I did, however, use a turkey roaster for the first time...which I LOVED. It made finishing all of the food at the same time a zillion times easier, since I had the oven free all day! It is a huge honking guy though...took up a lot of my counter space.
That's it up there on the right. I got a great deal though; only $27 at Target! It seriously was a huge lifesaver, AND as an added bonus, the turkey came out ridiculously moist and delish. The roaster is basically just a giant crockpot, so I'm positive we'll use it more often than just on Thanksgiving. I'm thinking a big pot full of chili for a superbowl party, warm cider for Halloween parties, even pot roasts at home! I love it :)
The apple pie and cranberry sauce came out fantastic as well. I finished off the last slice of apple pie for breakfast this morning (shhhh!) and dipped a turkey sandwich in cranberry sauce for lunch! Best part about Thanksgiving weekend is the leftovers, by far...although this year they're seriously sabotaging my diet. I ended up with over a thousand calorie deficit on Thanksgiving, thanks to all the cooking, but I definitely have not had that much of one the rest of the weekend. I have a Body Media Fit armband that monitors my calorie burn (among other things), so it really helps with dieting and weight loss. This is what my Thanksgiving stats looked like:
I'm not sure if the calorie intake is correct, since I didn't take the time to input the actual recipes I used (just chose entries from the system's options). I do know I did not eat 3000 calories, so I feel pretty good about the actual holiday itself :). It's kind of insane to think that if I hadn't eaten a thing that day, I would have lost almost an entire pound just by cooking all day.
I'm really disappointed with the lack of pictures I took on Thanksgiving. I didn't even get a picture of all the food, or *any* of my family and friends! Taking pictures at special events is something I really need to work on; I take tons of pictures on normal days, but zero on holidays or birthdays or date nights.
How was your holiday? Any turkey-dinner catastrophes?