Monday, November 21, 2005

Feast! Feast! Feast!

Last week I worked a lot, but now the week of feasting has begun! We all have feasts tomorrow. Anna's school has a Thanksgiving feast every year, and this year she drew "Mashed Potatoes" to bring. We called Oma for her recipe and, as per the Montessori instructions, Anna helped me make them today. She peeled half a small potato in the time that I peeled 7. Then she helped me mash them with the "Guacamole maker." (You can tell we make a lot more guacamole than mashed potatoes).

At my work we're also having a pot luck tomorrow. One of my co-workers is smoking a turkey. I'm bringing extra mashed potatoes, salad, and a pumpkin pie. Anna and I pre-made our Thanksgiving pumpkin pie yesterday, so it was easy enough to make 2 instead of just 1.

Colin's school is having a feast tomorrow, too. They decided since everyone is going to be sick of turkey this week, they are having a taco buffet. Anthony signed up to bring "taco meat," but don't tell anyone: he's actually bringing SOY CRUMBLES. We eat meat at our house, but when it comes to tacos we prefer the Morningstar Farms Burger Crumbles over real ground beef anyday. Its so easy to cook, too - no draining the nasty fat, and no breaking up of the big meat chunks. It'll be interesting to see if anyone notices.

On Thursday - actual Turkey Day - my in-laws and our nephew Andrew will come down from Dallas for a feast. The Greenburg Turkey arrived today in all its smokey goodness. I love these birds - you know they will come out moist and delicious without any effort. I'll make broth from the carcass that will flavor our soups and rices for the rest of the winter. Although there will be only 4 adults, 1 teenager, and 2 preschoolers at this feast, we'll have WAY too much food - the turkey, a ham, dressing, gravy, roasted veggies, asparagus, seeduction rolls, cranberry relish, pecan and pumpkin pies.

Friday, I have to work, but Saturday we have been invited to Michael and Regina's extended family feast out in Hondo, Texas. They will be frying turkeys in that time-honored Southern tradition, and the rest of us guests are bringing side dishes and desserts. I plan to bring a butternut squash-wild rice pilaf, and Martha Stewart's Pumpkin Cheesecake. Anthony doesn't like pumpkin pie, but even he is looking forward to that cheesecake! After the feasting, the Thanksgiving Gobbler drops "nests" of goodies in the fields for the children, and Texas Lotto tickets for the adults.

I'll try rouse myself from my tryptophan-induced stupor occasionally this week to blog. Rest assured, I'll be going for a long jog on Sunday.


Jess said...

Sounds Delicious! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Dad said...

Me too ....on the jog!

Aunty Norma said...

OK,OK if you want to make the numbers up..invite ME!!! all that food going to waste :o) the boiling of the Turkey carcass surprises me,Jenn..we used to do that and make some delicious soups (with a small amount of Thyme added)now we are warned NOT to do that because of food poisoning! but,oh, how we miss it. You will have to go jogging after eating that lot!!and aren't you lucky having Anna as a little helper..have a jolly good time all of you and "Happy Thanksgiving"!! xx

Emily said...

It sounds wonderful. I'm just sad that we won't be together this Thanksgiving, but you will all be in our hearts.

Anonymous said...

That's what Thanksgiving is all about...good food and family! I hope you guys have a wonderful Turkey day!


paula said...

Sounds like you are going to have a fab time, Happy Thansgiving!!! XXX

A.Norma. said...

Forgot to ask you,Jenn..what is Guacamole?? I is igorant you see in these new foods :o)xx

Anonymous said...

Nearest book, bible.
page 123 line 5
(peoples parallel edition Exodus chap. 34).
And the feast of ingathering at year's end.!!