Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Writer's Workshop


This week I chose:

5.) What happened in the last year? Write about something you can do now that you couldn't do a year ago.

Thanksgiving comes once a year and I am grateful.

I am no Paula Deen, Rachael Ray or Bobby Flay.
Nor am I, my sister in laws, mother in law , aunts or my mom.
The gift of cooking and creating fabulous food was not given to me.

Quite frankly I believe this is unfair since I also did not receive the gift of
great hair, teeth, and junk and the trunk.
However that has nothing to do with this story.

For three years in a ROW I managed to cook a pie
with the waxed paper still in it.
It is now a tradition to share this story at holiday get togethers.
I am also now told what to pick up at the store prior to future events.

Last year I took a big step. I mean a huge step.
I bought a turkey.
Not the kind already cooked and ready to go with all of the fixins either.
( FYI-Publix is fantastic if you do choose to go that route, I highly recommend them)

I bought a frozen 20lb turkey.
I thawed it the refrigerator for 5 days.
Made my husband dig out the bag of yukky stuff.
( I gave birth to his 4 children, so I made this HIS job)
Used a little Worcestershire Sauce and Garlic Salt
and popped that beast into my momma's
"used to her but new to me"
Toastmaster Roaster Oven

While the turkey was roasting

I whipped up some real mashed potatoes
Got some good gravy going
mixed up 2 batches of homemade mac-n-cheese
and cooked those Italian green beans
with just the right amount of salt & pizazz
Pistachio salad and a small tray of sweet potatoes were also on the menu
And of course cranberry sauce , rolls & store bought pies.

The turkey was fabulous.
So was everything else.
Even the pies.

Last year, after 20 years of marriage and 4 kids.
I finally cooked my first turkey.
I OWNED that Thanksgiving dinner.
For some strange reason only my mom showed up to join us for the special event.
Yet it is was a wonderful day indeed.

So was last Sunday, I made turkey for dinner:)

It just so happens that I also wrote about this topic on Wednesday on my other blog.
There was no talking turkey either. If you are interested you can read it


sues2u2 said...

I'm impressed that after 20 yrs you did a turkey. I'm even more impressed that you got your hubby to clean it out! lol

Cute story & congrats on the turkeys.

Amy said...

Oh I love to grab the stuff out of the turkey. Crazy right. I also like to clean the fish when I go fishing. We did our first Turkey the year our little one was born.
Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Good for you! I bake the desserts and my husband does everything else for Thanksgiving! I love it.

Lane said...

I fear the turkey...congrats as you move upon your journey to be Top Chef!!


Monica said...

Brave girl, cooking the turkey. I haven't ever tried and won't ever try.

NateAndJakesMom said...

Nothing made me feel like a real "wife" than making my first turkey. I did a great job, unfortunately... now I am in charge of it each year... Ugh.