My first Turkey Day

Holidays are big in my family. HUGE. Last year there were 30(ish) people at my Aunt's house where I had dinner...and that wasn't even all of us.

This year, now that I'm in Houston, I wasn't able to go home. It was the first Thanksgiving I have ever missed. (I also ran my first-ever Turkey Trot. One word - blisters.) But lucky for me, my twin sister decided she would come out to visit for a few days.

We decided on a menu early on - turkey breast, green beans, twice-baked potato, salad, stuffing - all of which I needed to get before she got here because she wasn't coming until late Weds night. I also added Sprinkles cupcakes, corn bread muffins, white wine and some cookies to the menu.

I went a little overboard while shopping for my first turkey day and spent way more than I should have. And we definitely had way more food than was necessary for two people.

But Crate and Barrel, Paper Source, Whole Foods and Central Market are my friends. And, truth be told, I love hosting parties. I tend to go big when I plan. It's more fun that way. 

It didn't even take us a quarter of the time to eat the food that it had taken to prepare it. But it was mighty tasty if I do say so myself. I had heard about a tree lighting ceremony in Uptown Park, so after we had cleaned up we headed down there to see what all the fuss was about. After taking way too long to find a parking spot, we followed the crowds up Post Oak Rd. I couldn't believe all of the people eat from the food trucks and street vendors. Didn't they just stuff themselves on turkey?

We got as close to the stage as we could and just after 7 the fireworks started. We never really could here whatever was going on on the loud speakers (in Philly you can usually hear the speakers for miles), but the show was pretty good anyway. As soon as the fireworks were over, everyone just started leaving. Umm...what about the tree lighting?!? As we walked back, all of a sudden the Christmas lights all up and down the street came on. But we never did see one big tree.

The last thing I talked Deb into doing was going to Super Target that night. I thought she was going to kill me. But after waiting in line for over 30 minutes, we got in and were able to get everything we were looking for.

Overall I think my first Thanksgiving on my own was a rousing success. And it was nice to not spend it alone.


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