Black Friday

Yesterday was a lot of work, but a lot of fun. I got started around 3 or so making some sweet potato biscuits. My mom had emailed me a recipe for them quite awhile ago, but I was looking for the right opportunity to make them. I figured Thanksgiving would work, since I don’t do the standard sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top. I got started on the dough, and once again, was begging the kitchen gods to be kind to me, and figure out some way of getting me a stand mixer (or even a food processor). And in case anyone cares, I really like the Bayleaf color. I’m just throwing that out there.

Although I do have to admit, a fork & some elbow grease work fine. And Abby told me apparently The Devil will be selling Kitchen Aid mixers for $150 today. And of course I am broke until Thursday. D’oh!!!!

These biscuits turned out as well as my breakfast biscuits did (maybe even a little better, actually):

Yum. Thanks Mom for passing along that recipe!

After that, I futzed around for a bit, until about 4, when the bambino & I began prepping the turkey breast. All I did was season it & drizzle some olive oil over top:

Then into the oven he went for 2 hours. I’m ├╝ber-paranoid about undercooked turkey, because last Thanksgiving, I did just that with the turkey breast and ended up having to throw out more than half of it. Jay got the bulk of the cooked meat (he’s got a cast-iron stomach & was willing to eat what I was able to carve off), and the bambino got stuffing & mashed potatoes. This year, it turned out perfectly:

And while it was resting, I got the rest of the sides together:

Once those were ready, I started carving the breast. I got a decent amount of meat off it (considering there were only the 3 of us):

The bambino had fallen asleep while I was making dinner so I snapped a shot of the table before everyone sat down:

Then it was time to eat. For once, I was thrilled about having 12-inch plates.

And yes, that is my plate (I’ve said a million times before I’m a carb-junkie!). And would you believe, I ate all those green beans? I think the almonds might end up being a crutch, because I really liked the taste of the 2 together. It’s a far cry from my 3 beans over the summer!

I also thought Thanksgiving would be an appropriate time to open another of my birthday gifts:

Thank you Melissa! I popped it open & had a glass while cooking, and this stuff is delicious! Mmmm-mmm! I might be finishing the bottle this evening after work!

Thanksgiving would not be complete without pumpkin pie:

I don’t think I whipped the cream quite long enough, as it was a little runny. Still delicious, though, and my crust was awesome. Flaky, just the way I like it!

Once we were done with dinner, the bambino decided we needed to decorate the Christmas tree. I popped in a CD version of the old Christmas tape my mom would play during the holidays when I was growing up, and we got to work. I had a moment of extreme sadness when the music started & I’d opened a box of ornaments that once belonged to my grandparents. I have no grandparents left now and both my mom’s parents passed away during the holidays (my grandfather died Christmas morning 2 years ago), and since they were the grandparents I was closest to (my dad’s parents lived in Florida, and my grandad has been gone for about 20 years now), the holidays are a little tough on me, especially since I’m so far away from everyone. But I decided that I was not going to let it get to me, and I want this Christmas to be fun for the bambino, so I got over it quickly. And our very first Christmas tree looks nice:

I’ll consider it a success if I can keep the bambino from playing with the R2D2 ornament he hung by himself! And with that, I really need to go get ready for work!

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4 Replies to “Black Friday”

  1. Looks like you had a nice Thanksgiving! I am having pumpkin pie for breakfast as I write this :0 I love how you put up your Christmas and decorated it -nothing else gets you into the Christmas spirit quite like Christmas trees :)

    • Someone brought in pumpkin bars to work this morning, and I’ve already had 2, so I won’t judge you for having pie for breakfast! :) I was really excited to actually decorate for Christmas this year, and start some family traditions of my own. I think my son had a lot of fun with it too, and that’s what’s most important to me right now.

  2. Your dinner looks PERFECT! I love the idea of a breast instead of a whole bird.
    We have our tree up as well, I always put it up the day after T-day and take it down the day after Christmas. By then, I am over it!

    • I don’t like turkey all that much, so my 2 guys eat the bulk of it…And a 2-lb. breast is WAY more than we need! We decided that we’ll start putting ours up Thanksgiving Day, since we’re home Thanksgiving Day & my husband & I usually have to work the day after. Mine will probably come down New Year’s Day!