November 28th, 2019

Beyond the Ocean's Edge

Happy Thanksgiving!

Big Holiday for those of us here in the US.  Thanksgiving!  Traditionally a day for family gatherings, lots of food, football, and getting ready to start Christmas Holiday shopping on the morrow.  (Black Friday as it's generally known.)

Actually a fairly low-key day for us.  Just the two of us plus daughter if she decides to come by.  And as it turns out, Eva has to work.  Jessica is planning to come by later and she and I'll have dinner.  Opted not to have a Turkey this year as even a small one is too much for the two of us.  Jessica doesn't eat it, so...  Anyway we'll have a roasted chicken instead.  And as I think back, I think Mom did chicken instead of turkey on many a Thanksgiving when I and my sister were small.

I did so some baking last night... a pumpkin pie, an oatmeal pie, and a loaf of my version of Australian Damper Bread.  For the pies, took the easy way out and used store bought, premade pie crusts.  Not really that happy with them as I thought they could have been a bit larger.  There wasn't enough to make a true edge around the outside.  And with the pumpkin, the filling was easy.  A can of pumpkin pie filling, a couple eggs and a can of condensed/evaporated milk.  Filling for the oatmeal pie is a bit more complicated, but again not all that hard.  Then it's simply a matter of time in the oven until they're done.  If I had been a bit more ambitious I'd have made the crusts myself.  Then I could truly say I made the pies.  I've always felt that making the pie crust is the true test, and the thing that allows one to say it's a homemade pie.  And to be honest, I think I make a decent pie crust, with techniques learned from Mom many decades ago.

Loaf of Damper Bread made several years ago for Christmas.  Made a half batch, a single regular loaf this time.

Yesterday I finished up the December issue of SASP NEWS and have just e-mailed it out.  Later I'll print out the handful of copies needed to mail to the few members who do not have, or who have unreliable e-mail service.  Then I can put them in the mail tomorrow.

Web-site hosting for the SASP web-site is in a state of flux right now.  Our provider is changing hosting from one company to another and while they said it would be seamless, it is not.  Somehow the URL got changed and I've called to have it put back to what it was.  Otherwise it'll mean a lot of things need to be changed and I'd rather not have to do that.  Last I've heard, they are working on it.

Currently reading Jed's World by fellow SASP member Larry Danek.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  If you don't celebrate the day, I hope you have a great remainder of the week and a great weekend.
Dave