Hosting My First Thanksgiving…

So, this year instead of running around like crazy all over our state, my husband and I decided to host Thanksgiving at our house. This way both of our families can meet in one place. I was in charge of making the turkey, pumpkin pie, dressing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. To help myself I started prepping on Wednesday by completely making and baking the pie, preparing the turkey, and making the dressing so it would be ready for the oven on the big day. Let’s just say this day was my most stress filled day and that I was a true Monica Ghellar in the kitchen. If you don’t know who that is watch the greatest show known to humanity titled Friends. If you don’t already watch it, then WHAT THE FRICKIN FRACK ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?!

Anyway, I had a pie catastrophe that involved using store bought crust (just trying to help myself out), but I ended making a crust from scratch and attempted at braiding the edges for the first time! So the pie doesn’t look perfect, but it’s from scratch and tastes AMAZING, if I do say so myself. I AM PROUD OF THIS PIE DANG IT

Now on to the Stuffing. I call it stuffing, but my husband loves to correct me and say, ” It’s called dressing because it’s not STUFFED in anything” this is true, but I prefer to call it stuffing like the Pilgrims did. It’s called RESPECT for your ancestors. Now this recipe IS THE BEST STUFFING THAT IVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE. LETS GETS INTO IT.!

Ingredients:

1. pork sausage

2. 2 tbsp chopped Fresh sage

3. 1 1/2 loaves of really good white bread

4. 2 1/4 cup chicken/ turkey broth

5. 2 eggs

6. 1 onion

7. 4 sticks of celery

8. 8 tbsp butter

9. S&P

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 225. In a sauce pan sauté ground sausage until completely cooked.

2. Add in onion and celery, finely chopped, and cook until tender.

3. Then add in 6 tbsp of butter

4. While that cooks on low, cut your bread into cubes and place on baking sheets spread out. Dry them out in the oven for 22 minutes at 225 degrees. I checked them and flipped them around every u minutes or so to make sure they were evenly dried out.

5. Once your bread is dried add into mixing bowl and toss with S&P. Then add sausage mix. Add in your broth and mix. Then add your eggs and fresh sage. BTW splurge on the fresh herbs, so worth it.

6. Add into your baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 45 min covered. Then dollop with the remaining butter and bake un covered for about 10 minutes or until golden brown on both top and bottom. enJOY!

Family can be very stressful, but overall this Thanksgiving was so delicious and fun! I am super thankful for God, my family , and the family I married into! I hope everyone had a joyFULL Thanksgiving. BTW Christmas recipes are coming soon!

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