I have almost everything crossed off my Thanksgiving prep list that I made yesterday morning. The house is as clean as it ever gets, as evidenced from my dust-induced sinus headache today. The only thing left is to sweep the front stoop and mop the kitchen floor, and said floor mopping will be done after David makes his pie.
The butternut squash is cooking in the crockpot. The vegan dinner rolls are rising and will soon be ready to bake. Still to be done is the Whole Grain Stuffing with Caramelized Onions and Pecans, which is an as-yet untried recipe. I sure hope it turns out good. I will make the stuffing up today, but put it in the refrigerator and bake it tomorrow morning when I bake the Green Bean Casserole.
So, there’s a little bit more to finish up and then I can put my feet up and rest. Other than making supper … oyster stew for the guys and some sort of vegan must-go chili concoction so I can empty the frig out of little bits and dabs of this and that and make room for Thanksgiving food!
Last night Bill and I made a last trip to Wal-mart and, amazingly enough, the place was practically deserted. I think there were more employees there than shoppers! Very odd, but a nice treat. I got my last minute items and Bill picked up an electronic cord of some sort so he could finish up a project that we’ve talked about for over a year – moving the Direct TV box and the BluRay box into the TV receiver cabinet. Out came the laptop that quit working shortly after we moved here (I could play CDs with it over the nice living room speakers) and the VCR which we haven’t used since we moved here. Now to just get those items off the office floor and into storage and that job will be complete!
Today is the day I clean in advance of the holidays. I actually did some yesterday, in between grocery/supply shopping. Today I finish. I bet you didn’t know I only dust once a year and the time is now! So the Yanni music is queued up and will soon be blaring away. Yanni, Live at the Acropolisis still my cleaning music of choice, along with my wake up music. I’ve worn out two CDs, but I got smart this last time around and ripped the current CD, so now I listen to it on my computer.
Over the weekend I ordered/picked up prints at Wal-mart, so now I have new pictures of the granddaughters to scatter about the house. I also had 8×10 photos made of the Sunrise on the Huachucas pictures from earlier this month and they are now framed nicely and hanging in my dining room.
Tomorrow is baking day, although I really do not have all that much to prepare. David is going to make his Engineer’s Traditional Pecan Pie. I have to bake squash (do ahead in the crockpot), stuffing (do ahead and bake on Thanksgiving day) and green bean casserole (bake on Thanksgiving Day). I am also going to have a tossed salad, which is easy enough. And that is all I have to make! Our guests are bringing the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, fruit salad and pumpkin pie. I think we will have plenty of food for five people!
The menu is NOT going to be vegan, but I do have some slices of Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf that I made over the weekend, so I will eat that instead of the turkey. And most things are going to have some dairy in them (like the mashed potatoes and the pies), so I will just eat sparingly of those items and take a lactose pill just in case.
And with that, I had best get moving! There’s a lot of cleaning to be done today!
In my last post (was it really 11 days ago?) I showed the yarn I had purchased for Christmas projects. I have finished the two scarves made with that yarn.
I have also made two Snowflake Scarves from the Learn to Do Bavarian Crochet pattern book that I mentioned in my previous post.
They were fun and quick to make. Next up are matching winter hats.
In addition to crocheting, I’ve been cleaning windows and curtains and window blinds. They never got cleaned after our wildfire excitement last summer and you would be amazed at how dirty they were on the inside! Of course, with our evaporative cooling system blowing outside air inside for six months of the year, I guess it is not so amazing that the windows would be that dirty on the inside. I have the windows done in all the main living area, with just the four bedrooms left to do. Those are very large windows with very wide window blinds that I have to hang outside to wash. I will probably finish them up next week, since this week is rather full of Thanksgiving Dinner and company preparations. I haven’t prepared a full-blown Thanksgiving Dinner in several years and am finding the task rather daunting, which is a strange feeling. But then, lately, many things feel daunting. I think the stress and emotional upheavals of this past year are catching up with me, hence the frenetic cleaning and crocheting.