Friday Flotsam

Frrrrrrrrrr! . … . . . . i day.

Welcome to the Thanksgiving addition! I think it is. I mostly make this up as I go along so are we talking Thanksgiving today? We’re talking Thanksgiving today. Let’s talk Thanksgiving today!

Please tell me you’re staying home. How about we all just stay home with a movie (<–you know I watch that every single year) and a Bloody Mary, cook a small batch feast for your kiddos and dance in the kitchen and listen to fun music and Zoom the Grands when you can and work a puzzle or finish your novel and make your Christmas decorating plans. Doesn’t that sound so festive and chill and calm and nice?

. . . hello?

. . .h . .. hi?

I’ve got my menu down. And would you believe my kids and husb – hold on. Let’s do this in the next section. Hold up. I just need to stop typing and scroll down. Give me a second. Here we go.

Just kidding.

Would you believe my husband and kids vetoed CASSEROLES? What actual world are we living in? I was about to slip into cardiac arrest when I asked, “Okay guys, mashed potatoes or sweet potato casserole? I’ll even sell my soul to the devil and put marshma–” “Mashed potatoes!”

What? Oh. Okay? Well I’m making a gravy, gersh dernit.

I’m also making a dressing. Stuffing. Dressing. I stuff nothing. It’s not Thanksgiving without it and I’m putting both feet and arms down for that.

I also want to make rolls from scratch! I NEVER HAVE before. If you have a fantastic homemade roll recipe, you know where to find me. Right here, asking for the recipe.

Since these non humans want no sweet potato casserole, I’ll SHOW THEM and roast them! With multi-colored carrots. Brown sugar topping for the pots, and a thyme honey butter for the carrots. (just mix the three and call it.)

I’ve got a frozen turkey breast that will be a cinch.

We’ll also make a pumpkin pie, duh.

So that’s my menu! BUT LISTEN. We need to talk.

In other words, I have a poll.

Sorry sorry, I have a POLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL-AH!

What time of day do you serve? Because I feel like that’s a tradition in which not to be tainted. (I feel like I need to be wearing a thick red cloak with fuzzy animal print at the top to say that.)

Is it lunch? Is it mid-day? Is it dinner? When do you serve this beastly spread? Tell me your traditions because you know I need them in order to thrive.

This is our plan, because frankly I just feel like talking.

9am: we start the movie. Coffee and eggs for me, cereal and juice for the kids. Simp simp.

10:30am: mama makes a Bloody. (sorry I said mama I will never do that again.)

11am: (and this is not my idea) we set out the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving spread. Which we all know to be popcorn, jelly beans, toast and pretzels. These are the actual choices by the humans that live in this home. Of course because I have a lick (ha) of sense, I’ll add grapes, crackers and a soft brie with a honey drizzle. And we’ll watch the show to go along with it, because you just have to find the special in the days these days.

4pm: the main event! Which is me organizing my sock drawer. Just kidding, we’ll eat! Well, you know me – I’ll get a photo and they’ll get impatient and then we’ll eat. That’s all I have to say about that.

Tell me your schedule.

Oh, fun news!

TODAY from 8am to noon pm central, I’m taking calls for the Jennie-O Turkey Hotline, hahahah! Yes I’m dead serious. ME. It’s hilarious. But if you’d like to call in and talk about anything Thanksgiving, I’m here! We can talk side dishes (don’t ask me about rolls though because I’m asking you about rolls, cool.), wine pairings, cheese boards, anything. Shoot, we can talk Taylor Swift if you want.

Call 1-800TURKEYS! You have to ask for me specifically, and they’ll patch you through. Please don’t leave me alone in this world.

Weekend plans?

You guessed it – nothing! I feel like that’s what I’ll be saying every Friday until next April when we all get vaccinated.

From this week, in case you missed it!:: Mini Beef Pot Pies! Totally scrumptious and more simple than you might think. And Open-Faced Chicken “Cheesesteak” Sandwiches! More comfort food, but I’m beyond fine with it and I know you are, too.

Oh! Quick poll, and I know the answer to this already, but I want details:

Just how desperately do I need to watch The Queen’s Gambit?

