Thanksgiving morning I got up and got the turkey in the oven.  I decided to go with Chef John’s recipe from Food Wishes; he’s never steered us wrong before.  I had defrosted the turkey over the past 4 days, and made the herb butter.  I got to use lots of the herbs in our yard for this including: thyme, rosemary, and sage.  I also started up some of the potato and leek soup, another Food Wishes recipe.  The turkey got 2 hours in the oven before we left for the Lee’s house.

I helped Mr. Lee with the TV, cleaning up the wires in the back and making sure everything was working properly.  We got everything set up before heading to dinner.  Jeff and Patty brought their baby, who was surprisingly well behaved.  We had a nice dinner, and as it happens, the conversation tended to center on the baby.  Stephanie’s cornbread went over really well.  We managed to make it out of the house without piles of leftovers, which was nice, as we had a ton of food for the next get together already.

We got back and put the turkey back in the oven for another two hours.  The drippings were more voluminous than I had expected and the bottom of the oven got a decent coating of turkey fat.  We got everything cleaned up and set up, and got a little bit to relax before people showed up.  We were joined by Lindsay, Kevin, Debby, Andrew, and Adam.  Adam brought over some really tasty drink mixes.  I want to make more of the ginger pepper mix in the future.  It might be worth while to drop some ginger and pepper in a cider and see what happens.

The timing couldn’t have been better, as Andrew and Debby showed up as the turkey was ready to come out of the oven.  It turned out much better than expected, and I would say it was one of the best turkeys I’ve had.  I got the 16 lb turkey, and we ate about 2/3 of it.  After dinner Lindsay had a great exercise in showing appreciation for each other, which didn’t go exactly as she expected, I think.  It was still great to hear the appreciation that was shared.  We played a special round of Scatagories that Lindsay planned as well, and it was a lot harder than I would have thought.

The guys and gals split after that; guys drafting mtg, and gals doing a kitty puzzle.  We ended at about the same time and had another round of drinks and some pie.  The pie was from Alexanders, and Debby was nice enough to bring them for us.  We started playing some jackbox games after pie.   We went through 5 different games, and it was a lot of fun.  I didn’t win any of the games, but it was still great fun.  We played another round of mtg with the cards we had drafted and it turned out almost exactly like the previous round.  I was dealing a ton of damage, but I got focused down by everyone else.

It was a great evening, and I appreciated the great people I got to spend the day with.