Wednesday, November 25, 2009

the day before thanksgiving

I am home today.

I woke up with a migraine, and maybe for the first time in my life (or maybe second or third) I was actually relieved to be sick. To stay in bed for a few more minutes, to take it slow, then work from home for the rest of the day. I needed it. I needed the quiet kind of head's down day to tie up all my loose ends before the four day weekend.

I took an early morning outing to go buy coffee beans after my migraine broke. Curtis told me we were out of coffee on his way out the door. After five years of being caffeine free, I now know that I need that jolt in the morning in order to focus. This is especially true after taking migraine meds. The thick fog over my brain needed espresso before I got to work.

Upon return, I made myself a coffee and got to work, writing and emailing before lunchtime. At noon, i ate a piece of leftover chicken from last night's dinner and while I chewed, I trimmed three pounds of brussell sprouts for tomorrow.

Although I only have two dishes to make for tomorrow's festivities, but anything I can do ahead of time, will keep me relaxed tomorrow.

My first dish is sauteed brussell sprouts and bacon. I made them a couple years ago for my mother-in-law's house and have been requested ever since.

The other dish I am making {for my mom} is homemade cranberry relish. I read this recipe on a blog last week and decided i had to try it. It's simple and fresh, i can't wait to see how it turns out. Here is the recipe, just in case you care to try it as well:

{Noel Piper's Cranberry Relish}

1 cup honey
1 orange - quartered and seeded (peel left on)
1 - 12 oz. bag of fresh cranberries

Put ingredients, in order, into the blender. Pulse until ground but not pureed.
Refridgerate. Serve hot or cold.

So now I'm back to work. No rest for the weary...although a day spent working at home is sure helping.


Amie said...

I am making,what sounds like, the same brussel sprout dish tomorrow! It is also a favorite dish whenever I make it. Soooooo good- but then again what isn't amazing with a little bacon throw in :) Glad you are feeling better! I hope you guys have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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