Thanksgiving Preparations

Sorry I’ve been away from the blog for a while, but I’m getting ready for Thanksgiving and just catching up on other odds and ends.

Yesterday I cleaned house in the morning, and then spent the afternoon baking. I’m trying to do as much of the Thanksgiving baking done ahead of time as possible.

But first, I got supper going: About mid morning, I went down into the basement to get a roast out of the deep freeze for supper. I came up with a tenderloin roast, which I then thawed a little in the microwave so I could cut it into 3 pieces so it would fit in the crock pot. Not sure which animal the roast came from, but I think it was this one. Talk about knowing where your food comes from. Then I poured a can of beef broth over it. Digging around in the pantry revealed a bottle of marinade. Something new. So I poured a generous helping over the roast.  Then I found some leftover mushrooms in the fridge so I sliced them up and tossed them in. Then I cut up an onion(from our garden) in thin slices and tossed that in too. Slapped the lid on and let it go for a while.

On to the baking: First I made Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Icing from this recipe. (Thank you Teresa!) Never tried this recipe before and they smelled divine while baking. After they came out of the oven and cooled, I wrapped them up tightly and popped them into the freezer. I made the icing and put it into a zip bag and put it into the freezer too. I can’t wait for Thanksgiving morning to try these.

While the rolls were baking, I made pie crust dough for a pumpkin pie and apple pie. I divided the dough into 3 parts, 2 crusts for the apple and 1 for the pumpkin, wrapped them up tightly and popped them into the fridge.

Somewhere between the pie dough and a ton of dishes, I trotted down into the basement again for some potatoes (from our garden). I scrubbed, halved them and then tucked them in under the roast.  When Harland came in from chores, I pulled the roast, potatoes, mushrooms and onions out, and made some gravy with the broth. I put one of those bags of vegetables in the microwave and then we sat down for supper. Then more dishes, showers, a little tv, and bed. Whew!

When it gets closer to Thanksgiving, I’ll pull the pie dough out of the fridge, roll it out, make the fillings and bake the pies.

What are you baking/cooking ahead of Thankgiving this year?