All the beadboard is up in the pantry! We just need to paint the other three walls. Painting the pieces before installation didn’t work out so well. Maybe I can get some painting done this weekend if my husband doesn’t before that!
Thanksgiving slowed things down! I fixed a turkey with herb butter and apple cider. I used an old recipe from Bon Appetit that includes directions on how to make a gravy base. This is the only gravy I’ve ever made that turns out perfect! All the herbs and apple cider really give the gravy a great flavor. I made cranberry sauce with hibiscus tea, but I didn’t really notice any difference in the taste with the hibiscus! I made a dressing with portobella, shiitake and cremini mushrooms, but I think all the mushrooms made the dish mushy. I should just stick to oyster dressing. We really like that, but oysters are SO expensive! I had sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and green beans, too. My mom brought a pecan pie from Cracker Barrel. I think that was the best pecan pie I ever ate! The crust was perfect. I looked at the ingredients – they used lard! I’m sure that’s why the crust was so good. My dad made a lot of pies and he always used lard in the crust, and they were so good (except the custard!) if I liked the filling! I don’t really like pumpkin pie. Does that sound unamerican??!! I do like apple pie! (Our nephew only likes apple pie made with a can of apple pie filling!! He doesn’t like fresh apples in his pie!) I finally made a pumpkin pie AFTER Thanksgiving!!
Well, enough about Thanksgiving! Here are some pictures of the pantry!
Well! What can I say?? I missed last week. I kept thinking I’d get a little more done, but I don’t think I did! Then I had to go to the ER last Sunday night, and on the way I ran into a deer! My car was still drivable so we got to the ER without any delay. My son has been sick for almost all of the last two weeks, but seems to be getting better now. He needed a breathing treatment and they did a chest x-ray and checked to see if he had the flu. So he didn’t have pneumonia or the flu – just bronchitis. Now he has a nebulizer.
EXCUSES! EXCUSES! I think this pantry project was just a little too ambitious for me (and my husband!) to do in real time. I’ll know better next time! Thanks again to Linda for all her hard work at calling it home.
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