Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Black Friday

It's become a tradition for me to cook our own little Thanksgiving on Black Friday since we eat at my mom's and don't have any leftovers. I cook a turkey breast and all the trimmings. I use a recipe by Rachel Ray for the turkey breast and this year it came out even better than last! It was so juicy and tender. I made candied yams from scratch (that took forever) and used my mom's recipe for stuffing. I ended up spending the entire day cooking and baking, so thank goodness I had decorated the house for Christmas earlier in the week (more to come about that later) and that I had such a good little helper :)
It was also the first Thanksgiving I could cook in our new house, with our new kitchen. I really have come to love the island (which our old house didn't have) because the kids can pull up a stool and help bake/cook. I've also found it's perfect for serving food at parties; people can just circle around and get what they need. It has a outlet too, so it's my one spot for everything (I'm typing this post from it). The warming drawer on the bottom of the oven is also something I know how I lived without. Anyway, I didn't really end up getting any good pictures of the food because I was starving, too tired from all the cooking.
I'd love to hear shopping stories from people who made it out to the stores! What steals/deals did you find and how early were you out and about?

7 comments:

  1. The stuffing looks pretty good from the picture. I'm guessing the recipe I gave you from Mom's book was the right one?

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  2. it was a little different from mom's...really similar though.

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  3. Paul and I get my parents to take the kids so we can go out shopping. This year we got up at 4am and started at target. We got ourselves a $12 toaster oven (our old one was broken), some new frames and some toys for the kids. Then we went to kohls and toys r us. Later in the day we went to old navy. We got toys and clothes all at great prices.
    We are now finished shopping for the kids (just need stocking stuffers). I love it because we spent the whole day together, we even got to see Harry Potter.

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  4. impressive! we are planning on doing toy shopping for the kids this weekend. hopefully there are things let at the stores!

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  5. Hey Marjorie!! In reply to your question on my blog, I got those baskets at a home decor store here in Austin called Back Home Furniture! They don't sell their merch on their website, though - I just checked. :( Hope you can find something similar!! The baseball idea is super cute one! ;)

    PS - Great idea to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner after the fact... I always go home and feel so sad that we don't have leftovers!!

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  6. This is so cute! I am really looking forward to cooking together when my kids get older.

    I love islands too! Ours is less than half of yours and doesnt have a spot for stools, yet I still love it. It is one thing while house shopping that I did not think about but really love now. Something about it calls to me and says let's get baking. ~LR

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  7. Regarding black friday- I never intend to go out and would say that I avoid going out- yet I also seem to get stuck having to go out. This year I went to target, babies r us, and lowes and walmart twice. ~lr

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