Nov 24, 2016

A handsome fellow

I love a nice beard.  Such a difference in this fellow, very glad I removed the 613.  The 644 didn't have enough contrast either so I finished using 822.  Because 3864 is more subdued than other pinks I've used for the face, it blends more with neutrals and I think a lighter beard will be necessary.  That's OK.  I prefer that, even on the more primitive Santas.  I also removed the white I added around the eyes. 
 One more design from Teresa Kogut and that may be the next start.  Did you know that Teresa is having a sale on her Etsy site?  Use this code for 20% off this Friday (BLKFRI2016), and 30% off Cyber Monday(CYBRMON2016).
After the oven failure, the stovetop also died.  So now we have no choice but to look for a new one.  We will check with our (wonderful) appliance repairman but with these digital panels, there is usually no repair possible, just replacement which is a huge amount.  But the dinner was wonderful.  This was the best turkey we ever had.  Fresh Honeysuckle White, no hormones, no antibiotics, only 3% solution added.  We kept hearing from others that they always cook and carve the turkey the day before.  I couldn't imagine it being moist and tender reheated, but because of the commotion with the range we took a chance.  Wow.  How nice to not have to make that mess with the carcass while trying to prepare the rest of the meal, especially when your kitchen is small.  So we let the bird cool completely, then carved, layered it in a long casserole with College Inn's turkey broth.  Added a little more broth before slowly reheating tightly covered.  It was very moist, tender, delicious.  I guess the broth kept it juicy and I was totally surprised at how good it was.  I think carving after it cooled (over 2 hours)  made a big difference also as the meat held its juice.
While my brother was here, we tried to corral Nitzy for a worm pill.  My brother is excellent with cats and with pill popper in hand, he slowly approached while I held Nit down on the chair.  Before I knew it, I heard a table shaking, glasses rattling, and a cat flew over my shoulder.  Better luck next time.  But the little monkey was happy with a shipping box.
Sneaked out after to hit a few sales.  Macy's wasn't bad at all, JCPenney was pretty crowded, Kohls was packed, and Sears was empty.  Just bought the few items we went for, didn't browse. 
Hope your Thanksgiving was special. We did a lot of reminiscing and also talked about our cardiologist whose funeral was yesterday.  I told you a few months ago how shocked we all were to hear about his devastating diagnosis.  He did not last very long, age 59, and doctor to all three of us. Born in Spain, an only child, so kind and gentle, three daughters left behind, and an entire community's loss.  We never know what tomorrow will bring, and end.
Thank you for all the comments about my prior post.  Just in case you are wondering, the pumpkin pie kicked in as I moved up to #137 in the checkout line.  Thankfully, the disturbance was felt by me but heard by no one.  Also thankfully, the line moved very quickly.  I think the outdated pumpkin was fine, it may have been the evaporated milk.  I saw the bottom of the can in the recycle bin, decided to check it, it was 2011.  I must have emptied the new can down the drain instead of the old one found in the basement cabinets.  I found lots of things down there as I played with the gas stove. 
Enjoy your weekend.
Thanks for visiting.
Note to Blogger - what the hell?  Who wants to see a page of old posts?  Get the dashboard back with our Reading List.


Cricket-bug Corner said...

Happy Thanksgiving Marly!!

Barb said...

Santa really looks good now. Yes, blogger is messing with things ! UG!

Truus said...

Love how Santa turns out.
Have a great weekend
Greetings Truus from Holland

C. M. Designs said...

So happy your turkey was great and your day was better than expected. Happy day after Thanksgiving.
Love your Santa.
My daughter went to our Walmart. She said there were two policemen guarding two departments. UGH ! I have to go out today. I hope I survive.
Our dinner at Cracker Barrel was delicious and a LOT of food. Pleasant server.
Now to decorate for Christmas.
Have a happy weekend.
Charlotte in Va.

Mugwump Woolies said...

Great Santa...the colors are perfect!

Kate said...

Your Santa looks terrific - I love his colours!
Dare I say I like the change to blogger - didn't at first - but now everything is right there on the left hand side, just click what you want and bingo ... seems streamlined to me ...

CathieJ said...

So glad that your Thanksgiving turned out fine. Santa looks great with the changes that you made. I totally agree with your opinion of Blogger. I hate having to scroll and click to find the blogs that I want to read.

Jacqueline said...

Santa is great with your changes. Sorry about your stove.. not what you wanted for Christmas I am sure. One would assume it would last more than two years. In fact I would be ------ if mine had gone out in two years.

I am not found of having to log onto Google every time I want to get to blogger but once I do and I hit the reading list all of my sites come up just like they always did.

Winnie Nielsen said...

Your Santa turned out really nice and I think your color changes were spot on for the proper shading. I am intrigued about the turkey process that turned out so successful. I will file away your notes and try it out myself as it sure would make life easier when a lot of dishes are being cooked.

Shelly said...

Santa looks great! Glad everything turned out fine yesterday. I like what you did to your turkey to keep it moist for the next day; I'll keep that in mind. I did Black Friday two years ago and that was enough for me! Enjoy those leftovers!

Vickie said...

Santa is super! The turkey idea is a great one. I have heard that from a few people. I heard the wonders of Trump at Thanksgiving dinner. o_0

Rugs and Pugs said...

Happy to hear Thanksgiving dinner was a success.
I do love your Santa. Thanks for the heads up on her sale.
So sad about your cardiologist. We need to be thankful for each day we have.
Hugs :)

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

YES for sure...Santa's white and clean beard is perfect. Did you reheat the turkey? What a great idea as the kitchen becomes total chaos when everything is ready at the the time.
Today is another day and time to get ready for Christmas. Tree is up but not decorated. My sandy loves that job as after 56 years of this I am getting tired but LOVE the end results.

Peace and Blessings for all,

angelasweby said...

I love your stitched Santa and have been to Teresa's website but can't find it anywhere. Great choice for the colour changes. I always agonize over colours as they have to be just right :-) I would love to stitch it now my wedding stitching commitment is nearly at an end - what will I do with myself :-)
Happy Thanksgiving. So glad your Thanksgiving meal went well. Sometimes when we are forced to do something differently we have a very pleasant surprise. So glad the turkey was so succulent. What a lot we have to be thankful for.

debbie haggard said...

Marly, your amazing attention to color detail (OCD?!?) has paid off and Santa looks great! Glad to hear your Thanksgiving turned out well after all of the hassles. Take care-

Theresa said...

Happy Thanksgiving. Love the Santa and little sneaky Kitty hiding in the box.

Carol said...

Oh, what a fabulous looking Santa--great changes, Marly! We always cook one turkey a day ahead, too, and one the day of. Makes things simpler and, hopefully, one of them turns out. This year we went to OH to my niece's new home--such a treat. I just brought desserts :)

Margaret said...

Love your Santa! He looks great now. OMG, pumpkin pie hitting you in line! Ack! I don't envy the worm pill -- I have a tough time getting Mia to take anything at all! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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