The wife and I had our very first Thanksgiving alone this year. It was a fantastic time and a scrumptious dinner. The report card:

Baked Brie in Bread: A+. Always amazing.
Spinach mashed potatoes: A. We’re still enjoying them.
Home-made rolls: A-. A little heavy, but delicious, especially with strawberry jam.
Stuffing: B. This was my fault–I made it and I messed it up. Parts were too mushy, other parts were too dry.
Pumpkin pie: A+. It was a great capstone to the meal.
Turkey: A. I wanted to give it an A+–my wife says it would have been, if I had carved it better. Live and learn. The basting sauce was excellent. White zinfandel wine with melted butter–we were told to use a T-shirt to keep the turkey moist. It worked extremely well.

All in all, a fantastic time. It’s going to be very difficult to return to work.

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Posted by Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.


  1. Wow, Matt, I’m more attracted to you than ever! How come you look a thousand times more handsome than normal (which is a lot as it is)? Did you shave some sideburns off or something? Whatever it is, it works.


  2. Jon,

    I’m speechless. Utterly speechless.



  3. I tried the “t-shirt to keep the turkey moist” idea last year, but for some reason the turkey came out tasting like transmission fluid. Weird.


  4. Charlie,

    You should remember to wash the t-shirt first.

    And quit drinking transmission fluid too. I’m a tad worried you know what it tastes like….


  5. It’s not bad. Sort of a cross between Ocean Spray Cranberry juice and WD-40. Goes down easy and keeps right on sliding.


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