i don't have to cook this year. i am going to my aunt's house. all i have to bring are drinks. those are easy enough to conjure up.
no dirty dishes, no sinks full of sorted china and crystal that take forever to wash and dry.
i think i am having a special christmas breakfast. i bought a stand that holds 12 appetizer plates, so i can use those and not have a million dishes to wash. those grandkids love some pork, so here is what the menu is shaping up to be:
- scrambled eggs
- a big ass ham
- sausage links (and maybe patties too)
- sausage gravy
- hashbrown casserole
- pancakes or french toast (or maybe eggo waffles but cook them in the oven
- hot cocoa
- sweet tea
i have enough time to buy the things i need on sale between now and christmas. the ads are very good at the grocery store at this time of year. i will use my holiday book and write it all down.
did i ever tell you about the holiday book? it's a big red journal i got at some dirty santa game, but i like it. it's got a red leather cover and about 200 lines pages. i write a menu for each holiday i host and make out the shopping list. i also have a list of ingredients in each dish, so if i want to remove something from the menu, i know what ingredients i don't need to purchase. i also make copies of the recipes and tuck them into the journal. i make paper pockets and label everything. i also make a copy of the recipe to fit an index card and file them in the recipe box. it's a very martha thing to do.
i also feel being very fancy this chistmas, my gay friend is coming up and i love him to death. so we will drink sweet tea out of my best wal-mart goblets and dine off my pampered chef appetizer plates. we are doing a huge christmas feast of mainly appetizers and a ham. we also have the grub list of places to visit, like the mexican buffet. he's never been. the oriental huge buffet with a big sushi bar. the good sandwich shop from 30 years ago.
dang, i'm getting hungry!