By: Sandra Elzie
Do you plan menus? Each morning do you plan what you’ll have for dinner or do you “wing it” an hour before everyone arrives at the table? Or, are you like I was years ago, (I improved with age) and plan meals for a week…or, shudder,…a month in advance?
Yes, I was guilty of doing just that…but with good reason. You see, every time I went to the store, it cost at least $100…and that has only gotten worse with age. So, to solve the money issue, I tried to buy as many of the things I’d need for the month on one huge shopping day and then send hubby for milk since he has the ability to go in and buy only what he went to the store to get. (I married a talented man, don’t you think?)
So, that brings me to the shopping I’ve been doing lately knowing that all the family will be at my home for Thanksgiving. I’ve already been to the store to buy things to “stock up” since I’ll have so many for 4-5 days. Now, of course, milk and veggies will have to be last minute…I’ve already got that list for hubby hanging on the refrigerator with the magnet that says, “Lord is you won’t make me skinny, would you please make all my friends fat.” But the sad part is that I’ve already been to Wal-Mart three times. The cases of water, sodas and the boxes of fancy crackers are stocked, the menu for the week is planned, including some recipes that I’ve never tried before…(don’t you love trying new recipes when you have a house full of guinea pigs?) and my bank account has dipped by several hundred dollars, and of course, I’m not finished.
So, what’s in my fridge? EVERYTHING!! In fact, if you know anyone who wants to sell a used refrigerator for cheap, I’m your girl.
Now the fun part is what I have planned for Saturday night dinner. Pot Pie. Yes, the dreaded catch-all for the leftovers that you cover up with a nice golden crust. Ever wondered what’s in it?
Well, if you want my suggestion, just eat it, smile, and thank the cook for a lovely dinner. This is a good time to observe Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Just assume its turkey. Besides, I’m sure if the owl in the picture above were asked, I bet he’d said his dinner tasted just like chicken.
So, what’s on your menu for Thanksgiving and do you have everything yet? Oh yeah, I have a 24 pound turkey and a 22 pound spiral ham in the freezer, but we won’t go any further on the discussion of my freezer…it would need it’s own blog.
Share your menu for Thanksgiving and any Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell dishes you’ve eaten.
Oh yeah, and have a lovely Thanksgiving and enjoy the food.