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21 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Peekiesmom November 20, 2020 at 7:33 am #
    You very desperately need to watch TQG!! It’s everything a tv show should be. I think you will enjoy the groovy music, too!
  2. Rebekah S November 20, 2020 at 8:38 am #
    We always eat at 1. I have an amazing roll recipe that’s been passed down a few generations. I would have to email it because it’s a pdf on my computer. Just tell me where to send it if you want it. You won’t regret it. I want to call but I don’t have a question, and potential awkward silences KILL ME.
  3. Diane November 20, 2020 at 8:48 am #
    You made my weekend...I was your first caller!! So exciting!! We eat around 2...desserts around 5. Thank you for the turkey recommendations...and jalapeño ideas!! Happy Thanksgiving!!
  4. Kristin November 20, 2020 at 9:32 am #
    We eat around 1 so we can have some leftovers later! I would give you my grandma's roll recipe (overnight, no kneading) that is a non-negotiable Thanksgiving item, but it would take up too much comment space. We are two episodes into The Queen's Gambit, and I'm pretty sure you badly need to watch it.
  5. Jennifer C. November 20, 2020 at 10:45 am #
    Growing up, we always ate at high noon! That was the rule! Now that I'm the grown up, we eeeaaassseeee into the day starting with Bloody Mary's and deviled eggs! Then we eat "the meal" whenever we feel like it! We started a new tradition about 4 years ago with my sister and my nieces where we go to the beach and eat seafood all day (oysters w/Bloody's to start the day...grouper, royal reds, scallops for "the meal"). It's been such a blast but everyone thinks we're kooky for not staying home and eating turkey with the rest of the fam. To each his own! Happy Thanksgiving! Can I call in on the turkey hotline and get tips for sides that go with fish?!?
    • Samantha November 25, 2020 at 9:11 am #
      Sounds like such a fun tradition! And technically seafood (lobster, cod, oysters) is more historically accurate than what we think of as traditional thanksgiving foods. :)
  6. Sonia November 20, 2020 at 10:47 am #
    I don't belive in eating before 3 and that is the earliest. Apps and bevys starting at 2 and the main event around 4 is what I stick to in my home. My husbands family eats at noon and I not even fully awake by then. Way to early for that big of a meal!! Happy Thanksgiving :)
  7. Melissa Goza November 20, 2020 at 10:47 am #
    Definitely not staying home today! It’s too beautiful outside and I’ve got Thanksgiving to plan… Good food is coming my way.
  8. Angelique November 20, 2020 at 11:03 am #
    Bev, these rolls were a cinch to make and are so delicious!
  9. Sarah Breckenridge November 20, 2020 at 11:43 am #
    We usually eat an hour after the bird is done. Time depends on the size of the turkey and number of those gathering. Alas our Thanksgiving bread tradition is actually a Swedish Lucia Day saffron roll. My son (36) insists since childhood. This year very small gathering and bird is in parts, so a quick roast! stuffing (duh). Be safe all!
  10. Jenny November 20, 2020 at 12:08 pm #
    I have a great roll recipe from my mom. They’re like pillows from heaven! I’ll send it your way!
  11. Heather November 20, 2020 at 1:44 pm #
    I usually watch Pieces of April the day before Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving we usually eat around 4, but that was when we celebrated with another family. I think this year we'll probably eat around 6 because that is our normal family dinner time and it will only be us. I think that you'll love the Queen's Gambit. My husband and I binged it.
  12. Tara November 20, 2020 at 2:08 pm #
    The queen’s gambit it is absolutely amazing!
  13. Erin L. November 20, 2020 at 7:39 pm #
    We have scrambled eggs & pastries for breakfast, charcuterie & mulled wine at noon, & Thanksgiving Supper at 4pm... followed by pie, cocktails, pie, cocktails, rinse & repeat. And no one is allowed to leave until we have watched Home For The Holidays (the Jodi Foster directed perfect Thanksgiving film with Robert Downey Jr, Holly Hunter). Of course, no one will be leaving this year because no one is coming! ;) Also, you need The Queen’s Gambit in your life immediately!!! The sets & costumes alone! I swoon!
  14. Cee Cee November 21, 2020 at 5:33 am #
    TQG - is terrific. Yepper - you gotta. We usually eat between 2 and 4. So is that 3? :) Love this roll recipe - flaky salt at the end KILLS it.
  15. Meredith November 21, 2020 at 11:49 am #
    The Queen’s Gambit!!!! You will LOVE it-the fashion alone is simply stunning and the actress who plays Beth Harmon is just so fun to watch. You’ll get what I mean when you see it, now start watching!!!!
  16. Ellen November 22, 2020 at 5:46 am #
    I made a 1/2 batch of these rolls last year and they were deeeeelicious!
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