Monday, December 13, 2010

Thanksgiving in Texas

What a crazy weather day for Thanksgiving this year.  Our guests started arriving around noon dressed in shorts and t-shirts (we are way casual around here) by the time they left around 8 they needed heavy jackets!  I believe the temp at noon was 84 and by 8pm it was 43.  We had the windows open at first because both ovens were going and it was just warm inside.  Then the cold front blew in with one of the kids coming in from playing and we quickly got the windows shut.  When dessert rolled around the kids took to lighting the gas fireplace!  A fun time was had by all.  There were 11 others for dinner besides the 7 of us and 7 more joined us for dessert.  We cooked two turkeys, one in the oven and one in the Big Green Egg.  MMMM nobody went home hungry and all left with turkey leftovers!  My parents flew in from Arizona to join the festivities too.
The kids played phase 10, rockband, and general silliness in the green belt.  The adults ate, ate and I think we talked between eating.  We had yummy appetizers ( My sister made some brie spread that was good I hear) to start the stomachs properly.  Then it was on to the birds.
This little bird was an oven bird.  Brined overnight in the cooler
This little bird was smoked in the Big Green Egg.  Also brined overnight in the cooler.

This little gem is my sister-in-love's recipe for cranberry sauce.  A few years ago she taught Claire how to make it.  I just get to watch the cranberries pop :)


Andrea said...

Looks like fun, Traci> I'll have to check out the cranberry sauce recipe. Yum!

Susan in the Boonies said...

Looks great!!!

We brined and smoked our bird, too.

This year, we finally found the perfect container to brine in: someone had sent us one of those huge drums of popcorn at Christmas one year, and it (lined with a Reynolds Wrap oven bag) was the perfect size to brine in. We then put that inside the cooler, with some ice, and stuck it outside. Will totally do that again!

Lauren said...

Wish we could have been there for your thanksgiving too! It sounds like a fun day.

Lauren said...

P.S. I like the new blog layout!