Countdown to Turkey Day: Guests & Menu

Sorry I’m late!!!!! (This was meant to post earlier)

The dining room has stayed clean, chairs are all located. I still need to assemble the “kid table”.

The guests have been invited.

The menu has been mostly decided: Turkey, ham, gravy, deviled eggs, mashed potatoes, gingered carrots, dressing, and cranberry sauce. Dessert will probably be pumpkin bread pudding.

I need additional serving dishes and to decide if I’m serving family-style or having a banquet line.

Countdown to Turkeyday: New House Edition

It’s my first Turkeyday in the new house.

ACKSQUEE!

The good news is the dining room is mostly clean. The bad news is I now have to KEEP it that way for the next 2 1/2 weeks. I also need to set up the other dining room table for the kids.

And fight the urge to rip the carpet up and paint the walls and put laminate down. Fight HARD.

I’ve started a “soft menu” spreadsheet, not only noting what we simply MUST HAVE or it won’t be Thanksgiving, but if I need a pan/serving dish of a particular size.

Many many thanks to Heather at Home-Ec 101 for having an easy-to-follow plan (and for reminding me to write!)

Help me find this cartoon

There was a straight line, in love with a dot.

The dot tried to dance with the straight line, but all the line could do was seesaw back and forth and drop the dot (or it simply rolled off)

The dot then went to dance with a scribble (breaking the straight line’s heart, of course). The scribble dropped the dot too, just not as often.

Then the straight line discovered it was capable of making fractal/ kaleidoscope designs that were much nicer looking than the scribble, and the dot rolled over to dance THAT way

And they danced happily ever after.

…welcome to my autistic mind. I only saw that cartoon once, which is why I don’t know the title or studio.

Update: clearly my google-fu was weak on this one. The cartoon is called The Dot and the Line, and you can see it riiiight here:

In the Closet

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This, after living here for two months.

I thought I would give hangers a try. It works, but only partially.

(Mostly because I rarely take the clothes out of the dryer and hang them up right then and there.)

I thought it would be easier after a few weeks, that since I’m not folding anymore, it would be different. NEWP! The clothes still sit in a pile in the laundry basket, wrinkles becoming creases the longer they sit.

After measuring, re-measuring, and much waffling over the idea, the thought of installing shelves occurred. Shelves, so I could fold the supercasual at-home clothes. I looked around at the materials available and carried myself to the hardware store..

It has been a whirlwind

Oh Dear Reader, lemmetellyasomethin':

You never realize how much crap you have until you have to move it.

On top of that, I didn’t realize how much of Mom’s crap was still in the house after she moved out.

I hired a dumpster and filled it and STILL have stuff in my house that I wasn’t planning on bringing with us.

We did it in a hurry, but move we did, and I love and adore my new house.

(But it’s really really weird, having neighbors.)

Happy Springish!

You know what I did this weekend right?

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and then I checked out my earth boxes and was shocked to find green stuff!

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I cannot tell you how much neglect these lovely suffered outside through this harsh winter. I didn’t do anything to them at all. I didn’t  cover them or anything!

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Now to find a use for all that dried thyme…

No recipe this week

I haven’t cooked.

Well, I’ve cooked, but it’s been stuff you don’t really need a recipe/method for. Eggs & bacon with toast. Spaghetti. Mac & cheese.

And then The Eldest got a stomach bug and generously shared it with me, and broth / egg drop soup is all that sounds remotely appealing. At all.

I had a biscuit failure this weekend.

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Mistake #1 – used a new recipe.

Mistake #2 – overmixed.

Mistake #3 – rolled out with the marble roller instead of the wooden one. (The wooden one has been sacrificed to kool-aid colored playdough)

The bubbles that help make my biscuits light and fluffy never had a chance. Poor bubbles :(

To make up for that, I made an apple pancake for breakfast Sunday morning. The children hooted it down absolutely: “It’s too SWEET to eat for breakfast Mama!” (even though it was served with a side of bacon and scrambled eggs). Okay boys, dessert for the next few days is already ready already.

Although I might be persuaded to make some vanilla ice cream to go with it. Or ginger….. Hmmm. Ginger ice cream.

DINGDING.

Apple Pancake

Serves 8 - 10
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Meal type Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 2 Granny Smith or other tart apple (peeled, cored and thinly sliced)
  • 3/4 cups light brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted, divided 2/1)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger (ground (the holiday baking spice, not the fresh peppery stuff. Although that would be mightytasty))
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk

Note

Add the spices to the batter for a different flavor.

Directions

Put the apples in a bowl with the brown sugar and spices. Stir to combine, then set aside.
Melt 2 tbs butter in your cast iron frying pan.
Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, then pour in the eggs and butter. Pour in 1 cup of milk, then stir a bit. Add the remaining milk a splash at a time, as needed. You want a creamy, yet pourable batter.
Pour apple mixture into the butter in your cast iron frying pan. Spread 'em out evenly. Or not.... whatever thrills your soul.
Pour the pancake batter over the apples.
Bake at 425F for 20 minutes or until done.

Curried Tuna Salad

Originally posted 11/2/11 and 8/31/2004. Wow, I really want you to try this curried tuna salad, yeah?

When I originally wrote about it, I was experimenting with mix-ins, to find a better balance of flavor. I also suggested chicken. I never ever make it with chicken.

Why?

Because in my head chicken salad is made with mayo and pickle and chopped onion and celery and apple and raisins.  WE DON’T MESS WITH THE ROUTINE, PEOPLE!

The original recipe is from The Blood Type Diet Recipe Database and I’ve posted it here as written. I just don’t mess with it as much as I originally thought I would.

Curried Tuna Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon dried onion
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Bragg's Liquid Aminos OR Soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 cans tuna
  • 1 can water chestnuts (chopped)

Directions

Mix everything but the tuna and water chestnuts together and let sit for 20-30 minutes so the flavors will marry.
Stir the tuna and chopped water chestnuts into the dressing. Let sit overnight for best flavor, but it's good at any time.