Friday, November 23, 2012

T-Day plus one

I love Black Friday.  Or, let me rephrase that.  I love being OVER Black Friday as a shopping day, and enjoy it for being a 'free day.'

There was a brief period of time when Kathy and I would get up at the crack of dawn -- in those days the stores opened at 6 a.m. -- and one of us would head over to  ToysRUs to get a place in line, while the other grabbed the Starbucks.  We loved "the thrill of the hunt."  Our kids were young enough that we didn't have to drop a week's worth of grocery money for a few toys and things to delight them.

This morning I got up early -- aroused from a tryptophan coma -- and had the house to myself for an hour or so.  Then Joe joined me and while he worked on his computer, I put away dishes from yesterday and organized my recipe box, sorting cards and clippings from yesterday.  I also printed out a couple of recipes for leftover turkey from All Recipes dot com.


I have a small file book that I use for favorite holiday recipes.  The Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower Au Graten recipe from yesterday will go in that.  It was a big hit and one that we'll want to make again.  It now has a place of honor with our family's favorite stuffing recipe, my mom's cheesecake recipe and Aunt Mary's sour cream mashed potato recipe.


I also put yesterday's menu in the three-ring notebook that is my homemade cookbook.  There's a section devoted to holiday menus to help remember what I cook each year.  It's also helpful to have a menu already planned when I don't want to start from scratch.


A few years ago, we started a Thanksgiving tradition where everyone in our household is assigned a dish to  make.  It makes preparing the dinner a whole lot more fun for me, and the hope is that eventually I'll work myself out of a job:)  With my mother-in-law's fantabulous rolls, dinner was THE best.

For the rest of today we'll be putting up Christmas lights.  We'll have leftovers for supper and find a movie to watch tonight.

Happy T-Day + One to everyone!  How will you be spending your day?

7 comments:

Mereknits said...

You day sounds terrific. I worked early this morning but was done in three hours. I am reading blogs....very fun! And I am getting ready to take my boy to the airport, only 49 1/2 hours home...sad.
Hugs to you,
Meredith

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
WE HAD A LOVELY DAY YESTERDAY......
JACKIE OUT DID HERSELF AS USUAL.....
EVERYTHING WAS SO DELICIOUS....I REMEMBER YOUR MOM KEEPING HER RECIPES THE SAME WAY....SO DOES JACKIE.....
GREAT IDEA GIVING EVERYONE A DISH TO MAKE....IT IS EASIER FOR YOU.....
HAVE A GREAT WEEK.....LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Melinda said...

Sounds like you had a great day and that today you are getting organized.
We got up early and had our pics taken then discovered that Mr. ken needed a new coat--zipper on strike on his other coat.
Luch in between and now one of us is napping the other is on the computer.

M :)

Bee Jay said...

Brussels sprouts and broccoli sound delicious together as an au gratin - must look that one up on the web - BTW love the new bookcase you've created - great idea - what will you do with the doors - they look beautiful too.
Blessings!

Susanne said...

Oh that recipe sounds delicious and one I'm sure my family would love. I like the idea of putting your menus into a notebook to reference. Your day sounds like it was yummy and wonderful. Enjoy your day off.

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

You are super organized! Love the idea of keeping menus from years past as a record...

Xandra

Liz said...

I try to keep a list of things I made each holiday. I can remember what was a hit and what was a miss! Love the idea of assigning everyone a dish to make! Will try that for Easter!