What does prep mean to you this week? Doubtless cooking prep comes to mind. I’m writing this on Thanksgiving, faced with my own meal prep and a Zoom with family coming up in half-an-hour.
For me, most of Thanksgiving prep has to do with shopping. I have a dead bird phobia, which takes turkey right off my radar.
Ugh! I know what you mean.
I know you do, Lily, and I can tell you it gets a little bit easier with time. Just a little bit. Our entrée is salmon stuffed with spinach and feta, courtesy of Albertson’s seafood counter.
I’m keeping side dishes simple: oven roasted sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. These will bake together on a sheet. The salmon will go in for the last 10 or 12 minutes.
Fortunately, I do not have a dessert making phobia. On that count, I’m just plain lazy. For the second year running I’ve relied on Colville Street Patisserie, here in Walla Walla, to do my dirty work.
I was hoping you’d pick a chocolate one.
Points for consistency, 9! We did that last year, with a triple mousse cake. This year we’re switching it up a little. Dessert features apple and lots of other good, seasonal stuff. If you can hang on until December 1, we were gifted a chocolate Advent calendar.
To hold the meal together I’ve selected Bergevin Lane 2019 Love-Struck Viognier. I don’t usually open a bottle of “special” wine for myself but holidays are the exception. I’ll enjoy this one over a few days, but otherwise, no leftovers.
I guess that’s okay, but I kind of like stuffing.
I hear you, 9. Maybe we’ll make a batch for Christmas.
Speaking of which, Advent Bowl kicks off next Wednesday! I’ve done my preliminary prep for that one, making a list of 24 activities to keep me engaged in the holiday season. There are plenty of favorites from 2019 and 2020, plus new things like “costume day” and “buy a treat for 9” and “window shop with Lily.”
Oh, yes, and Christmas shopping. That will require a whole separate prep.
Prep. As in be prepared for something wonderful to happen.
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