I had to get my Warcraft dailies out of the way first. Not too many of them—just the five I really want. I.e., the Dalaran cooking & jewelcrafting dailies, and the Kalu’ak dailies. I’ll come back to those in a Lich King post soon.
Doctor’s appointment at 9 am (the knee I banged up over 5 weeks ago has developed a mysterious sore lump), but other than that, it’s just cooking, one last tiny shopping trip to pick up some herbs & such, and fun!
11 am: Whoops. Well we’ll be getting a late start today. Doctor’s appointment turned into an x-ray to rule out fracture and abscess, a prescription pick-up, then buying the last couple of ingredients. Lunch next…
3:30 pm: The make-ahead mashed potatoes are made ahead; they’re sort of like a twice-baked potato casserole. Yum! We’ve also peeled and sliced carrots for an herbed carrot dish, and made a coconut caramel cream pie. Time for a Warcraft break while the dishwasher goes.
5:30 pm: We’ve made the brine for the turkey, as well as the sugar puff cookies. We’ve chopped broccoli florets and fresh bread crumbs and mixed the rices for the wild rice pilaf. We’re about to bake sweet potatoes for tomorrow’s sweet potato casserole.
Feast cooking tip #2: Plan for the unexpected. Be ready to axe one or more of your recipes if you find yourself short on time. For one, we’re always over-eager when picking out recipes. For another, something always comes up. What with medical stuff today we decided not to make a pumpkin pound cake. It isn’t as though we really needed it anyway; it was one of those whimsy things.
Irrelevant plug: Earlier today we decided we should have a holiday special at the craft store (errantdreams.etsy.com). So, as noted at the top of all store pages, through December 31 of 2008 you’ll get FREE SHIPPING on any order of $20 or more shipping within the US. Just go through the Etsy checkout process, but wait to pay until we’ve sent you a revised PayPal invoice without the shipping charges! Here’s just a smattering of the things you could get, and let’s face it, it’s way cooler to get your loved ones handmade one-of-a-kind items than mass-produced stuff!