For Thanksgiving we decided to start the celebrations a day early! So on Wednesday, after Kevin got home from work, we all sat down together and made some holiday sugar cookies! We made ourselves sick from all the sugar but it was fun to have something to do and to watch Brooklyn lick the frosting off all the cookies.
The next morning we all woke up early and went to a nearby park for our special HANKS TURKEY TROT! We didn't really want to pay 50 bucks to get into the one downtown, especially since they didn't even give everyone shirts, so Kevin mapped out a course for us and we did it all by ourselves! I was running a super-slow 12 minute mile, but I "ran" the whole way, which is not all that bad for someone who is 6 months pregnant! Kevin was a good sport and pushed the stroller while shuffling beside me. It was actually really fun!
After we got home and got cleaned up, the cooking began! We started our Kalua Turkey together and then Kevin began work on the deviled eggs while I started the stuffing, potatoes, rolls and salad. It was cool cause we only made things we like to eat since no one else was there to complain! While we cooked, Brooklyn happily destroyed the house until we tied her into her highchair for safe keeping... then she waited very patiently for the food to arrive!
Kevin finished up our buffet line with a gallon of Tang! He was very helpful in the kitchen and it was kind of fun making such a big feast together.
I even wore an apron all day to make things look more official. Kevin had one on too but then he exploded his homemade raspberry cordial all over it and had to take it off. But at least it did its job!
Here are the beautiful deviled eggs that Kevin made. I was so proud of him. They were delicious and I really couldn't have made them any better myself!
The stuffing and Kalua Turkey turned out PERFECT! The turkey just fell right off the bones into the juices, no carving necessary! The stuffing was modified for our individual taste buds so we eliminated the celery and carrots and put onions, mushrooms and garlic in instead! Mmmmm! It was SO good!
Brooklyn even ate everything, which actually surprised me. She can be pretty sensitive about the way her food looks and stuffing isn't all that pretty. She snarfed it down though and loved every last bite!
I don't have any more pictures, but after the big dinner we sat down together and watched Disney's UP! It was so funny and very relaxing after a long day of cooking. Then Kevin made a chocolate cream pie and I made an apple pie. We put Brooklyn to bed and then ate pie while we watched the G.I. Joe movie! Ha Ha! Good times. All-in-all it was a marvelous Thanksgiving and although we missed our friends and family terribly, we were still able to create some pretty fabulous memories!