Prep, and more prep

This morning I made an apple pie, steamed my eggs for deviled eggs and prepped my turkey for tomorrow morning.  Then I got ready for a long commute to work.  Not only is it one of the busiest days on the roads here, but it also rained today.  Unless you live in Los Angeles, you may not understand this horrible combo.

I left for work before 1pm, giving myself over an hour and a half to get the 25 miles.  I made it in plenty of time, it did take just over an hour and it is so much easier if there is no rush or stress.  The average speed was about 35 MPH.  Actually not bad and I was thrilled.

After todays prep, tomorrow morning what I have left is to roast the turkey, make gravy, assemble the deviled eggs and put together my kick butt Charcuterie board.  Then pack it all up along with the gingerbread kits and drive to meet family for the day.

I do think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!  Not just the day, but the lead up and prep as well.


Tomorrow we will be loading up the turkey, two kinds of gravy, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, charcuterie board, two pies, eleven gingerbread house kits, decorating items for those, games and my camera.   I am so glad I took Friday off of work.

Charcuterie Board

Can’t really say it  “shaar·koo·tr·ee” but I’ve been planning, prepping and BUYING for days to make a kick-butt charcuterie board.  When I usually put together something like this for dinner I usually just call it a picnic.

Inspiration started in Italy this last year.  I mean who doesn’t love olives, cheese, prosciutto and nuts.   The internet has been super helpful this week.  I have continued to add things to the pile to go on this board for Thursday.

The thing is, now I have far more things then I have board real estate for.  The price of buying a pre-made board at this point would have been way cheaper….even to get a super fancy and high end board, but damn I’m having fun.

Lori and I picked up a tray this last weekend for me to build this thing on and I have a list going and little bowls for olives and such.  Today I went to the deli and bought the cured meats for this masterpiece.  The joy I have gotten out of this so far has got to outweigh the price difference because I have been having a blast.  By the size of this board none of us will need Thanksgiving dinner, final pictures on Thursday after I put it together and transport it.  But none of the bowls are gonna fit on there.


Ready, Set, Decorate

Being a week from December you may think I mean Christmas.  But in fact I am still all about the gingerbread house decorating we are doing on Thanksgiving.  We will be in a house full of creative people and this should be a blast.

This morning I drug out my two decorating tool boxes and cleaned them out.  Putting cake items away and filling them with decorating bags, tips, colors and sprinkles.  I will bring these along with the kits on Thursday.


After playing with all the tools and cleaning up yellow spilled dye inside the box I did the laundry, changed the sheets and then we left for massages.  The once a month massages are such a treat and I’m already looking forward to the one next month.

We swung into Whole Foods and picked up my turkey.  I had ordered it spatchcocked but they hadn’t done it yet so that took a few minutes to do.  I didn’t bother to try and get any of my fresh items there today, the place was crazy.  Besides, there are “to-do’s” every day this week leading up to Thanksgiving.  Luckily Trader Joes and Sprouts are both near my gym so I plan on hitting up both of those tomorrow.

Granted I start thinking about what else I can get for these gingerbread houses and need to stop that, we have ENOUGH already!  Nobody needs a box of triple gingersnap cookies for the perfect roof shingles. (Adding to list)