Monday, November 25, 2013

A Weekend of Food

It's the Monday before Thanksgiving and I already want out of the kitchen.
How's that for an honest start to my weekly weekend recap? Man, I feel like I was in the kitchen all weekend! And then yesterday afternoon we celebrated Thanksgiving with Doug's family and had a full on meal complete with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie... I really think I could go for a few days without another bite to eat - I'm still full this morning!
 

Friday after work I did a major grocery store run, and Saturday morning I started cooking. I experimented with making a potato frittata that morning and it turned out to be way more work than it was worth. I really should have followed some sort of recipe...next time! I baked a pan of cornbread to be used for my mom's dressing recipe this Thursday, and I made a Jell-O cheesecake so it would be set for Sunday.
 
Yesterday morning I chopped up the leftover potato frittata and made the yummiest breakfast burritos ever. Not wanting to waste the remaining ingredients, I made six burritos and wrapped and froze them for future breakfasts/camping trips for Doug.
 
Then I made a broccoli rice casserole, and some really cute penguin shaped appetizers (I'll show you those on Wednesday), and I baked three (already made/frozen) pumpkin pies. {I know, Margaret, I know...} Doug helped by washing dishes here and there which was awesome, and now I need a week off of my feet and aching knees.
 
Anyway! Yesterday afternoon/evening found us at Doug's brother's house with all of the stuff I'd been making in our kitchen and all of his family. I love those times when we are all together and I had plans to take a bunch of photos but got busy helping with food and only got a few. And most of the photos I took were a bit grainy so I made them black and white and will share a few of them here...
 
 nephews

 nieces

my amazing SIL, Janet
 
It was a rainy/cloudy/chilly weekend around here, and that's really putting me in the holiday spirit. I do think my spirit needs to stay out of the kitchen this week {don't worry, Doug and Carrie, we'll do it again on Thursday} and my holiday body needs a trip to the gym. And we're just getting started!
 
This will be a short work week for us, and we have a four-day weekend on the horizon. You know I have all kinds of happy plans...
 
I hope your piece of the planet is a happy one today!
See you tomorrow...
xo


15 comments:

Alison said...

Sounds like a fun time (except for all that cooking!) ...have a good week my reindeer!
Alison xx

Alison said...

'REINDEER'!!!.....how did that happen....should have read FRIEND!! Xx

scrappyjacky said...

I'm sure you'll be pleased to have a few days out of the kitchen....but the food and company sounds great.

debs14 said...

I'm sitting here chuckling about Alison's autocorrect error!
Looks like over in the US you have some pretty major festivities close to each other. I have enough trouble keeping on top of Christmas cooking thank goodness we don't have thanksgiving too!

Ruth said...

Funny how we find times of celebration exhausting! Remember to enjoy your week.

Kirsty.A said...

happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy all that food

Susi said...

Kitchen time....ahhhh! Thanks for sharing all the recipes. I'll be trying out the cornbread for sure! I get a bit of a break this year, going to the daughters and just making a couple of simple sides. Hope your body recovers before your next bout in the kitchen.

Miriam said...

Have a lovely week reindeer! that pie looks yummy xx

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

I've been called a lot of things in my life, but never a reindeer. Thanks, Alison - that just might be the best typo EVER! :o) xo

Beverly said...

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday1 i love Christmas but fo rme Thanksgiving has stayed purer and less stressful (I do not participate in Black friday!!!) This year the day will be different. We will have lunch here with just our 5 and maybe a +2 then by Saturday we'll be at the river and do it all over again with my parents. I am making lasagna for Friday night for a change of pace. Since we are doing just us the actual day I am changing the menu up just a bit.

Amy said...

Next you'll be sprouting a red nose and antlers!

Enjoy your week Deb :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

I am totally craving turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy and stuffing! Our boss brought in some pies last week, so I've had my pumpkin pie fix this year already.
Rinda

Karen said...

Sounds like a great weekend, despite the kitchen exhaustion! Have a fabulous holiday week!

Audrey said...

Wow, that's a lot of work. I'm lucky that Alain is a phenomenal cook. I'm usually off the hook. He'd rather eat his own food than mine and that is TOTALLY FINE by me. Everything you made sounds so delicious though....hope you find your second wind for Thursday!!!!

Gail said...

Turkey and all the fixings sounds good right about now. Hope you had 2 wonderful thanksgivings.

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