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An hour to dawn... 
Nov. 23, 2012 6:00 am 
Updated: Nov. 24, 2012 9:14 am
Frankly, I had forgotten that this time of day exsists, and am totally confused as to why I'm up rattling around in the dark at 6am, but for the life of me, I got tired of rolling around in bed after an hour + !  I imagine that J will arise soon.... too bad I've no champagne to drink while watching the sun come up - a sight I see only a few times/year, anymore.  Perhaps an Irish Coffee?

Our celebration turned out to be a great success, in which I found myself sitting between two folk who had experienced "near death" within the past year...  On my right,  sick from black mold , requiring a hospital stay and TWO surgeries, and on my left, first visit to a dr in 20 years revealed colon cancer (luckily caught early, and all signs are good at this point!)  We three huddled at one point, and could do no more than agree that we did, indeed, each have much to be Thankful for! 

As I had purchased a turkey which I immediately planted in the frige, I decided to prepare a "typical" feast for the Weds evening meal...  I dried bread and stuffed the bird (which I rarely do!)  Peeled about 6lbs of potatoes, which were mashed - a little too much milk, but they should warm up ok (I hope!)  Baked two sweet potatoes & smushed the one with a little butter, and made my annual standby veggie, scalloped corn.  Jason and I feasted until we could barely move, but I sure did enjoy digging into the meal, despite my gravy turning out poorly (I tossed it Thurs morning!)

T-Day Italiano was most enjoyable!  The meatless Lasagne was "different" than I would have made, but then, I not was asked to make it!  My turkey-pasta-green bean-Alfredo was almost totally devoured (which made me quite happy!)  The main dishes were accompanied by three vegetable dishes, and to finish it all off, there were 5 pies for 11 people!  My late night snack was pumpkin with whipped cream...  Surely, that can't be why I'm wide awake after about 5 hours of sleep!  I didn't even have post dinner coffee... 

The sky to the east is just now beginning to lighten, the stars vanishing into a sky barelye turning blue, under which a rose colored haze is being chased by a golden glow...  A few trace clouds should promise a grand sunrise! 

I predict that crazycook will simply relax at home today, tidying up the few remnants of hosting a dinner pot luck, and trying to decide just how to prepare l/o turkey for the day...  I'm sure that there will be many interesting uses posted here at allrecipes!  That is, AFTER I take a nap which I imagine I will be needing at some point!  I'm 4 hours short on a full recharge of my batteries!  Perhaps my bed is still warm..?

So, have a safe weekend, be healthy, be happy, be crazy!
Nov. 23, 2012 10:57 am
It sounds like you had a very nice holiday. Our's was quiet but all the food turned out perfectly! A happy first! LOLOL! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Nov. 23, 2012 4:03 pm
Be well, be safe, Cat. My best to you!
Nov. 24, 2012 3:58 am
I am a morning person and love nothing more than to see the sun rise. You described a beautiful sunrise for sure! Sounds like your holiday was a good one spent with good people!
Nov. 24, 2012 9:14 am
Mother Ann, hope that you had a wonderful day also! Personally I go for the sunsets (they're often very impressive out here!) but is was interesting to watch as the horizon brightened that morning! (despite telphone poles/wires!) A group of good friends do make a replacement for having no family around... Ours is small, and spread out - too much to travel often to gather. Be well!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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