Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Random Tuesday and did you order your turkey yet?

Yay!!! It's Tuesday.
OK, before I get too random. If you've never cooked a fresh turkey and have always made a frozen one, do yourself and your family a favor and get a fresh turkey this year. If you want one though, you need to let your grocery store butcher department know this week. All the grocery store chains, that I know of, take orders. Give them a call,  let them know how big a fresh turkey you need and what day you want to pick it up. They'll get it in and hold it for you in their fridge,  instead of taking up space in yours. Plan on picking it up on, Wednesday, so that you can brine it overnight. I'll show you how during Thanksgiving week. The difference between a  fresh and a frozen bird is like the difference between a handmade fresh hamburger and those frozen hockey pucks masquerading as burgers. Get one ordered today.

Now on to our regularly scheduled random program!

I love black Friday sales! You can really find some great amazing bargains both in the stores and online. Do  you like finding BF bargains? If so, have you discovered Black Friday Ads website? I swear by it and they don't even know I'm telling you, I just love the site and the money it saves me and thought I'd share. There are a lot of stores that have already started releasing their Black Friday deals so don't miss out. Walmart already had some of their BF electronic items for sale this past weekend.  The stores are really starting early this year plus it has to be easier on their staffs to spread the insanity out a bit.

On the way home from my 5am airport run to drop my hubby off, pulled into my favorite coffee place  to pick up a pumpkin spice latte and low and behold they've already started serving their holiday flavors. Peppermint Mocha and eggnog lattes!!!! I was as happy and excited as I could be at 5:30 in the morning, after an hour driving in the car with no coffee! I only wish I'd seen the sign before I ordered my pumpkin one. Oh well, I might just have to go get one as a treat. I usually limit my trips to Monday mornings. I'm worth it.

Where did 2009 go? Man this year flew by.

Any ideas for some great family games for a family of 18 and older kids?  We love cranium, Blokus and card games. I always try to buy one new family game for us all to play over the holidays, that and I still need to find PJ's for everyone to open and wear on Christmas Eve.

Why are retrievers always happy? No matter what they're doing, they just wag their tail and perk their ears and have a good time. They're stupid but happy.

My youngest kid, who is a senior, had her pre-college meltdown this week. I'd been waiting for it. It happens to lots of seniors.  They get all excited about applying to colleges and start in on the applications, then they freeze up and stop working on them. I then ask how they're coming along and it happens: tears and fears come pouring out.  The realization that they will be leaving home and growing up and on their own hits them (and me). We both had a good cry and I assured her that as sick and tired of me as she is now, she'll be ever more tired of my by next August and if she doesn't apply to colleges, she'll be living with me forever. (Not really, I'd be sending her off anyway but, it helps create a horrifying picture of mom telling them what to do forever). It's just the reality check they need to get those apps finished and in on time. She got most of her 3 early decision applications done and 2 others turned in within hours. Nothing like negative motivation positive encouragement and support, to get kids moving.

Where have I been? I just heard about the "pumpkin shortage". I looked it up and it's been in the news for 2 months. Of course I made 2 batches of pumpkin muffins yesterday out of my last can of pumpkin. I was developing a new recipe.  If I can't find pumpkin for my pies and cheesecake I might just cry, stomp and throw a fit. I might do that anyway just because I feel like it! I'm heading out today to try and find some.  Wish me luck!!

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Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I gotta check out that site!

The Crazy Coxes said...

Love your random this week -
No on ordering the turkey
Yes on looking at Black Friday ads
No on applying to college, so that would be No on having a meltdown. ;)
No on knowing about the pumpkin shortage but I got my pumpkin! It's all good.

Erin M. said...

I have never ordered a fresh turkey but you've got me considering it!

I stock up on pumpkin every time I'm at the store lately. We love it and make lots of stuff with it all year long, so the shortage kinda scares me, too!


i too love black friday - as my recent post boasted!

and a pumpkin shortage? kill me now! i love my pumpkin

blueviolet said...

The manager at the grocery store was telling me about that pumpkin shortage! It's always gone in my store, but I think I have enough at home.

I love the black friday ads site! I am usually too tired to get up but I like thinking about it!

Margaret said...

Love your random thoughts

Debbie said...

You might try substituting sweet potatoes for the pumpkin:0 It might save a fit or two. Thanks for posting to Crock Pot Wednesday. I hope you will join me again soon. I think we are frying a turkey breast this year. Daughter has requested it.

Frogs in my formula said...

I'm not ready for eggnog! I haven't even put my Halloween pumpkins away.

Wild Child said...

Hee, hee, I heard about the shortage when one of our local grocery stores couldn't get cans of pumpkin in. I went immediately to the other chain and bought up a bunch. My kids like pumpkin waffles and I was afraid of going without.

We always did and sometimes still do a complicated puzzle on New Year's Eve as a family thing. So nice your kids still play with you. We just enjoyed a round of Cadoo (cranium for the little folks).

kys said...

The only thing I like better than a pumpkin spice latte is a peppermint mocha latte.

Unknown Mami said...

Thanks for the Black Friday Ads site.

You know, you have made my blogging life so much easier. In a past post you talked about google reader and I wasn't really using it. Thank you. My bloggy life is so much easier now.

Noelle said...

i really enjoyed your random thoughts...

aaaak! what? pumpkin shortage?!

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