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Put the Kettle on....

Bring on the Bird!! 
Nov. 23, 2011 8:26 am 
Updated: Nov. 25, 2011 9:00 pm
As I sit down with my cup of hot cider made from my new Keurig beverage machine, geriatric dog curled up and snoring at my side - I gaze into my kitchen at my now nice and clean kitchen; baking smells still swirling around and mixing together.  Pumpkin pie, cherry pie, apple pie, and a blackberry cobbler all are cooling.  My part in the preparation for the Big Day is done.  All I have to do now is hop in the car and arrive at my sister's house; where even more smells will be mingling and wafting from her kitchen. 

I've already started to count my blessings and note all I have to be thankful for.  And there's plenty there - whole pages full.  Now I'm going to note what I'm HOPEFUL for.  I'm hopeful my son will bring home only clean clothes, no big piles of dirty socks and underwear for me to wash.  I realize that hope will be dashed in about an hour when he comes bursting through the door, lugging those bags of dirty clothes.  I marvel how a kid can find his way home after being deposited 60 miles from his front door in a strange town, yet he can't find his way to the laundry room; a place that has never changed his entire life and he has to go past to reach the kitchen. 

I'm hopeful that the same dear son as mentioned above will choose a night out at the Mexican restaurant for dinner over ham and scalloped potatoes.  I'm pretty sure I can hold that hope high - unless he truly is homesick for home cooking.  But.... I suddenly remember he had a homecooked meal on Sunday when he surprised us with his presence; Mexican may just win out. 

I hope that all my friends will have as nice a day as I'm pretty sure I will be having tomorrow.  Dinner at my li'l sis's house is sure to be good.  Last year we weren't so sure - that was the year the power went out and her turkey had to be carted across town to a friend's oven to finish cooking.  My brother-in-law finished up all the sides on their camping stove set up on the back of his pick-up truck.  Even with that stress added into the picture her dinner was perfect, so I'm sure she can handle any mishap thrown her way.  I know the company will be good - it always is.  And if it isn't - I've already heard my daughter is bringing the leftover wine from our surprise anniversary party - a couple glasses of wine can make any company seem good! 

I think I'll go enjoy another cup of hot cider before I decide what task to tackle next.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Nov. 23, 2011 8:39 am
I have had my Keurig for 2 years, Just love that thing, I Do have two "My K-Cups" so I can use my own coffee, Tea etc...
Nov. 23, 2011 8:45 am
KingSparta, I don't have one of those yet, but I do intend to get one. I've only had mine about 3 weeks.
Nov. 23, 2011 8:54 am
Nice blog Mother Ann. I say let the kids and grand-kids bring the laundry so we can visit while we wait for the buzzer to go off. Happy Thanksgiving.
Nov. 23, 2011 9:16 am
bd.weld - you have a point. I'd just rather visit and skip the running up & down the steps to switch out the loads. LOL
Nov. 23, 2011 12:01 pm
Mother Ann I went back and read what happen on thanksgiving 2010, that was some bad luck. I would have to finish my turkey on my grill, and I do have camping stoves too so not all would be lost. Today on the cooking show "The Chew" Michael Symon actually grilled the turkey, I think that would taste good.
Nov. 23, 2011 1:38 pm
the Buzz is sure aBuzz today, so much going on. I am sitting between batches of cookies in the oven. Loved your blog as always and it reminds me of a story when my oldest son realized mom was not super woman, which you are going to hear LOL.... I was having a horrible week, broke several pieces of machinery and a quad (ATV) went down, I think something happened to the well that week also. Redneck Grampa was away at work so nothing could get fixed until he came home or I had to hire it out or bug a neighbour to help me. Anyway creppy week from h e-double hockey sticks. My oldest son comes out to the garden and informs me that he has no clean socks, I inform him that there are some in the dryer. We exchange looks, his look said "Aren't you going to come in the house and get them and fold them?" My look responded and I am not sure what it said but he got a deer in the headlight look, quickly turned around and walked back in the house. When I came in, the clothes were all out of the dryer and some clothes were folded on the table. LOL! Poor kid lost his innocent. baby, ways that day. He was about 8 or 9 years old.
Nov. 23, 2011 1:47 pm
RNG - I got a chuckle out of your story. Reminds me of when my son was about that age and I would just finally lose it - sick and tired of being the maid. He'd hear me start on my rampage and he'd scoot down to his room and start throwing toys, clothes, shoes, whatever under his bed, in his drawers, wherever he could put it so it would be off the floor and out of sight.
Nov. 23, 2011 8:09 pm
A good cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, apple cider,,,, from my Keurig always starts my day! You will like the "my K-cup", too! I remember when my 2 would come home from college for Thanksgiving...all the kids over again... good times. BTW, your Anniv party sounded like it was wonderful. Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!!
Nov. 23, 2011 10:05 pm
Happy Thanksgiving Mother Ann! My daughter came home for all of about 2 seconds to collect the car that she was "Gifted" and she is floating out there somewhere! I will find her later sleeping in her bed and then waiting tomorrow afternoon for some dinner. But I will love it still. And I am hopeful that you and all will have the best Thanksgiving, no matter what is on your plate!
Nov. 24, 2011 2:58 am
chris - I am loving my Keurig. I'm thinking the "my K-cup" will be a great Christmas present! ;) The anniversary party was fantastic - something we'll talk about for a very long time!
Nov. 24, 2011 3:00 am
Anissa - my son was home a little longer than 2 seconds, mainly so he wouldn't miss out on the Mexican dinner. He did go out with his high school buddies last night but it was an early night. He and his dad always go out hunting Thanksgiving morning so he knew he had to be up early. Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Nov. 25, 2011 9:00 pm
Awwwwww ... I love your kids!Missed mine at thanksgiving... they were with thier inlaws... we get them for Christmas! And the grandson too! Hope you had a great holiday! I sure did! BTW thanks for your special my blog! Means so much!
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About Me
I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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