Monday, December 14, 2009

the menus are set

next week my parents arrive. i am so excited i can hardly stand it. they will be here for a whole week. of course i have to work a few of those days, but they understand it is what i have to do during the holidays.

anyone who knows me, knows i'm a planner. well about certain things. menus for upcoming visits, outfits to pack for trips that are months away, knitting to take on those trips...yeah, a planner.

i've got the dinner menus set for my parents visit.

the night they arrive, kev is working late. so it will just be the three of us for dinner. a few months ago kev made an amazing baked ziti with scallops and shrimp. i think that would be a great first dinner of the visit.

the next night we are having my best girls (from college) over so we can all visit. chunky black bean chili in the slow cooker. i'll make a double batch of corn bread, too.

on thursday that week my plan is to make a bean and corn soup. i am thinking there will probably be corn bread left over.

friday is the main event and i am going all out. a molasses brined turkey, mushroom and bacon stuffing, mom's potatoes, green beans, rolls, ginger snap gravy, with shoo-fly pie for dessert.

saturday we will not want to think of cooking so kev will bring home pizza from work.

sunday we have reservations at The Chart House. i've never been, but mom and dad went last time they were here. they have friends who moved out here a few years ago. she actually was my science teacher for about a week in jr. high school.

monday, their last night in town, kev is going to make his amazing vodka penne. i crushed some tomatoes this fall and added seasonings so kev could make it for them. it's so damn good.

like i said, i can hardly wait!!


Jack K. said...

Guess whose mouth is watering already? We are really looking forward to the trip.



Gail said...

I guess you won't be running to the grocery store as often as I do when your parents visit? Maybe it's because it's so close to my house.

Lily said...

Oh, I am so happy for you!!
Wish I could be there too. Well, I'll visit in spirit and take a mouthful of everything.

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

Have a great visit with your parents! I plan things, too; it's how we pretend we're in control. It's fun!

shannon said...

dad- mom left a message saying something similar.
gail- we always end up running out for more of something (usually wine or beer), but i am going to try not to have to go every day.
lily- wish you were here, too!
michelle- i can hardly wait! i do love to plan dinners for familial visits...

mishiesmom said...

Lucky parents.