Well, at this point the old guy is still across the pond in Ireland. I enjoy watching this and looking at the pictures of the places he’s gone. From the local news report, NORAD got more calls than ever from children asking about Santa, and Santa is the most popular person on Facebook or something.
In just a bit, I’m going to go wash the turkey. I thought that would shave a little time off of the morning schedule.
I bought a roasting pan and rack from Nordic Ware this year. Made in America, of course! I plan to rub the bird with herb-butter between the skin and breast and all over the outside. I’m following the suggestions here at epicurious. I’ll stuff it with an orange and fresh rosemary.
Once the turkey is going, I’m going to boil some new potatoes to make smaded potatoes. I thought my nieces might like to help smash them and then add the butter, bacon and cheese. I’ve never made these before, so we’ll see how they work out.
Then I’ll put together the trail mix. I have dried cranberries, apples, and bananas. I’ll mix that with pulverized granola bars and mini chocolate chips.
I’m taking some homemade pickles and hot pickled okra, too.
Tomorrow should be fun!