Country Days Before Thanksgiving
In rural Missouri today, it is quite cold for this time of year, but the sun warms one's heart when they are outdoors walking with Ms. Daisy. She has a large fenced backyard and can entertain herself in it with her four doxie friends whenever they like, as there is a nice large dog door to this area from our dining room door. Ms. Daisy stilll enjoys walking on a lead several times a day, as she finds a new adventure, even in the same areas everyday, because maybe a squirrel or rabbit passed that way. The walks are good for me also. The fresh air and exercise is always a plus so I can get on with my full days as a country woman, even retired, but with plenty to do.
Today, getting ready for the Thanksgiving family holiday time together, I did lots of cleaning. I scrubbed hardwood floors on my hands and knees, washing with bleach water and then wiping dry with a towel. They get so nice and shiney. I also like the clean smell. I also washed all the bedding, as we are having one granddaughter for overnight company. My daughter may decide to stay overnight also and go Black Friday shopping with us. Roy, my husband, just loves the bargains, but mostly likes to people watch with me. Then we go for breakfast after we have had our fill of it all.
Tomorrow is my pie making day. I will bake a pecan and also a pumpkin, but one I really like making is a sweet potato like my Grandma Schabell used to make. We grow our sweet potatoes and had a wonderful harvest this year. So I will have to cook and mash them before making the pie. As my granddaughter is coming tonight, she will be able to help me with all of this. My pie crusts are a recipe of Ina Garten's (barefoot contessa). The crust is made in a food processor with butter, flour, shortening and a little sugar, salt and water. It rolls out well and tastes so buttery. It is the best pie crust recipe I have ever used. Well, it seems I did not use a recipe for years, but somehow I have lost my touch, and the crusts were not turning out well. So this recipe is wonderful and always turns out great.
I also will start the unthawing process of our 23 pound turkey. Yes, 23 pounds....and it is because we just love to send some home with family plus have plenty of leftovers. I can feast on leftovers from Thanksgiving for days and day, and, in fact, we usually do.
We will walk off some of the pounds as we shop and gad about on Black Friday. I don't do the 3:00a.m. thing but Roy does, so I amble to town, which would be Hannibal, and then to Quincy, Illinois, leaving home about 6:00a.m. Not really needing much, I don't see the need to go that early. Roy just enjoys the process of it I believe. We meet for breakfast. Cell phones are such a blessing to keep in touch as to where to meet and eat.
My desired purchases this year are "maybe" some special piece of Fiestaware which I may not already have. I also am seeking a donut pan to make baked donuts. Well, this country girl could always use just one more pair of flannel pj's. As my Daisy Mae likes to lay next to me at night, she also likes the fleece ones, so I would settle for either.
Blessings to all for a safe and happy holiday.