It was just the 2 of us, which is generally how we like it.
Got up semi-early, had a fairly standard breakfast and did the chopping for whatever would go around the turkey. Ended up putting the turkey in at 1:30 (it was 12.7 lbs., the smallest one I could find in the store). The turkey was stuffed with lemon wedges and garlic cloves, and sat on a criss-cross bed of celery stalks. During the last half hour of cooking, I tossed in some rosemary twigs. Also, the turkey was sprinkled with kosher salt, cracked black pepper and paprika.
Now for the sides.
I wanted a yam and RP wanted mashed taters. No prob! We had leftover mashed taters so he just took a few scoops of that. I had exactly one yam, cooked in the microwave.
I made semi-stuffed mushrooms by hollowing out shiitakes mushrooms and mixing their innards with bread crumbs and onion powder. Also added chopped oyster mushrooms. I think "stuffed" is a neat, generous word for the reality, which was stuffing covering the mushrooms.
I also cooked whole cranberries (you can get 'em here) with sugar, water and a little orange juice. I'm the only one who eats those, so I immediately froze over half of them.
Green veg ended up being frozen vegs as we had not planned that part terribly carefully (oops). Salad and smoothies were what we eat pretty much any night we eat in.
Oh, and the stuffing was cubed bread, onion powder, sage and chestnuts. In the last half hour of cooking the turkey, I threw the stuffing mixture into the pan where the turkey was cooking (along with the aforementioned rosemary twigs). The mushrooms, in their container, were also placed in the oven.
The rosemary twigs, lemon wedges and garlic cloves were discarded. I had a leg; RP had breast meat, and we ate at 8 PM, which was fine (we'd had late lunches). We will have leftovers for dinner tonight.
Oh and as for family stuff, my brother called and we had a nice chat (learned that the elder nephew made the stuffing there. Yay!) but could not get my folks as all circuits must've been mighty busy in Jersey, where they were spending the day with my cousins. Ended up leaving word on my Dad's cel phone. I'm sure they're fine, just distracted with all of the people there. I know my cousin and I'm sure she put on a beautiful spread.