Getting ready for the holidays? How many grocery runs have you made for Thanksgiving dinner? I've done two and have another list to be filled before Thursday. I don't know how it happens. We made a huge grocery/Christmas present run on Sunday. Cart filled to overflowing. I created my menu for Thursday, broke it down into ingredients, added some Christmas presents to be purchased at that store and off we went. Hard to find: French fried onions and Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes. The potatoes were sold out in one location in the store but found in another. And I couldn't figure out what category French Fried Onions were in but hubs found it in a center aisle. So, we get home and we're unloading and guess what? I find out the beans we got for the Green Bean Casserole were not french style - add those to the new list. I glanced at the stuffing package as I group ingredients on the counter and discovered - it needs celery. Add celery to the new list. My family likes cupcakes - eggs? Only two - add those to the new list. Left over containers? I'm out of gallon zip lock bags - add to the list. I really believe someone is going through my cabinets while we're shopping and stealing my ingredients. I'm absolutely convinced that come Thursday morning, there will be even more things missing from my meal and another trip to the grocery store that shouldn't even be open but will be.
Which leads me to another rant... I know some of you are crazy about getting up at o'dark-thirty to shop at stores that open early on Friday morning but coming from the perspective of a parent with a child who rarely gets to spend Thanksgiving with us, I think it stinks. Three years ago her store decided to open Thanksgiving evening. No doubt people who shop there are ecstatic. But she only gets to spend a few hours with us on Thanksgiving because they work late on Wednesday to stock shelves and works Thanksgiving night late only to be at work again at 5:00am on Black Friday. I know she'd rather sleep on Thanksgiving but she comes to our house because it's one of the few times in the year we can get everyone in the same place at the same time. Families have become so complicated. If you have a divorced parent that's remarried, there's a whole host of people vying for attention - in-laws and ex-laws and step-laws. This isn't Father Knows Best anymore.
Snippet 11: Excerpt from Housekeeping Monthly - 13 May 1955
The Good Wife's Guide:
"Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquillity (sic) where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit."