Week 4 (Day 23) - MelWaller's 14 Month WA Business Challenge ( Happy Thanksgiving! )
Last Update: Nov 24, 2022
As many of you know, I have been cooking for days in preparation of our family's Thanksgiving get together and our different culinary issues.
This week has been rather comical in all of the things that have come to pass.
This is how the week started...
I started my prep work on Monday and it has been nothing short of time consuming. I usually have help from Miranda, but that was not to be this year.
This was pretty uneventful until about 6pm. I started the week prepping everything and picking up any last minute items. So basically getting everything organized. With all of the preparation mostly in hand, I stopped for the day and that is when Brandin (my son, the oldest) called me, after he got home from work, to tell me that he would not be joining us for Thanksgiving. He had just tested positive for Covid.
That in turn tumbled into Miranda and Hailey (the twins), also not coming to Thanksgiving. You may be wondering what Brandin having Covid has to do with his sisters not joining us. Well the three of them have bought and share a home together. And because Brandin is sick, Miranda and Hailey have been exposed.
Upon hearing this, I took a few minutes to feel disappointed, and then got to work planning on how to make this work so that they were not left out of the festivities.
My solution was to ramp things up and get them done early so that they could have their own celebration at home just the three of them.
The day started with baking where I made double batches of each bread. I started with the homemade version of "Kings Hawaiian Rolls", then moved onto the Crusty Bread, and finally the Pie Crusts.
While each one was rising I started the next. And one by one they went into the oven to bake.
While all the rising and baking was going on I also started the eggs and potatoes to boil and cleaned up the kitchen for the next batch of preparation that was about to begin.
Once all of the boiling was complete I prepared the Deviled Eggs, and 2 different versions of Potato Salad (Brandin hates raw onions)
Then it was of to relax for a bit before bed.
I was up at 4 am prepping the Turkey and the Ham for baking. I have an extremely small kitchen so the Ham went into the crockpot with a mixture of grape juice, brown sugar, mustard, and cloves, and then topped with sliced pineapple. The Turkey went into the oven stuffed with and surrounded by 6 whole garlic cloves, 2 quartered limes, 4 quartered honey crisp apples, 1 orange cut into 8, and a green bell pepper but into pieces. I then melt some butter and mix in garlic powder, Cajun spice, Italian seasoning, onion powder and a garlic and herb spice mix to make a rub to cover the turkey in. Then its off to the oven for the Turkey.
One they are on, it takes both the Ham and the Turkey about 6 hour before they are ready. So I was off to the next task by 6 am.
Which was to check in here to answer messages and respond to other member posts and then do a little research before I had to go into town to see a specialist.
Once back home around noon, all that is left are to prepare and bake the green bean casserole, and make the masked potatoes and the stuffing. And ya I know, most people do not have both masked potatoes and potato salad but my husband has to have his mashed potatoes so I make them specifically for him lol.
This is it for me today and maybe even the rest of the Holiday weekend, lol. I am exhausted.
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