(Closed) Anyone else hosting Turkey Day for the first time?

posted 6 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m not really hosting one. I am however having my first thanksgiving alone! I’m 1,200 miles away from home and SO will be deployed. I’m hosting it for myself, the cat and the dog… does that count? 😉

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

Not this year but I hosted a few years back. We brined the turkey and it was the most delicous think ever! 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

Fiance will be home from deployment after Turkey Day so I’ll be making the works the week he gets home…my entire menu is brand new to me!  Never cooked a turkey before but I have cooked a pork shoulder that turned out yummy, so a boneless turkey breast shouldn’t be too stressful.  Yay to new experiences!

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@rebwana:  I bought a little 3 pound turkey breast for the three of us. You bet your sweet patootie that they’ll be getting treats! I plan on cooking the last of the bacon for the dog as well (Gasp, I know!) and splitting a half bag of stuffing and gravy with them, plus some turkey. I’m not going to be able to eat 3 pounds of turkey breast!

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@prisigtr:  Best wishes to your fiance! My SO will be home from deployment on the 30th… luckily we’ll have christmas, together. May he come home quickly!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

@Hyperventilate:  I have a cat and dog too and they will be getting their own little Turkey Day meals.  I know it’s bad, but I can’t just have them eat their dry food when we are eating so grandly, lol.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

@Hyperventilate:  And thank you!  May yours get home swiftly as well!  Can’t wait!  🙂

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have been hosting for many years now (or at least having one for my friends before the real T-day) and the the biggest piece of advice is do everything ahead of time that you can and don’t be afraid to take short cuts your first time around. It can be a lot trying to get everything on the table at the same time.

somehing I learned early on is do not stuff the turkey or your white meat will be very overdone before the stuffing and dark meat are safe to eat.

Time the turkey to be done 1.5 hours early before you eat so you have use of your oven again. Take the turkey out a few degrees early (dont rely on those pop up things) and cover it in heavy duty foil and several beach towels. It will stay piping hot for serving time I promise

Then you will have time to finish your gravy and other items. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@prisigtr:  My pets are spoiled! They deserve it. They’re good companions when SO is gone. I’m 1,200 miles away from the only home I’ve ever known and I don’t know anyone! They’re good friends, and they keep me warm at night. They deserve some turkey one day a year!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

@Hyperventilate:  I think we are twins!  I’m in VA and my family is in FL and I have no friends here!  My two pets have recently started spooning, lol.  they are crazy funny!

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

@ThreeMeers:  Such great tips!  I plan on making my cranberry sauce a couple days in advance for the flavors to meld together, marinate the turkey breast the day before, and make the dessert the night before.  Yum!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@prisigtr:  what else are you making?and sounds good! My Darling Husband demands the canned jellied cranberry. I dont mind it, but its certainly is not as good as the bajillion other recipes out there.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

@ThreeMeers:  Mashed potatoes with bacon and caramelized onions, cheesy creamed corn casserole, caramelized butternut squash, and garlicky dinner rolls.  So many carbs!  I’ve never had any of these dishes, aside from plain mashed potatoes and rolls.  I personally love sweet potato casserole and green bean casserole, but Fiance doesn’t care for it, and I can’t possibly make all of it for the two of us, lol.

Ha, I grew up on the canned cranberry sauce and love it…just started making my own a couple years ago…my family is still not used to it and prefers the canned.  :-p

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