Saturday, November 27, 2010

My feet still ache from Thanksgiving Day.

The day started early. My two little sisters and my nephew spent the night with us. I was surprised I was up so early because we were up until 3 in the morning watching The Notebook, yet again. I can watch that movie a million times and still be excited to watch it again.

The day before, I cleaned the turkey hardcore with salt and water. After the cleaning, I seasoned the turkey with seasoned salt and placed it back in the fridge.

Around 11am, my mother in law, sisters in law, nephews and niece by marriage came. My MIL brought her roaster oven to roast one of the turkeys, to take some of the stress away. Bless her heart! It was so much fun prepping together.

Sean works Thanksgiving Day (Boo to Target! I love Target except for the holidays). So, it was me running around with my head cut off. His mom brought a sense of peace though.

I made the seasoning for one of the turkeys about an hour and a half before my inlaws arrived. I did it the way my mom has always done it (with a bit of a remix because that's how I do) and my MIL did the other turkey the way she does it.

For those of you curious about how I did the turkey here goes. The seasoning I made consisted of:

Some water, 1 green pepper, 2 red peppers, garlic, parsley, basil, paprika, oregano, salt, pepper and rosemary. I chopped up the green peppers and placed them in the blender (a little at a time) and blended away. After everything was blended, I poured the seasoning on top of the turkey, of course spreading it everywhere. I put it back in the fridge for about an hour and a half. Before placing it in the oven, I did the foil tent method to ensure that the turkey was moist, moist, moist! And it was! So yummy and tasty.

The only thing that went didn't go as planned was that my mom, dad, older sister and her husband were late! The weather was horrible and it delayed them. By the time they arrived Sean's family had to leave. That definitely was NOT the plan, but at the end of the day, I was so thankful that I was able to spend time with both of our families.

We didn't have a fancy table scape nor did all the chairs match. The food was put out in the kitchen, buffet style, but it was perfect AND we got to use our china, haha! Everything was delicious and to date it was my most favorite Thanksgiving Day!

Here are some pictures:

{I made sure to have a bunch of food in the house throughout the day since dinner wasn't going to be eaten until 530pm. I baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, put out a turkey pepperoni, cheese and cracker platter and made pizza rolls with turkey pepperoni. I am all about turkey on Thanksgiving Day! It was my first time making pizza rolls and they came out fantastic}

{The Turkey. The gravy underneath was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I wish I took more pictures of it.}

{Hubs and little sister getting ready to fill their plates}

{my yummy plate. the turkey on the left is pink because of the red pepper seasoning, fyi}

{Eating action}

{Happy to chow down while the hubs is praying over his food}

{Sister and I. Check out my empty plate}

{Someone looks happy}

{my favorite (and only) niece}

{They finally arrive safe and sound! Thank God! They were starving by the time they got there and we did not waste anytime!}

{My little sister and our nephew}

{My parents relaxing after eating way too much}

{and a few family pics}

{My fabulous sisters}

{And my even more fabulous mom. I always have to take a picture with her when she is leaving. I get so sad.}

Even though I just finished cleaning up, I want to do this again next year. Hmmm, I think I might be going crazy! Sorry for the big recap but I never want to forget this day! Hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving Day too! :)

**my mom was proud of me. she said that my turkey tasted almost as good as hers!**


  1. That's so awesome that you hosted! Once the baby comes, we will be doing a lot more of that so we don't have to travel! We have yet to use our wedding china and I'd like to someday haha! Cooking a turkey makes me soooo nervous, I'm glad yours turned out delicious!

  2. looks like you had fun! and you seem to be an awesome [first] thanksgiving hostess! i'm doing a late thanksgiving dinner tonight, must copy that turkey recipe :)

  3. congrats on your first thanksgiving at your house! Once you make a turkey you can do anything!

  4. i love seeing all the family pics - you all look so happy. looks like it was a wonderful day! nice work :)

  5. Is that an agbada your dad is wearing? If so he is rocking it!

  6. That looks like you had a great fun, which is natural when there is
    Love family!

  7. Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to spend it with your loved ones.

  8. Everything looks awesome!! You had so many people over and you look so composed and under control! That turkey looks amazing! I love the seasoning mix!!! You go, you domestic diva, you!

  9. New to your blog! I just love it! You are adorable!

    Glad your Thanksgiving was AMAZING!! :)

  10. Good job with the turkey! I still haven't done one :) So awesome that you got to spend the day with both of your families!

  11. You go girl...glad everything turned out great! Its looks so yummy!

  12. Thank you for dropping by my blog (that's how I found you).

    Been very fun reading through your posts (LOVE your wedding pictures btw!!!). You guys are just adorable.

    Glad your Thanksgiving went well (sans the weather and the inlaws having to leave by the time your fam arrived...I would have been so upset everyone couldn't be all together at the same time. But at least they all arrived safely!)

    My Thanksgiving was also a whirlwind so I can totally relate! :)

  13. That looked like a blast! Awesome job Faith!! Wow... I'm seriously impressed!

  14. Oh Faith, this just looks lovely. You had a really blessed household with everyone coming together like that. Do you know so many families are scattered these days, and some dont want to see each other on any day. You did a great job and looked cool throughout. Well done you!!

  15. Thanks for sharing so many pictures! The turkey looked great - you did a wonderful job! I love how everyone in your photos were getting ready to eat, or were eating... or were miserable/happy after all the food! :)


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