The Lady Gray

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Happy Thanksgiving!

My two sisters came in from out of town for the holiday, and we had two friends come over to eat dinner with us. It was really a fabulous time!  My sisters helped me prep the food (one more than the other – but that’s okay, she helped get the house ready!)  I’ve typically done all of prep and cooking by myself, and it was such a blessing from the gods to have helping hands!  It felt like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders.  On Wednesday we sliced bread for stuffing, made the cranberry sauce, made the brine, and made two pies.  Thursday we did everything else!

Our menu:

  • Turkey (brined, of course)
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Gravy (DUH)
  • My Grandmother’s Stuffing (We made a double batch and it’s basically almost gone – it’s everyone’s fave)
  • Green Bean Casserole (Made fresh this year instead of the Campbell’s recipe)
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Carrots, cooked under the turkey, so they tasted delicious
  • Rolls – from Whole Foods – so good!
  • Apple Pie (made from scratch – that’s how I roll)
  • Pumpkin Pie (also made from scratch)

Everything was delicious.  So much deliciousness.

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Thanksgiving Prep

Here’s a sneak peek of my Thanksgiving shopping game plan.  I wrote down all the things I knew I needed for each specific recipe and then just for in general.  Tomorrow I will cut all my bread into cubes, perhaps make pie dough, Wednesday I’ll make pies, and brine the turkey, and Thursday is turkey D-Day.  I also have to go to work tomorrow, clean the house, and get everything ready for my sisters’ arrival

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On the back of this I wrote all the places I could find each recipe (whether in book or on the internet and the specific site), and on the bottom of the page I wrote all the other foods we were out of.  I shopped at the Commissary tonight and tomorrow I’ll shop at Whole Foods for the turkey and the produce.