Thanksgiving Plans

Thanksgiving is in two days and I decided to cook a turkey breast in the Crockpot. However, I have about a 2.5-3-quart Crockpot and needed to get a bigger one for this (which I was fine doing since I can use it for other roasts and bigger portions of stews).

So I bought a 5-quart Crockpot on sale from Fred Meyer.

This would be fine if the turkey breast I bought was 4 pounds…it is not. It’s a little over 7 pounds. So now I have to exchange it for a bigger one. If I wasn’t hallucinating, I believe I saw a 6.5 or 7-quart Crockpot so this should be a painless transaction.

If all goes well, the turkey breast with onion soup mix rubbed all over it will go into the Crockpot. I might add a little mushroom stock and white wine to mix with the meat juices for gravy. And perhaps place pieces of apple or pear in the cavity.

So, my menu for Thanksgiving is:

Turkey Breast

Brussels Sprouts+Garlic Stir Fry

Potato+Parsnip Mash w/ blue cheese+carmelized onion

Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

MIL is bringing over other sides, cornbread and cranberry sauce.

Small group for Thanksgiving. My family is in Philly and DH’s family is scattered as well although they all live in the Pacific Northwest. However, on both sides no one is really close unfortunately. But for most of us, there is no particular reason for the distance; we’d all have a good time catching up if at a gathering. For others, though, there are issues. Not a big deal, it is what it is.

One thing I almost did: Saturday, we went to a birthday dinner for a friend of #1. A mom I know there wasn’t doing much for the holiday and it’s just her, DD and DH. I almost invited her over for Thanksgiving. Most of the people I know here in Portland (including the mom I mentioned) are recent transplants. If their family isn’t in town visiting, it’s kind of cool to have friends over for Thanksgiving dinner.

Maybe next year?