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):
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 über-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 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:
Thanksgiving would not be complete without pumpkin pie:
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: