Sunday Confessional / Site Admin Stuff

Heather says:

The fall weather finally arrived. Of course, it was just in time for my in-laws’ visit; after we’d assured them that Charleston in October is beautiful. Lesson learned, don’t make promises over which you have no control. We had a great time, it just wasn’t as pleasant as we had envisioned.

Confession: I love company. I love people, but man do they wear me out. If I’m around people for several days, there comes a point where I just have to hide from everyone for a few minutes here and there or I begin to feel like I’m drowning.

Am I nuts?

Also, my house smells like fried food, thanks to a certain someone spilling cooking oil when he volunteered to help clean up after Wednesday’s dinner. I need to do a deep clean to find everywhere it went, but here I sit posting.

Oh, and I also totally cheated and bought frozen meatballs because I’ve got to have some crockpot friendly meals for the insane week that starts tomorrow. Silly, but I felt guilty and conspicuous in Walmart earlier.

Site Admin Stuff:

The holidays are coming and I plan tweaking this year’s Countdown to Turkey Day. To accomplish this, I’m hosting an early Thanksgiving dinner at my house. Of course this means my husband’s work schedule had to go completely bonkers just when I need to start preparing for the feast. Hopefully it will just help me hone the plan. The goal is to give readers of this site a workable plan for preparing for hosting a large holiday dinner. With forethought, even a novice cook can pull off a respectable company meal. It’s a matter of being prepared and knowing when to ask for help.

So stay tuned, Countdown to Turkey Day starts November 1st.

The comments are open for whatever you need to get off your chest.


  1. CJ McD on October 19, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Have a Thanksgiving brunch. And do it in a way were everything (well, almost) can be made ahead and kept warm. We used to do this when my granmothers were alive. Their day was pretty much done by 4:00pm and were used to early meals, so we'd do brunch to accomodate thier schedule.

    -Make your delicious company mashed potato casserole a day ahead and refrigerate.
    -Bake up some sweet potatoes, peel and mashed coarsely, drizzle with butter and a splash of maple syrup, cover and refrigerate.
    -Mix up a green bean-mushroom casserole sans crispy onion topping. Reserve topping for baking time.
    -Steam or microwave a vegetable medly or some lovely asparagus or brussel sprouts. Undercook them so they will finish cooking when reheated. Prep some brown butter and toast some bread crumbs for garnish.
    -Depending on how many people you have coming, poach a whole turkey breast, some thighs, etc. in seasoned water (boullion, garlic, sage, thyme, etc.). It's super easy and makes the most delicious. juicy turkey and gravy. Place the turkey in a large pot and cover with water, add seasonings, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook one hour regardless of size. Remove from the heat and let cool in the liquid. Refirgerate until ready to use. This can be done one or two days ahead.
    -Prep a large pan of stuffing (use some of the broth from the turkey) a day ahead and refrigerate.
    -Mix pumpkin custard for pies the day before and keep in the refrigerator. Save time by making crusts ahead or using store bought. Not as economical, but for the dollar amount v.s. time, the store bought rusts win out at my house during the holidays.

    Day of-
    -Bake the pies.
    -Remove the turkey from the bones and slice. Place in a large baking dish, make gravy from the stock and pour a little over the turkey to almost cover; cover with foil and warm in the oven along with the potatoes, bean casserole, warm sweet potatoes and pre-steamed vegeatbles in the microwave.
    -Set out your relishes, butter, etc.
    -Heat up some ham or sausages, scramble some eggs, warm some rolls, make some coffee, pour some juice and or champagne and it's brunch.

    You get the idea. Of course, you will have your own special and traditional dishes to fit into the mix.
    I love company and cooking for them too. It's the cleaning I don't like. Ah well, company is the best motivation for cleaning my house.

  2. Nina on October 19, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    You must be an introvert – according to the Myers Briggs Type Personality test. Instead of meaning you're shy, it means that when you're drained, you need to be alone to recharge. It can also mean that you think in your head first before you speak instead of just thinking out loud. Extroverts, when drained, need to be around a lot of people to get energized again. So, no, you're not nuts at all! 50% of us out there are like that, it's just no one can admit it when it's their relatives! 🙂 Good luck!

  3. Stacy on October 19, 2009 at 1:19 am

    I feel the same way about crowds of people. Introverts tend to get energized more by one-on-one or small group interactions, while extraverts tend to get energized by larger groups. It's not absolutely always that way, but it tends to go that way. Anyway, even if I'm staying at someone else's house for a few days, I need to get away by myself, even if that just means laying down for a nap or putting on the headphones for some familiar relaxing music.

    I say give yourself a break about the shortcuts. Yikes, you need and deserve them! We don't always have to take the long way…

  4. Judith on October 19, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Will you tell Ivy that we say "hello"?
    I think of her often and wish her well.

  5. Judith on October 19, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Even this extrovert needs some time alone when surrounded by people!
    I used to use going outside for a cigarette as an excuse for some alone time, but I quit (go, me!) so now I go for a walk ==== much healthier for me and a much more socially acceptable excuse.
    We all need time apart ………….. failing all else, I retreat to the kitchen and cook. Or better yet, so dishes …………. generally no one will interrupt me then!

  6. knitaddict on October 18, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I'm the same way about company….even if it's with people I absolutely ADORE, I simply get tired out of being on my best behavior. After company leaves, I usually sit around for 2 days and fart, whine, yell at my husband, and pick my nose…..all the things that a respectable southern wife most CERTAINLY does NOT do! LOL

  7. Angela on October 18, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I have used painting my house as an excuse to not clean other rooms and to procrastinate on all the sewing projects I have waiting for me. I do have to get started on then as the fabric is starting to get in the way.

    Meals this week will come from what ever I have on hand.

  8. Eugene Mah on October 18, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    not nuts at all. i'm the same way. i've always found being around people and socializing a lot of work and mentally very tiring. crowds make my brain go all squirrly. social butterfly i am most definitely not.

    • Eugene Mah on October 18, 2009 at 8:23 pm

      when i was a kid and my parents dragged me out to crowded family events, i always managed to find a nice quiet empty place to disappear to 🙂

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