It’s been a few days since I sat down and visited with you guys….I had my hands full to say the least. I hope you all had a truly wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by good food, beloved family and great friends. We had a lovely Thanksgiving that went off almost problem free….
You see every year I order a fresh pastured turkey from Whole foods. I really don’t care for a frozen turkey and go out of my way to have a fresh bird. This year was no exception. I ordered my turkey almost a month in advance and paid $3.00 per pound for my fresh turkey. Many of you saw my prep list. No where on it did you see defrost a turkey.
I had so many errands to run I picked up the turkey, put it in the cooler and ran all over town as holidays require us to do. I was well into my food prep before I realized the expensive deluxe turkey I went out of my way for was frozen solid!!!!! It was too late to take it back or find a place for another turkey. I was stuck with this bird that was hard as a rock!!!!
I was furious! I knew I would go and deal with those Whole Foods folks after the holiday but I was still left with THIS bird. I really was upset. We prepared the turkey and roasted it but the truth is I found it a little tough. So much work to make all the trimmings and the star of the show the turkey was not as perfect as it should have been. Sigh. I’m whining. Please forgive me. Don’t worry…first thing Friday morning I was back at whole foods demanding a full refund. I had my refund in 5 minutes flat.
We made a few changes to the final menu….(that always happens). I made an apple cranberry tart instead of the dutch apple tart. I added a bacon bread crumb topping to the creamed pearl onions (and a splash of sherry). We roasted the brussels sprouts in the left over bacon fat (instead of brown butter). We added brown butter and capers to the white asparagus. I think that’s all we changed. We had yummy food and lots of laughs.
I really did try to clean up as we went but as usual…by the end of the event the place was a wreck. I sent everyone to bed and stayed up to restore order to my world. It took me until after 1am to get it all done. You ever have your feet hurt so much it raises your blood pressure? I’m telling you that by the time I went to bed my feet were aching so badly my heart was pounding. No matter….it was worth it. My family had a great time. That’s all I wanted.
Now we are getting ready for Christmas!!!!!! All the Fall decorations are down and in the morning they will be sent back up to the attic where they will wait for another year to pass. The Christmas stuff will be going up tomorrow!!!! I am truly excited. Tonight we have eggnog topped with whipped cream. The kids have hot chocolate topped with marshmallows. We watch the polar express together. My recipes are out and waiting to be put into the order they will be made in. I can’t wait!!!!!!! I live for this time of year. I’m preheating my oven. It may not be turned off until January. I am so excited!
By the way, Penelope the pig is adjusting very well. She may just be the sweetest animal in the world (please don’t tell Daisy the goat…she may never forgive me). That pig is so much fun….we are thrilled to have her. The feel of her nose on my cheek is my very favorite thing.
I went out to kiss Daisy a little extra just from the guilt. She may think I am being a little extra needy right now…she doesn’t need to know I’ve been seeing other farm animals…not yet.
With that I am off to organize my recipes so I can let you all know what recipes are coming. Oh what fun we will have….
Here are a few pictures that I remembered to take before things got so busy I forgot…
Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!!!! May your shopping be merry and bright and on sale!!!!!