Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We started our morning off very, very early: 6:10am. So much for them staying in their room until the alarm clock turns green. Why is it when Alex has to get up for school, I literally have to drag him out of his bed complaining “I’m tried!” at 6:30am, but on non-school days he’s up before the sun? Would really like an answer to this so I can swap the two!
Yup, we bought a new car. Eric’s old car had 90,000 miles on it and just was not holding up the way his previous car did. Had several things that were starting to go on it. We’ve been talking about this for almost a year now (about the time my car got totaled and we had to buy a new one for me). We had hoped that it would last until I didn’t have a car payment anymore, but when I had to restart that 2 years in, that became unrealistic. He did A LOT of research and picked the Honda Fit. Put a down payment down on it about 6 weeks ago and then we waited. He picked it up Tuesday night. He’s very, very excited. 🙂
Anyway, after we got back, we put our still-frozen turkey in a cooler to brine. Last night, when I said our turkey was still frozen, my bellydance teacher, Kate, said “Well put it in your brine and it will defrost.” I said, “What brine?” So she suggested Alton Brown’s recipe for brining. Eric and I checked our cookbook and there it was. It called for frozen orange juice and all we had was real orange juice, so we used that and left out some of the water. It needed to sit in the brine for at least 6 hours, so it got top billing on our list of things to do.
Then I attempted to make breakfast. Found out I had 1 1/2 cups of flour. Needed at least 1 cup for pancake mix, 1 1/2 cups for the pie crust for our pumpkin pie and 2 1/3 cups for the cornbread. Whoops. So Eric headed to the store while I prepped ingredients for breakfast.
After breakfast Eric helped me prep for dinner – peeling & cutting potatoes, carrots, celery, etc. Then the kids helped me make the pumpkin pie. Only now I discovered that I had 1/4 cup canola oil and I needed 1/2 cup. Wow, things are not going well, are they? The annoying part is that we had also made a run to the grocery store on Wed night for a few forgotten items because I had checked all my recipes. Only I didn’t check for staples like flour and oil! Instead of heading for the store again, I called our friend Alicia and then jogged the block and a half to her house to borrow some. (Thanks Alicia!)
So we finally made the pie and I cleaned up the kitchen before the 11:30 Green Bay Packers football game. Watched most of it but I had to get the turkey in the oven in the middle. Packers beat the Lions. 😀 11-0 for the first time in franchise history!
So then we just milled about the house for a couple of hours. Called my parent’s house and talked to a ton of people. At 4:30 I started cooking. Dinner was on the table at 5:55, 5 minutes early! The turkey was really good. Moist with a little bit of extra flavor. We will definitely be trying this again next year.
After that we milled about again for a while, then put the kids to bed. Then I did a little bit of online shopping before starting to type this. Finally bought Alex a booster seat for the car. Hopefully it will come quickly since I don’t need to wait until Christmas for that. Now I’m ready to go to bed, which I probably should have done an hour ago.