Sunday afternoon Michael and I trekked across town to his Mom’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. 🙂 Yes, I realize it’s March. I guess his family doesn’t really care if they celebrate the holidays on the actual dates–which worked out well for us in 2010 because we were able to host our first Thanksgiving dinner ever. And it was a success!
We were in charge of bringing salad and a bread. Michael made the joke, “Mom, I wasn’t sure we’d be able to buy this fresh loaf of bread today since everything is closed on Thanksgiving!” Haha. Rub it in, Michael, torture your mother. It was pretty funny, though.
The turkey was wonderful–it looked like something out of Martha Stewart Magazine. It was golden and delicious–much better looking than our first turkey. Next Thanksgiving I think we will forgo the oven bag and try to recreate his mom’s golden turkey.
We all shared a nice bottle of Zin and Michael’s step-sister made these yummy appetizers: green beans wrapped in meat with soy sauce, sugar and ginger. She’s made them before. They’re delicious but decadent. I can only eat a few of them.
There were roasted yams and sweet potatoes instead of mashed potatoes. They were roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper and that was it. I liked them a lot and I realized that Michael and I haven’t really done much roasting of sweet potatoes. We usually bake them whole or do sweet potato fries.
Like with any family, certain members want certain kinds of food for their Thanksgiving. I’m not that picky. I liked it all! There were two kinds of stuffing: the Stove Top Box and then homemade cornbread stuffing with cranberries and pecans. I had the homemade and it was delicious.
I don’t think I overindulged on our family Thanksgiving meal (in March). It was all just the right amount and it tasted delicious. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite meals. I love the family time, the good food, the feeling sleepy and content afterward. It’s nice. Michael’s step-brother made apple pie from scratch. I had a small piece with one scoop of Praline ice cream.
It was a nice night and I enjoyed spending time with his family. Michael, Mr. Techy, tried to help his mom with the computer and the DVR set up. I’m sure he was thrilled to be working on a Sunday but he did his best to help her out. I was feeling kinda crappy. My chest discomfort was pretty bad on Sunday. When I tried to swim Sunday morning it felt like I was drowning. It’s now Monday morning and I am about to head to the doctor’s office to see what’s up. My body has the WORST timing. 🙁
QUESTION: Does your family go all out for the holidays? Or are they more casual?