Nightmares on Holiday Street
Nov. 20, 2011 8:53 pm
Updated: Nov. 24, 2011 7:35 am
With the onset of the holiday week, friends and I have embarked on a "shop for friends" effort... Rose has been to both Fry's and Fresh and Easy (though the latter was for other friends of hers,) I'm slated to get to Safeway tomorrow, and even Denise
called this morning to offer to pick up the odd item or two...
From my point of view, I'm making out the best, but then I'm also spending more than either of them... so perhaps percentage wise we're on an even tally... The nightmare will be sorting out just who owes who what! I'm guessing that I'd best lay in some cash
also, as I'll owe Rose a few $, I'm sure! Bless her heart, she's picked up 4 turkeys and 3 hams in two days! All she wanted was part of one ham!
I at first thought that I'd buzz through the holiday without having to prepare a turkey, but once I'd had a chance to think things through, I double checked... and one of the turkeys that Rose picked up was then for me, to toss in the oven come Thursday - unless
I attempt to cook it on the grill... Naw, while I might try another time, the holiday won't be a good time for a first attempt (don't want to eat at midnight!) Of course I will also be compelled to make my scalloped corn that I like and only prepare on Thanksgiving
due to the quantity. Then there are the dinner rolls - another "side" that I serve only when there will be a crowd... and thus far, we have no appetizer(s) coming, however there will (as always) be plenty of desserts! I had thought of making a layered Pumpkin
Cheesecake (recipe here at AR,) and while I do have all the ingredients except the "crust," I'm just not sure I need to go to the extent - an appetizer might be more called for!
The next question is, use the disposable "fine" china and plastic cutlery, or shall I pull out the stops and drag out the "real" china instead? It's already out of it's cupboard while I'm paining, as is the crystal! I DO have service for 12! That would save
me from needing to put it all away before the "day..." I guess that I have time to ponder these questions, and to what extent I want to go in providing dishes that aren't as yet slated to arrive with guests. Scratch dinner rolls, as Doug ALWAYS brings his
orange bread... and scratch the dessert... Feasably, I could say that all I really need to do is provide the turkey, plates, glasses, cutlery... So why am I fretting? Because that's what I do, I FRET! I love to entertain, but then my "control freak" side
comes out (this might be the only situation that IT rises...)
So, as we are all making our holiday plans, take a moment every day to be thankful... for family and friends, for health, and for the little things such as the beauty of a sunset or sunrise, the joy we feel from a pet... AND for the wonderful foods we are all
so obsessed with! Then there's the thanks to AllRecipes for bringing us together, meeting other folk who share the passions... You all get my drift, I'm sure! Have a safe and HAPPY holiday! Just take a few minutes to be crazy, ok?