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Last Week, This Week

The Ottterpup

Last week I took the entire week off from work but Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I spent battling a fever. Why do these things happen to me?

My fever and I made many trips to the various markets to get what I needed for the big holiday meal but spent much of my time wandering around in a DayQuil fog. However, I did manage to pick everything up eventually.

By Thursday, I woke to rain but I felt much better. Good enough to whip-up a kick-butt meal. But I was sleepy because The Otter Pup was sick the night before. That photo above is her at the table, waiting for her grub but since she was sick it was greatly reduced to plain turkey and sweet potatoes. That face is her, “Where is my gravy?” face.

I was inspired by Bryan’s post recently so here is what we did on Thanksgiving:

  • I woke at 8 o’clock to set the table and prep stuff.
  • I cooked all the traditional dishes except green beans. We had brussels sprouts instead.
  • While it was all cooking we snacked on cheese and nuts but good lord I bought a lot of cheese. DayQuil fog will do that to you. Oh, I need to get cheese! Even though I already bought pounds of it.
  • We watched the parade but ending up turning it off because it was really cheesy and sub-par.
  • We sat down to watch Miracle on 34th Street, the original, but I somehow selected the colorized version and not the B&W version but my cold-addled brain said, WTH and it was still good.
  • I was supposed to also watch Home for the Holidays but forgot.
  • No one wanted to play games or do puzzles so I read Murakami and drank eggnog while The Hub watched football and the pup begged for food.
  • At 4:30 p,m. I pulled all the food out and had dinner served fifteen minutes later. It was SO good. Three days of not eating made the food seem super good but the kids had more than two plates so maybe I should always be in a DayQuil fog.
  • We took our time eating. I had been washing dishes as I cooked so there wasn’t much to deal with. The weather was cool, a nice breeze was flowing through the house and I had all the candles lit. My son was in charge of the playlist so the music was nice too.
  • After dinner we just hung out and ended it with pie. No shopping or craziness.

Overall, it was a perfect day. Here’s a meal photo because why not? Also, my daughter set the silverware out so ignore the placement. Those sweet potatoes are a Southern recipe I tried which involved placing raw yams into a dish, covering them with brown sugar, butter, nutmeg, cinnamon and… heavy cream and it was awesome.


On Black Friday I did venture out to buy Michelle Obama’s book but that’s it. I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. I am just now catching up on my blog reading.

Sunday Matters: A Week Off to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Sunday Matters

Many of you have known me for a very long time and you know how much I love Thanksgiving! And for those who do not know… years ago we ditched the large formal gathering that most people have to enjoy the holiday with just the four of us, plus our pup.  Most of the time the kids stay in their PJs. We watch the parade. We snack. We eat. Sometimes we do a puzzle. It’s glorious.

With my new work situation, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to take the week off again but the planets aligned just right and here I am!! I am reviewing my reading choices, thinking that I will be done with the Murakami any minute now.

Right Now:

I didn’t get to church on Thursday night. I wasn’t feeling all that great and wanted to take it easy to ensure that I was not sick this week. That means we will be hitting church this morning after I pour some coffee into me.

This Week:

My husband and I will be working the Thanksgiving dinner at one of the community centers this Tuesday. I need to make some stuffing for the meal and then we’ll be clearing tables and refreshing drinks.

Image result for tyler florence caramelized onion stuffing
Tyler Florence’s Caramelized Cornbread Stuffing – My FAVE!

On Thursday, I will cook all our favorite dishes, watch the parade, eat olives until I turn into one and just enjoy every minute of it. Last year my son had to work right after dinner (retail, ugh) but this year he works for the city so he’s totally off for the entire four days. We may hit Disneyland this weekend but if he can get next weekend off we may wait because Disneyland on Thanksgiving weekend is guaranteed to be a very challenging day.


I am about the turn the final page of Killing Commendatore and it’s been such a good read. I have no idea what to read next but I have some books in mind. I feel like a foodie memoir would be good.


The Walking Dead without Rick Grimes is not horrible. I’ll leave it at that.

American Horror Story: Apocalypse is over and out. It was SO good this season. I really enjoyed the storytelling.

New Things I’ve Tried:

Are you a cheese lover? I’ve tried Brie many times but it always has to be eaten with something for it to be really appealing to me but I tried this Triple Creme Brie from the market the other day and I could have eaten the entire wedge myself. It was just a hunk of cheese wrapped in cellophane  so there was no brand to speak of. I hope to pick some more up for the big meal on Thursday. I guess the keyword here is Triple Creme.

Grateful for:

I am so very grateful that my son does not have to work Thanksgiving day and that we can all be together.

What movies will you watch Thanksgiving day (if any)? I really like to watch Christmas Vacation as well as Home for the Holidays on Thanksgiving day.