Well, here it is, the next to the last normal day of my life until probably sometime after New Years and for some unexplainable reason, the corporate office decided I needed to be off today. Well not just me but all the operations/lead supervisors or whatever our title is now. Now as much as I think it is wonderful (as was the year that they decided I should be off the day after Thanksgiving) it just doesn't make much sense. But since they said I had to be off today I am off (other than all the prep and shopping for the store food on Friday and hopefully Saturday). Not to worry, I (or we) get the closing shift on Friday and Saturday.
Thanks for the suggestions for the meal on Friday! I made my first ever hummus today and even roasted garlic to top it with, something I had never done! Michael did ask me if anyone else there likes hummus other than me and I hope they do because there is a lot of it. I did take a poll (as I do every year) and there was a surprising interest in hummus...who knew? We have now added deviled eggs also (thank goodness you can buy already peeled eggs at the Piggly Wiggly), spinach dip and 3 yummy looking pound cakes from the Costco which cost me all of 6.99. All told, I probably spent around $150 on the meal which is not that bad when feeding 30 folks.
I now he will not see this but, I wish to personally thank Barry Feld, the President of World Market for staying the course not opening on Thanksgiving and not opening until 7am on Black Friday. He sent out a wonderful letter to all of us explaining that it is important that we have tomorrow to spend with our families. From myself and the rest of the company, I say "Thank you Mr Feld for putting us before sales on Thanksgiving, we promise to pay you back for it!".
The Black Friday Menu
Roast Ham (1.99 a pound at Harris Teeter, 20 pounds)
White American Cheese (3.99 a pound at Harris Teeter, 4 lbs)
Lettuce (1.79 a head at Publix)
Tomatoes (1.49 at Publix, 2 lbs)
Bread (4 loaves white and 2 loaves wheat at Costco total $9.00)
Redskin Potato Salad (4 lbs Costco, 5.97)
Meatballs in tomato sauce (6lbs meatballs Costco, $15.97. Sauce left over from last year, don't worry its Ragu)
Spinach Dip (5.99 at Costco I don't know how much there is but it's a lot!)
Hummus (1.50 between the garbanzo beans and garlic, I had everything else).
Tortilla Chips (4.97 at the Costco for the giant economy size)
Deviled Eggs (2.99 a dozen at the Piggly Wiggly we are making 2 dozen)
Mayo, Mustard, Ketchup
Soda (buy 2 get 3 free at Harris Teeter so...26.08 for 10/12 pks)
Water (2.77 at Harris Teeter for 24 bottles of Deer Park Water)
Pound Cake (6.99 for 3 cakes at Costco)
So there you have the meal and my basic accounting. I always worry that there will not be enough but, I think this year there will be money left over to do a few other meals. I am thinking of a White Bean with ham soup one Saturday, not too expensive and there will be two ham bones left over!