I may be a few chairs and a roasting pan short, but I will make it happen, with a few scrapes and bruises I'm sure. Even so, I am very excited!! The only downside is that my partner in crime will be at work. He gets out of clean up but will get all of the leftovers. Lucky bugger!! Think I'll have him be my sous chef before he heads off at 1:30... ;)
The guest list includes: Mom, my stepdad Lee, my oldest brother Jon, Simon's mom Sue, and his stepdad Steve. Still waiting to hear if Simon's sister and her girlfriend will join us, so I have a potential guest list of 8. I have 4 chairs... Ha! It will be a hodge podge of patio mixed with dining @ the table and possibly my brother can bring over his bar stools so I can seat 2 at the bar. It's what you do to fit all your fam, isn't it! Can't wait!!
The biggest feat I have at hand will be timing - but I have learned from my organized mom and grandmother that there are great tricks to help along the way. I think it will all come together beautifully!
I am aiming for "from scratch" on everything I make and have assigned a few tasks to lighten the load. On the menu we have:
- Turkey (duh!) - would love to do cage-free if affordable. I think AJ's may sell them otherwise Safeway never fails with their meats. Still going to do some research but one trick I will use from Mom is covering it with a brown grocery bag to help seal in moisture
- Cranberry Orange Sauce
- Dressing (I won't be stuffing the turkey so technically it's called dressing - who knew!)
- Sweet Potatoes
- Green bean casserole, courtesy of Jon
- Pies, courtesy of Mom
- Dinner rolls, courtesy of Sue
These are the recipes for the stuffing, cranberry, and yams I found.