As many of you know, Thanksgiving was just a couple weeks ago (duh).

(I can’t believe we’re already half way through December, by the way.)

Thanksgiving is easily the best holiday around. Good food and good company: what more could you ask for? This year was no different.

A few months out, we decided we most definitely wanted to host. We were excited! We ordered an infrared turkey cooker from Amazon, which never arrived. Whoopsie! We found out about three weeks before the big holiday that the cooker had been shipped to our old address. We considered ordering a new one, or getting a turkey fryer from the four seasons.

But then… I found this recipe for BACON Blanketed, Herb Roasted Turkey. Yeah, that’s right. Bacon. On a turkey. Yummy right? So the decision was made. I would roast a turkey for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving was such a blast. We invited a few friends over, and ate a lot of good food.

It got crazy in the kitchen for about two hours (trying to boil and mash potatoes, while frying spring rolls can get crazy!), but luckily I had a number of friends willing to pitch in a helping hand. For the most part, I was able to prep in the days leading up to Thanksgiving,  and a friend brought a number of side dishes and desserts. So, it actually was a fairly boring morning.

In the end, we had

Spring rolls
Spinach dip with pita chips
 
An unevenly cooked bacon turkey (and I even turned it during the cooking process a few times! One of the legs was squirting bloody juices when we cut into it, though. That was such a bummer)
Honey glazed ham (that for some reason was smothered in cinnamon)
Pasta with alfredo sauce
Green bean casserole
Mashed potatoes
Mashed sweet potatoes
Creamy corn (homemade! Not the canned stuff)
 
Pumpkins pies (2)
Pecan pies (2)
Upside-down caramel apple pie
Upside down banana caramel cake
Blueberry-peach pie (formerly surprise pie)
Homemade brownies that one of our guests so kindly shared with us (his mom sent them to him for the holiday!)

It was such a yummy day! And it wouldn’t have been complete without one disaster: We cut into the turkey, and one of the legs was terribly undercooked. It was so strange. I turned the turkey twice, and I took the temperature in multiple places (all reading over 160 degrees). Yet, one of the legs ended up being terribly undercooked. It was so sad. We cut off what we could, and stuck the rest back in the oven. Of course, we forgot about it, and then over cooked what was left. Oops.

Overall, it was a great day. We have so much to be thankful for.

Prepping the turkey. Ignore me, focus on that beautiful birdie.

Giving it the spa treatment with a deep tissue massage using BACON BUTTER!

About to go into the oven!

It just barely fit.

Stunning.

About 30 seconds before we realized those juices on the platter were still pink.

When it finally dawned on us.

I could NOT stop laughing about the bloody turkey.

The aftermath.

Desserts!

More desserts!

Sorry there aren’t more pictures. We were too busy having fun! One picture I wish I had gotten, though, was of Maggie on the table digging into the desserts. We left her alone for about  ten minutes while we ran some friends down to post. When we can home, we were suspicious because she didn’t start crying when we unlocked the door. We caught her with her face buried in the pumpkin pie. She was like a deer in the headlights when she realized we were home. She had eaten two plates of pie scraps, a big bowl of whipped cream, a few bites of banana cake (she doesn’t like bananas, and apparently all the sugar couldn’t hide the banana flavor of the cake, haha), and half of an untouched pumpkin pie. It was comical once we were over the shock. And, luckily, despite all the sugar and food, she didn’t get sick! She didn’t eat for about four days, either.

I hope y’all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, as well!

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