Well I can say NaBloPoMo is a bust.  I did not blog yesterday.  Granted I have enough musings to fill a couple of blogs but will try and keep this relatively short.

I was up early and got the turkey out to sit for an hour.  It just cooks better if its not icebox cold.  In the meantime I started some bacon for my deviled eggs.  I made several kind of eggs but the bacon and jalapeno are the favorites and were all eaten.

I made the deviled egg filling and assembled the eggs.  Put the turkey in the pre-heated oven about 8:00 a.m. and then started to assemble my massive Charcuterie board.  The board only held a portion of my ingredients and I actually left off several things because there was just too much.  I left off smoked salmon, and all of the fresh veggies like carrots and cucumbers.  Oh well, it was still amazing and WELL received.



My turkey was out of the oven by 11:00 and I made gravy.  I had enough drippings and bone broth I had on the stove to make two batches.  This was my only catastrophe of the day.  I made the first batch and while it was still basically bubbling hot in the skillet I tried to pour it into the container I was taking it in.  (At least I tried this over the sink.)  It of course spilled over the side and onto my hand which let go of the container as my other hand continued to pour my hot gravy down the sink.


I made the next batch and poured it into the pan my bone broth had been in and then poured that into the container for travel.  Needless to say it was Such Good Gravy and we will had enough.  Maybe because of all the meet and cheese we ate before dinner.

Besides the turkey, the gravy, the charcuterie board two pies and the deviled eggs I loaded up all of the gingerbread houses and decorating gear into my car for the drive down to family in Irvine.

We spent a lovely day with family.  Eating WAY TOO MUCH and enjoying all of it.  We played a very aggressive game of pictionary of which my team lost, badly.  Ate dinner and then broke out the gingerbread houses.

A lot of lessons were learned from these houses.  Next year, cause this IS gonna happen again, maybe we get houses that are already put together.  Or since the putting together and failing at that was such a source of fun we will put them together at the beginning of the day and decorate them after dinner.

Emily won, she worked right through dessert and put the most love into her house.  There were lots of other great houses but most importantly the event was a hit.  We had dessert (more food) once most of us were done with the houses.  Cleaned up the mess and moved them all for a group photo.


So by the time I got all of that re-loaded and home, only taking the food out of the car last night, I knew as I couldn’t even stay awake for  15 minutes that the blog of the day for November was a lost cause.  At least I got through most of the month and will finish strong.

Hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving,

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.