In addition to cooking, I've been feathering the nest, so to speak. Here's what I've been working on...
|Ready for Thanksgiving! :-)|
|Wiring in for the lights! Woot! So I finally got to decorate it!|
|Candles, books, movies... my knick-knacks of choice ;-)|
|Little fun touches here and there|
|More fun little things, and there's my sassy girl |
holding my aprons!
|I still haven't done my window seat cushion yet, but in the meantime|
it's all ready for Fall!
Follow Chelle Stafford's board Tried It, and here are the results... on Pinterest.
Over the weekend, we threw a little dinner party where my friends graciously let me test recipes on them. ;-) Thankfully, each one was a winner! From the appetizers to the main dish to the dessert. Yay! You read about the dessert here, and can view the recipe. If you decide to try out the other recipes (on the board above), be sure to note my comments on the pins to see the changes I made.
recipe here), and the dish was awesome! Next up with plantains is a cuban lasagna, but don't know when I'll get to it.
Right now, in my crockpot is yet another batch of the slow-cooker Chicken Marsala (also in the pinterest board above), with a couple more tweaks to the original recipe. The smell - I wish I could share that with you because it's just magical! And I'm fine-tuning the next round of my battle to create a clean, low sodium, tasty bacon-bean soup. That should happen this week.
Apart from all this cooking, I'm also sculpting my menu for thanksgiving. Can't believe it's nearly here! We'll do the traditional turkey (oh crap! I better buy one!) that's brined (hopefully I'll win this year - you know it's been 50/50 in years past in my battle with the bird - darn brine bucket!), plus mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls... it's all pretty much, well, traditional. Our family doesn't permit much tinkering with the main components, but I do get to have a free hand with stuff like appetizers and desserts. One day, I swear, I'll do something other than a turkey, stuffing, etc. One day (I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!). My day will come. ;-) All that to say, this year's desserts I'm planning on doing minis... bite-size pies, cakes, etc. That way, we can all enjoy a little bit of everything without going into a sugar coma.
What do you do for Thanksgiving dinner? Do you get to choose the menu or are you bound my family tradition? Which traditional foods are your favorite? Your least? Use the comment section below to tell me!