October 7th, 2012. Thanksgiving Sunday
It’s already Thanksgiving again? It kinda snuck up on us this year and without any real plans it would have been easy to just pass it by…but at the very last minute Eunice decided that we should celebrate with our own homemade dinner. Despite all the hard stuff that has been going on we DO have a lot of things to be thankful for and it just felt right that we take the time to do celebrate that!
Since the decision was so last minute Eunice and I literally hit up 3 different supermarkets the night before desperately trying to find any sort of turkey! What we discovered as a stroke of genius were packages of turkey legs and thighs! Genius!! Only the best parts of the turkey all in one package? HELLO! Jackpot 😉 Along with chicken we also picked up the one pack of turkey dark meat that we found.
Eunice not only lovingly massaged the poultry with butter, herbs and garlic, she also went the extra mile of adding the concoction under the skin to make it even more rich and flavorful! This sister of mine spares no detail when it comes to our favorite meal in the world 😀
She then popped the poultry in the oven in a pan with some basic veggies (baby red potatoes, carrots, onion and celery) and chicken stock. We watched with a gleam in our eyes as the skin on the chicken and turkey began to crisp and turn a beautiful golden brown 😉
Ohhhhh, baby! Look at this gorgeousness! It is pretty obvious we have an obsession for Thanksgiving meals and for Turkey…!
Eunice did a very basic but wonderfully flavored Vegetable Mix of potatoes, celery, carrots and onion in a bit of broth. Light but well seasoned and cooked absolutely perfectly so that it wasn’t soggy or mushy. Veg magic 😀
We love mashed potatoes, but this year Eunice wanted to add a little twist, so we went for Sweet Potato Mash with Toasted Marshmallow and Pecan Topping with a sprinkle of cinnamon! Eunice knows I am not a big fan of nuts, so she even did me the favor of only putting the pecans on half of the mash 😉
There was also a packaged Three Peppercorn Gravy that Eunice incorporated the turkey drippings into. Mmmmm~!!! She could have made gravy from scratch, but keep in mind that this was all very last minute.
Same goes for the Stuffing. But really, I don’t have a ton of complaints about stuffing from a box. You get all the flavors and when done just right you have it being fluffy with a bit of crispiness. I don’t care what frou frou foodies say, I like this!
I have a thing for Cranberry Sauce. It’s no secret. I even taken my own container of cranberry sauce to church holiday dinners knowing that there would be a big chance they wouldn’t be serving it at the buffet line. That sweet, cool, berry jelly just cuts through the richness and brings a brightness and sparkle to a perfect holiday meal!
Mmmmmmm~~ The spreeaaaad~!!! There’s really nothing like a sumptuous home-cooked holiday meal 😀
You know, what I’m really thankful for is the extremely loving support system I’ve had in my sister and her friends through this very trying past month. With all the heartache and trauma I’d been going through with work, quitting my career, and losing my grandmother, it had been a very tumultuous couple months. Without my sister’s strength and wisdom and fiery love and defence for me I don’t know how I would have started making a breakthrough.
Holidays are a time to be with the ones you love and those who love you and it’s especially wonderful when you all have the common love of food and eating!
Of course no holiday meal is complete without a pants busting dessert! Bring on the oven warmed Pumpkin and Apple Pie! Vanilla ice cream courtesy of Howard and I even hand whipped some whipped cream with real Mexican vanilla! Mmmmmmmmm…. soooooooooo yuuuuuuuuuuuuum!
Another fantastic meal for the books and a HUGE standing ovation for my sister, Eunice, who put together such an epic holiday meal in 24 hours! You are my hero in so many ways ♥