November Revisited

So, here we are in another Holiday season and I am thinking why did I start a blog now?  Good question.

I already mentioned that November is not a good month for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  And, now, I find out it’s also NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month).  What is it with November?  If you are a Mom with school age kids, you know that the fall is just not the time to add another thing to your to do list. It’s a race of activities starting with the first day of school. The pace starts to pick up speed sometime before Halloween and by Thanksgiving the its going full steam. And it doesn’t stop until whatever culminating holiday you celebrate in December and/or the end of school in December, whichever occurs last.

But, this year, I’m not working and no one is asking for anything beyond picking them up at the airport. We have cut back a bit on the Thanksgiving cooking and we are cooking a few things ahead. We are addressing vegetarian and carnivore (yeah, the husband really avoids veggies) needs, but that turns out to be not so difficult. So, maybe I can fit in a few things besides cooking.

Don’t get me wrong. We love food and Thanksgiving is possibly our family’s favorite holiday. The stuffing muffins, homemade mashed potatoes, and gravy are to die for. If you haven’t done stuffing muffins, you are missing out. Rachel Ray should have trademarked the concept, because it has to be the best thing to ever happen to Thanksgiving. We’ve all heard the reasons to not cook the stuffing in the bird (I had one mishap and I won’t do it again). But even better, stuffing muffins can use just about any stuffing recipe, they can be cooked ahead, and they freeze well. Pour some of the pan juices or gravy over them to make them taste like they were cooked in the bird. Perfection.

Maybe the holidays are the reward for making it through the fall.  So relax a little and enjoy the family.

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