Through various family and friend engagements, we ended up alone with Talia for her first Thanksgiving. For some crazy reason, we decided to go ahead and try to make a traditional(ish) Thanksgiving meal, figuring that we’d end up with some kind of cold subset of the foods we set out to make after Talia had her way with our schedule. However, Talia must have been born with an innate sense of holidays, as she has had probably her least fussy day since she was born, and so our meal went splendidly!
For the meal, we made:
- Smoked Turkey Breast (prepared just like a whole turkey, but smaller!)
- Smoker-bottom Gravy (which was super popular last year)
- Mashed Potatoes
- Cornbread Stuffing
- Paula Dean’s Green Bean Casserole
- Surprisingly delicious frozen HEB dinner rolls
- Watermelon juice in fancy wine glasses
It really is great how making the turkey in the smoker frees up the oven inside to whatever temperature side dishes need, although next year I hope to remember ahead of time that none of the pans I want to use for gravy fit in my smoker.
Anyway, since she was being so good, we went ahead and fixed her her own plate so she could eat the meal with us. In proper Thanksgiving tradition, she ate way too much and ended up in a food coma.
The adults didn’t go into our comas so quickly, so we had time to make a few dozen snickerdoodles for dessert. All in all, our first Thanksgiving with Talia has been great, much better than expected, so it’s safe to say that we are thankful for a pleasant baby (even if it’s been rare). Happy Thankgiving, everyone!