Domesticity and the Impending Holidays

Save me!  Mommy’s going NUTS!!

I’m the type of person who has a lot of ideas and plans inside of her head, but unable to fully translate them into reality.  So with the holidays just around the corner, the domestic side of my has kicked into high gear, dreaming up so many plans for what I want this year to be like…the feasting, the gifting, the decorating.  Unfortunately, I find myself limited when it comes to time, funds, and general will-power to actually implement plans knowing that they will only last about a month…month and a half at most.

So how do I plan on bringing my dreams and reality to mutual agreement and compromise?  I’ve decided that I’m actually going to put my plans on paper (well, online blog), limiting them to what I have the capability of accomplishing this year.  From there, keeping in mind that, due to limitations, the end result may not always equal the vision I have…but as long as we and those who invite into our home enjoys the end result, that I have succeeded.  

It’s not about perfection…it’s about enjoying the holidays!
So here are the general plans I have for each of the upcoming holidays…
Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 22nd – T minus 4 Days)
Thanksgiving was never a holiday I considered decorating for.  To me, Thanksgiving is all about the people and the FOOD!  So the plans for this holiday is mainly focused on dishes and recipes.  Below are online photos of the dishes I plan to prepare for the feast. 
  • Of course a Thanksgiving dinner starts with TURKEY!!  I purchased a new Hamilton Beach 22 Quart Roaster in order to make the cooking process easier (leaves my oven open for other dishes).  It will apparently hold up to a 20 lb turkey…so hopefully our 15 pounder will fit.
  • I’ve always loved this recipe for Israeli couscous (and for those who don’t know what that is, it’s basically a larger, pearl-shaped version of Mediterranean couscous).  I got this recipe from Food Network’s Giada de Laurentiis (via her show), and have loved making and eating it. 
  • Stuffing…and not just any out-of-the-box stuffing.  My plan is to make cornbread stuffing from scratch (as in with homemade bread and cornbread).  I will give myself leeway this year if I give up and just buy the boxed type…but something to aim for.
  • Asparagus – simple, quick, and yet very yummy!  I’ve made this for a couple dinner parties, and it’s been a hit.  I go with the Martha Stewart recipe.
  • Wild Rice with Mushrooms – as an Asian, I never feel that a meal is complete without some form of rice on the table.  Granted this is not your typical, Korean medium length white rice, but perhaps this will be a bit healthier and more flavorful.
  • Sweet Potato Casserole – I haven’t found a single workable recipe for this one yet…but I plan on taking the basic ingredients from all of the ones I’ve found and try to keep this as simple as possible.
  • Mashed Potatoes – with my KitchenAid Mixer, this dish is a piece of cake!
  • Sugar Cookies – Now that I’ve found a recipe I LOVE, I can’t stop myself from baking these!  Hopefully, my dinner guests loves them as much as I do so I can deplete my supply in one go…keeping them OFF my THIGHS!!

Other than food, there are some other things I really wish I had the chance to do…take Fall Family Photos (loving the alliteration), decorate the dinner table…but I’m not going to go there, what with only 4 days left.  Not to mention, there aren’t many Fall leaves left on the trees to make for nice family portraits.  Perhaps next year…

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