Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving...

and, all through the house, everyone was sleeping. Except me.

I'm up...cooking. And I'm cooking such exciting dishes as mashed potatoes and stuffing and a bean casserole. All so I won't have to cook tomorrow, but will only reheat. And yawn. A lot.

I made my mother's famous Irish sausage stuffing. It is truly delish. For some reason, and I can't really explain it, I decided to tweak the recipe. Just one of those wild and crazy culinary moments. And now that I'm sitting here and having a small bowl of sausage stuffing (I never got around to having dinner and I almost exercised this morning, so it's not as unhealthy as it sounds), I think the tweaking may have constituted a culinary faux pas.

In happier news, I actually did some Christmas shopping today. Child #3 and Child #4 were thrilled to be dragged s-l-o-w-l-y (I'm a very slow shopper) around two stores. Maybe a little less than thrilled until we stopped for pretzels and plastic cheese sauce.

In even happier news, I have finished all my Canadian shopping. By this I mean, I have finished buying all the gifts I must send back to the homeland. This is tres wonderful because if I get the Canadian presents sent off before Thanksgiving, I get a prize.

A prize? you say. From who?

From me! I give myself a reward for good organization! I am a firm believer in positive reinforcement, and I practice what I preach. I don't know what the reward is yet, but I do know I will like it!

Did you actually send off the gifts? you ask.

No, I didn't. But I gave myself an extension until Monday. Ha! I'm covered.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I will post tomorrow (in between yawns and trying not to be grumpy to my guests due to fatigue) about a few of the things I'm thankful for.

16 comments:

Sally Lawton said...

Wow, sounds very organised. Happy Thanksgiving, hope you're not too tired to enjoy it! :-)

Chantal said...

Enjoy your day, Happy Thanksgiving to you from the cold white north! It a veritable winter wonderland here today!

Sherry said...

You are too funny!! Enjoy your gift to yourself..and then get thee to a post office!! :)

Anonymous said...

I hoped that you thought of me and all of our fun times as you were peeling all those potatoes. Hope you had a good one. Our fun is still going on 8 hours later. We are still at the parents. I think Parker has about had enough Thanksgiving fun for one year. He does love the Cranberry sauce... who would have thought? Anyway... Hope you had a good one.

- YPN

gabe said...

Barrie,
You are hilarious - you almost
exercised, eh? Double your helpings
of the sausage stuffing - sounds yummy - and I hope get to relax a bit tomorrow in between the hosting.
Happy American thanksgiving.
-gabe

Barrie said...

Hi Sally! I was not too tired to enjoy Thanksgiving. And the stuffing worked out fine. Perhaps the sit in the fridge overnight did something wonderful to it? :)

kim said...

Gave yourself an extension until Monday, ha! That's funny stuff.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the heads up on doggie wear.

Kelly Malloy said...

You are too smart - Cooking the night before - what a concept! Will have to try that next year!

Kellan said...

Hi Barrie - nice to meet you. This was a fun post - I liked the "plastic cheese" - very funny! Hope you had a good day. See you soon. Kellan

Barrie said...

Hi Chantal! Thanks for visiting. Here it was warm and sunny. I actually had my tea in the backyard--in jeans and a t-shirt. :)

Barrie said...

Hi Sherry! I have been up wrapping the Canadian gifts. Maybe I can squeeze in the post office tomorrow. :)

Barrie said...

Hello Psychic Niece! Yes, I did think of you because I peeled the potatoes all by myself. Wah. However, I must say that I did an excellent job! Glad you had a great Thanksgiving. Go Parker with the cranberries. None of my children would touch it!

Barrie said...

Gabe, I didn't get to relax too much. But you will be pleased to know that I wasn't the least bit cranky. :)

Barrie said...

Hi Kim! I really enjoyed your blog!

Barrie said...

Hi Kellan! Great blog. And I love that expression--on the upside!

Barrie said...

Hi Kelly! What fun blogS. Do you have as many blogs as sons? :)