Friday, November 21, 2008

Like a Christmas brothel

So we've been getting ready for this weekend's MizBubs family shindig. One of the things we did, MizBubs and I, was run a few errands Thursday. One of those errands involved getting a valance for the upstairs bathroom. We thought it looked kind of funky, a little discordant for the rest of the bathroom, but in a good way:

Our youngest was just finishing with cleaning up the bathroom to get it ready for company and I asked her what she thought of the new valance. Her response was muted, and I picked up that she didn't really like the new look.
Me: I think it looks kind of funky. Like a New Orleans brothel.

Hannah: Yeah, if it was a Christmas brothel...
MizBubs had it down and put back in its original packaging by the time I even sat down to post this.

In other early-Thanksgiving holiday news, we grabbed our fresh free-range turkey and a couple of ducks for frying and roasting tomorrow. The turkey goes into the fat, one duck gets a half-full beer can shoved up its fundament, and the second duck will be roasted in the traditional manner. MizBubs bought me an injecteur de gout, and this year will be the first time I make a homemade marinade to inject into the turkey before frying.

The house is relatively clean, and we hung a little piece of folk art I got in New Orleans in March, but hadn't found a home for yet:

It will now greet visitors as they walk into the kitchen from the front door. Doctors Von Monkerstein and Zaius, take note.

Here is tomorrow's menu:

Maytag blue cheese with fruit and bread (thank you, MizBubs' brother!)

Deep fried turkey
Beer can duck
Roast Duck

Cornbread dressing with hot sausage, apples and pecans
Baked butternut squash with blue cheese and walnuts (thank you, Miz Splotchy!)
Corn pudding
Southern-style green beans
Warm cabbage, onion and apple slaw (recipe courtesy of Megan)
Garlic smashed potatoes

Chocolate pecan pie
Pumpkin orange spice pie
Cranberry apple crisp (thank you, sister-in-law Nancy!)
Vanilla ice cream

Time to go. If you'd like you can hang out in Hannah's room. I find it funny that the kid with purple Christmas lights in her room found our bathroom valance garish. Oh well. We'll call you when dinner's ready.


SkylersDad said...

You said Christmas brothel, half-full beer can shoved up its fundament, and inject the turkey all in one post. And all without sounding over the top nasty!!

Well played sir, well played.

Mnmom said...

So, what time should we be there?
You can thank IOWA for Maytag Bleu Cheese. You're welcome.
And I hate to rain on your parade by tomorrow isn't Thanksgiving. But we'll be over anyway.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I love how you do Thanksgiving WEEK. You folks really know how to live, with your Christmas brothels and multitude of roasted birds.

DCup said...

So you won't be surprised to find all of us lined up outside your door, bibs tied round our necks, a knife in one hand, a fork in the other, right?

I've gotta show The Dancer your daughter's bedroom. She's be positively green with envy.

Dale said...

Hahaha, 'fundament' was where I started chuckling. Love the monkey art too! That menu sounds friggin' awesome too.

Suze said...

Oh excellent - I love "free bird". Now that was supposed to come out sounding like I like "free poultry". Damn it, never mind!

Cormac Brown said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again, when the young'uns have moved out, I'm up for adoption.

On another silly note, how could you have a "Christmas brothel?" I mean, how would Santa know who was bad or good? And I'm sure that in that case, Santa might not punish those that were "bad," but Mrs. Claus would take a reindeer antler to 'em.

lulu said...

I'm going to make Megan's red cabbage too!

R2K said...

: )

Johnny Yen said...

If she found the valence garish, god knows what she thought of the Elvis Pez set.

Randal Graves said...

As if brothels are bad. Bordellos on the other hand...

Elizabeth McQuern said...

Santa's Ho House?

Penny Pigtails said...

My eye is drawn to that little thing in the upper right-hand corner of your page that says "100% Certified Movie Genius". It has Angela Bettis as May's face on it. It please me greatly.

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Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I hope you saved me some of the leftovers. And I love that folk art!

Erik Donald France said...

Man, that's livin'

Yum yum yum yum . . .

Katie Schwartz said...

I love, love, love HannahB's (gotta add the "B" after Hannah) room, it's so deliciously unique and hip and cool just like ya dawta.

Isn't duck and turkey together called something like kerducken? Spill.

Your menu sounds divine! I wish I was hangin' at your pad.

Howling about the Val. Awww.

Have a beautiful Thanksgiving, my friend.

kirby said...

It all sounds delicious. How nice to have friends and family who know how to cook.

Coaster Punchman said...

I wonder if I can make it through life without ever trying fried turkey. God, I hope not.