Apparently, Thanksgiving was a good opportunity to adopt this mentality.
For our first Thanksgiving together, we hosted it for Will's mother and 2 sisters.
Now, a Thanksgiving meal for 5 people may not seem too extreme. Most families are around that size anyway, right?
Well, hosting Thanksgiving in a small apartment is a triumph in and of itself. Small kitchen. Minimal counter space. Small oven. Packed fridge. Making a complete meal is an accomplishment.
Add to that the fact that Will wanted to do most of the cooking. He wanted to brine his first turkey, so that was a new experience. He took some traditional Thanksgiving recipes and put his own spin on them. He did a lot from scratch (and let us talk him into a few short-cuts... for time/space/budget's sake).
And it was fabulous. The meal was outstanding.
Turkey in the bucket with the brine... and the Turkey in our oven with the electric thermometer ready to tell us when he's done!
Cheddar Crackers with Pumpkin Seeds
Hot Apple Cider
Turkey in a Ginger, Sage, and All Spice Brine
(Will dubbed this the "Wise Ginger Turkey")
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows
Green Bean Casserole
Pan Dripping Gravy
Will did an outstanding job. It was all delicious, was presented beautifully, and made the apartment smell heavenly.
Will's family arrived on Tuesday. Melissa and Mary Grace flew in from VA Tuesday afternoon, and Annabelle flew in from Tulsa later that night. They stayed in a hotel in Salem that night because I was scheduled to work Wednesday & Thursday and Will had classes early on Wednesday. To keep the morning routine relatively intact, they stayed elsewhere that night.
Then, to my pleasant surprise, early on Wednesday morning, the hospital called and said there weren't many patients and I could stay home if I wanted to. This has only happened once before, and it was the same day my dad was scheduled to fly into MA for his visit! What excellent timing! Thanks God!
So after Will returned from his class, we all met up in Salem and had lunch there. Then Will and Mary Grace split off to do homework and college apps, respectively. Melissa, Annabelle, and I wandered around Salem, took a tour of the house that inspired Hawthorne's House of the Seven Gables, and did a little shopping. We all met up at home after that, and went out to dinner that night in Beverly.
I left for work that morning, and apparently Will's sisters helped themselves to our comfy bed