Happy Late Thanksgiving Everyone!!!
I’m soo sorry, I know I’m a few days late but I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day
I (like most of you) spend most of my day in the kitchen
Even though I burned myself countless times
and my pinkie is swollen twice its size,
dropped a whisk on my toe and was in severe pain for all of 2 mins
and thought I wouldn’t be able to walk for days (can you say drama queen),
I made a complete mess of my kitchen but somehow managed to clean it all up before my family arrived
and did a ton of dishes, I somehow managed to pull it off and it was a success
I did a lot of prep the day before so that helped immensely!!!
Here’s what I made
- Turkey (obviously!) – Gobble Gobble! I went really simple with my turkey this year, I was too lazy to brine it but it actually turned out ahhmazingly juicy!!! Like probably the juicing turkey I’ve ever had!!! I rinsed and dried it, made Chris remove the giblets and neck (yuck!!!), and then brushed with butter all over.. I used about 6tbsp of butter. Then I sprinkled it with salt, pepper and paprika. In the cavity, I stuffed it with 1 lemon(cut in half), 5 garlic cloves, some fresh sage, rosemary, thyme and a few mixed whole peppercorns. Roasted it for about 3 1/2 hrs at 325F and that’s it!
- Gravy – don’t hate me for this, but I used a mix. Yep, a gravy mix. And I’m not ashamed. Well maybe a little bit. But making gravy scares me, not sure why, but it freaks me out. And I could never use the neck (or giblets) to make my gravy…Just can’t do it…
- Stuffing – I made Chicken Sausage and Herb Stuffing from SkinnyTaste and it pleased everyone! Very tasty
- Baked cheesy smashed potatoes – deelish! Recipe coming soon
- Light Green Bean Casserole – hmm I don’t know about this one… it was good…but I wasn’t ahhmazed… You can’t beat the full-fat classic..
- Boston Cream Pie – yum! Instead of a good old pie I figured why not do something else!? Well Boston Cream Pie was definitely the way to go! Even though I spilled the chocolate ganache all over my island and it was a complete disaster to clean it was still worth it!
- Sweet Hawaiian Rolls and butter- gosh I love this!! Sweet honey butter please!
- Coconut Hot Chocolate – made in your crockpot- DO DIE FOR!!!! This was the highlight of my dinner! And no, I’m not exaggerating! I set up a little hot chocolate bar on my island so everyone can help themselves. I put cute cups out, marshmallows whipped cream, Bailey’s candy canes, straws and of course the most luscious and thick hot chocolate I’ve ever experienced in my life! Seriously when I tasted it, I died! It was beyond divine! I think I will make it my tradition to make it for every holiday! Like I can’t get over how Ahhmazing it was!!! You will be praying that you have leftovers! And I’m really excited that I do It couldn’t be easier to make!!! Dump everything in the crockpot and stir every so often
Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate
- 4 (13oz) cans full-fat coconut milk
- 2 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp coconut extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- serve with Bailey’s, marshmallows, whipped cream or coconut whipped cream!
Directions: In a crockpot, whisk together the coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, salt and extracts. Whisk in the cocoa powder until completely incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips. Cook on low for about 2hrs stirring every 30 mins making sure all the chocolate is melting evenly.After a while, it will start to bubble and thicken I then turned the crockpot on keep warm until ready to serve. Serve with Bailey’s, marshmallows and whipped cream!