Wednesday, November 21, 2018


I don't know when cooking got so tiring, but I passed out on the couch last night after baking 8 loaves of cranberry bread and making a double batch of cranberry sauce, plus all the usual stuff I do EVERY SINGLE DAY around here. Then I bounced back up this morning to make a vat of stuffing and roast 6 pounds of vegetables, which look to have shrunk down to approximately 5 mouthfuls, and no, I don't know what I'm going to do about that, thanks for asking.

LOTS of cranberries

I was getting a little annoyed, what with ordering the kids to help me and getting a ton of attitude from some of them, even though this food is being prepared for them. You'd think they'd know better by now. I mean, really, Rachel is a smart chick, yet she still thinks she can out-bitch me? Girl, please.

So, like I said, I was sitting here feeling a little pissed off and thought, hey, hasn't this happened before? Yes, indeed, it has. What's happening here is, in fact, an honest-to-goodness holiday tradition, albeit not the heartwarming type. The solution, happily, is the same as last year's - I'm going to be a Thanksgiving prep Nazi tomorrow (also a tradition). All hands on deck!

I'd like to mention here that Theo (who lives in his own place now) spent the day preparing 2 pumpkin pies to bring tomorrow. Maybe they all just need to move out?

Anyhoo, in the middle of all the holiday prep, Larry came home early and we all went out to see Fantastic Beasts 2 (don't know the real name of the movie and I'm not looking it up). Because, when you're super busy, it's always a great idea to plan a major family outing.

I did that, you know. I planned it. I can't even pin the blame on anyone else.

In other news, Brian is home from school! And this is what happens when I ask him to help cut up the bread for stuffing.

Edible jenga, anyone?

What can I say? He's an artist.

I need to get to bed, so I can rise bright and early and order the kids around. Tradition!


  1. Everything takes three times as long on your own. I had my two helpers on deck this year and it was amazing that what took me 6 hours took us only two and a half. Math I guess. Math always amazes me.

    1. Help is lovely, especially when it's not acting as though peeling apples is akin to being nailed to the cross.

  2. That bread tower warms my heart. Oh, the creativity! Your cranberry bread looks delightful. Tell those kids they had better appreciate their Thanksgiving meal. It is wonderful that your son is bringing not one, but two pies to your meal. I asked my supposedly independent chuldren to bring frozen dinner rolls (daughter) and canned cranberry (son). It's all about low expectations around here.

  3. Yep, pretty much sounds like a tradition that takes place in most homes on Thanksgiving! That bread tower is amazing. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving! Hope the helpers came through with out too much attitude.

    Love the tower.

  5. How did that bread not topple to the floor??? That kid has skills!

  6. All that lovely bread--AND a bread tower to boot! Glad you got through it all.

  7. I too admire the tower. I did not host Thanksgiving but lately I have been begging someone to appreciate the fact that all i do is buy food, make food, clean up after food, repeat. If they do not appreciate it, at least pitch in! Am i asking too much here?

  8. I like how we make cranberry sauce. Half the time my mom forgets it and the other half we open the can and slide it out.

  9. Two days in a row on my feet in the kitchen. I feel your pain. And I'm a little jealous of that Jenga Tower of Bread, except at my house it would have fallen over with pieces scattered across the kitchen floor.