Since having our kitchen all wrapped up, we had been wanting a good excuse to show it off.
With the holidays around the corner, we had the idea to throw a Friendsgiving.
And I am SO glad we did.
We all know I love my meal plans and this was the ultimate meal to plan.
I had so much fun researching recipes, making one million lists, prepping the house and learning how to cook a turkey. (I went to a class at Williams Sonoma that was extremely helpful.)
We decided we would handle the turkey, stuffing, gravy and drinks and we had our friends bring the other items. It worked out really well and (selfishly) helped me not to be too stressed out.
I spread out the prep over 2 days to keep my stress down and our kitchen a little less of a disaster.
I took a 1/2 day on Friday and made the brine then brined the turkey, made cranberry relish, prepped for the stuffing and made 3 desserts and set the table. (You may see a theme that I went a little beyond my menu list for myself. I couldn't help it!)
Because of the prep work I had put in, Saturday ended up not being too stressful and I was able to enjoy the day and finish whipping up our feast!
Surprisingly the turkey was not all that difficult. I had picked up a 15lb bird and we cooked him for about 3 1/2 hours and he was good to go!
Our stove has an internal thermometer and that was immensely helpful.
My sidekick was also helpful. He kept a close eye on that bird for me.
I love hosting and feeding our friends and my heart just about burst out of my chest when we sat down to eat.
It warms my soul to have friends that we love, cherish and are thankful for to be all together in our home.
We had a really, really fun night and all went to bed happy and with full bellies.
Floyd was over served...with turkey and had to carried for bed.
I am ready to do it again next year!