So Easily Distracted!

What’s a girl to do when she has what seems like too many quilts to get made before the end of the year — not to mention that the sewing room where she’s trying to sew looks like a pig pen?

She might bake cookies!

Or, she might search for a new recipe for acorn squash and, of course, try that new recipe, which was delicious!

And, then she might go through all her favorite recipes and come up with the menu for Thanksgiving!

My parents are coming for Thanksgiving.  I guess I could’ve entitled the document “Menu for Thanksgiving” instead of “Menu for Mom & Dad”.  Oh well . . it’s all the same so who cares what I called it.

When they were here for Christmas, I had the menu and all the recipes in a little red folder.  I’m doing the same thing for Thanksgiving.  It makes it so easy just have a little folder with all the recipes and not be looking on the internet or looking for a sheet of paper.  I got out the little red folder from last Christmas because there were a couple of recipes they raved about and I’ll fix those again.  I tried to find things that I can make ahead so I don’t have to spend so much time in the kitchen.

One thing I’m kinda worried about though.  My grandma made the best cornbread dressing.  My mom makes good cornbread dressing.  Mine is kinda hit or miss.  Last year my dressing turned out perfect!  Mom or Dad one said it was the best dressing they’d ever had.  Now . . what if this year it’s a flop?  What if my dressing is just awful?  I think I’d better roast a chicken and make a practice batch sometime between now and Thanksgiving.

Oh . . the pressure! 🙂


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    I love how you think….lol You will all just be so happy to be together for the holidays that everything will be wonderful and your dressing will be delicious! 🙂

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    Grandma’s gingersnaps and pumpkin gingerbread both sound really interesting. Can you tell I like ginger? Are those recipes you’re willing to share?

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    My cornbread dressing is hit or miss, too. But I figure if I have enough giblet gravy handy, that will fix any dressing that was a miss!

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    LOL! I made a pumpkin pie, a pumpkin-pecan pie and potato rolls today – and my TURKEY is in the oven as I type! Dressing, potatoes & green beans will finish out this evening’s menu and then I will be drowning in glorious leftover turkey for the rest of the week.

    While I was kneading and measuring and stirring today, the phrase “Happy as a Pig in Slop” kept running through my head!

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    You’re a little too organized for me!

    Thanksgiving we’ll just be getting home from a visit to see the kids so we won’t do anything special. Christmas however, Chris and Becky will be here again and I’ll cook.

    We always had Christmas cookie season – we started at Thanksgiving and went to Christmas and made lots of home made cookies with the boys. When Adam was in culinary school – he baked lots of great cookies and I always miss him during Christmas Cookie Season – this year I’m going to go back to baking cookies.

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    Thanksgiving is cornbread dressing for us. We always go to DH’s parents and his mom makes THE best. I’ve tried to duplicate it and I’ve come pretty close. Not only is Thanksgiving cornbread dressing but it’s the German sausage, turkey, cranberries, pies, etc. and most of all being all together. It doesn’t always work out perfect. Maybe the turkey doesn’t brown like it should or the dressing is too moist or the rolls got a little too brown. Judy, I think you are very much the same about cooking as you are about quilting. You make the QFAH projects several times just to make sure there aren’t any problems. We appreciate that. How many of us would be willing to do that? But there is no perfect creation: food or quilt.

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    Thanks for these recipes. I’m going to try the Bread Pudding today!!!! I was in New Orleans last year on a Habitat for Humanity project and one night my husband and I went out to a wonderful restaurant.. I think it was “The Governors”. It was to die for. I’ve been wanting to make it ever since. The cookies and pumpkin bread are so inviting too. They’re definitely on my list to try too.

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    Denise says

    Judy- looks like I’m going to have to be coming to your house for Thanksgiving! Carrot Souffle, peach french toast, banana bruschetta, & green bean bundles I spied on your menu (among many other great sounding items). Set a place for me! 🙂