Conquered, or virtual high five.


Four years ago I wanted a traditional thanksgiving dinner, but it did not go as planned. I was pregnant with Thomas and extremely hormonal. I read the instructions on how to cook a turkey and thought everything was golden. Unfortunately, the turkey was severely under cooked, and in a moment of frustration and hormonal rage, I threw the turkey away. Yes, I realize I could have put it back in the oven, but at the time I was blinded by grief and despair. Since then I have not attempted another turkey, and Thanksgiving became a holiday of inviting ourselves to friends and family's homes and restaurants.

This year both Ben and I wanted big traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and we wanted to share the day with friends. We ordered our turkey (which cost us $50 for 13 lbs.), and invited some friends over. I researched how to make a turkey, and found a schedule for a Thanksgiving feast (thank you Pioneer Woman).

Friends- I brined, I baked, and I WAS SUCCESSFUL!

Miracles do happen; I conquered the turkey, and I am proud of myself.

I also conquered a Chocolate Silk Pie! (My fantastic Aunt Kay's recipe.)

Oh, and homemade rolls. Seriously, are you impressed yet? I totally shocked myself. So here is my virtual high five. And an open invite to come over for Thanksgiving next year.

I would like to thank my dad who gave me pep talk and told me I could do It.

I don't have any pictures, but it was good. We had almost twenty people over, and it was a perfect night. Great food, great friends, and fantastic leftovers.

Ben declared it one of his all time favorite Thanksgivings. Ever.

I call that a win.

I am counting down to the next time I can eat.

I hope all of you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!



Patty D. said...

I am so happy to have been one of the friends you included in on this delicious feast! The turkey, the rolls, the pie, the rolls, the rolls... They were all FANTASTIC. Please keep the DeRousse family on your guest list for next year. :D

Anne said...

I'm impressed! It all looks amazing! Personally, just thinking about cooking a turkey gives me hives!

Liz said...

I am so glad that your Thanksgiving meal turned out well. Miss Emily, you really are quite amazing.

Bryn said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I think making the thanksgiving meal makes it all seem like home when you live abroad. We hope y'all are doing well!!

The Teeples Times said...

way to go!! I AM impressed!!!

The Teeples Times said...

way to go!! I AM impressed!!!

Sara said...

Congratulations Emily! It's a huge accomplishment. If you can do Thanksgiving you can do anything! I did my first Turkey in Manila on my own with brine and everything and I felt like super woman when it turned out. Great job!

Just US said...

Holy cow! That is awesome! I am totally calling you when I am stranded in Africa and want to make Thanksgiving dinner for everyone. BTW - any way I could get a copy of the chocolate silk pie recipe?