Friday, November 13, 2009

Thanksgiving Thoughts

It's been busy here! Normal.... I got distracted on Wednesday and then was consumed with fumigating my house yesterday. So.Much.Fun.

Honestly, I have my Mother, My MIL and my nephew coming to stay for a week for Thanksgiving. And I have about four other people who will be here on Thanksgiving. So, it was necessary for us to take care of the yucky roach issue we have been facing. Now, I am in the midst of having to wash every dish and surface in my home to make sure that the yucky bug spray is gone from them. Again.... At least my house will be clean when I am done! LOL

So, speaking of Thanksgiving.

Being married to a chef can make for interesting holidays. Luckily, over the past few years, my husband has worked at a restaurant where they are closed for both Thanksgiving and Christmas days. That means..... he cooks! I love that I am able to have him cook holiday meals and he loves doing it. In addition to that, we usually end up with several other cooks coming over to join us. This year we will have two or three line cooks from the restaurant coming over and helping with the cooking and joining us for the meal. Fun!!!! (That means I will get to hand over my title of sous chef to someone else and spend time sitting on my butt.... LOL)

Anyway, we have quite a few traditional dishes that we cook every year and Steven always adds one or two new dishes. This year, we may end up switching out some of our regular dishes. We haven't planned the total menu as of yet. I am going to link to articles I wrote that share the recipes for some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Feel free to pop over and read them, I get paid per view on these articles. Don't feel obligated, though! I am just too lazy to repost them here or I would.

Tea Brining A Turkey
Green Bean Casserole with A Twist
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Zesty Cranberry Sauce
Marinated Butternut Squash
Cucumber Salad

Of course, we also have sweet potato casserole and mashed potatoes as well. Along with many other foods! What are your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes? I would love to get links or recipes to some new dishes to try this year! Do you plan your menu well in advance or just a week or so? And how many people do you usually end up cooking for?

I am also trying to find some good, easy Thanksgiving crafts to do with the boys that week. We get the entire week off of school here so we will have plenty of time to craft and color.... if you have some great crafts or traditions I would love to have you share them with me!

Alright, back to post-fumigation clean up....


Mrsblogalot said...

Would it be wrong to add a bottle of rum to the mashed potatoes to numb the family drama?

Joey said...

I do love showing up and eating a fantastic dinner at my mom's house year after year. This is the one relationship where I'm never required to reciprocate!

Jenna said...

Is it really a good idea to have MORE chefs in the house? Will we have to soundproof the kitchen so we can't hear them yelling at each other?


Alisa said...

The fumigation is very likely going to be ineffective unfortunately. So much resistance to the pesticides. Seriously, go to the store and buy a big box of borax powder. Its in the laundry section. Rectangular box. Sprinkle it along the baseboards, inside corners of cupboards/cabinets, behind stove and all other installed appliances, closets, even across threshholds. And all over the carpets! Rub it in good and that breaks up the chunks too. Ok to walk on it...nontoxic. Leave it there for at least a week and vacuum up. Leave the stuff in the cabinetry tho. What it does is stick to their legs and body and dessicates the bugs AND the eggs. They don't avoid it since its odorless! Instantly stops the entire cycle of eggs/larvae/live ones. $4 a box. Takes care of fleas, spiders, ants, etc. Pest control industry tries to keep this one a secret. I use it regularly. I even used it in my car once when THAT got infested with roaches. Works on the live ones in a day or so, and you never see new ones cuz they're already dead in the sac. Mwah ha ha. And don't be stingy with it. Buy two boxes if its a big house and a third for backup just in case. If you don't use it for the bugs, you can always use it in the laundry! Haha. Love, hugs. Alisa

Rae Ann said...

So jealous of all the cooks at your house! I am doing Thanksgiving with my aunt for the first time this year. Everyone brings their favorite dishes, so I am bringing homemade hot rolls and cranberry salad. The salad is more like dessert than a salad (marshmallows and whipped cream? Yum!) and has been on every holiday table of my life.

I'm following you from the MBC Under 100 Club. I would have sworn I was following you already, but that's what I get for swearing! Looking forward to reading more.