The holiday baking and prepping has begun! I came home from work and made two pies. One pumpkin pie for me:
And a sweet potato pie for Cody.
I cheated this year, and bought pie crusts. I used my own pie plates, but I bought the kind of crusts that all you have to do is unroll them and put them into the pans. I tried to flute the pumpkin pie really fancy like, but it didn't turn out so well. I just used a fork on the other one and it looks fine.
I got the strawberry jello salad done, so all I have to do tomorrow is the turkey, giblet gravy, and sweet potato casserole. I got a bit worried about my turkey. As it was thawing, the package got a bit puffy, so I went ahead and opened it. It smelled OK, so that was a relief. Every year, I say I'm going to brine my turkey, but then I read that most of them don't really need it, if they have that solution injected. So, I don't brine.
This year, since I'd already opened it, I decided to go ahead and try brining my bird. I did a search for recipes, and they ranged from very simple to very complicated. I went with simple. Said turkey is now back in the refrigerator, soaking in a brine solution. We'll see how it goes.
Just for kicks, here is an artsy-fartsy picture of my pumpkin pie.
You know, as much as I complain about it, I am thankful today that I have a job. So many people out there don't have jobs. I actually enjoy the work I do, and I have a comfortable life.
No, I take that back. I have a good life. I have a new house, a new car, plenty to eat, clothes to wear, clean water, and good friends. That is more than most of the world has.
I am truly blessed.