of course the desserts (I’m salivating all over again!). My darling husband, who has always claimed he’d rather have Chinese take-out than the usual Thanksgiving fare, even said it was incredible! We had enough left-overs to last for weeks…I actually still have some turkey & pulled pork (from the smoked ham) in the freezer…but we mowed through the favorites (sweet potatoes & rolls) in 2 days! We even ended up baking a second pecan pie, because mom & I didn’t get ‘our fill’! If you’re gonna be a bear…be a grizzly!
In my cooking frenzy, I apparently forgot to take some pictures I had planned (or my kids deleted them LOL)…so I put together a small collage to give you a peek…I didn’t even get one of everyone eating…maybe someone else did *fingers crossed*.
Just so you know we are a fun bunch, that is Emma whipped cream that had been squirted into her mouth lol…and, in case you are wondering…yes, those are curtain rings posing as napkin rings/placecard holders! I needed them for my master bedroom window ‘mistreatment’ (stay tuned for the details of that!) & saw something similar in Southern Living (Dec 2009).
My survival guide helped me stay focused & planned…making pulling this off much easier than I had anticipated! Mom & I actually ‘saved’ things to cook on Thanksgiving day…I hope it helped some of you, too. I had such fun cooking with the ladies of my family…we were like a well oiled machine. The clean-up crew, aka Mom & Aunt Pauline, had everything knocked out practically before I had even finished eating! I offer a big THANK YOU to everyone who celebrated with us…we love you all!
Today’s secret revealed: planning makes perfect…for Thanksgiving, anyway!