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Covid-weary Menu Plans for Thanksgiving 2020

No one wants to hear about the Covid stink but the countdown to Thanksgiving begins with 32 more days until Christmas. Thanksgiving is different this year. My Thanksgiving will be minus family members who couldn’t travel to see us due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. And wearing a face covering at Thanksgiving dinner at my parents place sounds unappealing to me. I would wear a face covering to save lives but due to the absence of people who couldn’t make it, our traditional Thanksgiving festivities were canceled.

My partner and I have decided to have a small gathering of just the two of us at home. We have decided to not do a traditional Thanksgiving menu plan. Instead, my partner and I are ordering takeout to throw into the Thanksgiving mix. Also, a lot of restaurants won’t be open on Thanksgiving. We plan to celebrate on either Wednesday or Friday to be able to either catch one of our favorite local eateries open for business or beat the crowds.

The three restaurants to choose from for our Covid-weary menu plans for Thanksgiving 2020 are: Chili’s, Olive Garden, and Cucina Alessa. My partner is leaning towards Chili’s. Seeing we had spaghetti for dinner last night (Sunday night), I might prefer food that is not Italian. Chili’s baby back ribs sound good. It’s the foodie in me talking again.

Also, my mom will be dropping off a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving for us from what she is making. She lives about a twenty minute drive away from us and we all will be wearing face coverings. It works out. We can have the best of both worlds. And, I’ll have to admit I’ve never prepared or baked a turkey in my life. Never have I ever made the side dishes. Preparing a Thanksgiving dinner is something I want to practice in odd months after the New Year. Conquering a Thanksgiving feast is something I’ve always wanted to learn. Maybe you are the same way.

Warm wishes for the holidays!

– candaceinthecity

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Spice Goals (Getting to know my spice rack.)

On Instagram, I find myself following accounts such as https://instagram.com/riorganize?igshid=mf3c1oq7b1we and https://instagram.com/thehomeedit?igshid=i5gp2nns7u5n. The accounts are a meticulously neat persons dream. I don’t know why but I’m drawn to pictures of luxurious organization or reading blogs at http://www.bloglovin.com about home decor. It’s a mindless self-indulgence of something I aspire towards (mastering closet organization or building a dream kitchen…). Then reality hits and I think to myself when will minimalist decor be on it’s way out. I don’t even know those people (whoever they are?). Although, seconds later I’ll be browsing The Container Store’s website. Lately, I’m interested in the kitchen category and I found myself ooing and aahing at spice racks. I have a vision of organizing my spices. It’s a future project in the works. A goal of mine. Perfect for an amateur home cook like me.

I feel an organized spice rack may help me become a better cook. It might assist in recognizing the spices I do use and eliminating those spices that are unidentifiable to me. Also, I’m inspired to ditch the grocery store aisle of spices and shop from a dedicated spice merchant or even shop at a spice specialty shop online. This could expand my mind by starting with a kit or something. There is so much to learn. For example, what spices are go good together. And I cannot wait to get started.

Who knew getting to know one’s spice rack could be a goal. Goals are what sets the rhythm in my life. Goals keep you motivated without feeling adrift in the world. And once you have completed a goal it brings self-confidence. I have many goals. There are many different goals you can have. You can also ask yourself, “Is there one goal that you would like to accomplish in this lifetime”?

– candaceinthecity