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The long Thanksgiving weekend is over and we are in full Christmas mode over here! We had a quiet Thanksgiving this year, hosted at our home, but it was a nice change and a lot less stress. Most of the time we’re chasing our kids everywhere, trying to stop them from destroying someone else’s home, so it was nice to relax a bit.
The most stressful part of the day was making my first turkey! And it was pretty much my worst nightmare because despite sitting in the fridge for four days and soaking in cold water overnight, I woke up to a solid block of ice. Literally, the water had frozen around the turkey. Eek!
Thankfully, I had decided to invest in a large electric roaster to save room in the oven and unbeknownst to me, it had a defrost setting! We threw that little turkey in the roaster and it was defrosted in an hour and a half. Crisis averted. P.S. Removing the neck and bag of stuff inside, grossest thing I’ve ever done!
This Oster roaster is actually pretty great and I think I’m going to try to get more use out of it going forward. After the turkey was defrosted (just use a meat thermometer to make sure the breast, thighs, and legs are at the right temp) we cranked the heat up and the turkey was done two hours later. I basted the entire turkey with butter and stuffed it with fresh herbs including rosemary, thyme, sage and parsley and some salt and pepper. The last thirty minutes of cooking, I poured a bag of baby carrots around the bottom of the roaster and they came out perfect.
We pretty much had the easiest Thanksgiving meal ever with premade sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes from Costco (no judging, they were delicious!). My mom brought the stuffing and another casserole and I also made rolls and a simple three-ingredient cranberry relish.
I love this relish and it’s so easy if you have a food processor. Macie helped me make this and was so proud! We love our KitchenAid food processor; it was a wedding present and definitely one of the best kitchen tools we have. It’s so easy to use and clean and can do a million things from chopping to shredding to blending.
For this recipe, just add a bag of fresh cranberries, one seedless orange, peel and all, halved and then quartered, and then one cup of sugar (though I added a little more to taste to cut some tartness). That’s it! Pulse until it’s chopped and well blended. Plus, it looks super pretty on your table.
And as soon as Thanksgiving was over, we dove right into Christmas! I did hit one store on Black Friday this year and purchased a new tree since half the lights were out on my old one. I also really wanted one that was a little taller and slimmer. No offense to the chubby old tree, I just don’t have space in my toy-filled living room.
I’m in love with the jute rug I purchased to serve as a tree skirt and the metal tree collar I got from the Hearth and Hand collection at Target. I know everyone is doing it this year since they sold like crazy at Target but I don’t even care, because I’m loving this look!
We have so many blessings to count, it’s hard to know where to start! Of course, first and foremost, I’m thankful for the most amazing kids. Our life is hectic and crazy and I might complain about how tired I am on a daily basis, but I would never change a single thing.
I’m also incredibly thankful for a healthy family! We had a big health scare this year with a family member and thank goodness all is well now but I can only attribute that to prayers being answered.
I’m thankful for my husband who lets me decorate and re-decorate our home all the time, supports all my crazy ideas and is my biggest fan. He also starts a new job today and that was a HUGE blessing for our family!
Last but not least, I’m thankful for each and every person who reads this! I started my little blogging project, not knowing if I would stick with it, where it would go and if anyone would ever read it! While I’m still a tiny fish in a big pond, I’m super grateful to anyone who, whether by chance or on purpose, reads and hopefully enjoys my writing!