On the Monday prior to Thanksgiving we had a second warm day giving us a break from the bitter cold that we had experienced earlier in the week. Thank goodness because I think that I have had to run my heat more this November than in the last ten years here. So that small two day break was welcome.
The sunrise was glorious that morning, but I was too occupied with the grandkids to catch any photos. Later on, the wind was very strong…we had gusts of 50 mph. or more all afternoon. I had a lot of roof shingles in my yard!
I did get out there to catch some pre-sunset photos :
My oldest is home from St. Louis for Thanksgiving week. He is staying with my middle son ( I have 3 ) since the spare bed there is more comfortable than my couch. On Thanksgiving, I cooked my turkey early, then made gravy, and took it down there for turkey / gravy sandwiches at lunchtime.
Later on they had friends over and the menu consisted of ribs, cornbread, salad, sweet potato fries and then one of the guys was frying up some deer meat…it tasted delicious! My youngest brought his little puppy over and I enjoyed playing fetch with him…he’d chase the ball clear across the room and end up sliding on the slippery floor in the end; too cute.
This was not the ‘real’ Thanksgiving dinner…that will be on Friday.
On Friday some 20+ people will gather for a traditional dinner of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and so on…my son plans to wrap his turkey in bacon, then fry up the bacon to use with collard greens.
The oldest is making the stuffing. He says this is the best stuffing recipe he’s ever had. I am looking forward to trying it. He had several loaves of Italian bread cut up and drying. I know that the recipe has red peppers, onions, sausage, celery, basil and oregano and cooking wine…we made broth for it from the turkey neck and giblets yesterday. Not sure if there is anything else in the recipe but I’ll find out later.
I still have half of my own turkey meat here, ( after using some for those hot sandwiches-w-gravy yesterday ) and that will go towards a few pot pies and soup over the weekend. I think that I look forward to the soup more than anything. As soon as the meat’s off my turkey all of those bones and bits go into a pot for the first stage of broth-making. I did that yesterday. This morning I’ll skim the fat off of the top and go on to the second stage with the vegetables and later on some rice or noodles.
And the other wonderful thing about Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie for breakfast. I am not sure if any of you do that but I love it :)
If you haven’t made pot pies in awhile I posted a recipe on Wednesday; it’s tried and true, and best of all, easy! :)