I have never hosted a holiday. I have always wanted to though. I have hosted the occasional post-college Halloween party or we-think-now-that-we-have-real-jobs-we-are-adults dinner party. But, I have never been in charge of a major Thanksgiving/Christmas/Easter holiday dinner. Truth be told, we just do not have the space right now.
I watched my neighbors’ three and six-year-old boys the other day. It was only an hour, but with the two of them, plus Weezer and Andy, I felt like they were into everything and that the walls were closing in on me. From that hour of playtime, I am still finding Sour Patch Kids wrappers in random spots around the house. I could only imagine if I had all of Mike’s siblings, my siblings, plus parents, and don’t forget our seven nieces and nephews.
Right now, it is a lot more fun to imagine an easy-going, perfectly planned, and decorated holiday dinner than to actually try and plan one. Thanksgiving for me is spent with Mike’s side of the family. To accommodate the ever growing family and amount of extended family that make appearances at the table, Mike’s mom has taken to commandeering his two sisters’ stoves and ovens.
One year when Mike’s brother-in-law’s two brothers and their families all came to Thanksgiving, his Mom cooked three turkeys!!! His brothers are giant and seriously eat a turkey leg like they are at Medieval Times. It was quite the spectacle.
Knowing all I know about the three stove and oven sitch, I decided to make a side dish for the holidays that won’t take up any stovetop space or oven space. Well, I guess you need a tiny space for the browning of the butter, but after that, let these babies go in the slow cooker and move on to bigger dishes, like if you have to make three turkeys!