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Thursday, November 28, 2013
November 28th Challenge
it’s Christina –
gobble, gobble. The day of the feast has finally arrived.
went to bed early last night, I think I was asleep by 9:30, with the hopes of
getting a few extra hour of sleep, so I could be well rested for all that still
needed to be accomplished today. As you can see by the timestamp of this post,
it didn’t quite work out that way.
woke up at 2:30 and couldn’t fall back to sleep. I laid in bed until three and
then gave up. So far all I have done was load the dishwashers – that’s not a
typo, we actually do have two dishwashers. It’s a cool, two drawer,
independently run unit by Fisher and Paykel. The dishwasher came for free as a
promotional item with the stove we purchased, a stove which later today will
have all six of its burners running at the same time, and will be baking our
turkey as well as several sides all at the same time! Can you tell I LOVE my
I finish this blog entry and my first of, I’m sure, several cups of coffee, I
need to find quiet things to work on so I don’t disturb my sleeping family.
Vacuuming at 4:30 in the morning will not go over well. What I think I’ll do is
get all the food prepped and in the pots/pans/dishes to be cooked. I can do that,
put it all on the back porch to get it out of my way (okay, so a cold day does
have its benefits at times, but I still don’t like the cold), and then I can
get my kitchen cleaned.
turkey doesn’t need to get into the oven until 10:30 to be ready for supper at
6, so that will give me time to whip up a batch of corn bread. First thing I’m
going to do though is stick little PostIt notes all over the kitchen saying, “Don’t
Forget the Butter!” It’s a standing Thanksgiving joke around here. The corn
bread recipe I use calls for melted butter. I melt the butter in the microwave
while I’m combining the other ingredients. I make the corn bread, actually corn
breads, I do those little individual loaves. They look beautiful on the cooling
rack. I open the microwave to pop in whatever’s next, and there’s the butter. I
have done this several times, and it’s always and only the corn bread I screw
up, year after year. I’ve even make it a point to tell whomever is helping me
in the kitchen, not to let me forget the butter, and they forget to remind me.
I would just give up, but when the recipe is done correctly, it’s the yummiest
corn bread ever.
than the biscuits which I’ll pop in right before we eat, the corn bread is the
only baking I need to do today. Last night, Lys baked an apple pie and two
pumpkin pies for me. I had asked her to use my deep-dished Longaberger
casserole to make the apple pie, and to use three jars of the apples I had
canned. Since we were only making one apple pie, I wanted it to be a big one. Instead
of the casserole dish, Lys used a Longaberger pie plate, and she did use 3
quart sized jars to fill the pie.
crow. If I had just made pies with fresh apples, I probably would have gotten
at least five pies; but since we picked the apples so early, I couldn’t use
fresh, I had to can them or they would have gone bad before I could have used
them. I filled eight quart sized jars of apples. I already used two for a
cobbler I made a few weeks ago, and now Lys used three to make one average
sized pie, which means I only have one pie’s worth of apples left. That’s sad.
Cleaning, peeling, cutting and canning those apples took hours. Seems like an
awful lot of work for very little yield.
it’s going on five already, and if I want to get finished by one so I can sneak
in a nap before people get here, I had better get moving.
hope you have a blessed day, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Your Last Challenge
I’m thankful for…
I know ten minutes will not be enough
time for this challenge, because I really do have much to be thankful for, at
least fifteen minutes worth. J
I’m thankful we have food to eat.
I’m thankful we can provide shoes for our
I’m thankful for the roof over our
I’m thankful we can sleep in a bed.
I’m thankful for those who gave their
lives so we can live free.
I’m thankful for our dear friends and
I’m thankful I have a husband and
children to love.
I’m thankful for the many blessing we
receive from above.
Since I knew I couldn’t possibly list
everything, I guess my brain thought a more generalized poem would suffice.
Yup, I’m still a little baffled when a challenge produces a poem. The one thing
I didn’t mention above was I am incredibly thankful to be able to do something
I truly love, writing; and I am thankful for all of you, reading.
Next Challenge is to go have a wonderful day with your family.
You have all day. Enjoy them and your time together. Eat
delicious food. Throw your calorie counter out the window. Have a slice of
pumpkin and a slice of apple pie. Laugh and make memories. Go.