Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Writer's Workshop

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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:)

**Note**
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
HERE








6 comments:

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.

blueviolet 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!!

----Lane

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.