Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner with all the Trimmings ~ 2013. I decided to keep it simple this year, really simple. How simple? Well, over the years, I've become a big fan of the 'pre-cooked' holiday boxed 'complete dinners', the kind that all the supermarkets offer. So, that is what we had...I have been seduced by the convenience of it all. :)
I know that many people turn up their noses at the thought of serving 'that kind' of meal for their family holiday dinner, but for us, it just makes sense. For a big family gathering, with lots of help in the kitchen, I'd be up for doing it from scratch...but, we don't have a family like that. Here, it's just the three of us, and sometimes we have a few friends who join us. To be honest, I just don't want to spend all day in the kitchen cooking for just a few of us and then all night washing up. That's not my idea of a holiday. So now, I just doctor up the box and we're good to go.
The hardest part of making this meal is deciding what time we want to eat and then making a timetable of when the side dishes need to go into the oven so everything comes out at the right time. I must admit, I do like to doctor up the side dishes a bit ~ just to give them a little 'homey' touch.
Tonight, to go along with the meal, I made a homemade Waldorf Salad with Cranberries & Cinnamon and a quick side of canned candied yams with brown sugar & marshmallows. I made sure to present all the side dishes nicely, and I got compliments all around. No muss, No fuss!
We ended the night with a delicious selection of desserts and a game of Trouble. A nice end to a nice day. Hope you all had a wonderful & Happy Thanksgiving!