After a lot LOT of driving and cooking and braving Black Friday, this morning found me with a refrigerator full of leftovers, a new gate on the goat paddock, my hooped raised bed fortified for winter, and a roof on my run-in shed! We won't even discuss the fat, spoiled dogs, although I swear Scrappy shed a tear when my nephew walked out the door to head for the train station.
All I have left to show of my 20 lb. turkey is a container of leftovers and two gallons of turkey stock. The pumpkin cheesecake was great - but I wouldn't recommend using gluten-free gingersnaps. It was more like ginger-y sand. It tasted fine, but ... icky. I brined the turkey this year in apple juice, water, kosher salt and garlic. It was amazing! I liked the idea of using apple juice/cider rather than brown sugar.
Friday, Austin and I braved the Black Friday crowds to buy him an early birthday/Christmas/birthday/Christmas present - work boots. To say he packs light is the understatement of the year - he brought the clothes he wore, a sweatshirt, a sweater, a toothbrush, and a razor. I decided that I owed his mother to try and keep him from breaking bones and spraining things - my ground here has no level points. We picked up all of our materials on Friday, along with said boots, and then he got to visit his best friend - which was a real bonus. They happened to be spending Thanksgiving only 20 minutes apart! This was a nice break for both of us - it gave me time to work on ridding my vocabulary of "like".
Saturday, I dragged him out of bed early (for him) and we started. We worked until it got dark, with a short break for lunch, and got so much accomplished. I can never thank him enough. And he's a joy to work with - always in a good mood, helpful, and holds up to my weird sense of humor. It helps that we have known each other since he was a sprout. We have years of history and some very good memories. He's far from a sprout now -- he's now well over six feet tall!
The results of our labors:
He also got to enjoy the peace and quiet and made quite a bit of headway on a creative project he's been working on. I think, like, he had, like a good time. And he, like, said that, like, he'd love to, like, come back. Ack!
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