We are driving to Calgary on Monday, leaving around 5am and hoping to arrive that evening. Since I am trying to organize for the six days we are away with my three sons and family, what they should bring, and get ready etc. I have been keeping copious notes and trying to get suggestions from the guys. The two sons we are visiting live together and are bachelors without a much kitchen equipment or furniture to speak of but it is the only place where it is logical for us to gather. My oldest son, his wife and two children are driving from Vancouver and staying with two of the guests who are coming to dinner. We have rented a kitchen suite in a motel as there is no room anywhere for us and we would rather be private than stay with someone anyway.
This is when I wish I had a daughter, she would understand the necessities of knowing what the Christmas kitchen has in stock and need - is that a sexist remark - what I should bring or should be bought, and all the other details of orchestrating meals for five brawny men, four lovely women, three (I couldn't come up with that) two darling grandsons and the Granny, that would be me.
The fellows think this can all be arranged at the last minute and tell me not to fuss, let it be on their heads if there is no cranberry sauce with the turkey, which may or may not be defrosted in time, or enough cups for coffee and we drink the wine out of paper cups and eat with out fingers.
The other women, apart from myself are my youngest son's girlfriend, they have been going out for six months now, so could be serious and she is a guest so I don't want to put her on the spot, my eldest son's wife who is doing some baking and we don't talk, don't you know. She doesn't like me, so we politely tolerate each other, or at least I politely tolerate she doesn't talk to me at all, and guests of my middle son who have done a lot for him and his brother over the years so I don't feel it would be right to ask them to bring things either.
So here is my list so far, and all this stuff has to go into our little yellow car.
- Laptop and camera, probably will not get any pictures, we are a camera phobic family
- Two turkeys and one large ham
- Large roasting pan
- Christmas gifts for the children - Transformer toys and a winter jacket for the baby
- Four collapsible chairs
- Coffee maker plus coffee and my decaf coffee
- Popcorn maker plus popcorn
- Two large cooking pots plus steamer
- Cocoa for hubby's bedtime drink
- Stuffing and gravy mix (I usually make these from scratch but it will be too difficult)
- Table clothes
- Carving knife, and good kitchen knife
- My little Miracle blender
- Potato Masher
- One large plate to put the cooked meat on
- Bottle opener plus eight bottles of home made wine
- Vegetable peeler
- Four cans of salmon
- Homemade plum jam
- Two jars of homemade pickles
Have I forgotten something, do you think?