Monday, November 23, 2009

making good progress!

I feel like we're making great progress, even if we're not right on schedule. Of course, Keith  decided to add a few things to the list.
Thanksgiving to do list :
  • clean/condition the cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms (this stuff is amazing. My cabinets look so much better and the house smells nice and citrusy)
  • Pull recipes for my go-to Thanksgiving recipes (chocolate chunk pecan pie and my apple pecan dressing)
  • make shopping lists for Sprouts and Wal Mart
  • determine menu with family (we do potluck style meals)
  • go shopping at Sprouts and Wal Mart
  • deep clean kitchen and bathrooms
  • vacuum
  • clean windows
  • clean bottom of oven so it doesn't smoke during the Alton Brown turkey roasting method
  • clear out/organize fridge to make room for ridiculous quantities of food
  • tidy up front yard vegetation (aka: make it look like we don't live in a jungle)
  • clean carpets (thanks to a Bissell carpet cleaner borrowed from some friends)
  • make brine for turkey
  • chop veggies for dressing
  • make cornbread for dressing
  • toast and cube bread for dressing
  • chop pecans and apples for dressing (okay, so the dressing is a little labor intensive, Keith and I think it's amazing and totally worth it)
  • meet with A/C repairmen for the 84th time since July
  • change out front door handle and locks (Keith)
  • change out guest bath toilet seat (Keith)
  • hang hand towel ring in guest bath (Keith)
  • change out smoke detector in the hallway (Keith)--no, not in preparation for my cooking; it's just a task we've procrastinated on
  • mow, if the yard dries out in time (Keith)

do Tuesday
  • dust
  • sweep front porch
  • clean porch light
  • make pie crusts
  • bake pies

do Wednesday
  • sautee veggies for dressing 
  • mix dressing
  • prep and brine turkey
  • enjoy the day
  • do all of the other things I inevitably procrastinated on earlier in the week
  • go to bed at a reasonable hour on Thanksgiving Eve for quite possibly the first time in our marriage

do Thanksgiving day
  • roast Turkey
  • bake dressing
  • eat
  • play games
  • eat 
  • play games
  • eat
  • go to bed late, but happy

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