I know I’m way over a week late, but at least I’m here! Last week was Thanksgiving and we had a lot going on. If you read my “According To Jen” blog and kept up with my pre-Thanksgiving day posts, you saw that I do the majority of my cooking the day before so I have less to do the day of. I also decided to do what I’m calling a “progressive dinner” where we have multiple courses spanned out over about 5 hours or so.
The Tuesday night before Thanksgiving, I started having a sore throat. Wednesday morning when I woke up to get to cooking, I was sick. Now, I knew taking this on was going to be a challenge because I was 34 weeks pregnant, but to be sick with a nasty cold on top of that just sucked. I’m not talking just any cold. I’ve NEVER had a cold like this. Aside from the sore throat, I couldn’t stop sneezing, my eyes wouldn’t stop tearing, and my nose was just leaking snot. Gross! I know! Who would want to eat at my house, much less eat food I cooked, when I’m clearly germing everything up? Nonetheless, I pushed through with lots of tissues, lots of running out of the kitchen to sneeze and TONS of incessant hand washing. My family, who is apparently unaffected by and unafraid of germs, still came and feasted with us anyway!
Now onto the good stuff. Well, actually, let me first say, I FORGOT, yes FORGOT!!!! I forgot to take a picture of that beautiful turkey when it was done cooking. OMG. It as the most gorgeous turkey I had ever made. I took a before picture but by the time it was done cooking I had completely forgotten to take a photo. It was probably a combo of prego brain, being sick, and being busy. So lame! Anyway, now onto the good stuff. For those of you who don’t read my According To Jen blog, we also decided to do a “progressive dinner;” not the kind where you go to different houses, but the kind where you spread the courses out over several hours. Overall, the progressive dinner was fantastic. Not only was the food spread out over the day, but I didn’t overeat to the point of feeling miserable. Actually I didn’t feel miserably full at all. Now my family? Yeah, my dad and little brother ate themselves silly. After dinner when my mom and husband were cleaning, they were both out cold on the couch and floor moaning in food misery.
We served the appetizers starting at 1:30. We did things a little different and set up my dining table in the living room up against the back wall, decorated it nicely, and set out all of the refreshments on it. We had a crock pot with the chili queso dip working as well as another crock pot with the meatballs and little smokies in it. We also had punch, plates, cups (complete with a Sharpie to write your name on your cup so you wouldn’t mix your cup up with someone else’s) and some other delicious snacks that my little brother’s girlfriend, Corrie, made.
It was a pretty lax day, though I was still kind of busy in the kitchen. A few things didn’t turn out so good, like my black and tan trifle, my stuffing, and my rolls, but since I only cook them once a year, it was sort of to be expected. I’m definitely going to have to work on those things.
Unfortunately, being sick AND hugely pregnant had its disadvantages. I also forgot to photograph the tables. So instead, I’ll leave you with a few detail photos of the pine cones we hung from the banister, the burlap wreath I made (and am selling on Etsy in case anyone wants one) and the Thankful Tree I created. When I get time (if I EVER get time) I’ll edit the other photos and post them.
Click here to see more about the DIY “Thankful Tree”
Click here if you’re interested in purchasing a handmade burlap wreath.
Click here for more on the DIY candles.