We had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. Truly, it does keep getting better and better each year.
Two things I learned this year:
- How to get the turkey perfect: brine, stuff with apples, oranges, and onions, keep the oven door closed and don't baste, and don't use the pop-up timer because it WILL overcook the turkey. Thanks to friends on Pinterest pointing me in all the right directions, this year's turkey was absolutely fabulous!!!
- Precook as much as possible the day(s) before Thanksgiving, including Thursday's breakfast. So much easier than trying to cook that much food in one day with excited kids around. It was 1:30 am on the night from Wednesday to Thursday when I finally went to bed, but I managed to: brine the turkey, wash and cut potatoes for mashed potatoes, make cranberry sauce, make fried onions, make green bean casserole, bake shells for pumpkin pies and get the filling mixed and ready to just pour and bake, made pecan bars and cheesecake, prepared cinnamon rolls ready to just finish rising and bake for breakfast, and did all the prep work for throwing the spiced cider in the crockpot first thing in the morning. I am tired all over again just thinking about it all.
Is it just me, or does the "Black Friday" madness get worse each year? So far, I have received over 200 emails advertising this or that great deal that I just cannot miss - and I'm only getting them from less than a dozen companies!! First the "Pre-After-Thanksgiving Sales", then the "Black Friday Week Sales", stores being open on Thanksgiving day themselves (so we can buy more China-made junk because we are so thankful for all the things we have been blessed with throughout the year), then all day my email was blown up with today's incredibly lame "doorbusters", and I guess "Super Saturday"/"Shop Local Saturday" and "Cyper Monday" are still looming. For all that, the sales aren't even anything spectacular, so why the big hoopla?
My favorite - a set of 5 knives for $1000, which is the 45% off price. That's $200 per knife, folks. It also comes with a whet stone, though I think for that kind of price, the knife should never need to be sharpened. But what do I know anyway, I cook with knives from the restaurant supply store.
We are still in holiday mode, and will continue with the Thanksgiving theme through the rest of this weekend. Come Monday, we're on to Christmas.
The kids are ahead of us in that respect. The boys set up this little tree in their room, and John and the girls were having a "Christmas party" with the coffee maker that Becky just bought from some of her birthday money. It was hilarious listening in on them. This was right before bed, and based on how much "coffee" (water) they drank, I'm guessing they'll be making trips to the bathroom all night long.
Only 31 more days until Christmas!! :)