This is it.

This is the year of the inaugural Smith family turkey. Smith is a common name, but it’s my new name. Let me formally introduce myself. My name is Kaylan Smith, I’m 28 years old, and I have the privilege to work at Organic Valley. My husband and I married three years ago, and with a recent demographic change in society, are now considered Millennials. We don’t have any children at this current time in our lives, and hey that’s alright.

Our holidays are a little less stressful compared to others around our age. The only real drama we have to worry about is whether or not the Christmas tree is knocked over by the time we return home from work. My money is almost always on our fattest, happiest cat, Sylvester. I think you can understand why he has that name.

Each year Organic Valley donates an Organic Prairie turkey to their employees as a holiday gift. Last year, I was so intimidated by the turkey that I donated it to a local food pantry. Nineteen pounds was way too much food for our household of two and I didn’t want to see any of it go to waste. I didn’t have a pan to cook it in, and I also had no idea what I was doing. To be honest, I probably still don’t.

I can’t be alone in this though. I mean, everyone has to start somewhere. I think about how many times my sister has dominated every holiday meal in the last ten years. How she does it with such grace and ease makes me question if I too have that gene. I have to remind myself, she started somewhere and she probably felt the same way I am now. My biggest downfalls are that I read recipes too fast and don’t time out the dishes correctly(hence the complete stress and disaster). But I always find a way to pick fun at my “Ms. Frizzle” sort of attitude in the kitchen. So this should be fun.

My challenge? I will make that turkey and it WILL be edible. I will not be intimated by fowl weight or sacred family recipes. After all, I now have a tiny family of my own and families carry on traditions. There’s no need to be scared of a frozen 19-pound turkey. There’s no need to be scared of a frozen 19-pound turkey.


So, this is it.There is no turning back now.