- When you clean out a turkey, look twice -- they frequently pack those things into any hole they can find.
- Figure out how long you'll need to cook your turkey and then count backwards to your start time. I made the mistake of just putting it in the oven when it was convenient for me, which resulted in me waking up at 4 a.m., 5 a.m., and 6 a.m. to check the turkey breast temperature. Whoops.
- The more butter, the mo' better.
- It takes longer than you think to carve the meat off of the bird. And it pretty much can't be done with an 18-month-old begging to be in your lap.
As I was prepping my first turkey dinner, it started snowing HUGE, beautiful, wet flakes. The first snow of the season. It didn't stick, but it was pretty.
If you've made it this far through the post, I'll reward you with a few photos of my favorite kid.