This has been a really great year for giving thanks for us. Not only is Mike in remission from Crohn's, but his last PET scan was all clear for Hodkins. We've spent lots of time together, went on a fantastic Mediterranean cruise and discovered the joys of xbox 360 (I'm still not sure if that's a good thing or bad).
This year, we celebrated Thanksgiving with both sides of the family. Unlike Jen and Din, who had Thanksgiving twice only a few hours apart (that has GOT to be filling), once with us, and once with Din's family; we had both sides of the family at our house to celebrate. So it was my parents, Jen, Din, my cousin, and Mike's mom, sister, her kids for a total of 11 of us.
Jen came over early on thursday to help cook...actually she did most of the side dishes, I took care of the turkey. I think that worked out great since she's got our Mom's gene for cooking (YUM) and I spent a lot less time running around ragged. I brined the turkey using Alton Brown's brining method, and we had stuffing, mashed potatoes, spinach casserole, green bean casserole, mac&cheese, bread, corn, and a couple of korean dishes that my mom and aunt brought over. I'm surprised our table didn't start groaning with all the weight. The turkey came out perfect this year, very juicy, tender, and flavorful, and the sides were all fantastic. Definitely great eats, and having a lot of the family here was actually quite enjoyable. The kids played some xbox, the parents chatted, we caught up with various family news. Given the chance, I would definitely do that again next year. I thought it would be a bit crazy, but it turned out wonderful.