Thanksgiving 2012

It can be a stressful day for some, I know, but I hope most people had as fun a time as we did getting ready for Thanksgiving.  Amber and I really enjoy cooking, but we try to keep things under control most of the time.  For the holidays, though, we kind of go all out.

We stated the preparations earlier this week, making a Pumpkin Roll.  Thanks to our friend Anne for sharing this recipe and loaning us jelly roll pans to make it.

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This little baby went into the freezer for later. 

We took Wednesday off and spent the day getting the rest of the food ready.  There was much baking, including two kinds of rolls, Parker House and Potato Rolls:

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We also baked a bunch of bread from our favorite bread book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, including a couple loaves of herbed bread and a couple Pan d’Epi, but we didn’t get any pictures.  Like I said, we kind of go all out, but we maybe overdid the bread a little.

For the rest of the desserts, we made pumpkin pie with a pecan crumble topping:

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And Amber made these great mini Pecan Pies:

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In addition to all the baking, Amber made two kinds of mashed potatoes (truffle and garlic), gravy, prepared brussel sprouts and asparagus for roasting and fresh green beans with almonds to sauté.

Thanksgiving day, we started a turkey breast in the crock pot in the morning.  We foolishly thought we might need extra turkey.  This is a madness that comes over me around Thanksgiving.  Anyway, once it was nearly done, we packed up the car and headed down to Amber’s sister’s place for the big family gathering.

Amber’s mom made the turkey, but I got to carve.  Electric carving knives are a must have for Thanksgiving.

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Our preparation really paid off.  All we had to do once we were there was cook the vegetables and heat things up.

The day was full of great food and fun times with family.  We had a great time with the cooking, but by far the best part was getting to share the day with loved ones.  I am very thankful that I have my Sweetie to share my life with and that we have family and great friends to share our love.  This picture of us wearing our his/hers periodic table aprons (a very cute wedding gift from her sister and brother-in-law) might be going on the wall.

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Happy holidays!

1 comment for “Thanksgiving 2012”

  1. Gravatar of AmberAmber
    Posted Sunday, December 09, 2012 at 11:44:25 PM

    That was fun! For our health's sake I don't think we should do it more often but it sure is fun cooking with you.

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