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      Wednesday, November 16, 2005

07:35 AM - 11/16/2005

The topic: Thanksgiving will be at our house


This year, we’ll be eating right here at home.  Brian kind of wanted to see if we might be invited to his mom’s, since my sister-in-law actually called here and carried on a conversation with me last month, but alas, it wasn’t to be.

Three years ago, I think it was, I cooked for myself.  Brian and his mom were visiting his brother and sister-in-law in Colorado.  The next year, Brian and I were in Colorado.  Last year, we ate at Disneyland.

The Colorado dinner was good, but it wasn’t traditional (in other words, it was a healthy meal).  The dinner last year at Disneyland, the Riverbelle Terrace version, was horrible, just awful.  Not even close to traditional.  Well, there was turkey….*lol*

So, this year, I’ll make dinner.  Brian said he thought it was an awful lot of work.  I don’t care, every once in a while I’d like a traditional dinner.  So, this year, I’m going for it.

And I think I’ll invite my mom.  Brian will pick her up and take her home so she doesn’t have to worry about driving home in the dark.

I started working on my grocery list this morning.  I almost forgot to put turkey on it.  smilie_lol

I’m gonna make mashed potatoes and sweet potaytuhs with marshmallows on top.  I’m gonna make pumpkin pies (store bought crusts, though, it’s been a long time since I made a pie and I don’t want to get too frustrated rolling out the dough).  I’m going to use my ice cream maker and make vanilla bean ice cream (I bought a vanilla bean last week, that sucker was over six bucks for one!). I’m going to have creamed peas and green bean casserole.  I’m going to use my breadmaker and make my own dinner rolls.  I’m going to make gravy from the drippings.

I told Brian this morning that I can make a bunch of the stuff early in the day and just keep it warm in crockpots.  I’ve certainly got enough of them.

We’ll use our good china and our good flatware.  I might even buy some decorations.

This is gonna be nice.  Lots of food and lots and lots of leftovers.  Yum. 

Brian said he might just work on his tractor that day.  So he’ll be home.  And I said “yeah, and you’ll get to smell all the cooking smells!”

The cats will be loving it.  They like turkey.  Some of them have never had a homecooked turkey.  Won’t they be pleasantly surprised?


I don’t know about the cats, but I’m drooling just reading about it.

Hubby will be home and have the day off for the first time in ten years. We’ll do the turkey, gravy, mashed taters and a veggie. The kid and dad prefer french bread to rolls so maybe I’ll do that instead. I love leftovers.

Posted by Wilkal @ Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 5:13:07 PM

Hey gotta question.  I am looking for a crockpot do you have a favorite one or one you recommend?  Thanks

Posted by DonnaB @ Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 5:26:07 AM

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Crockpot recommendation?  Well, number one, it has to be a Rival brand.  I’ve had others and they just never seem to be as good as a Rival.  They run too hot and they don’t have that coating on the crock that makes for easy clean up.

How many will you be cooking for?  A crockpot is most efficient when at least half full.  Bigger isn’t always necessarily better.

Multiple heat settings are a must, too.  Low, high and warm. 

I know the round ones used to have a bread making container you could drop down into it.  I don’t know if they have those anymore.  But they do have meat racks for both round and oval crockpots.

They have one right now at our local CostCo that has me salivating.  Only I can’t really justify getting it now.  Well, if I can justify it because the color matches the new replacement stuff I’ve been buying, I could. I doubt hubby would go for that, though. 

Posted by lisaviolet @ Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 2:06:07 PM

Well I usually only cook for hubby, me and 18 month old but I like leftovers.  Which one do they have at Costco, might go check it out.  Thanks!

Posted by DonnaB @ Friday, November 18, 2005 - 4:55:07 PM

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