Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Dinner update.....

Well to update you on my Christmas Dinner post....

Well the turkey that I was so nervous to cook..... turns out I wasted a lot of energy worrying..... it was a fully cooked turkey.  I totally had no idea.  So, obviously cooking wasn't an issue.  I was sure I couldn't mess this up....  I mean come on, all I had to do was heat up the turkey in the oven. The instructions said.....  6-8 minutes per pound.  I figured 60 minutes would be plenty. After the 60 minutes were up, I took out the turkey.  Oh boy, did it smell wonderful. It looked wonderful. Started carving the darn thing.... (that in itself is a job!) things were going good.  As I got deeper into the turkey......  it was friggin cold!  Yep, the simple job of heating it up..... didn't go so well.  After carving the meat with Uncle Tom's help.... we nuked it in the microwave.  I have to say....  it turned out pretty darn good!  I had also fixed a green bean casserole.  It turned out yummy!  It feels so good seeing others go for seconds!  Yes, I am proud of myself.  It is rare for #1. me to be cooking and #2. to see others go for seconds on my creations.  The only other thing....  I totally forgot about the dinner roles.  I wouldn't have even remembered if my mother had asked about them.  They were still in the fridge!  

After we ate, we all ended up outside, the boys threw the football, we rode the go-cart and golf cart and just enjoyed being together as a family.  I was able to try out my new tri-pod for my camcorder as I filmed everyone outside.  Oh, the nerdy side of me was shining very brightly. Maybe once I figure out how to upload videos correctly, I will post some on my blog.

These few days after Christmas are tough.  The whole thought of taking down the Christmas tree depresses me.  There is something about walking through the living room into the kitchen in the middle of the night, with only the light of the tree to guide you.  Absolutely magical. Love it.  

So what have I learned from my first Christmas dinner?  Well, first off check and see if my turkey is fully cooked or not, second is to make darn certain I look at how much the turkey weighs and go with the longer amount of time.....  more like 8 minutes per pound.  

I have also decided on some resolutions for 2009.....that it would do me some good to take a cooking class.  That should be interesting! 

5 comments:

Beth said...

Sounds like you did pretty darn good with the turkey... Your Christmas sounds so delightful... being outside and all...not here...in MN!

Anita said...

I think you did fine!!! I can't tell you how many times I've discovered the still fleshy meat inside that darn bird that looked so lovely on the outside....ha ha.
We had nice weather here in FL too, Nick was able to try out his new skateboard deck after daddy got it put together.
I have similar mixed emotions about the Christmas tree.

Carrie said...

I admit, I had to laugh when you said the turkey was fully cooked. That is SO something I would do!!

So don't take down the tree yet! We usually wait until the day after new years (or new years day depending on whether or not hubby has to work the next day). I just LOVE the lights and ornaments in the middle of the house.

Swimming Texas Babies said...

Glad to have found your blog! Fun times in NB, right??

Kelley Holiday said...

I highly recommend a digital meat thermometer. It's the only way to get it right and you can check the temp without even opening the door. I was equally nervous cooking my first prime rib this Christmas. But it turned out great and my husband wants it ALL THE TIME now (until I told him how much it costs!). CONGRATULATIONS on your first big holiday meal :-D

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