Subtitle: Before Eating Turkey Gets Old
I planned a
menu for tonight’s upcoming game night which featured chicken salad sliders.
I receive a frozen turkey every year just before Thanksgiving.
Two days ago, however, I received my free frozen turkey from work.
A turkey dinner
I asked Charlie if he had his heart set on a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving (just 5 days away).
Maryland Crab Cake
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.
I put the turkey in a low roasting plan on a rack.
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.
When cooking a frozen turkey don’t forget to remove the giblet packet.
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.
Today Sug and I are preparing the entire menu for tonight’s party which now will include
homemade cranberry sauce.
This is a fairly innocent game that gets people talking and reveals some unexpected information.
Hope we’re not too exhausted to play games tonight.
Games of luck or games of skill?
I like to have a little something to give my guests when they come to the house for a party.
One year it was mini-cinnamon brooms for 99 cents each.
In the past I have given mini-cinnamon brooms, ring pops, and other small items.
The styles are varied.
This year Trader Joe’s has chocolate advent calendars for 99 cents.
An advent calendar for cat lovers.
I found 4 different types and bought a half dozen.
Less than 11 calories per piece of chocolate.
If the whole thing were eaten at one sitting it would only be 260 calories, but an advent calendar has 24 pieces of chocolate to be eaten one each day.
How do you count the days until a holiday?
I am planning easy-to-eat snacks for
One bag is about 2.5 cups.
I bought a bag of roasted unsalted almonds and decided to give them a quick treatment with ingredients I had on hand.
The ingredients are simple.
2-1/2 cups whole almonds
1/4 cup white sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt (I used pretzel salt.)
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon olive oil
Trader Joe’s unsalted and dry-roasted almonds.
Toast nuts on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven. (About 10 minutes)
Sugar, salt, and cayenne
Mix sugar, salt, and pepper together in a bowl.
Use a pan large enough to hold all the almonds.
Heat water, honey, and oil in large frying pan until it bubbles.
Hot almonds are coated with oil, water, and honey.
Add almonds and coat with mixture.
Sugared with a little heat.
Pour almonds into sugar mixture and stir until covered. Return to baking sheet to cool. Store in airtight container.
Is your favorite snack salty/crunchy or sweet/gooey?
Last year I made
meringue tarts as the base for Pavlovas to serve at a tea party.
Half cup of eggs whites — whites of 4 eggs — previously frozen brought to room temperature.
Again I found myself with frozen egg whites. This time I tried a slightly different technique.
I combined 4 egg whites, 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar, and 1 cup of granulated sugar in the top of a double boiler and whisked it over simmering water until the sugar was totally dissolved.
The warm egg white mixture is poured into an electric mixer with a whisk attachment.
The egg whites were mixed on high until they formed stiff peaks.
The egg whites go from foamy to glossy as air is incorporated.
I filled a pastry bag fitted with a
#21 Wilton star tip with the sticky mixture. I piped approximately 2-inch diameter meringue kisses onto parchment paper.
Two trays fit into the oven at the same time.
They dried in a 225 degree oven for 1.5 hours then another half hour in the turned-off oven without opening the door.
This meringue is very tasty.
I had one more pastry-bag-full which I’m storing in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic.
I managed about 20 kisses per tray.
Hoping these last until game night.
Do you have a favorite snack?
Thanks to the men and women who serve to protect our freedom. We’re proud to be Americans.
The last time we organized a
game night at The Glade was over a year ago. We have scheduled another one for next weekend.
Skewered food was easy to eat at a game night.
The menu for that party was skewered food. The favorite of us all was skewered mozzarella cheese, chicken sausage, and sun-dried tomatoes.
Easy, funny games.
This time the plan is to play some combination of Pictionary, MadGabs, or Boxers and Briefs.
Chopped almonds, craisins, and celery are added to chicken in equal parts to make chicken salad then held together with mayonnaise.
I also have planned an easy to execute menu with some tried and true food and a few heart-healthy snacks.
Chicken salad sliders
Crudités with hummus Fruit plate
Walnuts, sunflower seeds, and dark chocolate
Iced tea, Glade fizz, coffee and tea
We started cleaning last night by bringing the olive trees into the conservatory in response to a cold snap forecast.
My plan for today is to clean up the first floor of the house so everything will be ready for the party. And we’ll have plenty of time next weekend to prepare food.
Do you have a favorite board game?
Here is my new list beginning
May 10, 2017 ( first list ended 11/13/2011, second list 8/11/2014, third list 5/9/2017) until February 5, 2020. Completed items are in blue, black is the color for original post.
Get a dog.
My favorite breed: long-haired daschund. Have ancestry confirmed through DNA.
Write a personal mission statement.
Stain the interior wood doors.
3 sets finished – 2 sets to go. Hang a door at the entrance to the laundry.
This solid wood door with 4 lights might fit the opening in the laundry room perfectly. Take a trip to the UK.
Planned for Fall, 2018. Get rid of 50 books.
No matter how many books I get rid of I still seem to have more. Evaluate and upgrade home electronics: CD player, speaker, turntable, tape deck, DVD player, TV.
Make the guest room ready for guests.
