Last evening Spouse & I bought all our Thanksgiving ingredients at the grocery store.
After work today he'll prepare and cook the turkeys which when done he'll allow to come up to room temperature and will then sit in the fridge overnight. Then tomorrow he'll put them in the Nesco roaster oven on a very low temperature and bring them back to hot for dinner. This allows us to have the oven free all day on Thurs for baking the dressing, sweet potatoes, casseroles, and biscuits.
Tonight the family arrives. Unfortunately Spouse's brother-in-law Eric is away on business travel so he won't be here, but Spouse's sister Mary and her 3 teenagers and Spouse's mom will definitely arrive tonight.
There is also a possibility that 2 of Spouse's brothers might show up tonight, but we don't really know for sure. I find this uncertainty to be very frustrating and kind of rude. Having 2 extra people (who don't share a bed) stay overnight will change the sleeping arrangements for the others who managed to confirm that they'd be staying with us. But these 2 brothers are flakes so this behavior is, unfortunately, par for the course. The 2 flakes have to work on Fri so (if they come at all) they will leave Thurs night after dinner. Spouse's sister, the kids, and his mom will stay with us until Sat.
But we will not let this possibility of family drama diminish our enjoyment of some family time together and of course a delicious meal! Here's what we're having:
- Spouse's famous citrus herb roasted turkey
- dressing with granny smith apples, pecans, and cranberries
- mashed potatoes and homemade gravy
- green bean casserole
- macaroni and cheese
- corn casserole
- sweet potato shuffle
- pineapple dressing (side dish)
- homemade cranberry sauce