Friday, October 31, 2008

Thanksgiving: Choosing a Menu, Starting a Notebook

Yesterday afternoon Emma and I worked on Thanksgiving menu planning. We decided that it would be a good idea for Emma to learn how to prepare some favorite recipes from each side of the family but to also include some of the Martha Stewart ones that are on the Classic Thanksgiving DVD. Emma will use Martha Stewart recipes for the turkey, stuffing, and gravy; a side dish: Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Vinaigrette; and two desserts: Individual Rustic Apple Tarts and Perfect Pecan Pie. She will use my mashed potato recipe, Grandma Haught's Candied Sweet Potatoes recipe and Grandma Somerset's Cranberry Salad recipe. Our family favorite recipe for pumpkin pie is on the back of the Libby's pumpkin can. Emma decided that this year the pies would be topped with her homemade vanilla ice cream.

Deciding that she wanted to create a housekeeping notebook, Emma and I spent about 20minutes looking through her computer file of beautiful artwork for a suitable image to grace the front. As most of the pictures are of knights and fair maidens, we didn't find the perfect one, but we enjoyed ourselves tremendously, ooohing and ahhhhing over our favorites.

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