Post Thanksgiving Musings

The first of the big winter holidays is over. I hope everyone remembers small businesses today and every day for their gifting needs and personal use. Their markets are full of one of a kind creations you won’t see anywhere else. Most are craftsmen (and women), and very creative artists, jewelry makers, food and special snacking items are included also.

In preparing the meal, although there were only two of us (my son Frankie and me), you still have quite a few dishes to make, just smaller servings. The usual suspects, turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry relish were present. And since Frankie doesn’t like sweet potatoes, I skipped the casserole with marshmallows on top. I found a Sweet Potato Salad recipe that was fantastic. I polished the rest off yesterday. Roasted Sweet Potato, Toasted Pumpkin seeds and Pecans, Baby Spinach, Craisins, Feta Cheese and a made from scratch dressing with either Honey or Maple Syrup. It was the best! In fact, I’m going to make one for next week, too.

I discovered I’m a “I’ll just make a double batch of this” person. I did a double batch of Stove Top Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, and Gravy. I had to make sure Frankie had enough to take home. It is kind of inborn, I guess. When something looks good, I want to make sure there’s enough.

I also learned it’s not a good idea for me to be working in the kitchen all day for two days in a row. I had a terrible flare up with my chronic pain. Upper back, Thoracic Area, and Lumbar Region. What a time! It didn’t make me any less thankful for the lovely time we had. I def would do it again, but ask for more help for prepping/cooking. Frankie helped me, and I love watching him cook. He learned at home and has been making other people’s food for more than 30 years. He loves what he does, and I’m glad for that.

I’ve been re-watching Yellowstone on Paramount Network. Watching from the very beginning has refreshed my memory quite a bit regarding some subtle things that become plot twists in subsequent seasons. I’m watching it as a writer now, which is quite different than as a viewer. I’m impressed with the writing, the character development, and the flaws that goes with them.

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