We just had our new kitchen countertops installed yesterday, which means no longer any difficulties cooking in the kitchen! Whooo! Well, mostly. The sink is in, but the faucet isn't hooked up yet.
Speaking of the sink, since the installers had to cut a hole in the countertop for the sink, they used that spare piece to make us two cutting boards. They also said that if they need to make repairs to the counter surface, they can use the cutting boards rather than order a new piece (do not ask me how this works). Neat!
Tonight will be my first night cooking with countertops, but since I am also writing a novel for NaNoWriMo, I can't devote a lot of time to cooking, so I grabbed some quick and easy dishes from Trader Joe's, coq au vin and corn pudding, which I think is new for Thanksgiving. Which brings me to the title of this post...
I am so grateful that grocery stores make a big deal out of Thanksgiving. Especially places like Trader Joe's because they come up with crazy things like turkey stuffing flavored potato chips, which I bought but have yet to try. A few years ago they came out with a seasonal sandwich wrap that is basically Thanksgiving dinner in a tortilla that I absolutely love. Chunks of turkey breast, stuffing, and I think it's a cranberry cream cheese. I had one for lunch today and grabbed another for lunch on Saturday (or sooner). I have mixed feelings about Trader Joe's as a company, but I do love their food and innovation. Even when it's godawful like the salmon jerky. (Vomit.)
There are a few Christmas and Yule treats in the store already, but it is very much Thanksgiving, not Christmas that rules. At my gift store job, it became Christmas on October 26th when they made me pack up Halloween. (And boy, did I hear about it from the customers. A customer today stopped in their tracks upon entering and said, "Whoa! It is Christmas!" And not in a happy kind of way.) At the bookstore job, we have some ornaments and some cards, but one of the front window displays is dressed for Hanukkah. Also, the ornaments aren't really Christian (the Virgin of Guadalupe is technically Christian, but Ganesh is definitely not, nor is a menorah).
So thank you, grocery stores for keeping the spirit of Thanksgiving alive! Christmas is one day, people, not two months, thank you very much.