I enjoyed my days off and stayed busy everyday. I have volunteered by feeding the homeless every year for the last several years ( eleven, twelve, or thirteen - i lost track). My friends own a very popular diner chain Norma's around Dallas and has opened their Oak Cliff location every year to serve free meals. The tradition starts by having a huge Thanksgiving meal on the Wednesday night before at their house. I bring a hashbrown casserole every year that i like to make. I get over to their house by noon and help cook all day and set up the folding tables and settings until guests arrive at 6:30. We had 43 people total eating dinner this year and it was so much fun. This year of course my honey Todd was with me which made it extra special. The next day on Thanksgiving, i got to the diner by 9 am and then we spend 2 hours cutting pies, making tea, wrapping to go containers, everything in preparation for the diner to open at 11. We serve until 1pm and the time FLIES by. All my waitressing skills from college come back and i serve food the whole time. It's a blessing to see the same faces every year and i always get to hold the sweetest babies in between while the mom gets situated in the booth.
|Me and Pam. Yep, already had gravy run down my shirt from a loose lid|
I got up early on Friday and went to Kohls, Ulta, and JcPenney's for their early bird specials and was done by 10am. Later that day i cooked my very first turkey and it turned out so yummy! A friend of mine gave us a 12 pound frozen turkey earlier in the week and Todd asked me " what are you going to do with that"? Since i had never cooked one i wanted to practice and if it didnt work out we could throw it away and not care. I used one of those cooking turkey bags and it worked great. I made homemade red bliss potatoes, gravy, and stuffing and invited Todd's brother over for dinner to send home with leftovers.
Speaking of waffle maker- I saw this on Pinterest and had to try for myself. Using cinnamon rolls instead of waffle batter. Y'all it frickin rocked!!! It took 4 minutes to have a yummy cinnamon roll waffle.
|I had to decorate my birdcage|
This post is long but i havent blogged in forever and see what happens. :)