Have you ever cooked a turkey dinner? Until this weekend the answer was no. Since we celebrate Thanksgiving in October in Canada I decided enough was enough - it was time to bust out my domestic skills and attempt this massive meal. So this weekend we invited over a few friends to test out my attempt to cook a full turkey dinner. And guess what? I succeeded (kind-of)!
My day started at 7:30 a.m. (if you know me - you will know that this is incredibly early for me) with Grocery Gateway delivering my groceries. I know so lazy, right? But seriously - I hate grocery shopping and would much rather order it online and have someone drop it off at my house. It's amazing! And convenient - and I know you are all totally jealous. Well, I was so excited that I couldn't fall back asleep so I decided to get to work - and start baking an apple pie. All this before 9:00 a.m. on a Saturday, I am seriously impressed with myself.
After my pie was baked Steve and I ran out to grab a few last minute things - and headed back home so I could continue to endlessly Google 'How to cook a turkey'. Have you ever Googled this? There are so many methods - I opted for a an easy thyme and sage rub. I also decided to cook the stuffing separately - since I am a 'vegetarian' after all. While the turkey was cooking I cut the vegetables and set the table (my favourite part). The night before I quickly sewed up the table runner and made the little pumpkin candle holders (awesome Pinterest find). Cute, eh?
Three and half hours later - I realized my timing was all off - even though I thought I was doing awesome. I planned for us to eat at 7:00 p.m. and we ended up eating at 8:30 p.m. Not too terrible - luckily the boys kept themselves entertained with YouTube and my lovely friend Caitlin helped me in the kitchen. A few phone calls to my mother-in-law and one burnt pot later - we were all seated at our tiny Ikea 'dining' table ready to dig in.
The reaction to the meal was positive - people even went back for seconds. Phew!!
I don't think I will attempt to cook such a large meal on my own ever again - but I am totally pumped that I crossed that goal off my list.