Good morning and happy Sunday morning. My hubby got called in to work this morning when one of his crew couldn't complete his shift so I got up early when he left and stayed up so here I am posting now instead of tonight. I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Here is my story about the above picture: I have never been much of a meat cook. I was practically a vegetarian when I met my husband so I had little experience cooking meat and it is my least favorite thing to cook because I don't feel confident with large cuts such as roasts(and whole turkeys!). Every Thanksgiving, I overcook the turkey and it falls apart getting it out of the roaster. I have this thing with poultry(and pork) that I am terrified of under cooking it and having people get sick. Do you remember that scene in Christmas vacation where Clark goes to carve the turkey and it is so overcooked and dry it just implodes when he puts the knife to it? Mine never made it that far-they just totally fell apart! This is the first year that the turkey stayed together so I had to snap a picture of it. Yes, it was slightly overdone, but not as much as other years! So behold, the traditional turkey above that actually needed carving!
I wanted to share two new sides I tried this year. The green beans are from the Pioneer Woman. We love green bean casserole and had it every year, but none of us liked it warmed up. I thought this new dish would be good because it has bacon in it. I couldn't believe the smoky flavor so prevalent in these beans from the bacon. It had mixed reviews from the family so I don't know if it will show up next year. It got my stamp of approval and my younger son's as well.
I have some really awesome recipes I tried with leftover canned pumpkin that I will share next time and I will post what I made my exchange partner for the Craftaholics swap. Some nasty Winter weather is supposed to be heading our way and I am very nervous for my 18 year old. It will be his first Winter driving this season so there will be some tense moments for sure. Take care and have a great week. Nancy