the butterball hotline

22 Nov

This will be our first Thanksgiving with family in town.  We’ve only had one other Thanksgiving when we didn’t travel.  It was John’s intern year and he was working.  I ran a five-miler in the morning and was presented with an apple pie as I crossed the finish line.  We had sushi for dinner.  And free pie.

I thought this year would be similarly low-key, as we have a small infant consuming most of our attention and our family coming from NYC has been living out of a hotel since Sandy.  I swear John was on board with the whole Indian/Thai/Mexican take-out idea.  However, while discussing take-out options this weekend, he looked at me solemnly, “Wait…you mean we’re not even having a turkey?  Or stuffing??!”

Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday and, at 32 years of age, he’s still a master at the puppy-dog sad face, and I just can’t say no.  So now I’m making a turkey…and mushroom/fennel/pine nut/prosciutto gluten-free bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean something-or-other, cauliflower whatnot, and this easy and far superior pumpkin pie substitute (thanks Nathalie!).

I had a moment of panic on Monday night while reading online instructions about when to defrost the turkey and how long in can stay defrosted in the refrigerator, as our small bird had been immediately placed in the back of the fridge after purchase on Sunday.  Thoroughly concerned about the prospect of caring for my daughter while nursing a wicked case of campylobacter, I thought to myself, What would Jed Bartlet do?  And I called the butterball hotline, which actually does exist and was profoundly helpful.

Thanksgiving morning and our fridge has NEVER been this stuffed to the brim:

And my little 10 lb 9 oz helper after her 6am feeding (bored with so many variations of the same picture?):

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!!!

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12 Responses to “the butterball hotline”

  1. ericrosoff November 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    did the butterball help you call the butterball hotline? good ww reference!

    • annaojesus December 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

      baha…well, she was at least present during it :) xo

  2. phantomdiver November 22, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    “If I cook it inside the turkey, is there a chance I could kill my guests? I’m not saying that’s necessarily a deal-breaker.” Love it!!!

    • annaojesus December 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

      haha, I love it too! Is he an okay rep of a Catholic president?

      • phantomdiver December 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

        Gee, I dunno. I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t watched many episodes of The West Wing. As for this particular snippet, I see nothing that makes me cringe and yell, “Catholics don’t do that! Do your research, morons!” I hope that helps. Please feel free to consult me for your Catholic TV character questions. As a convert, I tend to notice inconsistencies. And they are, of course, of earth-shattering importance.

        Hey, did you know that it’s snowing on your blog? Meanwhile, here in the Shenandoah Valley, it was in the 70s today. Too weird.

      • annaojesus December 12, 2012 at 11:47 am #

        Goodness, don’t be ashamed at all…I’m kind of a fanatic :) But I think it’s a fairly intelligent show, so I’m not so embarrassed. I would imagine the most cringe-worthy episode might be “two cathedrals,” but equally thought-provoking.

        Snowy blog! I love it! I think I programmed it to do so the first year, and then it repeated yearly :) Happy holidays!!! SNOW!!!

      • phantomdiver December 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

        Oh, hey! Now that you have said “Happy holidays” rather than “merry Christmas,” and considering your last name and your vocal ability, have I got a video for you! http://youtu.be/qSJCSR4MuhU

        I love love LOVE these guys! They are so cute and so happy and their stuff is soooooo good! Their videos make me dance and sing with them! Start conditioning Aurelia now to enjoy stuff like this! I’m not even joking. I think Meg and Rosie can sing black(ish) gospel because I took them to some of my gospel choir concerts when they were very young. Not as young as your baby is, but still, eventually, go for it!

      • annaojesus December 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

        YES! I LOVE the Maccabeats! Re. vocal ability: thank you…it definitely needs some work :/ Right now Aurelia is really into the Beatles’ song “Blackbird”…absolutely the only thing that will calm her during car rides! Considering how awesome Rosie and Meg turned out, I’ll have to take a page from your book!

  3. Rosalie November 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Never bored! She is a joy :)

    • annaojesus December 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

      Hey, thanks so much, Rosalie! Wonderful to hear from you, and I’ll pass along the compliment!

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