It’s been a busy weekend, so I welcome the chance to sit back for a bit with some coffee (or tea, or cocoa, or eggnog…). I hope your Thanksgiving went well (if you celebrate Thanksgiving).
This year we had a lot of family come over, and I took on the cooking. Other people helped, my grandma made two of the dishes, my mom helped make a few, my sister made a few, people brought drinks, and did the clean-up. We had relatives staying with us, and everyone arrived on Thursday, so we celebrated on Friday — but had family meals starting Thursday at lunch. So much food was made, and consumed! The highlights, for me, of what I made were the pumpkin creme brulee for dessert, an artichoke-spinach dip for appetizers, and the turkey. The BACON WRAPPED turkey.
I’d never made a turkey before — luckily my little brother has many times and was able to lend aid. He also came to my rescue when I went all squeamish-silly about taking out the neck and gizzards bag. Eww, eww, eww! I was glad that I was “convinced” (it didn’t take much) to give up on the idea of brining, so the idea of doing just a rub came up, and then the decision to make a bacon-wrapped Turkey arose. I’d talked to friends all the time about the idea, and already decided that this was the last turkey I will ever make (so much work for a meat I don’t really like), so might as well take the moment to make a bacon-turkey!
There were certainly some errors…like the bottom of the oven ending up catching the turkey-drippings after the flimsy pan had sprung a leak, but… it turned out well! Yay!
I completed NaNoWriMo on Wednesday (got my 50k words!) and told myself that I would put the novel aside for a month now. I may do some outlining, re-reading, and figuring so I know what needs to be done when I start revisions in January. Are you NaNo-ing? I hope, if you are, regardless of if you’ve reached (or think you have a shot of reaching) 50k before the end of the day, you’ve managed to get some writing done. Because THAT is the most important thing about NaNoWriMo — the entire point is to spend some time writing, dedicate energy to your project.
Now I’m getting back to writing on Disparate Threads. And getting back into the flow here on Eclectic Alli. I’ve been terribly neglectful when it comes to replying to comments (I’ve read them all…just haven’t gotten to responding to them), and want to remedy that. It will happen!
What are your plans as we move into this holiday season? Anything exciting happening?