Monthly Archives: November 2008

Bad Day for Turkeys

Today is the worst day for turkeys. Most American households will be having a cooked turkey for their dinner to celebrate our Thanksgiving. I wonder how many turkeys are consumed today, nationwide?

I love roast turkey and would have it every month if I could handle that much in leftovers. I’m not a big fan of leftover turkey, but I’m learning some new recipes, like pot pie and white chili. Everything else left after a couple of days goes to the dogs. They love turkey, too.

Went to Mom’s for dinner

Mom likes to have all of us over at least once a month for dinner.  We thought since Thanksgiving is around the corner and going to be at her house, she might want to count that as our monthly dinner.  Well she would not hear of that.  She said she looks very forward to our Sunday dinner and isn’t going to let Thanksgiving take the place of it.  I think she just loves to cook for us and always makes our favorite dinner too.  She’s where I got my love of cooking from.  I can remember standing in a chair beside her ‘helping’ her cook by watching the pots.  My job was to let her know when the pots needed to be stirred.

My mother makes the best beef roast you have ever put in your mouth.  With that, she makes mashed potatoes with cream cheese and of course there has to be a wonderful salad to go with it.  Salad is not just lettuce to Mom.  It’s tomatoes, broccoli flowerets, radishes, carrots, and just about anything else you put in salad.   She makes her own croutons too and they are wonderful.

She makes the best homemade sourdough bread too.  We always leave with a loaf that she has made for each of us.  She won’t give me that recipe but promises it’s mine when she’s gone.

Great gifts

Are you like me and look for things that you just don’t see every day?  Well I love to get presents that people just don’t expect.  One of the best places I have found to do that is at  They have some of the cutest, coolest, and unusual items on there that you have ever seen.  The prices are great too.  A friend of mine at work told me about them and I am so glad they did.

I do a lot of my gift giving from their books.  You can go to their web site and sign up to receive their catalogs or you can shop online.  I like to shop online instead of ordering from the catalog because it gets here faster.  I’m one of those ‘I want what I want when I want it, not later’.  Are you like that too?  I hate to be that way but I can’t help it.  I got it honest because both of my sisters are like that and we got it from Mom.

Oh trust me, Mom denys it everytime one of us tells her it’s her fault.  Daddy used to tell us that we were all just a little too much like her but it must have been okay because he sure loved her and loved us too.

Pumpkin Pie

The Kroger had Sara Lee frozen pies on sale this week so I bought two. The obvious first choice was the pumpkin pie, but then I had to decide what flavor to get for the second pie. I absolutely love peach pie, but I also like apple, and I was thinking that maybe apple would fit in better with the current fall menu items, like pork roast and even corned beef brisket. So I ended up buying an apple pie, too.

The Sara Lee brand of pumpkin pie is the closest taste to my homemade pumpkin pie. I just haven’t felt like doing that much baking lately. But now that the weather is cooler and the days are shorter, I suspect I will be drawn to the kitchen a little more often.

The Eagles

One of my favorite all time groups is The Eagles. I have always loved their music, even when they split off into their solo acts. I was glad to hear that they had gotten together for a renaissance album and I bought it recently while at Wal-Mart. The new album sounds great. I heard a couple songs that I knew immediately would get radio airplay, but I have a couple that I really like that I doubt will make it to the top 40. But that’s OK – I have never been all that mainstream in my musical taste.