How Did You Spend Your Thanksgiving?

I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving!

I spend more time with my family during the holidays. I did some work around the house, work I have been postponing for some years now. First, on Thanksgiving day I woke up early around 4:30 am to paint the half bathroom in the basement. I cleaned the sink, the toilet bowl, replaced the seat and removed the carpet off the floor once the painting was done. I prefer to have the cement floor exposed to minimize the risk of mold under the carpet. I took out the free standing cabinet underneath the sink few years ago when we purchased the house. It is a small bathroom with a toilet and a shower. It looked crowded with a cabinet in it. It does have a medicine cabinet on the wall which would stay.

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I painted the wall trim we removed few years ago to change the flooring in the living room and the hallway. There was a carpet in these areas and we replaced it with laminate planks in the living room and vinyl tiles in the hallway. Hopefully, we would put back the trims this winter.

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After painting, I cooked French fries and steak for lunch and shepherd’s pie with shredded cooked turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. I made cream cheese cake the night before which my family enjoyed on Thanksgiving. My in-Laws brought us a big turkey over 22 lbs few weeks ago. I cut it in chunks and baked in the oven. I removed the bones and canned 7 quarts and froze the remaining in 2 1- gallon bags. I used the frozen¬†bags to make my dinner on Thanksgiving.

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In the afternoon, during my youngest child’s nap time, I painted one wall in the dinning room a chalkboard. Around 9 pm while all my kids went to bed, I put the second coating. Around 3 am on Friday, I woke up and put the third coating. It only requires 2 coatings. However, after the second coating, I have a small amount left and I decided to apply the third coating to finish all the chalkboard paint and get rid of the container. We bought it 3 years ago when we bought the house and I painted a wall in my kids’ room in chalkboard for them. I am glad the remaining paint didn’t dry out and I am able to use it all this time. Hopefully we would use the board a lot. I think it could save on paper, marker, crayons but time would tell. While I make dinner in the evening, I study with my kids.

Friday morning, I sorted our stationary and reorganized my office in the basement with the help of my husband. I brought home a lot of office supplies that would have gone to trash and they cluttered my office for a while. But now everything is organized. They filled up many boxes.

Today Sunday, after lunch, I filled up my 22 quart pot with chicken bones to make bone broth that I will can.  I made a big batch of fruit pie and free some quart jars that I would use to canned my broth.

I have to say that this holiday I used a lot of frozen ingredients which freed space in my freezers. Did I mention that I made bread too? Yes I made sourdough bread on Thanksgiving and sourdough pizza for Friday lunch and Saturday lunch. I have sourdough starter that I made mid July 2016 and I keep in the fridge and feed time to time. Two weeks ago, I took it out and fed it daily. The bread was good chewy and little dense for my liking but I think it is common with sourdough bread. It does have air pockets and a hard crust. The pizza was good with a sour taste. My family ate it without problem. I make pizza from scratch almost once a week. Using sourdough would save me the money I spend on dry yeast.

Despite all the work I did in my house, I rested a lot as well.

During this holiday, I didn’t spend much. I only bought frozen fries at Sam’s Club since the big box was cheaper per oz than the single bag at Walmart as I planned on cooking French fries during the coming holidays and birthdays. I didn’t do any shopping on Black Friday. My husband and I are trying to pay off our debts therefore, I am taking pleasure on paying off debt rather than spending money.

How did you spend your Thanksgiving Holiday?

Happy Thanksgiving!