Friday Flotsam


fall leaves

Cornish hens.

(I’m just jumping right in.)

Cornish game hens.

Are they good?

Because I can’t remember! I want to say it’s been since the ’80s since I’ve had a Cornish game hen. And that long since I’ve said the words Cornish, game and hen back to back.

THIS IS THE THING – I’m hosting Thanksgiving. But just for us! What was going to be a medium-sized soiree at my crib (<–why), has been scaled back due to an untimely surgery. SO, it’s just my crew. And yesterday I declared (with my fist in the air) that, “You know what – I’m not doing a turkey! I don’t even like Turkey. There, I said it.” So CORNISH GAME HENS IT IS.

Is that gross?

They ARE cute. We can call them “baby turkeys” and the kids will lose their freckin’ minds. I found this mustard-roasted version on Food 52, and it sounds pretty dang good. Is it?

Or should I let the dream die?

Have you made Cornish game hens in a while? Is it like a more succulent chicken? What makes them Cornish? Are they gamey? Are they stringy? Juicy or dry?

Do your ears hang low, do they wobble to and fro?

Can you tie ’em in a knot? Can you tie ’em in a bow…?

rosé, coffee and nuts

I still want to talk about Thanksgiving.


This is my menu. Do you want to hear it? No? Okay. And remember, these are small-batch dishes! I don’t want leftovers until February.

Okay, so the Cornish Game Hens unless you tell me it’s gross.

No-Knead Bread (my favorite thing about living.)

Some sort of simple rustic stuffing (maybe with sausage! maybe without.)

Roasted sweet potatoes and multi-colored carrots (with brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon)

Lemony skillet green beans with a parm/onion crunchy topping.

Mashed yukon ‘taters with gravy.

And pumpkin pie.

And Bloody Marys and all the rosé.

I’m so excited.

We’ll get up early and I’ll start the classic movie, By the Light of the Silvery Moon (<–hello, with Doris Day and Gordon MacRae. A childhood tradition to watch this movie on Thanksgiving! It’s SO GOOD, have you seen it? Add it to your Thanksgiving plans. If only to have it going in the background. Or to watch when everyone else is asleep from too much beer and football. You’re welcome.)

We’ll cook all morning and have Bloody Marys. We’ll eat around 1pm. We’ll ignore the kitchen hurricane, then hit the bowling alley in the afternoon!

Then we’ll come home and watch Silvery Moon again and fall asleep on the sofa. The kids will clean up the kitchen, walk the dog, and put us to bed.

I think.

shadow puppet humans

And you know what, By the Light of the Silvery Moon isn’t actually a black and white movie, despite all those photos you’ll see.

I mean, IT WAS, YES. But they technicolored it at some point, and that’s the only version I’ve seen for over 40 years.


It’s seriously the best movie. Family drama, a scandal, beautiful fashion, theater and romance. IT IS ALL YOU NEED IN THIS LIFE.

I mean, Doris + Gordon. Jeah, bae.

(sorry I said jeah and bae.)

favorite candles right now

Okay so when will you put your Christmas tree up?


We always put ours up the day after Thanksgiving. Which is, um, like 21 days from now and I don’t know if I can remotely handle that.

I’m telling you what though, that dern Elf on the Shelf ain’t coming around ’til like, Dec 18th.

Okaaaay okay, we can talk about something else besides Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Have you started shopping yet?

I have!! But like, something super tiny. I found this old-fashioned brass locket for Nat. She’s obsessed with collecting little “treasure” on the ground and in parking lots and gutters. (this is my life) So I know she’ll flip OUT to have a little locket to wear and store her daily treasures in. And I’m ordering her a gold shimmer caboodle in two days. Which is also my life.

Okay I’m done talking about the holidays.

garden tomatoes

Weekend plans?

YOU’RE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING, AREN’T YOU. Tell me what’s on your list!


Okay, um – new topic.

Oh! Remember back in the summer when that water main exploded in our front yard and destroyed our entire lawn? Yaaaay. WELL. They finally leveled and sodded it this week! FINALLY. Right before November. AND they’re watering it themselves with their very own water tank for two solid weeks, so I’m pumped about that.

You’re asleep.

Tell me what’s on your Thanksgiving menu since CLEARLY THIS IS ALL WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT ANYWAY.



