Friday, November 28, 2008

Post-Thanksgiving Post

Catchy title, don't you think? (not)
I hope you all had a terrific day with family, friends, food and fun!

This year it was just the J-Man and me. DD is now living 7-8 hours away, and has had to do so much traveling this month, she just couldn't swing it. Besides, I have to work Fri. and Sat. nights, and she'd have to go home on Sun., so we wouldn't have much time together. Fortunately, one of her law school friends lives about a half hour away and she took Isabella the Chihuahua and is spending the night. Isabella is going to play with the boxers. Doesn't THAT sound like a Kodak moment! lol

I was all for going out to eat, because cooking is not high on my list of favorite ways to spend an off-day, and cleaning up afterwards is WAY down on the bottom, but J-Man really wanted to eat here, and he doesn't ask for much, so we did. It was only a mini-feast this year.

The dressing and sweet potatoes were frozen dishes that I heated, but we'd had them before and knew they were good. I brined a 3-lb turkey breast (first time ever) and it was so juicy and tender! J-Man likes the jellied cranberry sauce, but I made me a spiced cranberry sauce that was so yummy, I could almost have made a meal off that! I tried a new green bean recipe that I liked but hubby didn't, and picked up a pecan pie at the store.

However, I decided to try Pioneer Woman's Apple Dumplings, and let me tell you, we were both in a blissful sugar coma afterwards! Seriously, it was almost too rich for me, and that's saying something. I think next time, (oh, yeah, there WILL be a next time!) I'll use Splenda instead of sugar and maybe even diet Mountain Dew. I had to take a nap afterwards--after I took my belt off and unbuttoned my jeans, that is.

When Tandi and I woke up a couple of hours later, I worked on the Autumn wall-hanging I was going to give to my neighbor who mows my lawn, and his wife. All I lack now is hand-stitching down the binding, but I think, for all intents and purposes, autumn is over. Time for the Christmassy things. So I haven't quite decided whether to take it to them with an apology for not finishing it in time for Thanksgiving, or just keep it for myself and come up with a simpler Christmas wall-hanging for them. They have no idea I'm making them anything, so either option would be okay, I guess.

It's made from the same pattern as the one I made last year for the Fall 4 Seasons Swap, but with some different fabrics.

Whatever I decided to do, I am absolutely going to finish it before I take a nap for work. Too often I run out of steam and don't do the last little bits needed to complete it--such as the binding on my own summer tropical fish wall-hanging. That's all I lack, but then autumn came and I was over the summer colors, so it's still sitting out, just waiting to be picked up again. Does anyone else have this problem?


MightyMom said...

nope, I've never had that problem...absolutely never. ever. never. nope. not me... uh-huh. there are no projects lying around my house with just a bit left to do on them...nope.

(methinks she doth protest too much)

Anonymous said...

Your Thanksgiving dinner sounds just lovely. Sometimes doing things quietly can be really special.

I like your wall-hanging. in Australia we don't do much seasonal decorating, so I am always impressed by the efforts made by you all in the States.


Jean said...

Your wallhanging is very cute. I don't think it is a problem to give it to them now, as they will have it early for next year. They might hang it with their christmas stuff.
Your dinner sounds very nice...glad you had a happy day.

Pat said...

Thanksgiving dinner sounds wonderful at your house! very nice :)

Your Autumn wallhanging is very cute...I would give it as a Christmas gift to your neighbors as 'you are thankful' for their friendship all through the year! :)

Libby said...

When I get stalled on a project - it's W*A*Y before the binding *s*

We had a pretty quiet Thanksgiving, not a lot of variety on the table, but it was all good and we were far more stuffed than the turkey when it was said and done . . . . now bring on the sandwiches!

Lori in South Dakota said...

Those apple dumplings are to die for!! Arrrrggghhh! And a gift is appreciated no matter when you give it.

Anonymous said...

Ohhh, my goodness. Sweets totally do me in. I seriously have to lay down afterwards and sleep, but, I still can't say no.

Yes, I have the same problem you do. But I don't even get as far as you do! I start multiple projects, get less than half-way through, and then poop out. Blah.
Aggrivated Distressed Diva?

tee hee.

MouseChirpy said...

Your Autumn wall hanging is really cute. I'm sure your neighbors will just love it.
I have many projects that are to the point of almost being done and then I fizzle out on the homestretch. You're not alone!
Your mini Thanksgiving feast sounded wonderful. I hope you had an enjoyable day.
I love Pioneer Woman too and want to try her cinnamon rolls one day but maybe cut down on the butter a little. So many of her recipes are very rich and full of butter. I swear, I just visit her site and I gain 5 pounds.!
Take care.