Still Full

November 25, 2010 marked the 26th Thanksgiving of my lifetime.

And the 26th time I stuffed myself full of thanks and giving to the point of ridiculousness.

Thank goodness I planned ahead and wore a dress, which alleviated the need for a zipper and button.

Because I would’ve bust that for sure.

Unfortunately, in my bug-eyed state over the huge spread we produced, I forgot to take a picture of my dinner plate.  That’s probably a good thing, though, because it was nothing short of gluttonous.

I guess that’s what happens when you spend 7 hours prepping food the night before Thanksgiving.  You come up with a whole lotta goodness.

Here’s what we served:

Turkey (21 pounder, baby) and gravy
Stuffing (good, old-fashioned and simple)
Mashed potatoes (or “mash the tables”, as my 3 year old nephew calls them)
Mashed rutabagas
Homemade orange-lime-cranberry sauce
Green bean casserole
Roasted veggies
Homemade sweet potato gnocchi

And a killer appetizer spread of fruit and cheese, bacon wrapped dates and cocktail shrimp:

And for dessert:

Apple pie
Pumpkin pie
Blueberry cobbler

I took a few days off of pretty much everything (including surfing them internets) to celebrate and enjoy my family.

And then I took another day to take care of all the things that needed taking care of once I realized that real life had resumed.

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is that there are only a few more weeks until more holidays!  Of course that means that I will now commence to pull whole sections of hair out of my head while I frantically search for the perfect presents for everyone on my Christmas list.

Nope, I don’t put too much pressure on myself at all.  That would be madness.

Good thing there are massive turkey sandwiches to get me through it.

Lots of turkey sandwiches.

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Like a Kid in a Candy Store

Captain Obvious says, “it’s Thanksgiving!”

I don’t know if it’s because I’m a lover of all things food or because I’m secretly a 5 year old zipped up in a 26 year old body, but I love Thanksgiving.  A lot.  Thanksgiving’s love is my drug.

That means that I was geeking out all day at work yesterday and then hurried back to my parents’ house as soon as I was done to start making food.

We prepped and cooked and baked for almost 7 hours yesterday.

Nope, I’m not excited at all.

And definitely not geeking out.

I feel good about the army of casseroles and pies we turned out last night.  That means that even though I woke up at 7 am like a little kid on Christmas morning and spent about 10 minutes on the phone with my 3 year old nephew yelling, “Hey, it’s Thanksgiving!  Squee!!” I don’t actually have a ton of work to do today.

And all the better, because not only does it make the holiday less stressful, it frees me up to have one or two of these:

I’m referring, of course, to the glass, not the bottle.  Probably.

And now my mom is vacuuming the house as if the health department is expected, my parents’ cats are eyeing the oven wondering what smells so dang good in there, and I’m trying not to break into the stuffing early.

It’s Thanksgiving, alright.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go sit in front of the TV and wait for Santa.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

A Food Blogger’s Worst Nightmare

What is it, you ask?

Two words: stomach flu.

Tuesday afternoon I was sitting at my desk at work, minding my own business, when the stomach gremlins marched in and punched me in the gut.

Apparently there’s been a bug going around the school system and I picked it up from a kid that I babysit for.  Luckily, it was a fairly quick virus but I was down for the count for a few days.

Between a week of late nights at work not ending until 10:30pm or so and the fact that looking at and smelling food was pretty much repulsive to me, Braise The Roof has been neglected this past week.  Writing about the one banana and piece of toast I was able to choke down in the first two days of coming down with the plague probably wouldn’t have interested anyone.

Here’s something that just might interest you, though:

Thanksgiving shopping list!!

Together, my mom and I put together our Thanksgiving menu yesterday!  We wrote down a bunch of dishes from each of these categories: appetizers, vegetables, starches, desserts.  Assuming we’re having the same turkey, gravy and stuffing that we always have (it’s tradition, why change it?), these categories pretty much cover everything else.

My parents will be hosting about 10 grown ups and 2 munchkins (ie, my nephews) so we narrowed down the list to decide which dishes we’ll actually make (about 3 from each category) and then I made a detailed grocery list so that no one has to rush to the grocery store 5 minutes before it closes on Thanksgiving day.  Which will probably happen anyway.

Are you the Thanksgiving planner in your family?  Am I totally over-zealous??

Now that my stomach is finally feeling back to normal, I’m going to eat everything in my kitchen.  It’s been a while.