I wouldn't have been able to watch the baseball game last night if it hadn't been for the fire in our family room fireplace. I sat in my leather chair (only 2 hours south of Phila.) with my book, watching the rain drip from the batters' helmets . It was truly bone chilling. And then they finally called the game, of course, after a sloppy run by TB!
Today is not much better; it's cloudy and dangerously windy and, believe it or not, they're calling for snow mixed with rain after midnight and into the morning hours. I'm going to have to bring in more wood and get the cast iron stove on our passive-solar sun porch going by about 4:30. The heat is efficient enough that when it gets going, can heat up the entire downstairs. And, it's time to put the flannel sheets on our bed!
Looks like I'm cooking for Thanksgiving again this year. I say this with enthusiasm--Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. All three of our kids and their signif others/spouses will be joining us along with my husband's parents, my mom, and our best friends (of over 30 years, and who are moving to San Diego in the spring!), Margie and Dave.
I'm planning the menu now -- will probably brine the turkey in a buttermilk/spice mixture I saw in the Williams Sonoma catalog. The cornbread/sausage stuffing I'll serve on the side. I found fingerling sweet potatoes and yams at Trader Joe's that are wonderful and hopefully they'll still have them. I'll roast these skins on with cut up butternut squash, a bit of butter, cinnamon, salt and pepper. I love Brussels sprouts; Dick hates them, so I'll make broccoli with garlic and oil. There's a rule someplace that states I have to make mashed potatoes, so I'll try to find some Yukon golds. This year I'm going to limit the pies to apple and pumpkin. Last year I made pumpkin, pecan, apple, lemon meringue, and a pumpkin cheesecake. We had 22 for dinner, but, yes, even I realize this was over the top.....
I'm off to the gym. All this thinking about pies has made me feel fatter.....
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.