For the record, I did tell everyone: I am not a good cook during the year so you should not expect anything different on Thanksgiving Day. My husband was in charge of smoking the ham. And I was in charge of everything else.
We have the exact same holiday dinner menu for both Thanksgiving and Christmas:
Ham, Mashed Potatoes and gravy, dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, homemade mac and cheese, dinner rolls and apple pie. The same. Every year.
Except this year, my husband INSISTED on using fresh green beans for the green bean casserole. I told him no, my kids told him no – but we didn’t win. So we had fresh green beans. I got to hear Christina complain for the entire 30 minutes it took her to cut them up. And yes, I totally agreed with her that opening up two cans of Del Monte Green Beans would have been so much easier. The problem is that my husband assumed way too much. So we just took the freshly cut green beans and mixed them with the rest of the stuff and stuck it in the oven for 30 minutes. Which resulted in a green bean casserole with hard, uncooked beans. I will reiterate that I said it was a bad idea. (and my son insisted on a do over the next day). Even though I now know we are supposed to COOK the green beans first I am not doing that again.
The mashed potatoes were gummy. My son didn’t know what gummy really meant until he put the spoon in the potatoes and the whole thing literally came out of the bowl. Now he has a real life experience of what gummy potatoes are. (For the record, this is one of two times per year that I actually peel real potatoes).
I usually use Stove Top Stuffing. This year someone at work raved about how good Kroger brand dressing was. So I made my poor husband scout the store for 3 hours until he found some frozen cornbread stuffing. I should have read the instructions in advance. I know Stove Top is done in 5 minutes; had no idea the frozen kind took over an hour. Which meant it was ready to eat 45 minutes after we finished eating our meal.
Have to remember that when you put the marshmallows on top of the sweet potatoes and put the oven on Broil – you need to keep an eye on it the whole time. Not a good idea to do that and then walk away. I knew this – I was just so upset that my damn green beans were raw that I was distracted.
The gravy from a jar and dinner rolls from Sara Lee were perfect. And Marie Callender made a great apple pie, as usual.
The ham was great and even the pets had some for their dinner. It did make everyone pretty thirsty. Abbey had to wait for Boca to finish drinking. I did tell Boca to hurry but he just looked at me and still took his sweet time. Abbey just patiently waited and waited and kept looking at me to do something. She should know by now that even I am scared of the cat.