Yesterday was such a nice day, even though it started out not so great. It started to lightly snow in the morning and made the first ten miles of our journey sort of exciting where the snow stuck to the road and made driving interesting. Once reaching the freeway the roads were just wet and we arrived at Youngest Son's home on the other side of the city with no problems. I am thankful that Oldest Son is a good driver and knows how to drive on slippery winter roads.
The turkey dinner with all the trimmings was a treat. Oldest Daughter brought a corn/cornbread dish that was wonderful I need to get that recipe. Maddie Mae had made appetizers by wrapping dill pickles in slices of deli ham and cutting them crosswise. They were pretty and delicious. Boston had lined muffin tin cups with pie dough, filled them with apples and spices, added a lattice top and baked them into mini apple pies. I took one home with me and enjoyed it as a bedtime snack. I am pleased that my Grands helped in adding to the meal. After pie with real whipped cream, we headed home, where a nap was necessary! It was a good day with family. I am thankful for them all.
Oldest Son and I will have two more turkey dinners this week. The company Son works for gave each of the employees a turkey, and his is about 20 lbs. I added a turkey to my grocery order that was on sale at 99 cents a pound. The lady who does the shopping found the biggest one she could, at 21 lbs. Neither Son nor I have freezer space for large turkeys, so Son will roast his later today and I will roast mine on Sunday. Each of us will have leftovers enough to satisfy our appetites (Leftovers are one of the best thing about turkey dinners.) and both of us will be able to squeeze small packages of meat into our respective freezers for future use.
Youngest Son packaged up the scraps and carcass of our Thanksgiving turkey and sent it home with me, knowing that I would put it to good use. I will wait until the other two turkeys have been cooked, take the remains of all three birds and make turkey broth to can and a batch of homemade turkey soup. I am glad that I grew up with frugal parents who taught me to make use of everything, including turkey bones.
My grocery order included six bags of frozen hash browns. I have dehydrated four bags already and the last two are drying now. Roll breakfast sausage was also on sale and I ordered 12 one-pound rolls. Three rolls will be made into patties and squeezed somewhere in the freezer. Hopefully! The rest I will brown, drain and can tomorrow to add to my food storage shelves.
One last note: When I arrived at my Youngest Son's home yesterday, my youngest grandson was playing football in the front yard with his neighbor friend. He wasn't the least bit embarrassed to come running to give his Grandma a hug. His sisters were at the front door with more hugs. And when my taller-than-me older grandson arrived, he too delivered a hug for Grandma. And that, my friends, is what life is all about.
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