Saturday was my annual Friends-giving dinner. It was amazing.
I started my prep about 12:30. My plan was was to get stuffing done by 1, and get the turkey stuffed and ready and in the oven by 2. Stuffing took longer than I thought, but the turkey didn't so the bird was in the oven just after 2. I spent a couple hours getting out bowls and spoons and prepping for the dinner (I ran out of serving spoons.....). About 4 I started making the rest of the stuffing (all told, I made 3 loaves worth of homemade stuffing) and got that in the oven about 5. My brother got to work on making the brown sugar glazed carrots. I helped with the croissants and corn. The turkey finished about 6, so I took it out and let it rest for 20 minutes. My brother carved the turkey this year, first year for him I believe. He did a great job. People started showing up about 6 and the dinner was set to start at 7. Everything was done just after 7, so my timing was spot on this year! All told, with the potluck people brought, we had:
Turkey (a 22lb turkey)
Stuffing (homemade and Stovetop for those who didn't like homemade)
Corn (steamed and canned)
Brown-sugar glazed carrots
Mac n cheese
Cranberry sauce and jelly
Cinnamon Sugar Cheesecake
We had plenty of food this year which I was very glad of. Prior years we cut it close on the food. And it seemed like everyone had a lot of fun too. There was a lot of laughing and fun conversation, and even introducing old friends to newer friends. I had a few people thank me for having the dinner again, and people raved about the turkey and the stuffing which I was proud of. It is the only time of year I make turkey.
The running joke still stands with me apparently finding the turkey with "birthing hips".
The night finally ended about 11.
This is what a perfect party is to me; just a bunch of friends getting together and having a good time.