Pumpkin cookies, our Thanksgiving menu, and sleep “training”

Pumpkins may be associated with Halloween, but I think they’re still perfect around Thanksgiving time as well. I’ve got a batch of pumpkin cookies from a Martha Stewart recipe, ready to go in the oven…

I’m rather notorious for burning cookies, so I’m watching the clock right now. 🙂 The batter tastes delicious, so I think this recipe will probably be a hit in our home. I’m not making the icing though.

Today has been pretty much flat-out since I woke up this morning, except for the 20-turned-into-60-minute nap I had this afternoon. I needed it though. It refreshed me for this evening, or I’d be wiped out by now. My husband’s mom, brother, sister, brother-in-law, and two nephews are all coming for Thanksgiving. Besides the frantic cleaning and laundry (SO MUCH LAUNDRY, AHHHHH!), I’m trying to get ahead on the cooking/baking.

Our Thanksgiving Menu:

  • cornbread
  • sweet potatoes
  • roasted turkey
  • bread stuffing
  • creamed peas and pearl onions
  • cheesy vegetable gratin
  • cran-raspberry sauce
  • trifle
  • pecan pie

My MIL is bringing cornbread and sweet potatoes. I’m making the rest, except for the pecan pie. I bought the pie from a local stand at the Farmer’s Market called Vy’s Pies. Most of the recipes I’m following are from a Rachael Ray Thanksgiving edition magazine that I actually bought last year but never used.

I made the cran-raspberry sauce today. I also have bread in the bread maker that I’m going to leave out and let get nice and stale for stuffing.

Tomorrow, I’m making the veggie/potato dishes. Thursday, I’ll make the stuffing and turkey.

I’m a little overwhelmed by all the cleaning and organizing I still have to do around our home. And really…I just have one day left to do it. We’re going to a dinner party tomorrow night, so that means I have to get everything done by the afternoon.

Moving on from the cooking:

I know I mentioned recently that I’ve been really struggling with “training” Jeremiah to sleep better at night and in his crib. It probably hasn’t been too bad when I actually think about it, but when you’re exhausted, little things seems like a really big deal to me. I realized a couple of nights ago that all the work I’ve been doing is actually pointless. My MIL is staying with us for 2 weeks after Thanksgiving, and she’ll be sleeping in Baby J’s room, so he’ll be in the bassinet in our room. I don’t know why it never occurred to me before, but I’ll have to start all over again in about 3 weeks. When I first realized this, I felt like crying. But then I decided it was pointless to stress myself and Baby J out anymore. So the last few nights, I’ve let him fall asleep in our bed, and after his first feeding, I’ve been moving him to his crib. I’m going to take advantage of these two weeks to work on his naps. He usually only naps for 20 minutes at a time, which is obviously too short.

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu?

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