Tuesday, November 22, 2005

My First Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Two days left. This year I am preparing my first ever Thanksgiving dinner. I guess after 6 years of marriage it's probably about time I did. Growing up I usually helped my mom out in the kitchen but she was always in charge of everything (especially the turkey). Since Steve and I have been married we have always eaten Thanksgiving dinner at his parents' house. Christmas dinner is spent with my family. Anywho, the original plan this year was to yet again spend Turkey Day with the in-laws, but last week we got a call from Steve's sister inviting us and their parents to spend the day with her husband Jim's parents. I thought this would be a good opportunity to make dinner for our family instead. It's not that I don't want to spend the day with Jim's parents. I really like them. But, I would like to finally make dinner for my little family. Plus, my youngest sister is spending this week with us because our parents and brothers are in Cuba until Sunday. I know that she would be more comfortable here.

On Sunday I did all of the shopping for the big day. The menu will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, fruit salad and crescent rolls. For dessert I am going to try my hand at making Marble Pumpkin Cheesecake. The 2 things I am nervous about are the turkey and the cheesecake. I have never cooked a whole bird and I have never made a cheesecake. It will be interesting to see how everything turns out. That is why I am taking this opportunity to make my first Thanksgiving dinner. It will just be my husband, kids and little sister. If things don't turn out well they won't mind too much and neither will I. If it was going to be a big group of people I know that I would be stressing out big time.

Tomorrow I will get my special occasion dishes out of the garage and use them for the first time. I have never had a good enough reason to unpack them but I think this will be a good time to get them out. I am also going to make the cheesecake tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night I will start to prepare the turkey.

I know that it will be a lot of work, but I am counting on a lot of help from Steve with the baby and my little sister is good at keeping the girls occupied. I am actually excited about making the dinner. I think it will be a good day.


Blogger Bre said...

Well good luck, I made Thanksgiving dinner last year for the first time but my mom was there supervising and telling me how to do it the whole time. The turkey actually isn't that hard unless you plan on doing some sort of special turkey.

By the way, I see you added your picture and you look nothing like I'd pictured you. For some reason I thought you'd have dark hair. But yet you do look very familiar...

November 22, 2005 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger stebbijo said...

It all sounds really nice Erin. I will never forget my first real Thanksgiving dinner that I cooked. She should have been born that day but she waited another month and she got me through Christmas!

We should all take pictures of our turkeys!

November 23, 2005 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Bre said...

How did it go? Everything turn out ok?

November 28, 2005 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger ErinG said...

Everything turned out well. The turkey took longer than I expected and the button never popped up. I have decided I need to get a meat thermometer because we weren't really sure how to tell if the bird was done. The pumpkin cheesecake tasted good but the crust was a little hard. It was a good day though.

November 29, 2005 at 1:45 PM  

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