Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thanksgiving Prep

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.


  1. This is new - you are responsible for every component of the Thanksgiving dinner? Just you?!

  2. that cranberry recipe sounds fabulous.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Wow! Sounds soooooo good. I am coming back for recipes!

  4. What a lovely post. Since my husband loved to cook and always did, I lost interest in cooking. Now I am determined to not only cook, which I can do to a certain extent, but also to learn to love to cook. And your post is truly an inspiration.

  5. I feel guilty...we are going out! :-)

  6. Wow. It all sounds wonderful. You've inspired me to think outside of the "box". Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

  7. Oooh, can I get your granola recipe please?

    And that stock looks more like soup!!!!

  8. Sounds just about perfect...especially that gravy!!! :) And the pies. Can't forget the pies. Your menu looks almost identical to ours, maybe lots of people's too.
    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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