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Friendsgiving 2011

Well hello and happy Monday to you!  I had a crazy busy weekend that involved wedding related errands with my bff, crazy amounts of cooking, spending time with out-of-town visitors, and of course lots of wine.  Let’s get to it, shall we.

Friday morning I drove into DC to pick up my friend Meghan, in visiting from FL, and her fiance to accompany them on some errands with the promise of a lunch in the future.  Our first stop was back in Alexandria to order all 8 bridesmaid dresses for their upcoming May wedding.  I had my measurements taken, and then the woman tried to tell me which size dress she recommended ordering based on those measurements.  It was larger than the size of the sample I tried on a few months ago, which I informed her had actually been too big.  So back into the sample dress I went, it was still too big, and I ended up with a size smaller.  Bridal salons and their crazy desire to put you in something two sizes too big.  The woman was kind enough to tell me that I was lucky my chest was so small, because that dress would not fit anyone who had cleavage.  Thanks.

After finally getting all the dresses ordered in the respective colors and sizes, the three of us drove back into DC  for lunch and to pick up the wedding bands.  I got a sneak peak of them, and they’re gorgeous.  Especially Meghan’s band of diamonds :).  Our afternoon wrapped up around 3:30, at which point I drove myself home, parked it in the living room and did not move for the remainder of the night.  It was glorious.

Saturday kicked off bright and early with a 10 am football game, where I scored a touchdown because I am awesome.  I had one or two other catches and we pulled off a 1 point win.  After a quick post-game stop at Starbucks, Adrienne and I headed home to slave away in the kitchen for the rest of the afternoon.  For Friends Thanksgiving this year, I was in charge of the turkey and green bean casserole and Adrienne the stuffing.  Our house still smells delicious, in case you were wondering.

the turkey, covered in a butter, thyme, and lemon zest rub

In past years, I’ve always just thrown the turkey in a bag with some poultry seasoning and onion and called it a day, but I found a recipe in a magazine this year that I really wanted to try.  Along with the butter rub, there was an onion in the roasting pan, lemon juice squeezed over top with salt and pepper, and onion and lemon stuffed inside the cavity.  (Side note: the scream that came out of Adrienne’s mouth when I pulled the giblets out of the body was hilarious.)  Into the oven for about 4.5 hours, basting after two hours had gone by.  My baster melted by the way, that was cool.

Ta-da!

Is that a good looking bird or what?  It tasted insane also.  I think my favorite compliment was, “Wow, this is even better than my moms.”  Winner.  I also took on another first time project, gravy from scratch.  As we were cutting it close on time, I had to multitask while whipping up the gravy.

Just doing some cooking with my hot rollers in, the usual.

Luckily, Thanksgiving can’t start without the turkey so it didn’t really matter how late we were.  We eventually made it out the door, turkey and gravy in hand, to head over to the dinner location.  Trying to figure out how to transport a 21 lb turkey without making a mess was another obstacle, but we managed.  Finally, it was time to eat.

Friendsgiving Success!

I stuffed my face full of my favorite things, and then the drinking games commenced.  It was a great evening, and I really felt like we were back in college.  That’s the great thing about continuing a tradition that started way back then, it automatically brings you back.

JMU Friendsgiving 2011!

JMU Friendsgiving 2006

Yesterday involved a lot of couch sitting and hanging out in pajamas.  The perfect way to spend a Sunday in my opinion.  Now, there’s only 7.5 work days to get through until real Thanksgiving!

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11 Responses

  1. That turkey looks amazing. We had Friendsgiving this weekend too!

  2. Your friendsgiving looks like so much fun! That turkey looks delicious and perfectly cooked. I cannot wait for Thanksgiving. The food is most definitely the best 🙂

  3. That turkey looks delicious. Friendsgiving is such a great idea. I’m glad you had a good time. 🙂

  4. The turkey looks delish! I’ve never cooked a turkey on my own. Good job!!

  5. I love how coordinated you guys are. Seriously. Getting even a group of college friends together larger than 5 is like pulling teeth. Meh.

    Oh and I am super impressed with the turkey. This year I will once again refuse to help prepare one. Yes. I’m scared.

  6. That’s so cute that you guys get together every year for a Friendsgiving. You did work on that bird woman! Now I will spend my afternoon dreaming of mashed potatoes and food comas…

  7. That turkey looks amazing! Seriously! I am impressed!!

  8. That sounds like SO much fun!!! 🙂

  9. My friendsgiving is this weekend – I’m just gonna cook at the hosts’ house to make my life easier.

    The turkey looks yummmm. I make chicken gravy now and I’ve found a roux of 1/4 cup each butter and flour alogn with cooking liquids and chicken stock is key!

  10. That looks fabulous! I’m making a turkey next month, so I may be asking you for tips!

  11. i did the bridesmaid dress thing recently, and the woman told me i was “a little hippy.” and she didn’t mean flower child. and also tried to bump me up into a size bigger than the sample, which was already falling off. seriously, have these people no sense?

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