Happy Thanksgiving

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!

So we stated out day like any family would: Taking our first family drive in Daddy’s brand new car:

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.

During this time Alex was bugging to make his fort, so we did that while waiting for daddy (who was gone for 40 minutes!). The kids hung out in there watching the DVD player for quite some time:

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.

7 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving

  1. You’re welcome – anytime, really! Glad to hear that brining the turkey was a win, too. How did the honey cornbread turn out?

    And I wanted to say again: Super sweet car there, Eric! And a great picture, too – thanks for posting it, Shannon! I look forward to riding in it sometime.

  2. Nice car Eric! Caught us off guard a bit, but we knew you were looking. Love the color. Blue. Something different this time! Ha! Ha!

    Hope the kids had fun in their fort. It was nice talking to you. Seems like last year we didn’t get a chance to talk to you on the phone. Wonder why?
    No reports of stomach flu so far this year. Last year it got imported from out of state.

  3. Alicia – the cornbread turned out great – we have some set aside for you. The recipe made a ton! Imagine a 12×16-inch jelly roll pan filled with batter and that’s how much we got!

    G&G – Ha, Ha, very funny! And today’s phone call went so fast I really didn’t get a chance to tell anyone about the car. I was going to post the picture on Wed, but somehow never actually got around to it.

  4. That’s okay, it was a nice surprise. We know how unhappy Eric was with his last car. It was already giving him problems within the first year.
    Gee, a jelly roll pan full of honey cornbread sounds like a great Christmas dinner idea. Especially since we all like cornbread here in Ohio.
    How about if we promise not to import the Ohio stomach flu when we come?

  5. Nice car Eric…congratulations on the purchase. Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving.

    Love to all,
    Aunt Lynn & Uncle Jeff