November 17, 2014

Friendsgiving

I hosted a friendsgiving dinner this year. You know, just my first major thing. Just 12 of our closest friends. Haha, in hindsight, I did not plan enough. Sure I had hosted Easter, but that wasn't a crowd, just my parents.

My mother always hosts Thanksgiving dinner, and it has always been a pretty small affair for us- just our immediate family. Family is not nearby for us. This year I wanted to host one for our friends. I am thankful for them and we know how to eat, so this seemed like the best holiday to do. Plus as a nurse, I have no idea what holidays I won't get to spend with family or friends.  I learned a few things from this year's hosting experience...

Keep it simple. My table setting was beautiful, but practically effortless. I got some roses and candles and a table runner. That. Was. It. Easy. Peasy.




Get creative and resourceful. Not stressed out! I fretted for a bit about the size of our dining room table. I made a creative buffet of the food and had a friend bring over a card table. People didn't have to go far to get seconds and everyone had a spot to sit. Problem solved!




What I learned about the menu. You have can never really have too many sides or pies for that matter. My friends brought all brought over a dish each. Everyone was super happy to have plenty of choices!

And you can never have too many chairs. Period end of.

The internet can be a dangerous place. Looking up how to do a turkey. Seems simple right?! People have differing opinions and blah, blah, blah. I should have just asked my mom from the beginning. But I didn't and I got majorly lucky picking and choosing what to do in the turkey department.

I'll did find some major success with my turkey this year, so what I did is down below...



And no matter how many people you have coming over or how big of a dinner you are making, make sure you set aside time to take a few photos from the day. You don't want to look back on a fabulous holiday and regret not snapping a few pics.



First annual Friendsgiving was a total success!

Rosemary Thanksgiving Turkey
Adapted from All Recipes

Ingredients:

3/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon of Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon black ground pepper
2 teaspoons of dried rosemary
1 teaspoon of dried basil
2 1/2 teaspoons of garlic powder
Turkey (I had an 18 lb one)

Directions:

Take your turkey out of the fridge. Ensure that you have given the turkey enough time to thaw. It literally takes 4-5 days!

Preheat the oven to 475.

In a small bowl, Mix together the olive oil and spices. Set aside.

Using your hand, spread the rosemary mixture on the breast and down the thigh and leg. Rub it all over that turkey.

Place the turkey on the rack in the roasting pan. Add a small amount of water (just enough to cover the bottom. Place in oven and roast for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, turn down temperature of oven to 325 and continue baking for another 3.5 hours.

OH and....get your own meat thermometer. Mine didn't even have a pop-up timer. But another thing, most websites will tell you the temp has to be 180. EW. Unless you like overcooked turkey....we took ours out at 160-165. The thermometer should be stuck in the thickest part of the thigh where it meats the breast. Push the thermometer in until you feel it slide into the thigh meat.

Your turkey should sit out for at least 15 minutes. I prefer 30 before eating and carving.

Oh and if you know someone with an electric carver. Be their best friend. Or just invest in one yourself. Makes the carving so much easier (so says my husband. I absolutely did not carve that bird)

Serve and enjoy!

Happy Holidays!
What have you learned from hosting during the holiday season?

5 comments:

  1. I am happy everything turned out well. Mom always knows best when it comes to cooking a turkey..thats why I leave her in charge of it every year hehe. Everything looked yummy!

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  2. Ahhh - that seems VERY intimidating. I've never made a turkey before and it's just so...BIG. Thankfully, I won't have to make Thanksgiving dinner this year, but I LOOOOVE eating turkey, so I think I'll probably make turkey & stuffing the sometime next week anyway just so we'd have leftovers. YUM.
    xox
    giedre

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  3. I should have done a friendsgiving. The holidays have snuck up on me this year. How in the heck is it already there's of November??

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  4. Okay, I'm really hungry right now, so all this food is not helping! LOL.Other than that, I love the idea of a friendsgiving. Things have been way to crazy around here lately or I'd be jumping on the friendsgiving bandwagon too. Either way, I'm looking forward to stuffing my face for Thanksgiving.I should really bust out those holiday fat pants now.

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