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.

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.

  • 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.

  • Jon,

    I’m speechless. Utterly speechless.


  • 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.

  • 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….

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