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!