I have had a really good week this week. So much to share. But, as today is the Thanksgiving holiday, the one day a year that seemingly is all about gluttony, I wanted to share with you my family's superoverindulgences. Is that a word? Oh well, today it is.
First, let me share with you that The Hubs is a turkey-a-holic. He LOVES his turkey. Me? I'm a bit more "meh" about turkey. I think I get it from my dad. BEFORE I met The Hubs, I actually detested turkey. But AFTER I tasted one of his, I was won over. Well, for the day anyway. He makes a darn good bird.
The biggest challenge I have before Thanksgiving is finding a bird that is "big enough". Most people go out to buy a turkey based on how many people are coming to dinner, doing some mathematical equation such as "X number of pounds times Y number of people equals a Z pound turkey" or some such nonsense. At our house? The equation is: "buy the biggest damn turkey you can find!" This year was a small one, compared to some previous years:
But it was quite big enough for me.
As I wasn't home while The Hubs was dressing the turkey, I couldn't snap a "BEFORE" shot of the ol' girl. While he was preparing her for the oven, I was at my first Zumba class. Yes, seriously, I was Zumba-ing on Thanksgiving morning with my gal pal CT. It was fun!
However, I did get a beautiful picture of our bird AFTER it was done:
And here it is AFTER the cooking bag is removed, getting ready to be "unstuffed":
|Lori, this photo is for you...|
Notice anything? Yes... that table has only four plates set on it. No, there isn't a kiddie table anywhere... this turkey and feast will be served to four people.
Now let's carve the turkey... BEFORE The Hubs eats it all:
He's been nibbling at it by this point. So much for "saving room"... he's already "tasted" so much!
AFTER he's done carving, I set the food on the table and call the kids. Here is what it looked like BEFORE we started eating...
Holy feast, Batman!
Sadly, I was too busy stuffing my face to take any "during" shots, plus the kids would have had a fit, considering they had basically lounged about in bed watching movies all day ("I have to do my hair before you take a picture!"). I'll admit, though... we barely made a dent in it all.
Yeah, I knew that would happen.
But the turkey looks like we gnawed her to the bone:
|AFTER we took all the meat off the bone. Two giant storage bags of leftover meat and|
one full sized breast in the freezer for a later dinner, unless The Hubs pulls it out
to munch on it before I make said dinner. He's such a turkey-a-holic!
|Bummed my crust "fell in" on one side, but this was YUMMY!|
I failed to get a photo of the apple pie after it was baked, but here's a BEFORE photo to prove I made one!
|Dutch apple pie with a crumbly topping... more about this pie later...|
Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing the absolute over-indulgence of our family on this lovely holiday. We are all barely able to move here, although they have all gone back for desserts by the time I published this post.
BEFORE I take off, though, again... thank YOU for all that you do. I am so grateful to have you in my life. Now go on... have a slice of pie!