I know you've all been waiting to see just what this crazy lady is planning to cook for Thursday. So, here it is, in all its splendor and insanity!
2 Fresh turkeys, 20-22 pounds each, from a local farm
bread stuffing (for the vegetarian)
sausage stuffing (brought by our friend Greg)
Mashed sweet potatoes (my favorite)
Steamed green beans
Jellied cranberry sauce
Whole cranberry sauce
Rich white bread (cool rise style)
Michelle's Oat bread
2 pumpkin pies
Lemon Meringue pie
Chocolate cream pie
Cranberry orange bread
Last summer's bride often brings a delectable dessert, so that may change my dessert plans somewhat. They'll probably call in a day or 2 to let me know.
I plan to have the guys bring in my homework room table, to be put at a 90 degree angle to the main table, to be sure there's enough seating, sort of like this from 2005. Of course, that means I won't be the only person seated at the foot of the table, but so what?
And, next, for Chan, here's the recipe for the sweet potato bread I made yesterday:
SWEET POTATO BREAD
2 cups flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 to 1-1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes (approx)
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Stir the dry ingredients except the walnuts together in a mixing bowl. Add the sweet potatoes and all of the wet ingredients, and mix well. Stir in the walnuts and pour into one greased 9"x5" loaf pan, or two greased 8"x4" loaf pans. Bake 55 to 65 minutes for the large loaf or 40 to 45 minutes for the smaller loaf. As with the majority of the female population of the world, my weight watching makes me prefer the smaller loaves; since they're smaller slices, I eat less, and feel less guilty. The guys will just have to work harder at stuffing their faces.
And, last, here's a picture of my finished dress, hanging in my office, waiting for the big day:
Ryan commented that it's very shiny, and I'll need to work hard to avoid crows and magpies, who love shiny things. Wise guy.