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Turkey Time

Some of you may have seen this photo on my Instagram account (@vickyheiler) on Sunday, where I told you that we’d be making our first turkey feast. Well, now I can proudly show you a few snapshots! We may still need a bit of practice (the skin ripped as we were turning it on the BBQ & we forgot to tie down the legs, causing the birdy to do the splits while cooking), but we had so much fun & it actually tasted amazing. We were a group of 6 people, 2 really close friends + my brother and his lovely girlfriend. It was perfect for a small gathering, there weren’t too many people in the kitchen and we had a great time cooking together. Everyone was in charge of different things and by the time we sat down for dinner it was definitely well deserved after about 5 hours in the kitchen. Here is what we made: BBQ smoked turkey (with hickory and apple wood chips) with a side of homemade mashed potatos and brussle sprouts with bacon and chestnuts out of the oven, and for dessert I made pecan apple pie and one of our friends made homemade vanilla ice cream with tahitian vanilla  – need I say more? I didn’t worry about a super nicely set table or the kitchen looking like a bomb had struck, because really, the day was about spending time with friends and enjoying eachother’s company. Before dinner, Mike made a little toast, giving thanks to the fact that we do have the luxury of sitting down to an amazing meal like that – and he is so right. We really are lucky and I definitely am thankful to be able to have days like this past Sunday! Did any of you celebrate Thanksgiving this year? Have you ever made a turkey?

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  • Magdalena
    7 years ago

    apple pie recipe pleeease!

  • Julia
    7 years ago

    We actually started a tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving with our closest friends a couple of years ago. Every year another couple is in charge of the turkey while the others bring along all kinds of side dishes. It is so much fun not only because of the delicious food we enjoy but even more because of the quality time we get to spend together. Besides it is such fun to try out originally American recipes (we are from and live in Germany). The amount of butter used for the meal is something i´d better not talk about but I guess Thanksgiving is no holiday to wonder about a balanced diet 😉

    Your food looks absolutely fantastic! The meat seemed to have stayed all nice and juicy (which is something we had to figure out first, because turkey is naturally low fat and thus easily gets kinda dry).
    I love that you mentioned the fact about being thankful for what we have and get! Isn´t this truly a wonderful life we get to live?

  • judith
    7 years ago

    sooo fein!!! könntest du bitte mal das rezept für den kuchen posten? 🙂

  • 7 years ago

    We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Portugal =( but when I lived in the US we celebrated it and it was so much fun!!! I did cook a turkey once in the oven and it actually tasted good (I also forgot about the legs xD) and had a lot of fun doing it!

    Glad you’re still doing your normal posts!! =D


  • Birgit
    7 years ago

    wow das sieht echt super lecker aus !!
    meine mama macht zu weihnachten (am 25.12.) immer truthahn und es ist sooo lecker .. aber ich hab ihr ehrlich gesagt noch nie dabei über die schulter geschaut und hätte keine ahnung wie das geht 🙂 aber ich hab vor ihr heuer zu helfen, damit ich das auch einmal alleine machen kann.

  • 7 years ago

    Mmmhh, das sieht ja auch gut aus!!!
    Lustig, ich habe gerade heute auch einen Post über unser Thanksgiving gemacht:o)
    Kannst gerne schauen, wie es bei uns war!
    Liebe Grüße,

  • 7 years ago

    Sieht super lecker aus! Wie schön der Pie geworden ist! 🙂
    Zu Hause habe ich an dem Samstag nach Thanksgiving auch immer etwas amerikanisches gekocht. Letztes Jahr hatten wir eine Pute, da ein Turkey zu viel gewesen wäre. Auch ganz typisch mit Stuffing und so. Dieses Jahr war ich leider nicht zu Hause, daher ist es ausgefallen.. 🙁

  • 7 years ago

    schön 🙂 nachdem ich ein Jahr lange in den USA gelebt habe, und mich in Thanksgiving verliebt habe, dachte ich mir, dass ich heuer eine Austrian-American Variaation dieses Feiertags mache!! Und jeder liebte es!! War zwar etwas Stress für 30 Leute Truthahn zu kochen, aber es war jede Mühe wert! :))

  • clementine
    7 years ago

    this looks soooooooooooooo delicious. I want all of it right now (pregnant and always love to eat :))

  • 7 years ago

    Schaut definitiv sowas von lecker aus! Schön, dass ihr so einen tollen Tag zusammen hattet. 🙂
    Ich hab bislang kein Thanksgiving gefeiert, aber vielleicht nächstes Jahr mal.

  • 7 years ago


  • 7 years ago

    these pictures all look so good! Thanks for sharing

  • Nina
    7 years ago

    when there are no fluffy snowflakes, lets wear fluffiness in the city 😀

  • 7 years ago

    It all looks delicious! xx

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