This is it. This is the holiday that all can celebrate here in America no matter what your race or religion is. And like many others, I'll be one of the folks doing a bunch of cooking. Yep. First time in ten years I'll be cooking. The thought, of course, is quite scary. It's been TEN years!! So I've spent the last few days coming up with a game plan, and if I do say so myself, it's brilliant!!
Being the crochet addict that I am, I've decided to ensure I'll be able to sneak in crochet stitches here & there. After all, going just a few hours without being able to enjoy my art is torture to me. So I've decided to plant a scarf project in the kitchen; a hat in the dining room. In the living room I have another scarf, and yes, I even have projects planted in the auto -- you know, just in case I need to rush out and get a "last minute" item.
What I haven't told my family is that a lot of the items I'll be cooking are already prepared. My job is to remove them from the freezer and jam them, strategically timed of course, into the oven. I plan on keeping my family out of the kitchen and do my stitching on the sly. If they start to catch on, I have a bunch of pots & pans ready for an instant "rattle" -- you know, to make it "sound" like I'm slaving away. (heh heh heh)
Do I feel guilty about using already prepared foods? Heck no! Nowhere in the Rule Book does it say that everything has to be made from scratch! Hey, just because the Pilgrims did it, doesn't mean I have to! The Rule Book only says that Thanksgiving is a time to bring friends and family together. And I can do that without having to fuss for a zillion hours on figuring out how to make homemade biscuits, right?
I just hope I don't get a paper cut from opening all the food packaging. I mean, that could be detrimental to my plan of sneaking in crochet stitches while they're all in the living room watching the parade or football games. Oh, and I haven't thought about freezer burn. What if that happens while I'm handling all the frozen entrees? Hmmm, I wonder if it's too late to make dinner reservations ...
For those with time to do a little hooking, here's some patterns I found online that you might be interested in checking out:
* Pilgrim Couple -- fridge magnets
* Teddy Bear Pilgrim Hat
* And his Coat
In the meantime, if you think my plan of cooking frozen entrees for Thanksgiving is scary, go ahead and check out Monster Crochet's "Pilgrim Tater." I think he's a cutie-pie.
Here's to hoping your Thanksgiving is Wonderful -- and if you have a lot of leftovers, please consider bringing them down to your local homeless shelters. Share the Warmth.