Saturday, December 22, 2012

Whole Lotta Cookin' Going On

We're going to be merrily enjoying visits from friends and family for the next week and a halfI've been meal planning like crazy.

The other night we had our Hawaii friends, Ryan and Marie, spend the nightI had a pork sausage lasagna ready to pop into the oven but instead we opted for SLO's Thursday night Farmer's Market and ate "on the street".  Tri-tip sandwich and tri-tip chili from the Ribline booth, veggie burrito, churros, and kettle corn was consumed. 

I volunteered to make breakfast for Marie's family since they were stopping by before heading south to Redlands.  Eighteen of the Girls' eggs were scrambled with bacon, spinach, tomatoes, avocado, and cheese and our still-alive green onions and parsley.  Topped with my "homemade" canned salsa (Mrs Wages salsa mix)Also, fried potatoes with garlic chives, Jimmy Dean turkey sausage, and San Luis sourdough toast and the apple butter I made with Jerry's apples. 

On Sunday, the Man's nephew Zac and his wife are driving from Las Vegas (with their two dogs) and will be here till the morning of the 26th.  Since they'll be spending Christmas with us we headed to Costco to recreate our delicious Thanksgiving meal.  We couldn't find the 5# Butterball breast (only available Thanksgiving and Easter per Costco butcher) and opted for a smaller precooked one.  We did find the same Harry's Roasted Turkey Gravy 2-pack.  We'll also make mashed potatoes, Cornbread stuffing, roasted brussel sprouts from last week's CSA box and, of course, pumpkin pies.

ETA 12/25/12 - Christmas Dinner (Granny Smith apple pie)

Right now I've got two pans of brownies cooling: one with walnuts and one with chocolate chipsI've already made pecan tassies/tarts a couple of days ago.  This will be for the neighbors' Christmas plate along with a jar of my canned apple butter.    

The Man's Mom (Tutu), his brother's grandson and his sister are flying in on the 26th from Denver.  I've already prepared (and froze) a big pot of beef stew.  We also have a spiral ham.  Woohoo, whole lotta eatin' going on.