Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Boxing Day

It’s been a while since I’ve cooked up a holiday meal for Christmas. If there are only a couple of people, there really is little reason. Since four of the five boys were here plus one spouse, there was more of a reason. Plus, I managed to avoid preparing a holiday meal on Thanksgiving. The turkey was brined for a couple of days, the dressing (not stuffing) has just about everything I could think of in it including one small batch with oysters (yum!), and the yams was a super simple recipe that I saw on YouTube. One large can of yams, one can of apple pie filling, one can (or equivalent homemade) cranberry sauce and chopped pecans. Then bake the whole thing at some random temperature for a random amount of time. In other words, it didn't really matter. My kind of recipe. Plus, I made some of the standard stuff and pie. I think it turned out pretty good but then again, I’m biased.

Today, it eventually warmed up to above 0°F so we went into town early in the afternoon. Not to look for any super sales but to try and avoid any store that might have a super sale or an item return line. For example, avoid Fred Meyer but Safeway should be pretty empty. There was some discussion of the origin of the term "boxing day" and none of them had anything to do with shopping. How things have gotten distorted with holiday commercialism.

Tonight, Bridget and I are visiting a colleague from the university and bringing the honeyberry pie. 

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