November 24, 2006


Yesterday we did the whole shebang, a turkey and all the fixins, for just the two of us. On one hand it seemed sad not to have a real Thanksgiving, but on the other hand it felt a bit silly to do the whole deal just for two. In the end, it was really nice. Three years ago I got scolded in my comments section for complaining about slaving over an entire dinner for six people. Last year was wonderful fun, but I think we made entirely too much food and stressed ourselves out a bit getting everything coordinated in the oven. But this year was nice in its own way. We cooked everything as time permitted, and it didn't matter if half the pecan goo spilled over the edge of the pie or the turkey took longer than expected. There was no one to impress, nor was there anyone asking when it would be done. We just ate when we were ready. It was very relaxing and nice.

And Charlie took an extreme liking to turkey. He followed us everywhere and cried all evening long as he tried desperately to knock over the trash can and get at the carcass.


(image cropped so you can't see the messy kitchen and laundry room)

Posted by Sarah at November 24, 2006 01:14 PM | TrackBack

What a precious little pup and a sweet son-in-law too!

Posted by: Nancy at November 25, 2006 12:18 AM

My dog LOVED Thanksgiving. We always had it just for "us" - which was 4 people when the kids were home (5 if you count the dog). I have a system I follow to this day, it meant we had dinner ready at about 6pm... which I like better than mid afternoon *grin*. BTW - 12 pound turkey is the smallest you can get and it only takes a little over 2 hours to cook and you'll still have tons of leftovers.

But anyhow, the giblets were for the dog (not the neck of course it has bones) but I would boil them up, cut them into pieces, and give her the liver, etc, all the soft bits. She knew she was in heaven - it was so fun to watch her eat it.

Posted by: Teresa at November 25, 2006 01:05 AM

That pic is just great. There's nothing like a dog with a purpose------FOOD.

Posted by: toni at November 25, 2006 07:49 AM

I love how Charlie is sitting up very straight.
Not like his slouchy devil may care poses on the
couch! I KNEW he could do it if he were properly motivated.

Posted by: MaryIndiana at November 25, 2006 05:47 PM

The turkey carcass is in the trash? Horrors. The best part of the turkey is the soup you make afterwards. A pot of turkey stock is in my fridge awaiting the addition of picked meat, leftover veggies, seasonings and whatever else I decide to throw in this afternoon. When I'm done I will have several gallons of soup (more like stew, actually) in the freezer for good winter meals when we get home from work too tired (or not in the mood) to cook. 'Like money in the bank', my mother always said.

Posted by: Glenmore at November 26, 2006 11:32 AM

Sorry, Glenmore, they come get our household goods in a week; we can't really lug turkey stock with us to another state...

Posted by: Sarah at November 27, 2006 09:12 AM

Have you tried Alton's Brined Turkey?

Posted by: Amy at November 27, 2006 08:56 PM