We had seven for game night which is a perfect number to play, eat, get to know people. We played “Boxers and Briefs” as an ice breaker then moved on to “MadGab” which had us fall-down laughing.
Earlier in the day Sug and I with some help from Charlie (who mostly sampled food) prepared a really easy menu.
I took a tour through the yard to get some foliage to jazz up white roses I bought at Trader Joe’s earlier n the week. I think they’re 20 roses for $9.99.
The most colorful and well-preserved leaves remaining were Japanese red maples in tones of orange and maroon.
Having a party or get-together is not difficult. However, especially at this time of year, people are busy and pre-scheduled so I often have to ask way more people than I’d actually like to host to make a party. We asked 15 people to get the four that were free to participate. Some were invited at the last minute and turned out to be the life of the party. Party guests are really the key to a successful party.
I planned a menu for tonight’s upcoming game night which featured chicken salad sliders.
Two days ago, however, I received my free frozen turkey from work.
I asked Charlie if he had his heart set on a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving (just 5 days away).
He said, “Not necessarily.” After all, last night we went to our first turkey dinner of the holiday week. And, if there’s no turkey on Thanksgiving, I’m willing to settle for crab cakes or steamed shrimp.
This morning I put the mostly frozen turkey into the oven to roast at 350 degrees on the “convection bake” setting. This is the first time I’ve tried this setting for turkey.
I wrangled the giblet bag from the bird’s cavity with a pair of tongs after about an hour of cooking.
The turkey was returned to the oven. Before pronouncing it “done” I checked in multiple spots with a quick-read thermometer making sure all areas had a minimum temperature of 165 degrees.