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23 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Emily November 2, 2018 at 7:42 am #
    Cornish game hens! I haven't had those since the 90s. But it used to be my favorite meal. Growing up, Mom would always make us a special dinner of our choice for our birthday. My choice was always Cornish game hens! I say you go for it. Your kids will love them! Also, I'm very excited about your Thanksgiving menu: I may have to steal an idea or two from it.
  2. Megan November 2, 2018 at 8:18 am #
    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who doesn't like turkey. My Thanksgivings have greatly improved since my MIL started making brisket.
  3. Melanie November 2, 2018 at 8:24 am #
    I’ve never had cornish game hens. I love turkey! For the first time in all the time I’ve been hositing Turkey day, I won’t be this year! I’ll be going to my cousins house and taking potato rolls, scalloped corn, and some kind of dessert, I was thinking a Boston Cream pie....never made one before.
  4. Rebekah S November 2, 2018 at 8:36 am #
    Did you know On Moonlight Bay is the prequel to that movie? It was released two years before. It’s just as delightful and corny and amazing. Please tell me you’ve seen it.
    • Bev Weidner November 2, 2018 at 9:02 am #
      NO. WHAT. NO. I had no idea this even existed until now! WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY LIFE. Immediately scold texting my mom for never showing us this one! :) (also, immediately watching.)
  5. Kiera November 2, 2018 at 8:52 am #
    Not even for Thanksgiving (but I will be bringing it to Thanksgiving too) my boyfriend just requested I make the no-knead bread! We L-O-V-E it!! Thinking of some rosemary in there, boom yes hunney. All of the flavor. ALSO a good Irish butter on there gives me life. This bread is certainly life changing, everyone make it!
  6. Carole November 2, 2018 at 9:18 am #
    My mom used to make Cornish game hens in the 70s. She stuffed them with wild rice and told us there were "personal chickens" and we loved them. I still do, honestly!
  7. Stephanie November 2, 2018 at 9:24 am #
    My mom made cornish game hens once when I was a child. I. Was. TRAUMATIZED. I burst in to tears and immediately left the kitchen when she put the whole thing on my plate. Couldn't do it. Nope. I still can't eat any meat off bones. I might need therapy.
  8. Julie in MI November 2, 2018 at 9:56 am #
    Make the hens, you'll love them!!
  9. Dee November 2, 2018 at 10:52 am #
    LOVE the game hens. And yes, they seem to have gone out of. . . style? I don't know why. And BLOODY MARYS while making Thanksgiving dinner!!! Why didn't I think of that? New tradition, starting this year!
  10. Joy November 2, 2018 at 11:11 am #
    My grandma always made cornish game hens for Christmas...with orange sauce and wild rice...yea. Let's just say as a kid, I never looked forward too it ;). I haven't had it since then, but maybe should give it another try.
  11. toni November 2, 2018 at 12:09 pm #
    I was always the "picky eater" in the group (and am a "recovering picky eater" now)...anyway, went to visit some friends who lived on a ranch and they told me for dinner (as a joke) that we were having "prairie chickens." Yup, they were Cornish Game Hens...and were delicious! But for a long time I told people how wonderful prairie chickens were!
  12. CJ | A WELL-READ TART November 2, 2018 at 12:41 pm #
    I love Cornish game hens and have thought about doing them for years as a dinner recipe. They somehow seem less daunting than a full roast chicken...even though I have no idea if they are or not! That mustard recipe looks good -- I say DO IT!! As I was seeing my husband off to work this morning (it's my work from home day, yay!), I said to him, "In less than one month, we will have Christmas decorations up. I'M NOT READY." Then he said "Neither am I" and ran out the door. I'm truly not ready this year. I usually love putting up all my Christmas decor, but it feels a little...overwhelming this year. But I know myself-- I will still haul all the tupperware bins from the basement the day after Thanksgiving and set it all up anyway, lol.
  13. Carrie November 2, 2018 at 2:13 pm #
    We don't go whole (hog) turkey either. If we do turkey, it's a smoked breast or two. Otherwise, we suffering a pork tenderloin, wrap her in bacon, and literally pig out. We're adding your cheesey sweet potatoes to our Thanksgiving this year!
  14. Nancy November 2, 2018 at 2:38 pm #
    Cornish Game Hens.....what to say? if you cook them correctly, they should be just fine. I made them for Christmas a couple years ago and didn't have the breast side up and so when I plated them, I plated them the same way and we didn't think they had any meat on them and so everyone said that was an awful meal! I had done them before that on a gas grill with lots of fresh herbs and they were good like that! I need to try again. Where do you find these old movies? Does Netflix have them? I'd like to watch the two you all are talking about. Thanks!
    • Bev Weidner November 2, 2018 at 3:56 pm #
      Such good tips on the hens, thank you!! So Amazon prime has the old movies! YOU MUST WATCH. You'll love them!
  15. Sabrina November 2, 2018 at 2:42 pm #
    I didn't even know you could still buy Cornish game hens! :-)
  16. Lori S November 2, 2018 at 3:49 pm #
    This isn't about cornish game hens (although I say go for it) but I just wanted to say thank you for all of your posts about your fabulous clothes and shoes from Madewell. I popped in this past weekend for the first time and found the most awesome sweater AND the EXACT bag I've been searching for for like 5 years. Seriously. So thank you!!
  17. Mike November 2, 2018 at 5:27 pm #
    Cornish game hens? I'm in the "not a fan" category and my mom still reminds me all these decades later of it. After trying to work the utensils on the "baby chicken" on my plate, with the bones making that nasty pried-out-of-their-socket sound, my actual words were "This is barbaric." I was a lite eater that evening. My mom still laughs about it. :)
  18. Christine W November 3, 2018 at 1:27 pm #
    I also wanted to try Cornish Game Hens this year because our turkey last year was dry and boring. I saw a Jasper’s kitchen recipe in the Henhouse holiday mailer and thought it sounded good.
  19. Amanda November 3, 2018 at 10:24 pm #
    The only time I’ve had Cornish game hen was at Dixie Stampede in Branson. It was good! But hard to eat because they don’t give you silverware. But the show is fun! I’m sure yours would be amazing!
  20. Danielle November 7, 2018 at 9:24 am #
    I associate Cornish game hens with the saddest Thanksgiving I've experienced yet. It was 2015, we had just moved to Ohio for my husband to complete his Doctorate. We didn't have any family or close friends in the area, and he worked in the lab most of the day so I was all alone. He cooked them for us that night, and I remember thinking it was the saddest and most pathetic Thanksgiving meal ever (and he is a good cook!) So, not sure if we'll ever have them again! This year we're hosting my parents, brother and his fiancee, and in-laws. My daughter turns 1 on Thanksgiving Day. It's going to be so full of love and happy vibes, I can't wait. We're going pretty traditional: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, corn bread. I'm getting our pies from a local bakery here in Boise though. No energy to bake this year (did I mention I have an almost one-year-old?)
  21. lisa November 17, 2019 at 6:06 am #
    such a great post.. Love all this girl is doing, and her necklaces are fab!blue light filter

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