i survived another thanksgiving
Thanksgiving dinner went off without any real issues. I ended up toning down the feast a bit. I not only realized this was way too much food for four people and one pre-schooler, but I was running out of time and oven space. I nixed the stuffed mushrooms and the corn souffle. I had just about run out of milk too, so that also meant the corn souffle was really not going to happen, even if I could find a place in the oven for it.
B was in charge of finishing tidying up the house, while I cooked. I came down to the kitchen around 8:30 am and pretty much went non-stop until 2:30 pm. I took a break to change my clothes, and laid down for about 5 minutes. Then it was back to check on the turkey, and get everything ready for that last half hour of getting everything to the table warm.
I let the turkey rest in a sink full of water, while I started on the gravy and the stuffing. The gravy required blanching 24 cloves of garlic three times. It isn't difficult, but labor intensive. While the garlic was blanching, I sauteed the onions and other vegetables.
Once the turkey was ready to go in the oven, I was somewhat relieved. If nothing else, we would have turkey and pie. There was a moment where I couldn't find the onions for the green bean casserole, but I just went and did something else. When I came back, I found them.
We ended up eating on the patio. It was 80F in LA yesterday. It was actually nice. Of course, it is still autumn, so once the sun starting setting, it got chilly, so we went inside.
We had pie a few hours later in the (formal) dining room. It is pretty ironic that I currently reside in a house that has three dining tables, that seat at least six people, after not having a dining table for so long.
At the end of the day, I was too busy and tired to really get upset or sad. I dragged my sore body downstairs to put the remaining food away. I was going to have a turkey sandwich, but really was too tired. I forced myself to do a load of dishes, and then went to bed.
It was nice not to deal with any family drama at least. Of course, it doesn't make for the most interesting of blog posts.
on the night stand :: 14 Cows for America by Carmen Deedy.