I made my to-do list for Thanksgiving and got started today. I'm trying to do as much as I can ahead of time so it isn't too crazy on Thanksgiving itself.
I started the morning by making a batch of granola. I make my own, full of nuts, oats, coconut, sesame seeds, brown sugar, honey and cinnamon. When it's done baking, I add in dried cherries and blueberries.
Next I browned a turkey wing and some chicken scraps from the freezer. When I roast a chicken, I save the carcass for stock. I added onion, parsnips, carrots, celery and a huge bouquet of herbs. I had it simmering on the stove for most of the day. I will use it for our gravy on Thanksgiving.
I made pie dough for a single (pumpkin) and a double (apple). I wrapped the dough and put it in the freezer. Thursday, all I will need to do is roll it out, fill it, and bake. Making the dough is the most time consuming and messy part of making pie.
I also tore a loaf of artisan bread into little pieces, tossed it with olive oil, and toasted it in the oven. It will go in the stuffing.
Last, I made cranberry sauce. I put a cup of port in a pot with a couple cinnamon sticks and let it simmer together for about five minutes. Then I added a bag of cranberries, the zest and juice of an orange, some sugar and a smidge of water (the orange wasn't very juicy). Brett and I sucked on the cinnamon sticks when it was done.
Meanwhile, Brett and his friend Richard spent the entire day working on the fences. Everytime I looked outside, they were in a different pasture working on a section of fence. Richard left at dusk and we collapsed on the couch. Dinner? I had a bowl of Frosted Flakes and Brett had a can of barbeque beans.