Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

So my whole life my mom would say to me, "Mikelle, I feel so bad for your future husband because you will never make a turkey for him on Thanksgiving. I think you should tell him that before you marry him so he knows before he makes that commitment to you."

Yes, it is true. I don't really love meat. I was a vegetarian for two years of my life. But then my mom scared me into telling me that if I didn't meat that I wouldn't be able to have any kids because my body needs protein to develop. So grudgingly, I started eating chicken and turkey.

I can cook meat now and it doesn't gross me out that much. I have gotten pretty good at it. I even was willing to cook goat for Nate last year and researched out where to buy it at a slaughter house in Utah. It didn't end up happening...but that's a different story. Anyway, I prefer buying boneless skinless chicken breasts, and other "clean" meats. I can't stand meat on the bone. So that is why cooking a turkey is a little out of my comfort zone, since there are ALOT of bones. Just seeing the whole turkey carcus and body right there, legs and all, kinda freaks me out. Seeing it body and all make me realize that this used to be a real life creature. I am just being honest here. So since hearing my mom's comment over the years, I thought my chances of getting married were slim........

Luckily, I found a husband who actually enjoys and wants to cook the turkey every year for Thanksgiving! After finding him, marriage looked like it would be in the cards for me. :)

His name is Nate. Here is a picture of him in action.....

I feel so lucky to have him to cook the bird every year during this holiday season. He even was researching on the internet ways to cook turkeys and wants to try deep frying it next year! He is excited about that one! Now I can be in charge of cooking the potatoes, stuffing, and all the fixins, while he focuses on the bird. This makes us both happy. Problem solved!

Will and Nate carving the turkey. This was a little rough since they didn't have an electric knife and they didn't know really how to do this properly, but it still turned out fine.

Here are some of the foods that we enjoyed on this special day:

Buffet style all the way......

We did a potluck dinner at Paige and Will's house. We had 11 people there, including friends from the wards, the Sister missionaries, and a Japanese couple from Nate's school program. We divided out the food assignments beforehand and it all turned out great! Nate made the turkey, I made the gravy, (which for some reason I always thought was hard but it was super easy) Paige made the potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce, Rachel made the sweet potatoes and the fruit salad, Emily made the corn and pumpkin pies, and Steven made the pumpkin rolls and the cheesecake.

Here is how it looked all together on a plate:

The cute Sister Missionaries in the Hyde Park ward! Sister Gipson is from Hawaii and Sister Richey is from Oregon. Such sweet girls!

Mikelle, Emily, Rachel, Crosby, and Paige. Such a fun group of people. I feel so grateful to have such a fun group of friends here in London. It makes such a difference!

David and Will in the kitchen nibbling on the last bits of turkey.

The lucky wishbone! This is a Thanksgiving tradition. I haven't done this in years. The legend is: Whoever gets the largest part of the bone after pulling it with your pinkies, wins! They are then the lucky one for the whole year until next Thanksgiving!

Here is a video of us "pulling" the wishbone. It didn't turn out too well.....oh well, there is always next Thanksgiving!

All in all, it was a great day! We had a ton of fun and our bellies were filled with good food. And for the record.....I did eat a SMALL piece of turkey this year. It is the first bit of turkey that I have eaten on Thanksgiving in many many years. The best part was that I didn't have to touch it or cook it, all because I have a ring on my finger.... :)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

1 comment:

  1. You were so grossed out by that wishbone!! Hilarious. Looks like an awesome Thanksgiving and an awesome group of friends! Way cool.