I would imagine that blog post title should capture some attention. Hahaha....well we had some laughs at the dinner table yesterday about me flipping the bird at 7:30 am yesterday. I tried out some new recipes that I discovered in the book that I picked up at the library a couple of weeks ago. One recipe was a way to prepare the bird so that is not so dry. It sounded really good because you make a broth with onions carrots and celery with several spices, a little butter and water and baste the turkey in that, invert the bird so that the breast is on the bottom for 2 hours. I awoke at 2:30 am, for who knows what reason.....decided to come downstairs and start cleaning the bird because it was a big one, about 22 lbs. I had everything ready for the baking process at 5:30. All was going well, until 7:30 when it was time to flip it. I must have missed the part in the book where they give you specific instructions on how to do this. I had no leverage around this bird with which to hold onto. It was barely cooked at this point, and very slippery. I could not get a grip on it with any utensils without tearing it all to shreds, and I so wanted the thing to turn out looking like a Norman Rockwell photo. I finally had to grab the thing with pot holders and wrestle it over, while all the yummy broth ingredients sprayed all over me and the kitchen. I managed to take a photo of it but it was....gross looking.... and that is why you see a photo of the one dish that actually turned out looking half way good. My Million Dollar pie. I went back to bed after the bird flipping for one hour.
All in all....the day was very enjoyable. We played Cranium and that was a lot of fun, and told some funny stories while we feasted on the meal in the dining room. I tried to ask everyone to arrange their food on their plate to make it "picture perfect" for a photo contest. Katy has the photos on her camera and I haven't seen them yet.
My food was just "okay" this year. Nothing was very special. The dressing recipe I made was not very good, and the lemon meringue pie was so runny I will have to throw it away. I still haven't figured that out because after I made it, it looked fine. I followed the recipe exactly....so it remains a mystery for right now.
Next year I think I will just go buy store bought items, and give up on the "made from scratch" route. It just wasn't worth the effort that went into it. Bob Evans has some really tasty "already made" things.
The best part of it all..... was that we had so much fun. No drama...nothing negative about the entire day, as far as I know. Just lots of blessings.