Busy Busy

Today is going to be a day of fun.  It is prep day for Thanksgiving, and I plan to get in a bit of sewing too. I know not everyone has the day off to do some advance cooking, but those of us that do can get a head start.  Usually I would only have a half day off, so this is a luxury!  Today I’ll be making several things, starting with some Apple Cinnamon scones. DH cannot get enough cinnamon, so I’ll bake for his holiday breakfast today.


Then while the oven is hot, I’ll cube up all these bread ends and bits saved in the freezer for the dressing. I really do like to make my own from a variety of breads we have eaten over the past few months. There are ends of loaves of sourdough, oatmeal, multi-grain and hearty white breads. I can always add a bit of the bagged dried bread cubes if I don’t have enough. These came out of the freezer to thaw out before I cut them up and toast them.


I’ll add leeks, onions and mushrooms sauteed in olive oil, along with sage, oregano, thyme, marjoram, garlic, chicken broth, and whatever else in the spice cabinet strikes my fancy at that moment. Sometimes I add sausage to it, and I do have some in the frig. I can’t decide whether to do that, or make sausage balls for snacking during the day. Or just make sausage for breakfast. Maybe breakfast. Anyway, after that, I’ll bake off the sourdough rolls so all they will need tomorrow is warming up. Then the little bitty pie I got for DH needs to be baked today, too.

Later in the afternoon, out will come the turkey, to be cleaned and put into the brine overnight.  If you have never done this, it is easy and really makes a Moist Succulent Turkey.

Brining Turkey - 1

After all that, I expect the frig to look something like this again, LOL!!

Brining Turkey - 6

It is supposed to be grey again today, the smoke is really bad. Yesterday it was so thick from a new wildfire in McDowell county (arson!!), that none of the valley was visible. The closed garage smelled like wood smoke, and so did the sun room. I had forgotten to close a window out there. I am hoping that the front coming in will bring rain, but the chance is small. But a grey day is perfect for sewing, so I’ll attack more of these half square triangles for Scrap Dance Waltz. After Sunday marking, I paired them all up with their scrappy squares so I could sew yesterday.

Sewing Scrap Dance Waltz HSTs ~ From My Carolina Home

I got all of the HSTs sewn, chain piecing for speed.

Sewing Scrap Dance Waltz HSTs ~ From My Carolina Home

Some have even been squared up! There are 348 HST units here. I won’t square all of them at once, some will need to wait for a bit so I can get started on the blocks. I still need to cut the remaining 2-1/2 inch squares of both the scrappy reds and background so I’ll meet my monthly goal.

Sewing Scrap Dance Waltz HSTs ~ From My Carolina Home

But I should get enough done today to get at least a few Block A’s sewn over the long weekend so I can do the process post next Wednesday.

How are you spending your day, this day before Thanksgiving?

16 thoughts on “Busy Busy

  1. I’ve got a dentist appointment first thing this morning after which I will hit the grocery store for some last minute shopping. When I get home, I’ll work on a few things for dinner tomorrow: make some fruit salad to chill, and maybe a pie or two. It’s just the four of us, so dinner will be simple. So hoping to also spend some time in my sewing room. Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family (and all your readers!)

  2. Lee

    Went to local restaurant for breakfast, and now I’m baking sweet potatoes in prep for tomorrow’s casserole. Then some sewing Quiet day!

  3. It sounds like a great day at your house and the smells should be wonderful throughout the house. I will be doing much of the same prep work here but I wi be watching 5 little ones while my daughter and SIL move today. 😉

  4. I, too, experienced the smoke yesterday – I actually thought someone in the neighborhood was burning leaves! Phew! (I’m in Henderson County and have not been bothered by the Lake Lure fires (yet!)

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours – and thank you for sharing your activities!

  5. sometimes we need an extra refrigerator just for thanksgiving! why do we cook so much! I am busy with pumpkin pies today and I will be busy getting the stuffing for the turkey made also so I wont’ have to do that in the morning. this year I picked up a “turkey roll of mixed white/dark meat” instead of a whole turkey and 4 cornish hens – I will stuff the hens – check out the turkey roll and see if it will unroll and then roll stuffing in it if I can otherwise the rest of the stuffing will be in a baking dish – I am adding sausage to it this year so it should be plenty moist not being in a big bird.

  6. I have the cranberry mince pie in the oven right now. Stirring up the stuffing is next, and that’s about all I have to do the day before Thanksgiving. We have relatives here, so I’ll have to cook dinner tonight. Hope you have a marvelous Thanksgiving, Carole.

  7. Rosemaryflower

    I got up early, after a night of bad dreams. 😦
    I went to Webfabrics, which is 20 minutes away. They have everything.
    then I went to my daughter and Sarah. just ten minutes away
    I played with Sarah, then I got really tired.
    Grieving for your own little pet is so exhausting.
    I am home now. Just sort of vegging
    Hubby made coffee for me
    Happy Thanksgving. Tomorrow will be a busy day. I have to bake a pie tonight

  8. The cooking sounds like fun. I had appointments all day. Getting all the chores out of the way before the holidays, but I guess I waited too long.

  9. Barb Czarniecki

    the scones sound yummy! Could you share the recipe? Busy day here, too, but always some time for sewing! Happy Thanksgiving

  10. wlbg149

    I’m at my sister’s in Melbourne making dressing, 2 pies, and playing Skip-o! Miniature golf this AM, high 70 s.good times.

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