Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving holiday spent with family and loved ones. This was Kolani and I’s second thanksgiving together, and I have to say I look forward to it more and more. I get to practice my cooking skills, and I get to spend a quiet evening at home with Kolani- stress free and completely relaxed.
I decided to do a little photo diary for you all of our holiday. Let me start off these photos by saying that I’m still a beginner when it comes to holiday cooking, but I’m looking forward to growing in my cooking skills and also trying out new recipes each year.
Let’s get started.
First: The Prep
No Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner could be complete without Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider. I honestly can’t remember a holiday where I didn’t have this on hand. Also, I opted out from drinking wine or any adult beverages because unfortunately Kolani had to work a twelve hour shift on black friday, so I didn’t think it was the best idea. If you peeked into our cupboards where all of our drinking glasses are, you’d find an eclectic mix of Iron Man, Bob’s Burger’s, and other themed glasses. I decided to go to Target (duh) in hopes to find some fancier glasses for special occasions.
Second: The Pie
For last year’s Thanksgiving, I made a simple red velvet cake for dessert since it’s one of the few cakes Kolani and I enjoy. (Also, we’ve grown a little tired of pumpkin pie so we chose not to to get one, don’t hate us). This year, I decided to really get into the fall spirit by baking a pie, rolling out the dough and all. Let me just say that I romanticized this idea just a bit. Although the pie didn’t turn out awful, I wasn’t a fan of the overall recipe and the way it had turned out. Rolling out dough into a thin consistency is messy, time consuming, and something I didn’t realistically think about. The pie baking game isn’t over for me, though. I really want to keep practicing and maybe make an awesome peach or apple pie someday.
Third: The Wait
Once the pie had been refrigerated and the turkey was in the oven, I was able to clean up a little bit and finally put my feet up. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw these two cuties cuddling it up on the couch. Like I mentioned earlier, Kolani had an incredible long overnight shift ahead of him, so he napped as much as he could throughout the day before going into work.
Four: The Break
Cooking the turkey and the pie were really the hardest and most time consuming parts of our thanksgiving dinner. The only things I had left to cook were the side dishes, and those don’t take long to cook so I waited on those. When it was time to wait for the turkey to be done, I curled up on the couch by the tree, enjoying the last bit of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It doesn’t matter how old I get or how I’m beginning to recognize fewer and fewer celebrities in the parade. I need to have that wonderful holiday background noise on as I’m cooking away.
Five: Setting the Table
When the turkey breast was almost finished cooking, I began setting the table up and cooking the sides. For the side dishes I chose cranberries, asparagus (a simple secret recipe from my sister), king’s Hawaiian rolls, and, because we’re rebellious, baked potatoes. I had bought stuffing, but I forgot to get the gravy so we had to shelf it until further notice. When I look back on it, I was surprised how much smaller this year’s meal was compared to last year’s. I think it was kind of perfect for us though, we don’t have nearly as many leftovers (they’re almost gone, to be honest).
Six: Digging In
The dinner was super simple but delicious, we loved every minute of it. I felt so thankful and grateful to be spending another thanksgiving with Kolani and Ava. I love this time of year because it reminds me of what’s most important in life which is family. When it’s raining or snowing outside, I don’t want to do anything else but cuddle them to pieces.
Seven: The Dessert
The finished result of the cinnamon pie was far from picture perfect. I had torn parts of the flaky crust trying to take it out of the oven. And even when I had very sloppily cut myself a piece, it hadn’t tasted the way I hope it would. Needless to say I felt a little discouraged, but Kolani reassured me that it was great, and I just had to keep practicing.
Overall, I’m just incredibly happy to spend holidays like this with a person like him. We literally could have just ordered Pizza and had a Christmas movie marathon and I would have been just as happy. But the woman in me demands a cozier home for the holidays vibe. Of course the whole point of thanksgiving is to give thanks and be thankful for everything you have in your life. But trying to be thankful everyday is the ultimate goal. At least once daily, I sit in my little nook on the couch, looking out the window and count my blessings. I think many of us unintentionally lose sight of how blessed we are, and it’s important to remember how lucky we really are.
What was your favorite part about Thanksgiving this year?
Let me know in the comments below!
This has been a chloscall.
Until next time,