It took no time at all to finish up the Nantucket nine patches. I was all set for hours of stitching, and was pleasantly surprised to get 90 blocks done in a couple of hours. I am going to do what several others are doing, and that is to add eight little star blocks in amongst the nine patches, for that "sparkle" effect I love. You can check out Thelma's blog to see a photo of how they look in her border.
Busy week this week, with all the Thanksgiving preparations, but I plan to get started stitching my borders together!
With Thanksgiving coming at us like a freight train, I have been thinking about what dishes I can get a jump on and make ahead. My son in law is taking care of brining the turkey and supervising its cooking, but I am in charge of most of the side dishes. My family loves a brussels sprout dish I made that involves roasting the brussels sprouts and sprinkling them with chopped up bits of pancetta (a type of Italian bacon). I am wondering if I can do those ahead and warm them up just prior to serving. Also, I do a sweet potato casserole with mashed sweet potatoes, cream cheese, pecans, and yummy pumpkin pie spices, and I bet you I could do that ahead of time as well. The guests are bringing pies, cranberry relish and salad, so all that will be done in advance. I can make the dressing in the morning, and involve my guests in peeling potatoes for mashing later in the afternoon. The gravy is last minute of course, and I can work on that while the turkey "rests". Don't you find the juggling of the timing aspect of cooking a big meal to be the biggest challenge?
Whatever your plans for the big feast, hopefully all will come together and be done at the same time!