Friday, November 27, 2009

Flipping The Bird....a new adventure

I would imagine that blog post title should capture some attention. Hahaha....well we had some laughs at the dinner table yesterday about me flipping the bird at 7:30 am yesterday. I tried out some new recipes that I discovered in the book that I picked up at the library a couple of weeks ago. One recipe was a way to prepare the bird so that is not so dry. It sounded really good because you make a broth with onions carrots and celery with several spices, a little butter and water and baste the turkey in that, invert the bird so that the breast is on the bottom for 2 hours. I awoke at 2:30 am, for who knows what reason.....decided to come downstairs and start cleaning the bird because it was a big one, about 22 lbs. I had everything ready for the baking process at 5:30. All was going well, until 7:30 when it was time to flip it. I must have missed the part in the book where they give you specific instructions on how to do this. I had no leverage around this bird with which to hold onto. It was barely cooked at this point, and very slippery. I could not get a grip on it with any utensils without tearing it all to shreds, and I so wanted the thing to turn out looking like a Norman Rockwell photo. I finally had to grab the thing with pot holders and wrestle it over, while all the yummy broth ingredients sprayed all over me and the kitchen. I managed to take a photo of it but it was....gross looking.... and that is why you see a photo of the one dish that actually turned out looking half way good. My Million Dollar pie. I went back to bed after the bird flipping for one hour.
All in all....the day was very enjoyable. We played Cranium and that was a lot of fun, and told some funny stories while we feasted on the meal in the dining room. I tried to ask everyone to arrange their food on their plate to make it "picture perfect" for a photo contest. Katy has the photos on her camera and I haven't seen them yet.
My food was just "okay" this year. Nothing was very special. The dressing recipe I made was not very good, and the lemon meringue pie was so runny I will have to throw it away. I still haven't figured that out because after I made it, it looked fine. I followed the recipe exactly....so it remains a mystery for right now.
Next year I think I will just go buy store bought items, and give up on the "made from scratch" route. It just wasn't worth the effort that went into it. Bob Evans has some really tasty "already made" things.
The best part of it all..... was that we had so much fun. No drama...nothing negative about the entire day, as far as I know. Just lots of blessings.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Update of My Days.......


Boy....I have been slipping with the upkeep of my journal blog here. Almost a week has past since I wrote something. We had a great weekend of playing around with a new toy I bought. A power washer. Our home with white siding had become...well...gross, and it was going to take more muscle than we possess. I researched power washers...a little... and discovered we could do just fine with an inexpensive one, and it worked! It took most of the weekend, but we now have a much "cleaner looking outside" and I did the driveway also. Come Spring we will finish it, but we managed to get it to look better anyway.
Our weather has been wonderful! Except for today...it is dark and rainy today. But, after doing the shopping yesterday for the Thanksgiving feast, I am just snug as a bug in my home, doing some of the prep work for the bigger work load I will face tomorrow. The cornbread has been made for the dressing, and I have made 2 pie shells. This is my first time of trying to make homemade pie shells. If they work out, I will photo them and post them later. I make so many dishes that they have to be made days ahead of time, and in stages, according to how much I can store in the fridg.
Hanging out in the kitchen, I have been watching a little more TV than usual. I watched Rachel Ray for the first time today. The main thing I got out of the show was that she invented a pot designed to hold spaghetti without having to break it up. I have always broken my spaghetti up in half to fit in the pot. I kinda like the sound of snapping the spaghetti, so don't know that I will run out and buy the pot. It is a great invention though and I would imagine it could be used for other items that have a more oblong shape.
Back to work for now.......

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever