13 December 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving was great. We invited some nearby family members and some friends from Hult. Here's a video about our holiday for your enjoyment:

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I carefully made a Thanksgiving Day schedule the night before Thanksgiving so we'd know exactly when to start what and when we'd have time for a walk. It was pretty fun to teach our guests (some of whom had never celebrated Thanksgiving before) how to make the food.

We made our first (and perhaps last, turkey?). I just couldn't get over how disgusting it was to have a large dead bird in our kitchen.

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Michael bought latex gloves just to do the dirty bird work.

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Michael remarked more than once that it was like a headless baby. Yep.

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Since the apple was the last thing to be shoved into the bird, we laughed because it looked like the turkey was trying to poop an apple.

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While the dough for the potato rolls was rising, we went for a walk to Lafayette Park and enjoyed the great weather and view of Alcatraz in front of Danielle Steel's house.

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Eventually everything was done: mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, turkey, green beans, and stuffing.

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We got to try out our new extendable table (a Craigslist IKEA special).

Even though the turkey was so much work, I didn't have any until it ended up in turkey rice soup two weeks later. I'm all about the stuffing!

By the time most guests had left, I was too exhausted to stand up or doing anything besides eat leftover pie. Luckily Claire and Julia came to the rescue with their dish-washing skills.

Like I said, we had a great Thanksgiving!

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