Our 2020 Thanksgiving

We had planned to do a small Thanksgiving this year, but soon learned we would be staying home and making everything from what we had on hand.

We had purchased a turkey from a local farm and I had stocked up on our favorite holiday meal items, so besides running low on brown sugar, we were set. Thank you 2020 for my newfound love of keeping a well-stocked pantry!

We brined the turkey Tuesday night, In preparation for Bryan to smoke it on our pellet grill. At almost 21lbs it was way too big for our little oven! I started baking on Wednesday and finished up right before our noonday meal on Thursday.

We had pumpkin sheet cake, chocolate pies, and pecan pie. They’re all Pioneer Woman recipes, so definitely yummy! Brandon couldn’t resist the cream cheese frosting!

The turkey turned out so juicy and flavorful! And we had plenty of leftovers to freeze, even after making my traditional turkey pot pie (this year I made sourdough skillet from Farmhouse on Boone’s ebook).

We had homemade rolls, corn, soul sweet taters, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes with gravy. It was a delicious meal, and though it felt different to just stay home, we were thankful for the time spent together with our little family.

I hope you all had the best possible Thanksgiving this year, too!