Nov 20, 2009


I've got nothing to show you today. Nada. Zip. Zilch. I haven't had a needle in my hand since Monday evening, and if my journals are correct, this is the longest stretch of time I've ever gone without stitching. Yikes!

Thank you for all of your kind concern about the big ass tear I made in the canvas. The good news is that I have quite a lot of canvas in my stash and that the tear was close enough to a border that I can just cut it off and have a smaller piece for another project. Had this been a real canvas emergency (on a handpainted canvas or on one that is close to completion), you would have heard the primal scream from whence I sit. In this case, though, no biggie.

Aunt Chrissy and I are ready for Thanksgiving, thanks to some power grocery shopping last night. We got the turkey boobs (*) for roasting and all the normal fixin's. I am going to add one dish to our usual menu this year, and that's Ina Garten's Sagaponak Corn Pudding. Doesn't it sound good?

Today I'm off to the garage to start sorting and culling the Christmas decorations. I am determined to donate all of the crap that I don't use and make room for a more orderly system out there if it kills me! (Gee, I've graduated from the attic to the garage....woo hoo!)

Once all chores and tasks are completed (wipe that smirk off your face, please), I've promised myself a few hours in the Happy Chair with Raymond Crawford's Merry Christmas canvas. I finished Lesson One and have the goodies for Lesson Two, so I better get to it!

(*) About three years ago Aunt Chrissy and I realized that neither of us particularly likes dark meat. So instead of buying a whole turkey and passing the leftover dark meat back and forth between us for a month and a half, we do two turkey breasts. They roast just perfectly and we end up with a good amount of white meat to split between us for Siggie Specials. No fuss!


  1. I am glad the canvas issue is no biggie. Who needs another biggie to deal with? I agree with you about the white meat. I have often done the same thing with my family, just cook turkey breasts. I sometimes just do that for an everyday meal too! Other times I do the whole turkey and we eat the white and the rest goes into a pot and makes a great broth! Will you share the new recipe if it turns out as yummy as it sounds?

  2. I don't much like dark meat either but sometimes a whole turkey is just too cheap to pass up. On those occasions, we use the dark mean where we can easily hide it; turkey pot pie, turkey and rice soup, turkey spaghetti. I just chop the dark meat up in small pieces.

  3. Turkey boobs sounds perfect!

    And garage/attic clean-ups are so cathartic!

    Have a super special Indian Turkey Day!

  4. Ina' corn pudding is FABULOUS! I get requests for it every year. You will love it.

  5. Well, once again, you made me laugh out loud! I had to explain to my co-workers what you said about "turkey boobs"....funny funny! Have a great weekend in the garage culling!

  6. It was so fun catching up with your week. I had two very spinster breaks at school today. I can't wait to find out how the corn pudding turned out.

  7. Um well turkey boobs. My family has been having only Breast my entire 43 years. Even with the old School grandparents and extended family. One year when we just had Mom, Dad, Sister and me my Dad got it in his head we should just one time have a whole turkey. I don't know why since he is a white meat guy too. Well we had it and took a picture and ate it and said we don't need to do that again. LOL

    Turkey Boobs......It's what's for dinner! Coni you kill me!

  8. I have BTDT with more canvas than I care to admit, and I'm glad that you were able to save the day :) Your turkey boobs sound delicious, as I am thinking of making one for our shrinking nest this year, somehow a whole turkey is just too much food with not enough kids left at home.

    I have made Ina's corn, it is awesome, with both fresh and frozen corn, you will enjoy it.

    I just adore your blog and your writing style...and we are kindred spirits as I too am the mother of a little Irish jack Russ, named Teagan. I also want to tell you how much I love reading about your Aunt, you are so very blessed.

    Thanks for sharing with your friends


  9. I wish you much luck on the ornament organizing. It's all too daunting for me.

  10. We do the same thing--just cook up a bit of the turkey--turkey boobs stuffed with something or other. I don't mind cooking the whole turkey but none of us are big on left overs. Fridays are always take away nights and I'll be honest and say there ain't no way I'm noshing on turkey left overs when I could be stuffing my face with pizza. One must have their priorities!