1) Oh my and I sooo happy we don't do this holiday with extended family anymore. I don't care if that's what people now assume that this holiday is all about. To me it's about being thankful that I don't have to deal with the atrocities of those we are so fortunate to be related to. You can't pick family. Hell we have some friends that we'd rather not associate with, don't ask me why we do. Maybe we're too nice, yeah that's it. We're to nice. Hahahaha! OK maybe the dh but certainly not me.
2) Tried a few new recipes, the jury is still out. Brining the turkey, eh, it's all right but it's too salty if you ask me. I'm asian, I have soy sauce flowing through my veins. If I think it's too salty that's saying something. The meat was moist but my turkey is always moist. Next year I will probably go back to turkey in a bag. When I use the bag the turkey is still moist but you can taste the aromatics like the thyme and rosemary.
The caramel ginger pumpkin cheesecake, very good with one minor issue. The ginger snaps that made up the crust melted into one solid piece that would not come up off the cake pan. I'm sure it's a tasty crust, we just can't chip it off. Very weird.
I made a pecan pie (never made one before) but I can't eat it, I'm too full and way too lazy to whip the heavy whipping cream tonight. Maybe tomorrow. Regardless, I made the pie, points for me. Oh and I bought a dozen eggs in preparation for this cook off. When I went to make the pie this afternoon I found only 1 egg in the fridge (pie needs 3). Wha? Apparently 7 eggs were used this morning for breakfast. DH got a little happy with the omelets. Had to hit up the neighbor for 2 eggs. I love my neighbors, they are awesome people. These are the same ones that we hang out with late late Halloween night trying to get rid of her oodles of candy.
All in all it was a successful day. No dogs got the turkey except I just now heard the deer get up on my counter top. *Update, Jayne the deer took a nice lick of cheesecake off the side of the cake. Had to cut off that piece and have the dh get on putting it away. Fortunately it was the only thing left out, everything else is put away. Amazing as that is....
No one is in the hospital having emergency brain surgery this year. Small miracles people, small miracles. I also have the fortunate luck of having no physical or mental issues with that surgery 1 year (and finally no meds) later. Don't ask about the medical bills, you just do not even want to know about those. If that's the worse part of last Thanksgivings leftovers though I am not going to kick that gift horse in the mouth. This time exactly one year ago today the dh was wondering whether or not his wife would live. Freaky place to be on a holiday at 34 years of age. Just goes to show that one never knows what kind of thing life is going to through at you.
I hope you all had a good holiday and didn't have to strangle any family members! And when and if you have to drive your way home please do so carefully this weekend, there are too many people out on the roads Thanksgiving weekend.