Two good reasons for this challenge: I have found my freezers are all three packed to the gills. That means I need to use some of what is in them. I hope to clear out some old things in there as well, provided I have time this week. I might end up making freezer meals from a few of the items but I need to have a few of those on hand anyway.
I am also hoping to pick up one or two or three turkeys while the prices are so very low. I cannot beat these prices at all, haven't seen anything like them in years upon years and it seems to me that turkeys (which keep frozen up to a year) are space worthy and very budget friendly.
I plan a Thanksgiving dinner for John and I:
We're simple folks and that is all there is to it. Our menu seldom varies and the reason for that is my husband leans strong on tradition when it comes to his Thanksgiving meal. He wants what he wants and turkey sandwiches to follow up with. Normally for the two of us I purchase a breast only but with the excellent prices on whole turkeys and John's love of stuffing, which works best in a whole bird, this was the better option this year.
Green Bean Casserole
Broccoli or Brussels Sprouts in Cheese Sauce
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallow Topping
Cranberry sauce and Cranberry Relish
I have all but the canned fried onions on hand. I thought I'd just make my own onion rings. It takes next to no time and can be done ahead since I will be putting them in the bean casserole to bake anyway. I plan to 'work ahead' this weekend, since our dinner will be either Wednesday or Friday depending upon John's preference. The turkey has been thawing in the fridge since Wedneday when I bought it. I'll bake the sweet potato, make my onion rings and make my Pumpkin Pie today. I plan to get my stuffing breads crumbled and onions and celery chopped. I have broth thawing for gravy and stuffing.
We determined we'd stick with our traditional holiday breakfast of canned cinnamon rolls with a less fatty side and we'll have that on the proper day itself. We'll at least have that much of a tradition for the day proper.
I plan meals for the rest of the week:
It's a given we'll have leftovers and at this moment I'm planning to serve those for dinner next Saturday. I'll add a salad if need be and a fruit based dessert (baked apples or pears).
On my own
Mashed Potatoes (extra for later in week)
Green Peas with Mushrooms (extra for later in week)
Salad with Beets, onions, Boiled Egg
Turkey Fried Rice
Hamburger Shepherd's Pie
Mixed Fruit Cups
on my own
Family dinner? Waiting to see how this cold chooses to go. There will be food enough here to eat if I can't go and I am okay with that.
I plan the rest of my week:
These in addition to the usual rounds of housekeeping, laundry, meals, etc.
Work on clearing some stuff out of the freezers and using what I can to make a dish or entree for future meals either this week or a freezer meal. Fridge freezer is done. I managed to get MORE into it, lol. Yea me.
Hair appointment for me.
Hair cut appointment for John which we'll combine with picking up his check. Pay bills, mail Christmas cards that are ready to go.
Order John's gift items.
Entertain visitors...day of visit still to be determined.