Thanksgiving at the 1839 House!

It was to me and The Mister to host Thanksgiving this year and I must say that so far it has been a lovely holiday weekend here at The 1839 House! Mom arrived on Tuesday in order to avoid a nasty early-winter storm, which gave us some extra time to catch up, mostly in the kitchen as we worked to prepare the Turkey Day feast! DSCN1878 DSCN1879 We prepped the sourdough bread for the stuffing (dressing, really), baked up a couple of loaves of cornbread (one with cranberries and one with cheese), and made a garlic-rosemary compound butter for the bird. DSCN1829 DSCN1835 DSCN1830 DSCN1858 Although Mom is a great sous-chef, it was difficult to pull her away from playing with Lady D.! DSCN1842 DSCN1843 Okay, everyone- back to work! Now on to toasting the sourdough and prepping the wet ingredients for the apple, sausage, and cranberry stuffing. You can find the recipe here, (I promise that it's a winner!). DSCN1851 DSCN1852 DSCN1853DSCN1857 DSCN1848 DSCN1862 I am convinced that one of the best smells in the world is the scent of onions and celery sauteing in butter... Yummmmmmm... DSCN1873 DSCN1875 DSCN1876 I find that when hosting a major holiday, it is vital (for one's peace of mind) to have at least one major dish that one can prep the night before. Just get it all ready to go, cover, chill, and then pop in the oven right before you are ready to eat. After a day of cooking and baking, we all rested well and woke up for the big day. We had an easy breakfast and turned on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - you can't celebrate Thanksgiving without it! Also, a tip from me to you: before you begin your day of cooking, baking and hostessing/hosting, make yourself a little Turkey Day helper - mine was a spicy Bloody Mary. If you are relaxed and happy, your guests will be too. DSCN1912 Soon, my brother and his family arrived, along with my cutie-pie niece, Lily. As you can see, Lily is very fashionable and came dressed for the holiday with a Turkey headband and her Thanksgiving apron! DSCN1917 As everyone was chatting and socializing, I set the table and put the turkey (which was slathered in the garlic-rosemary compound butter and stuffed with lemon, garlic and celery) in the oven. DSCN1907 DSCN1910 DSCN1891 DSCN1903 Mom popped back in the kitchen to help me with the final details and we put out some nibbly bits to keep everyone's appetite sated until the big meal. DSCN1898 There is nothing like cooking with Mom, is there?!? DSCN1900 DSCN1901DSCN1902 After letting Mr. Turkey do its thing for a few hours, roasting the brussel sprouts (which we then topped with Gorgonzola and toasted walnuts), and baking up the dressing and the green bean casserole (a must-have for Thanksgiving and was made and brought by my brother, Dan - thank you, dude!), we were ready to sit down and eat! DSCN1918 DSCN1921 DSCN1922 DSCN1923 DSCN1924 And I was so excited to sit down and eat that I forgot to take a shot of the turkey, right out of the oven! It was beautifully browned and delicious from all that butter. And really, isn't sitting down and enjoying each others company what the holidays are all about anyway? DSCN1927 Here's a great shot of Lily and my sister-in-law Kelly toasting to the holiday (with sparkling apple juice, of course)! DSCN1926 DSCN1925 As usual, Didi was sad to be left out from the sit-down portion of the meal! She did, however, get a holiday treat and received a tiny bit of turkey in her bowl once we were done. DSCN1928 After chatting and eating and chatting some more, we cleaned up the table and retired to the living room for laughing, chatting even more, and of course - football.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Meghan xoxo

Posted on November 29, 2013
Posted by Meghan

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