Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Recap and Weekly Menu 11/26 - 12/1

I'm a bit behind on where I thought I'd be by the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Plan A: Wednesday - use a vacation day. Make the dinner rolls, chocolate caramel shortbread bars and cranberry sauce. Super clean the entire apartment. Thursday - appetizers at 1:30, dinner at 3. Go to Walmart at 9:30 for the Black Friday sales. Friday - decorate for Christmas, make a Thanksgiving recap post, do some homework. Saturday and Sunday - finish college class, catch up on blog, relax.

When my vacation request email was ignored, I moved onto Plan B: Weekend before Thanksgiving: make dinner rolls and the shortbread part of the chocolate caramel shortbread bars. Wednesday - super clean the entire apartment. Thursday - make cranberry sauce and then follow the rest of Plan A.

What Really Happened: I did end up making the dinner rolls and chocolate caramel shortbread bars the weekend before. I followed my Thanksgiving list in regards to prep for Tuesday. Wednesday however, is where my plans went to hell. Tom and I picked up fast food for dinner on the way home. After eating, I cleaned and vacuumed the living room and dining room. Then I cut up all of the potatoes for the mashed potatoes. Then I parked my ass on the couch and refused to move. Knowing I still had a ton of things to do, I decided I could at least feel better if I made a list with a time line to keep me on track. I only had a full sheet of notebook paper listing what needed to be done.

Thanksgiving: I grudgingly woke up when my alarm for work went off. At 5:30 AM.  I actually did a pretty good job of following my list exactly and getting everything done in the time frames until around 10 AM. Then I just didn't feel like doing anything anymore. But a quick look in the mirror reminded me that it wouldn't be nice to scare my guests (even if they are family) by looking like a crazy person splattered with potato starch liquid, pink stained fingers from the cranberry sauce and Medusa hair. So I hauled my ass into the shower. Refreshed, I managed to get everything done before anyone showed up.

Everyone chowed down on the appetizers and everything was good until 2:30 when I started getting everything else together for dinner. I forgot one small part about Thanksgiving. When my uncle carves a turkey, he doesn't just carve off each for us to eat, he completely cleans the turkey down to the bones. Which takes about an hour. Somewhere around 4:30 we ended up eating. Oops. It was around 7:30 before everyone left. At 9:30 we ventured out to Wal-Mart to pick up the two things we needed. It wasn't anywhere near a mad house. I love living in the middle of no where.
[salted caramel chocolate shortbread bars]*

Friday: I really did have every intent of getting the apartment decorated and getting some homework done, but Tom commented on how unseasonably warm it was and that made him not want a tree. The bed also looked really comfortable so I hung out there all day with my Kindle.

Yesterday was a bit more productive. We went to the grocery store and planned for a mini-Thanksgiving again for just us today. I managed to complete my accounting class two weeks early. WOO HOO! We had vegetable soup for dinner, pulled out all of the decorations and were generally just lazy.

We really should get the tree today since I'm pretty concerned on how the kitten is going to react to it. She already likes climbing over the totes and bags of decorations. We really should have gotten it early so we could see how she would be around it. Oh well.

And now onto the menu for this week.

Saturday - Vegetable Soup 

Sunday - (Mini-Thanksgiving) Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Corn, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce and Rolls 

Monday - Apricot Pork with Baked Potatoes and Green Beans 

Tuesday - Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

Wednesday - Beef Fajitas

Thursday - Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup 

Friday - either leftovers or whatever Tom plans to make 

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving and didn't deal with too many crazy people out there for the great sales on Thursday evening and Friday morning! 

*My caramel didn't turn out for the salted caramel chocolate shortbread bars and my attempts to use something else just ended up in a big mess. I won't be posting this recipe until I'm able to get it right.*

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