Sunday, December 25, 2016

My Birthday/Christmas Eve

I was supposed to be ready to go grocery shopping with Jake by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. He said I shouldn't hold him to that (it might be 10:00 a.m.) But, he wanted to be in and out before all the last minute shoppers hit the road.

With all the tossing and turning and weird dreams, I overslept. I got up at 7:15. I looked downstairs and all was dark. So, I shaved, brushed my teeth, hopped into the shower and took a quick one. I got into my clothes and was downstairs by 7:40 a.m. (a new world's record for me).

Carla was in the kitchen, so I asked her where Jake was. She said he had left at 7:00 a.m. I was bummed...

So, I went back upstairs and changed into shorts and a tee shirt. Sigh...

Jake came home about an hour later with a ton of groceries from three separate stores, which he promptly put away.

After a bit, Jake and I turned sous chefs, under the watchful eye of the executive chef, Ms. Carla.

We were prepping both my birthday dinner and part of Christmas dinner.

As is tradition in the Goerlich family (dating back to my Mother), I got to pick my birthday dinner. This time I chose meatloaf, mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts.

Sidebar: They asked if I was sure that I wanted something so humble. But, I have been jonesing about meatloaf for several weeks. The trouble is, if I make it at home, I have way too many leftovers. And, in a restaurant, it's usually instant mashed potatoes, too much gravy and mixed vegetables. I am not a big fan of all three of those.

So, I stuck to my guns! And there I was, peeling three pounds of potatoes (enough for both meals). Jake diced up some for the mashed potatoes, while I ran the rest through the madoline for tomorrow's potatoes au gratin.

I helped by measuring stuff for Jake and soon both types of potatoes were bubbling on the stove. Carla and I retired to the living room, while Jake made the meatloaf and roasted the Brussels sprouts. Then the potatoes au gratin went in the oven.

Sidebar: They like to cook the meal and then let it cool while they relax. Later, when it's time to eat, they warm it back up (either in the oven or microwave). It initially sounded silly to me, because I prep it, cook it and then eat it. But, I have noticed that by that time, I'm usually too tired to enjoy it. I hate to admit it, but their way seems to work out better.

While the food all sat out to cool, Jake started on making tomorrow's dessert: homemade banana cream pie, topped with fresh whipped cream and toasted shredded coconut.

Sidebar: Of the three of us, Jake is the baker, so we are NOT allowed to help.

He made the pie dough and while it rested, visited with us in the living room. Then he went back to work. Soon, the smell of toasting coconut joined the smell of meatloaf and potatoes au gratin. My stomach was growling! So, I ate the leftover fried chicken for my lunch while they had sandwiches.

Around 4:30 p.m., we sat down for dinner. Oh, my God! Delicious, simple meatloaf, excellent mashed potatoes and Brussels sprout to die for. And, everything was perfectly seasoned. Thank you both for an excellent birthday meal.

Back in the living room, in my spot, was a present and a card (how did that get there?). All in all, I got a very touching card, a Lowe's gift card and, in the wrapped box, a can of Bush's Grillin' beans! Perfect.

Later on, while watching TV, Jake asked if I wanted to taste the pie. I said, "I thought that was for tomorrow?" He said, "One piece won't hurt." So, I said, "Sure."

He went to get it and when he brought it back, there was a lighted birthday candle in it. I thought about my wish while they sang to me. Then I made, it, blew out the candle and ate a delicious piece of pie!

I turned in around 8:30 p.m. I read in bed until I ran out of book. Then I went to sleep.

3 comments:

  1. "I was supposed to be ready to go grocery shopping with Jake by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. He said I shouldn't hold him to that (it might be 10:00 a.m.) But, he wanted to be in and out before all the last minute shoppers hit the road. [...] With all the tossing and turning and weird dreams, I overslept. I got up at 7:15. I looked downstairs and all was dark. So, I shaved, brushed my teeth, hopped into the shower and took a quick one. I got into my clothes and was downstairs by 7:40 a.m. (a new world's record for me). [...] Carla was in the kitchen, so I asked her where Jake was. She said he had left at 7:00 a.m. I was bummed..."

    "Chance favors only the prepared mind."

    - Louis Pasteur

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  2. Meat Loaf.....one of my favorites....but with Catsup
    again....Happy Birthday!!!

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  3. @ Jake: Lou had a good point!
    @ GPF: Mine too! With Jake's glaze, you didn't need catsup.

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