Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thanksgiving Week Check-in

We did not do school this week since we were hosting Thanksgiving. But we did a lot of other interesting things and had a wonderful time.


It was library and playdate in the park day. We picked out some interesting books on a variety of topics and continued to read our way through the Mr. Putter and Tabby books. At playdate, it was cold but all of our friends were there.

Afterwards, I went and bought the turkey.


There was much interest in if the turkey was thawing and poking of the turkey to see how soft it was. I found some wonderful recipes on Food We decided to brine the Turkey and make stuffing from scratch. We spent this day doing some clean-up.


We went and bought a sugar-cream and peanut butter cream pie from a local bakery. We also bought home-made noodles. The girls loved the trip to the bakery. We were supposed to bake bread this day but I was not feeling well so we bought some nice rolls instead.


The whole family including Daddy made pumpkin pies. I also started to brine the turkey in a brown sugar, honey, kosher salt and water mixture and before going to bed prepared the wet ingredients for the stuffing.


My husband and I started this day by washing and drying the turkey. Preparing the stuffing and getting the turkey prepped for roasting. Then the family cleaned house. We had a time-table for getting everything prepared and ready. So at a certain time we started the macaroni 'n cheese, the candied sweet potatoes, the stuffing that cooked outside of the bird and the rolls.

We also used our best serving pieces. When I got married my wish list included a large pewter platter with bunnies on it as well as a pewter bowl formed into lettuce with bunnies inside. So we were able to make everything very nice. We used cloth napkins but paper plates and plastic silverware.

The dinner included:

Brined and Roasted Honey-Butter Turkey
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Macaroni 'n Cheese (On-cor)
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans and Potatoes
Gravy (from the turkey drippings)
Oyster Dressing without the oysters (cooked both inside and outside the bird)

3 Pumpkin Pies
2 Apple Pies
Sugar Cream Pie
Banana Cream Pie
Peanut Butter Cream Pie
Chocolate Eclair Dessert
Pretzel and Jello Dessert

Cold Apple Cider

Since we only had eight adults and four children who ate (two just graze or try foods right now), everyone went home with plenty of leftovers.

Thanksgiving was a success.

Black Friday:

Since we are not fans of fighting crowds to save a couple of dollars we decided to spend the day putting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house. So after a nice breakfast, I went up into the attic (luckily we have a stairway--my husband is still in a sling) and brought down the boxes of decorations and the tree.

Let me tell you a story about the tree--two years ago on the day after Christmas I went to K-mart and bought the last white Christmas tree left. Last year it was so beautiful all decorated in blue, crystal and silver. This year I opened the box and it was yellow. Yes! I had a yellow tree.

So I got to go to Walgreen's who had six and a half feet lighted trees on sale for $19.99. My mother thought that they would be all gone by the time I got there but there was a pile of boxes and it looks a bit Charley-Brownish but once the girls decorated the tree it was still very nice.

Fast-forward to bedtime:

We are all relaxing in our beds, getting ready to go to sleep when all of a sudden there is a rattle of paper bags and then a huge crash before the cats come racing in under our bed. We go into the living room and sure enough the tree is on the ground. Luckily, I know not to put breakables on our tree (kids drop stuff and cats like to climb the tree) so nothing is broken and the girls get to decorate again in the morning.

Hopefully you had a great thanksgiving and a wonderful start to the Christmas season.


Rhonda said...

I hope your tree stays in one place now! :)

It sounds like you had a wonderful week.


Tina said...

Sugar Cream pie sounds yummy!

We ventured out on Friday, but there really wasn't anything in the ad's that we "had" to get. We enjoyed the time together and a nice lunch alone. :o)



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