Olio: A miscellaneous collection of things
The blog has been quiet of late, but not for a lack of activity. Jim and I continue to strive for a daily walk, though the past few days because of extra folk in the household, prep for Thanksgiving, child keeping for daughter and SIL to get their house painted inside before they move their furniture in, my walks have either been missed or have happened on our mountain road with visiting son, DIL, and eldest grandson. Last evening, we walked our road so that I could show them the fossil.
Grandson had been shown it before, but couldn’t find it again to show his parents. It stays hidden and you have to know where to look to uncover it.
Today is resident granddaughter’s sixth birthday. She was born on Thanksgiving and celebrated on Thanksgiving last year but won’t hit the holiday again for a few years.
Her Dad is not a fan of spiders so her wicked sense of humor requested a chocolate cake with a spider web and spider on top. Above is daughter, our resident cake decorator, molding a purple spider from Rice Krispy treat mix to go on the cake that will be revealed tonight.
Yesterday’s feast was a treat. We worked together to pull it off, with DIL helping with side dishes, son’s assist to spatchcock the 19.5 lb turkey. He also is in charge of rubbing the herb butter I made under the skin and lifting the monster onto and off of the baking rack and carving it. This process produces the juiciest, tastiest poultry in such a short time. It only took 90 minutes cooking time with this method.
We don’t put the whole bird on the table to carve so it’s unconventional appearance is okay. The aromatic vegetables under the turkey are pureed and added to the backbone, neck, giblets, and carcass to cook down for broth. We ended up last night putting 2 1/2+ gallons of broth in jars for future gravies, cooking rice, potatoes, or beans.
I survived turning 70 this past week. It was a busy day of cleaning, food purchase for the feast and to feed the 9 people currently staying here, but ended with Jim taking me for a delightful meal at a local upscale restaurant.
This morning, eldest grandson (12), resident grandson (10), and the birthday girl, helped me stack the load of firewood that was delivered earlier this week. This required removing the old wood from the makeshift rack first, driving a couple new T posts, scrounging for a few more old cedar posts to use as the base, and stacking high enough to have room, low enough to not topple over. The old wood then piled back on top to be burned first.
It is two rows thick at one end and the chick raising water trough is full of old wood, set on it’s side behind the stacks as additional storage.
Today, being Black Friday, I won’t venture from the house. I don’t like to shop when it is quiet, I sure don’t want to be out in the chaos that even our smaller towns seem to have. I will support some of our local businesses later, and will purchase some gifts online next week.
I hope my readers, had quality time with family or friends yesterday or will be able to this weekend. I am thankful for the time with my husband, children that could come and their families. Hopefully, we will soon get to visit the one that could not come.