Hello, Spring! 18x24 Oil
It's quite cold and snowy here today, but I'm not complaining. While many of you are busy doing last minute grocery shopping, cleaning, and cooking to get ready for tomorrow's feast, I'm smugly sitting in front of my easel and munching on turkey left-overs.
Because a couple of our (very grown) children have to work tomorrow, we decided to celebrate Thanksgiving early. I thought it might feel strange, but I now realize that early planning, preparation, and stuffing yourself instead of the turkey is definitely the way to go.
Getting the turkey carved, the stuffing into a serving dish, the potatoes mashed and gravy made while heating assorted veggies and rolls, and pouring last minute drinks all at the same time while trying to converse with friends and family and dodge the grandchildren who still love to run through in the kitchen is like conducting a symphonic grand finale. It's all about your timing, and I'm usually up to the challenge. But this year I decided to forego the podium, enlisted the help of a couple of crock pots and made most of the dishes and all the desserts the day before. I used this make-ahead recipe for mashed potatoes and it was so easy and so good that my conductor days are over. Another time saver was making the stuffing in the morning and putting it into a crock pot instead of the turkey. While I used my own recipe for this, a similar recipe for stuffing can be found online.
Instead of cooking all day and being so tired that I really only wanted to eat pie and drink a glass of wine, I actually got to visit with family and friends and enjoy dinner. I even got to try the hors d'oeuvres--amazing!
Now, with all this talk about the joy of early preparation, you can see why it's never too early to plan to visit Scottsdale and the Arizona Fine Art Festival. You'll be able to see "Hello, Spring!" in person and perhaps that will get you thinking about planning your own spring flowers and garden. (And I promise it won't be snowing in Scottsdale.)
P.S. Don't tell anyone, but next year I'm cooking the turkey ahead. I'll let you know how it turns out.