Thursday, November 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!!!

Oops ... did I get that wrong?  I mean really, as soon as dinner is over, the Christmas rush is on!!  In fact, it actually began last night at midnight!  The Friday after Thanksgiving has become the longest day in the history of mankind, lasting close to 48 hours!!

Some people love the hustle and bustle.  I probably would too if I lived close.  It's the 45 minute drive to get there, then fighting for a parking place, that hits my NO WAY button.  If you really have to shop the sales, the internet has just as many deals.  It would be nice however, if everyone shopped their local small businesses ... those Mom and Pop stores struggling to survive.

In my area, that consists of the local liquor store.  Unfortunately the saying "shop small" came too late.  We have Best Buy, Target, Walmart and Kohls.  I guess you could count J. C. Penneys too.  The only Mom and Pop stores are the taco shops, if a dozen taquitos are on your Christmas List.

Having been spoiled with pre-packaged dinners this last week, I'll be back in the kitchen today with a beauty looking just like this.
Although my Personal Chef is offering 20% off on orders, I'm a little hesitant.  Last week I found a long black hair in my Carne Asada.  Now I'm not all THAT squeamish, I took it out and nuked the dish for like five minutes before eating it.  Unfortunately, this week I found another.  This time it went in the trash.

I fired off a message to Matt immediately stating my concerns.  He apologized profusely, but my stomach was already on the outs.  He made a statement about how his crew ALWAYS wears hairnets, but the people who chop the beef for those dishes do NOT.  YIKES!!   I had three of those dinners and two came up with human hair.  Those odds are a little too high for me!!  Aren't I the lucky one!

Sorry, didn't mean to gross you out.  At any rate, today I tackle my little 12 pound Butterball.  I should have him in the oven just in time for some football.  I'm a little short on groceries for Thanksgiving Dinner.  The whole no-bag thing threw me off my game and I forgot the veggies.   The puppies and I are having turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy.  That's the best part anyway!!

If you see lots of smoke and hear fire engine sirens, pay it no mind.  It will just be my turkey cooking.  Well done is always better than RAW!!

Jonathan, Jessie, Cooper and I wish you



  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Nancy! Wish you were closer to join us this year. I think Trey is going to be the main entertainment. Julie is truly an amazing young lady: working full time, baby under a year with another on the way, holding down the fort while Claudio is working the holidays keeping our community well, getting the house ready for the family dinner, prepping and cooking for our dinner and fitting in 2 more dinner obligations, one at 2 and another at 6. We eat at 4. Don't know how she does it. Feeling guilty having been down for the count with a kidney infection. Doing much better today though. Miss you and hope we will get together soon.

    1. That girl Julie can do it all!! I think it has something to do with being young. I remember having that much energy once!! Hope you are feeling much better. Miss you guys!!!

  2. Hope you had a good day Nancy. Ya, finding hair in ones food is not in a restaurant long enough and you realize that lots of things can be found in the food. One time a customer found a small metal barb in their steak...looked like it came from a fence. They (the higher ups within the restaurant chain) came to the conclusion, based on finding by the FDA, that the steer had rubbed up against the fence, barb fell off embedding into the hip of the steer, which worked its way in. Not sure how it got through the metal detector at the meat processing plant...but gives a whole new meaning to a "rump roast".

    1. PS: Good day to tell you how thankful I am for being able to read your blog every day...takes a lot to write each and every day, and I sure appreciate it. --Dave

    2. Yikes! That could have been a tooth-breaking experience. Thank you for the kind words Dave ... I love starting my day with a little writing. It keeps me connected to the outside world!!!