It will come as no surprise to you that I spent a lot of time in the kitchen during the last forty-eight hours. When you are the only one cooking the big holiday meal, that’s sort of how it goes.
This year I kept it fairly simple. Well, as simple as a holiday meal can be when cooked by a type A, OCD, control freak type of gal like myself. Only two appetizers, three side dishes, the bird of course and three desserts.
My prep started on Wednesday when I started baking the desserts. Desserts have never been an issue for me and I was making some of my tried and true recipes. But for some reason nothing was coming together.
My pie crust that I partially pre-baked for the pumpkin pie shrinky dinked down to a mini version of what it should’ve been, which had me back at the food processor making the crust a second time.
The pumpkin creme filling that was to be sandwiched between layers of rich dark chocolate cake became more of a pudding than a creme. So, that dessert became a trifle.
And my spring form pan for the cheesecake sprung a leak.
Day one was not going so well. But I have to say that I am quite pleased with how I rolled with the punches. I must be maturing, finally. The younger version of me (like a year and a half ago) would’ve been in tears. The me of today said whatever-the-heck-ever and popped open a bottle of wine.
I like this new version of me much better.
On Thursday things actually went pretty smoothly. The bird didn’t give me any grief, browned up beautifully and tasted pretty damn amazing if I do say so myself.
Nothing burned. Nothing was forgotten. And the kids all got along. Amen.
After everything was cleaned up, I started debating as to whether or not I was going to go out and stand in line for any of the black Friday deals.
Once again, the old me would’ve already been in line at Walmart, but the new me was eyeing the big puffy pillow on the bed. The pillow won.
But this morning I couldn’t resist heading out. No list. No plan of action. Just my purse and a fist full of ads. And as most of you know, that is a recipe for budget disaster.
I didn’t hit Walmart or Target because I didn’t need any of the big ticket items. And the idea of fighting the crowds to get Brave for $9? Well, I was not brave enough.
Instead I went to Kohl’s for a few of the doorbuster deals. Truth be told, I really went for the Rachel Ray Bubble and Brown set that was on sale for $29.99, originally $59.99. Who would pay $59.99 for that is beyond me. As you know, the prices are a bit inflated at Kohl’s.
That said, I had the coupons they mailed to everyone in the country. A 15% off and a $10 off any purchase. Between those two coupons and the earn $15 for every $50 spent, I figure I got the set for around $10 which is much more my speed.
After grabbing my dishes, I poked around and found a few things for the kid’s stockings and then spent the next hour in check out. I think my entire town was in that line.
After Kohl’s I went over to Macy’s where I did the bulk of my holiday shopping. In one fell swoop I took care of my mom, my mom’s husband, my mother in law and of course a few goodies for me.
That’s the bad thing about black Friday. I always find things for me when I’m supposed to be focusing on gifts for others. It’s a problem.
Now, here’s the thing about Macy’s…
I love Macy’s. I really do. Their selection is great and the sale prices are awesome and all, but their coupons are impossible to figure out.
You can’t use them for specials or every day vaules, but most of the store is on sale or on special during Black Friday, which makes the coupons sort of pointless. Don’t you think? It was a real struggle to find something to use the $10/25 on.
And if I struggle to use a coupon, that isn’t a good sign for the rest of the population. Just sayin’.
After hitting the stores I was interested in, I went home to stalk Amazon. And I have to say that I am not at all impressed with Amazon’s lightning deals this year.
To be fair, I said the same thing last year and many of you thought I was crazy. So, it could be me. But the few things I’ve found have sold out in mere seconds and the rest of it is just the oddest compilation of products that I can’t imagine that people would actually want.
Even the higher tech higher priced items have crappy reviews. I’d like to chat with the person who picks out the lightning deal items.
Higher quality toys and more of them (why are there so few toys this year?), electronics with better ratings, enough Brave dvds so that they don’t sell out in two seconds and maybe a Staub pot or two. Just to make me happy. The mama should always be made happy.
My guess is that a guy is in charge of the lightning deals this year and he really likes video games.
I’m holding out for cyber Monday. Maybe I’ll score some deals then. If not, then whatever. This is going to be a no stress holiday no matter what it takes.
So, that was my holiday. How did your day go? Did you go out into the black Friday madness? If so, did you get what you were after? What do you think of the Amazon deals? Happy with them or meh?