Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Two posts in one day! Hmmmm. It is one of two things. I am so excited about the upcoming events and have wonderful things to share, or I am so completely exhausted from my day and need a break! Well, they are both right!! I spent my morning planning out my Thanksgiving menu. I did not post my menu plan, but it is in place. My Thanksgiving menu is as follows:

*Turkey (22 lb plus a turkey breast)
Stuffing (my mom makes the best!)
*Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
*Dinner Rolls
*Baked Beans
*Macaroni and Cheese
*Fruit Salad
*Spinach Dip and Hawaiian Bread
Broccoli Casserole
Cottage Cheese
Pumpkin Pies
*Raisin Pie
Apple Pie
Cherry Pie
*Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (from scratch)

Everything with an asterisk is made by me. Everything else is either brought by someone else, or made here by someone else. I did my grocery shopping for both Thanksgiving and my weekly shopping today. Thankfully, Charlotte and Zach stayed at Rachel's house. My mom and Kyle came with me to help. My mom pays for most of the Thanksgiving dinner so I was easily able to stay under my budget for the week.

I got the greatest package in the mail!!! Cheryl (Coppers Wife) sent me a huge piece of my favorite fall fabric and 3 beautiful dishcloths she knit. One is fall colors, which I will use on Thanksgiving and the other 2 are Christmas colors. I was so touched by the gifts and note she sent me. Thank you so much Cher!! You and your family are such a blessing to so many.
I plan to make an apron with the fall fabric to match my table topper and napkins. MAYBE I can get it done for Thursday. Now that I did this apron pattern once, it would go quicker the second time...we'll see. Speaking of the table topper, here is a peek at it in several places...which do you like best?
I got my frig cleaned out and had all the breakfast dishes still sitting there when I got home from the stores. I went to put them in the dishwasher, only to find the dang thing was full...of DIRTY dishes. Sooooo, I washed and the kids dried. I said to one of them "If I wouldn't have gotten off target, we would not be doing this." My Zachary said, "It's ok, Mom, this is good for us!" Wow. I was amazed. Oh...another fabulous gift I got this week.....My secret sister at church gave me a wonderful little tray with a Pumpkin Bread mix. It made a nice size loaf that fit the tray perfectly. Where did all the bread go????Dinner tonight is Quiche and waffles. The waffles are an add on...you would actually be proud of me. I was going through the store and saw these waffles and thought they would be a nice addition to tonight's dinner. They were only 1.79...no biggie. I grabbed them and threw them in the cart. All of a sudden I started seeing things that appealed to me. I QUICKLY realized I was falling into an old pattern. I did keep the waffles but then stuck to my list!! I pitched in on Thanksgiving dinner, took my mom and Kyle to lunch (and dessert, mmmm), bought my weeks worth of groceries and still came home with $57.00! Yep...that is not a typo. I did forget one thing on my list, but it is a 49 cent item.
Another thing I have done is to start a change jar. I put all my coins in this jar. My goal...A Kitchenaide. That is alot of coins!!!!


Julia said...

You will be amazed at how much money you can save with your change jar. I do that all of the time. I once saved enough to pay for my new tile on the backsplash in my kitchen when we remodeled it. I was even able to go with my first choice which was the more expensive one.
Have a HAPPY Thanksgiving!!!!

Linda said...

Well done on the shopping Bren. My gosh that's a huge menu, hmm I'll have the fruit salad and cheese thanks....
Your table topper looks lovely in all three places, I think maybe you need to make two more *s*

atet said...

It may be a lot of pennies -- but a kitchenaide is WONDERFUL if you are doing a lot of baking. You will love it when you get it and, you will be surprised by how quickly your change jar fills. (plus, look for good sales -- there are some good ones this time of year)

Marilyn R said...

I looked and looked at your table topper photos - I liked all three. If I had to pick a favorite I would say it is the topper with the basket of fruit on it. Good luck getting that apron finished in time to wear on Thursday!

meggie said...

I love your table topper under those beautiful flowers...but then it looks nice under the pink bowl..

I wish you Happy Thanksgiving.We dont havt it, so I dont really know much about it except it seems really important to you, so enjoy.

Time spent with family is always well spent!

Rose said...

Bren, i love how u organise, wish i had ur energy!!! The table topper looks great in all 3 photos (id go with Lindas suggestion and make 2 more lol)........I hope u and ur family have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, it sure sounds yummy!!!

Niki RuralWritings said...

I like it best under the coffee table. Good job on the shopping! The change will add up before you know it!

Belvie said...

The table topper looks beautiful in all 3 places. Wow! You are getting good at this frugal shopping. Keep it up and you will have a KitchenAid in no time. You will love it. I got one for Christmas several years ago and I love it. Mine is the one where the bowl hooks onto arms that hold it in place. All my bread is mixed and kneaded by my trusty Kitchenaid mixer!

Niki said...

Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving :) HUGS.

Darlene said...

That's it - we're coming to your house for Thanksgiving Dinner. LOL! Yummy menu!

Love your tabletopper - be careful those toppers can become very addictive. Ask me how I know! LOL

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jan said...

Good job on the shopping and staying on your list!!!! Your change jar will grow like you won't believe--I've managed to save quite a bit that way!!! Love your table topper! Happy Thanksgiving!

Su Bee said...

What a terrific job you're doing! You'll have that jar filled in no time, and the kitchenaide will be well worth it. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Solstitches said...

What a feast you are planning! The menu sounds delicious - oh for a slice of pie.

I hope your jar will be full in next to no time. I wonder which colour you will choose?
The table topper will look lovely wherever you decide to put it.

teodo said...

Your Thanksgiving will be happy, serene and wonderfull.
ciao ciao

Guðrún said...

I think your table topper just looks great, doesn´t matter where it is. It seems that there will be enough to eat on Thanksgiving, I would like a slice of the Turkey breast please :)