I don't know if I've mentioned this here before, but my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Without a doubt.
It is the one day of the year that I have to be thankful for my family, no matter how they're acting.
Even better? They have to be thankful for me, regardless of how my hormonal mood swings & hot flashes affect them!
I think it's some kind of unwritten Thanksgiving law. And we're law-abiding citizens, so...
Today was a really tough day here at the farm.
|Tanner holding a no-name turkey whose pardon was denied.|
|This hen's day started out good.|
|I will name them Dinner & Leftovers.|
Last year's bird weighed in at [a whopping] 6#'s. This year's tom topped the scale at 15#'s and the hen's all hit the 9# mark. (Bourbon Red tom's can hit 18 #'s and the hen's can tip the scales at 12 #'s.) They were only 5 months old, so next year we'll start incubating in March. We butchered 4 this year, selling 2 and keeping the other 2 for ourselves.
I think the turkeys would be agreeable to a couple more months of green grass and bug buffets!
Are we turkey farmin' yet?☺
Besides the obvious main dish of Thursday's dinner, we are also having Creamy Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Stuffing w/Mushrooms, Candied Yams, Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls, Raw Cranberry Relish, Green Bean Casserole, Lime & Pear Jello (kids' request!), Mocha Hazelnut Cheesecake (new), Pumpkin Pie, & No-Corn Syrup Pecan Pie. (The crusts will be made with our newly rendered lard...yes, I'm excited!)
Here's what else is cookin' this week...
Simply Soaked Oatmeal w/ blueberries
Navy Bean & Ham Hock Soup, European Peasant Bread, green salad w/ Green Goddess dressing (new!)
Steel-cut oats w/ toasted hazelnuts & dried cherries
Toe-Warming Chili, Kim's Kornbread