The treetops room needs to have all clutter removed before it is ready for guests including my shoes piled in the corner. Revisit my will, trust, and POA.
National Wildlife Visitor Center Visit
Cryptographic Museum Make a stone patio with
firepit. Host a swap meet.
We’ve had book swaps and soup swaps. Maybe we’ll try something new. Get rid of 101 items.
I am forty items lighter. Hang photos in upstairs hall
Take dance lessons
Casablanca party/movie night.
Someday I’m going to have a Casablanca themed party. Host a dinner party for 8
Organize trip to a Caribbean island
Planned for February, 2018. Work on family recipe
Visit a waterfall Cunningham Falls, Thurmont MD Complete! 8/1/2017 Cunningham Falls in Maryland See the Southern Cross in person
Planned for February, 2018. Go to the beach for a long weekend
The last time we were at the beach (in California). Host a scavenger hunt.
Make a month’s worth of meals one weekend.
Planned for November, 2017 Make a home maintenance calendar.
Set blogging goals.
Work on wardrobe: buy what I need, get rid of what I don’t, make a list of everything
Sort out things in attic by attaching children’s names, give away, sell, etc.
The attic is overdue for a major tidying. Learn to copyright (watermark) photos
Complete legacy file
Make a photo album of Mommie
Paint some canvasses
Chapel in the yard at The Glade
There must be an appropriate spot for a small chapel in our yard. Ride on a Vespa
Locate and catalog local thrift stores
Develop a cleaning schedule
Write a novel based on work
Increase net worth by 25%
Currently up 6%
Visit Statue of Liberty.
Complete! 10/27/2017 How beautiful is Lady Liberty! Paint landscapes/seascapes on canvas/wood
Take a cruise.
Memorize a poem.
Make a household inventory with photos
Finish laundry room
Give heirlooms to children – hope chest, china, desk/chair, Christmas china, sleds – 1 for each
3 sleds Finish painting trim in pink bedroom
Make a master menu for 14 days of meals
Wash all the windows in the house
We have a lot of windows. Paint dining room table – finish sanding, prime and paint
Use my God box.
Build bench for mudroom.
Build shelves in master bedroom.
We must finish the bedroom shelves. Landscape the front yard
We’re working on the foundations plantings. Read 2 biographies
Read 2 classics
Design Etsy boutique packaging
Fund my Revocable Trust
Achieve my personal weight goal
Get rid of 5 big items from the house: 4 down, 1 to go
Cedar chest, Skittle game, Rocking horse, Chandelier, Easel, Dollhouse, Saddle/horse gear
Design and print business cards
Celebrate our 10th anniversary.
9/12/2019 Organize papers, bills, and contracts from renovation
Trip to Venice/Serbia/Greece.
Attend 5 concerts — Rheinberger’s Organ Concerto No. 1, Saint – Saëns Organ Symphony, Glenmar Dance Music, 50th Anniversary Organ Concert, BSO Gala 2017 Complete! 9/9/2017 Visit Smith Island (or other Maryland island)
Start a new blog: “Let’s Fake the Music”
Lead a Bible study at home
Plan my funeral
Hang exterior shutters Complete! 9/23/2017 The before and after of the shutter installation. Build a structure for trash cans and recycle bins
Upgrade deck off master bedroom with new surface and railings
The master deck. Make curtains for master bedroom
Install all trim
Paint all trim
Finish painting exterior details (oil tank, vents, etc.)
The tank is painted. Clean out car
Clean up all paint cans
Clear out the basement
Remove 10 boxes from the attic
Set up a better home office
Perhaps we can set up the office area in the pink bedroom better.
Refinish sleigh bed Complete! 9/23/2017 A recent project was refinishing the bedframe of the sleigh bed. Build frame for full length mirror
This mirror needs a frame. Renovate pink bathroom
Renovate powder room
Let’s update the bibliotheque. Paint all
interior doors grey
First floor doors finished; 3 doors on second floor still need painting. Have 5 parties.
Coffee table for conservatory Paint secretary
I think painting will improve this secretary. Finish
living room curtains Dye hall rug
This rug is a little bland. Fix hall water wall
Paint green vanity
The dressing table in the master bathroom might not want to be green anymore. Refinish tall dresser
Finish cushions in dining room
Clear out mud room closet
The closet has become a storage spot for lots of stuff that doesn’t belong. Whiten my teeth
Complete! 7/14/2017 A wall of sunflowers attracts bees and gold finches. Fast for 24 hours
November is a cold month here in Maryland so I’m planning indoor projects.
Much, but not all, of the dirt was removed when we cleaned the rug in spring.
Clean and store for the winter the rug from the master suite deck.
WE should have enough trim on hand to finish the laundry room.
Install interior trim and clear up pile in hallway.
The center cushion of the windowseat has never been upholstered like the other two but I have the fabric.
I have a cabinet full of party games.
Let’s have a game night in November.
No tickets or events on the schedule for November.
Someone might just need this chandelier over their Thanksgiving table.
Relist some large items on Craigslist like saddle, chandelier, Christmas items.
I’ve been back at the gym for a month riding the recumbent bike.
The gym has all sorts of equipment including weights.
Now it’s time to up the game to include some weight lifting.
When do you put up holiday decorations?