Since we just got to Oklahoma, we didn’t head home for Thanksgiving this year. It’s only the second time I haven’t been home for it, but Logan and I got to do our own meal this year, even roasting our own turkey for the first time ever! It went well! Logan found this recipe and I’m pretty proud of how tasty our first time efforts turned out!
I may have gone a bit overboard and cooked as if I was feeding six people instead of two. But that’s how I roll. I’ll share some recipes soon, most of them make great Christmas dinner options as well!
Not to be too cheesy, but the past few months have really highlighted how much I have to be thankful for. Logan and I have been absurdly blessed in so many ways, but today I want to acknowledge one category in particular.
I’m so thankful for my people. My family and friends. My tribe.
I cannot express the absurdly wonderful amount of love and support I have felt through this moving process.
When I called people with the news, they all celebrated that we finally knew where we were headed. They asked questions, they encouraged. Many went to their laptops and googled and mapped and searched for housing or job opportunities for me and recommended attractions within the hour of me telling them where.
At least 70% of people said they were glad to know where they’ll be coming to visit us. And even if 99% of them aren’t able to actually come, the love they offered so naturally, so unthinkingly, made it the best possible response they could’ve offered.
The number of people that called or texted in the first few days of arriving. Even people who I don’t get to see that often checked in, asked how our place was, if we were meeting people. (We like our house a lot, and Logan’s office has wonderful people.)
To say that these people are the best feels like a massive understatement. I have felt so loved and cared for over the past couple months, and I couldn’t ask for a better community.
Things will look and feel different going forward, I know that. But I’m grateful for the ways that these friends and family have cared for me so far and I know that 1000 miles doesn’t change one speck of the love there.
I am so thankful for you!!
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5 thoughts on “What I’m thankful for.”
Emma, do you want me to tell you how to make homemade gravy? It is super easy…..
Yes please! It was more a one-less-thing-to-do than anything else 🙂 But I’d love your recipe!!
Weeeelllll, it’s more of a method than a recipe. But thinking of it that way demystified it for me. First you pour all the turkey drippings into a Pyrex. Spoon off the fat, which will rise to the top. Put some fat in a saucepan, usually not all of it, maybe about 4-6 T. Some times I use some turkey fat and some butter, or supplement with butter If not enough fat. Then however much fat you used, add about 50% more flour (ratio of 2 parts fat: 3 parts flour). Whisk that together and cook it, whisking, for a few minutes; get it light brown in color. This is your roux. Then add the warm drippings, whisking as you do, then stock, either turkey stock you’ve made or chicken stock from a box, until it’s the right consistency. Salt and pepper. Done! Ratio for liquid is 1 part roux: 10 parts liquid.
You can do all this in the roasting pan, delicious. Do not use pan drippings if you’ve brined the bird, too salty (you can use a little bit for flavor). You could use some milk as part of the liquid for a cream gravy. This is the ratio for all roux based sauces (think mac and cheese, for example.)
(I don’t measure the liquid or really any of the ingredients.)
Thanks Suzy!! Also good catch, we brined ours and I wouldn’t have thought of it being too salty until it was too late.