Hubby's birthday fell in the wake of the power outage. It took three days over the course of the week to complete his celebration. His presents were left in the dark with a card. I couldn't find the energy to wrap them. When the power came back and I had time to restock the larder I made his spaghetti with meat sauce and some killer garlic bread. (I only make meat sauce for his birthday - I prefer meatballs and sauce) By the time this was simmering away it was too late to bake a cake. So, the next night he received his cake - a buttermilk cake with fluffy white frosting.
Son decided that the last person to eat the cake should make a new one. He is my sweet tooth kid - just like his dad. So, cooling on the racks is a maple walnut cake. A new recipe I found. It calls for a brown sugar frosting made with cream cheese, butter, brown sugar and confectionery sugar.
Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. It is a fairly small group this year - 11. I picked up my turkey from work and that is thawing in the fridge. My menu is printed off and grocery list made. I'm working half a day on Wednesday (the kids have no school) so I can make my pies - apple, pumpkin and maple pecan. Hubby gets off work Thanksgiving morning. Something to be truly thankful for. We get to celebrate with him and me and the kids have him all week end.
I asked the kids what food I needed to have to make it a real thanksgiving for them. Son said pickled garlic and pecan pie. Youngest said olives and pumpkin pie. I need to have leftovers to make turkey sandwiches - good bread, turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Yum!!!!
Friday hubby and I had a breakfast date. Those are the best. I haven't seen much of him lately and it was so good to catch up. We discussed everything including Christmas. I keep a budget and only spend cash. The list is small this year. The big thing - I have that week off from work. I usually take the week after thanksgiving off to prep for the holidays. But with the kids getting older there is less prep. So, I suggested we go away for a few days. We talked about a few places we could go. I'll be looking into things and booking something soon.
I have a yule dinner to attend. I'm deciding between making green beans with cranberries or a potato and leek gratin. Hmmm!
Christmas Eve open house I'll be making my scalloped sweet potatoes.
Celebration with my parents will be breakfast. Dad has mentioned several (at least a 100 times) how much he enjoys that. Sausage gravy and cheddar biscuits, ham & broccoli strata and baked french toast.
Youngest asked for pancakes on Christmas.
Ahh, a stress free holiday season this year.