Nov 21, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving! (a CFO update + my holiday meal plan)

I know Thanksgiving isn't until Thursday, but I'm starting my prep today by taking the turkey out of the freezer to begin defrosting. So I wanted to say a heartfelt THANK YOU for reading and following CFO.

This site has been through a lot since I started it in June 2005. That's right, CFO is 15 years old! There have been so many iterations, and you might have guessed from the dearth of posts lately that I'm trying to figure out what the latest version should be.

Rest assured, CFO isn't going anywhere. It's as much my baby as my two children. But like my children, it changes. Last year, I turned away from deal blogging, though I still love good deals (and I've got a post coming up that'll share some). After a year in which the world (and I) have changed a lot, I'm still trying to find the right voice for the CFO of right now.

I've decided that the best thing I can do is give myself grace, and I hope you'll give me grace also. I'll be around, but not on any set schedule, to share things I think you'll find interesting. And I'll try to stay active on social media, especially Facebook, where I enjoy sharing links.

In the meantime, I wanted to share my Thanksgiving menu, and the plan I have for preparing it. As a bit of background, I'm cooking for two families this year (we'll be delivering a meal to the other family).
  • Aunty Toki's Cranberry Sauce (this is my great-aunt's recipe, which I'll share at some point - I have to unearth it first!)
  • Pumpkin Magic Cake (I don't want to make a pie, which no one really loves, but I wanted something pumpkin for dessert, and I plan on topping this with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice, so it should be pretty)
There will also be some kind of salad (of the bagged variety), and I'm contemplating one more vegetable, like sauteed shredded Brussels sprouts.

Here's my timeline:
  • Saturday: Take turkey out of freezer
  • Monday: Brine the turkey according to the recipe
  • Tuesday: Cut the sweet potatoes and bake cornbread for the stuffing
  • Wednesday: Remove plastic wrap from turkey, cook the sweet potatoes (up until the baking), bake the cake, and make the cranberry sauce
  • Thursday: Roast the turkey, bake the sweet potatoes, and make and bake the stuffing
I have two ovens, which is what makes this plan possible, although I'm considering baking the stuffing in the slow cooker. If you've done this, how'd it go?

Again, Happy Thanksgiving, and THANK YOU for reading CFO!

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