Other than the table, I didn’t do too much decorating to the rest of the apartment, but I had a few little touches here and there…
Thankfully, Cam did a large part of the cooking and cleaning for the big day and then my dad also helped a ton with everything.
Lola, on the other hand, wasn’t quite as helpful…
As for the meal, we started out with the butternut squash soup as planned and it turned out great. We did have a little mishap when we were preparing it the night before; Cam had it in the blender, tried to stir it through the whole in the top, and ended up with butternut squash soup ALL over the kitchen…whoops. But we had already made enough soup for everyone to have a small portion to start, and the addition of the blue cheese and bacon on top was so yummy.
Cam did a great job on his first turkey but I totally forgot to get a picture of him with the whole bird, so I snapped one after it was all carved up.
Lola so wanted that giant turkey leg. Also, it ended up being like 70 degrees on Thanksgiving, hence why Cam is dressed like he’s going to a barbecue. As for the stuffing, I ended up changing that up last minute. A week prior, my aunt who was coming called to see if she could bring anything, and I told her some kind of vegetable dish would be great. When I talked to her two days before, she said that she was making a sweet corn casserole, and I felt like it was probably going to be way too similar to the cornbread stuffing I had in mind. So, I opted to go with a more traditional sage stuffing, but I decided to make it in the the crockpot! I used this recipe, and it turned out so well. Seriously, making the stuffing in the crockpot is the way to go because it’s super easy and it frees up space in your oven.
We also made the caramelized brussels sprouts and added some dried cranberries for color. They were good, but I think that the cranberries might have been a little too overpowering.
One regret I had about this meal is that I felt like we didn’t have enough green food. Between the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet corn casserole, bourbon yam mash (also compliments of my aunt), and the rolls, I felt like everything on our plates was brown. Oh well, lesson learned for next year!
As for the desserts, we did get the pumpkin cheesecake from Costco, we made Cam’s grandmother’s apple crisp recipe, and I made a chocolate trifle…but not on purpose.
I mentioned on Monday that I couldn’t make up my mind about what chocolate dessert to make, so after much deliberation I decided on this Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake, but I ended up running into a few problems. First of all, the recipe makes a ton of batter, way more than to fit in the bundt pan I have. I reserved some of the batter and baked it in a separate pan, however, some still ended up spilling over while it was baking. Fail. Then once it was done baking, I let it cool but when I tried to take it out of the pan, and the top of half of the cake stuck and it pretty much all just fell apart. Double fail.
However, the cake itself tasted really good even if it looked hideous, so I decided to re-purpose it into a trifle! I used this recipe, except instead of brownies I used my cake (obvs), and then instead of using Cool-Whip for the whipped cream layer, I made actually whipped cream. (I did use Cool-Whip in the chocolate pudding layer though!) The trifle ended up looking really pretty and it was a delicious way to cover up my baking snafu.
Overall, it was a delicious day with the family…
We didn’t get a lot of candids this Thanksgiving, my fam is all about the posed photos in the same location with as many different combinations of people as possible. Yes.
(I also realized after the fact that my dress was a little more see-thru than I thought so wearing it with a turquoise bra probably wasn’t the best idea…)
I also wanted a picture with Cam and Lola, but it ended up being quite the ordeal…
She is such a drama queen, but finally we got a good one!
So that was my Thanksgiving, I hope that yours was wonderful as well! Xoxo