This Thanksgiving, I celebrated the holiday in a very different way than I usually do. Usually, I spend my morning being lazy and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and then my family and I go to my cousin’s house for a HUGE family gathering. All of my Grandma’s brothers and sisters (she is the oldest of 9) and their families comes to Thanksgiving, so it is usually a pretty crowded get-together with tons of food. This year I was visiting my sister, Natalie, and her husband, John, in Albuquerque over Thanksgiving, so for the first time ever, I got to celebrate with less than 50 people.
This was totally new to me, mostly because for the first time, we had to cook everything. When you are in a big family, one person makes the turkey, one makes ham, one makes potatoes….and so on. We obviously didn’t want to sacrifice the quality of our Thanksgiving meal, or the variety of foods we would have, so we made everything that we wanted….which just took a little bit longer. Some didn’t think that we could pull it off…but we worked ahead (by making pies, rolls, and the turkey the night before) and on the day of we each took a different part of the meal, so it was all ready right on time.
I was really proud of our spread of food…so I took pictures…obviously. Check them out:
Somehow, we finished off the turkey, the baked beans, and the cheesy potatoes all before dinner…and of course it was all delicious. But the real accomplishment of the day was that we made all of this….and my sister and I didn’t hurt each other in any way. Impressive, huh?