Friday, November 23, 2012

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Day 1 and Thanksgiving Past

Today we took another break from school.....YAY! I did some cleaning in the morning, sliced up some bread for the stuffing, and now as I write I am preparing the brine for the turkey. We also met our friends at McDonalds and headed to the park to play until we couldn't feel our fingers anymore because of how cold it is outside!!!


Nathan with his future bride (he has made some extensive plans to wed her one day) and Jojo with he best bud.


I was just looking through some pics and found some old Thanksgiving pictures....


This was my first Thanksgiving away from home and family. We were living in Novosibirsk and it was just us. I had a real hard day because I really missed being with family. I tried to make the best of it.




This was our first Thanksgiving in Samara. It was nice having fellow "Americans" to celebrate with.






And this was our second Thanksgiving in Samara with the addition of some new American friends. We had a lot to be thankful for that year with the birth of Naynay......he's so widdle here!!  I love the picture of Em with all that chocolate on her face.......gonna have to show that one at the wedding reception!

Well, I'm off to finish up in the kitchen with that turkey and to bake one of the desserts for tomorrow!


3 comments:

Melissa Ruth said...

do you love brining your turkey? i've heard its too salty? i've always wanted to try it but am afraid to risk a thanksgiving's most important dish on it...

Natalie said...

This was my first time doing a brine. I was so scared about it. Then I read your comment and thought....oh man! so, I did some online research and lots of people said it would be salty on a frozen turkey (which I had) and then lots of people said as long as you rinsed and dried the turkey off after the brine it would be fine. Thankfully, it was absolutely delicious and super moist!!! I was so thankful. I always try out new things when we have guests.......so glad it worked out :)

Melissa Ruth said...

well you have inspired me!! i will try that next year. what recipe did you follow?