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Susan Sleggs

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Give It a Go

Have you ever heard someone say they aren’t creative? I have, which led me to explain creative can be about anything from painting, crafts, cooking, thinking or even the way you move. I believe everyone is creative, they just might not know it. Continue reading “Give It a Go”

Tie One On

Any one that likes to imbibe,  enjoy a happy hour with co-workers or friends or celebrate the start of the long holiday season knows the day before Thanksgiving is the “best drinking day of the year.” Why? Because very few people get up to an alarm on Thanksgiving. Well, if you are driving to Grandma’s you might, but it’s generally only the person putting the turkey in the oven early in the morning (and fixing the rest of the meal, and cleaning the house, and bearing the weight of the day) that has any real responsibility. If you are lucky enough to not be the one in charge of cooking, then why not tie one on, just because you can. Let loose of the stress even before it happens!

Oh wait! Look at the picture! This day is actually about tying on an apron because you are the cook. Darn, I was ready to call my husband and tell him I would meet him out for a cocktail or two.

On any regular week-day, my husband says he can tell when something serious is going on in our kitchen because I have an apron on when he gets home. If I am making a big meal, or fancy desert and moving quickly, I like to wear an apron to preserve my clothing. As was my mother’s habit, I take it off before I sit down at the table, and then of course I dribble something down the front of me. But, a lady never wears an apron to the table.

I have four aprons that I made myself so I can wear the one that matches my outfit….usually blue jeans and a blouse. Like I really need to match….I guess I’m hoping one day my daughter or daughter-in-law will ask if they can wear one. That probably won’t happen either because I have taught them they don’t have to help. I usually do most of the cooking ahead if the family is going to be here, just so I can visit while they are here. My husband helps me clean up the mess when everyone goes home. Our system works well for us.

Whatever role you play in your holiday meals, enjoy yourself and Tie One On.

National Personal Chef Day

Having a personal chef is something I know nothing about if you are referring to someone you pay to do your cooking.

I know some people that have had a dinner party and paid a chef to put on a cooking demonstration, then eaten the food prepared, but I’ve never been invited to one of those events.  I think I’ve missed a fun time.

I have eaten in a restaurant or two where someone prepares your food table side.  If one could call the preparer a personal chef, I remember both times the young man was very easy on the eyes, and the food was excellent.

On family dinner day in our house, I am the chef.  Mostly because I like to be.  Our tradition is to let the person who has a birthday that month pick the menu.  Luckily we are a small group and most of the months are represented.  November we have turkey for Thanksgiving, so our November birthday picks the menu for the month we don’t have anyone.  It all works well.  Oh, and broccoli is served most every month because the grandchildren will eat it.  And dessert? I have spent the day before making a scrumptious cake from scratch and it gets pushed aside for ice cream and homemade chocolate sauce.  Hence, now I just plan on ice cream.  As I said, it all works well.

 

 

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