Are you still considered a blogger if you think of tons of ideas for blog posts, take tons of pictures but never actually get them to the blog?! I've been so busy doing fun things to put on the blog, that I haven't had time to post anything. Lindsay's first birthday party took the most time as I have definitely learned the value of punches. I was trying to be cheap and didn't buy the hole punch I think I now have arthritis in both thumbs. The Thursday after Lindsay's party was Thanksgiving. 2011 has been a very hard year for our family but we have so much to be thankful for. This was our first holiday without Dan, Matt's father. Everybody did their best but it just seemed like something was missing or a little off.
Like all holidays, Thanksgiving was busy. I love holidays and look forward to them but sometimes I wonder is it worth the rushing around and hassle. That sounds very grinchy. Maybe I need to go drink some cocoa and take a hot bath :). I started off the holiday in a relaxing frame of mind with mulled wine cider and sweet potato biscuits. My mom has the most delicate tea cups!
I was in charge of the of the Thanksgiving turkey for lunch on my mom's side of the family. I've had this honor about three times since I've been married. I don't mind doing a turkey. Everyone is always so scared of a turkey and I agree its a big piece of meat to cook but its usually pretty simple. That being said, the very first time that I ever cooked for Matt's mom and dad was Thanksgiving of 2002 and I made a turkey. Dan carved the turkey and it was raw. How embarrassing! Well, I never made that mistake again! This year was my first year trying a brine and it was fantastic! I usually do a different recipe each year but this recipe from the Food Network may be a keeper. I did use powdered ginger instead of candied and everything turned out great. Pretty bird.
Pretty girls :).