Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was great! I’m glad it’s over though! I love spending time with my family and eating the great food, but it’s nice not to worry about what I need to get at the store and what needs to be made when etc. Plus I’ve eaten like crap for the last week! Haha! I’ve been trying to cut back on soda consumption and for the last week I feel like that’s all I’ve been drinking!

But anyway, it was a success! Bill and I made pies on Wed. night and were up until 2 in the morning! partly because we had to work and didn’t get started til about 5 or 6 in evening! BUT the pies were great and loved by all! I was nervous about making the apple pie, but it turned out great and everyone ate it! We had everything you would imagine at a dinner: two turkeys, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole (yum!), sweet potatoes, baked mac n cheese, stuffing and rolls…I’m probably forgetting something, but you get the idea! Lots of food! Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of any of it! by the time I thought about it, it was too late! Oh well! I did get some pictures of some of us thanks to my niece, she wanted to take pictures. I’ll have to go through them and post those later!

I must tell you, if ever you see a recipe for “Pumpkin Bourbon Mousse” delete it, run away screaming, pretend you never saw it!! I saw this recipe online, it looked great based on the picture, I figured it was like eggnog for thanksgiving. I was sadly mistaken. If you enjoy eating an entire pumpkin by itself all at once then feel free to make this drink. That’s the best explanation I have, shoving an entire pumpkin pie in your mouth all at once. Again, if that’s something you would enjoy, this drink is for you. It’s not really even a drink; it’s like a cup of warm mushed up pie. We even tried chilling it and adding more rum (we used rum instead of bourbon) no bueno. Still just gross. Bill was the only one that drank his, and probably because he was just being nice not wanting to hurt my feelings. Even though I did tell him it wouldn’t, because even I couldn’t stomach it. We ended up throwing the whole thing down the drain which then smelt like the rum the rest of the evening, which isn’t so bad. I will never look at pumpkin the same; the sight of anything made of pumpkin will forever be nauseating after this.

On a good note, we did get to play our favorite family get together car game! Only 4 of us played, this year everyone was beat. I was too, but playing cards gave me a bit of a second wind and being the one in the lead when we decided to stop was nice too :P

Next we will feast again at Christmas! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Week

Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holidays. Not only is it a time when our family gets together but over the last few years I’ve found that I really enjoy baking and cooking for this holiday and Christmas too. I like this opportunity to try and make new desserts and appetizers. Even if it’s not something I would eat, I like making it for everyone else to eat. HA!

The last few years, desserts have consisted of cookies, cakes and pies. We also like to make appetizers every year. I know! I know! It sounds crazy!! With all the food consumed that day, why on earth would we make appetizers??!! I don’t even remember why I started doing it, but it was a few years ago that I got a wild hair up my ass and decided to make a menu for thanksgiving and decided I wanted to bake and cook and make all kinds of things. So I found a few things to try out and one of those things was stuffed mushrooms and now every year my mother forces me to make them. Ok, so she doesn’t hold me over a fire or threaten to push me off a cliff to my death, but I do it because I know she loves them. Besides, she would keep asking me if I said no until I finally gave in, so why not just make them! So now, appetizers are a part of our Thanksgiving tradition. We make them first thing in the morning and we start eating from there! This of course is after eating breakfast. Which is another tradition, my father makes eggs, pancakes, bacon and biscuits ever year on Thanksgiving and Christmas morning. Again, more food on the day where we stuff ourselves like a fat kid in a candy store! You know, I guess we gotta make it like this the whole day!

Back to why I love this holiday! It really is the food! I am that fat kid in the candy store on Thanksgiving! I love the food (I love food in general), but more so on this day. Now for someone who really doesn’t eat a whole lot of sweets, I really do love making them! I’m actually really picky when it comes to cakes and that kind of thing. I only really eat chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting! Haha! BUT again, I love to make all kinds of cookies that I won’t eat and force everyone else too! This year I’ll be doing a good amount of baking. I’ll be making cookies and muffins and pies. I had a thought this morning to make cake balls but Bill said it would probably be too much since I’m already baking so much and we have a lot to make on Thanksgiving day! He’s right! Wednesday night will be extremely busy with baking. Like most years I’ll probably stay up past midnight finishing everything and wake up sore with my feet aching! It’s ok! It’s all for the good of baking and forcing people to eat my food! Haha! Ok I’ll finally tell you what I’m baking: chocolate chip cookies, raisin chocolate chip cookies & snicker doodles (maybe). Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. Apple & fresh pumpkin pie, no canned stuff this year. Everything of course made by me, nothing boxed or in a pouch…Bill will be helping with the pumpkin pie because he was the one who wanted it fresh and not canned, so it’ll be his job to carve the pumpkin out; all the messy stuff is on him!

I called this Thanksgiving week because I’ve been thinking about it for weeks and will continue to think about it all week because of all the stuff I have to do. We also have to make several store trips this week. Starting today we have to pick up a few things and then will go back on Wed. It’s a little annoying to have to make so many trips but we have to get the fresh stuff as last minute as possible. But here’s what our thanksgiving will include: Yams/sweet potatoes, Turkey of course, mashed potatoes, Baked Mac N Cheese, green bean casserole (my favorite), cranberry, fresh stuffing, gravy and rolls (my other favorite). Plus all of the desserts and appetizers, which will be stuffed mushrooms and little smokies.

Ok, almost done…the other part of thanksgiving is family of course. This is one of the few times per year where we get together and hang out as a family. Even if it’s not everyone, (aunts, uncles etc), at least it’s my immediate family and that’s good enough for me, plus there is always another guest or two. Whoever it may be, we always, always, get together and play Nerts. Not sure on the spelling of that, but it’s a card game, kind of like solitaire but with lots of people playing at once and everyone has their own deck of cards. It’s a game we’ve played for years, it’s the one thing we do at Thanksgiving and Christmas that is always a lot of fun!

Lastly I’m super excited that this year Bill will be spending Thanksgiving with my family. The previous year he spent with his family, so this year he’ll be with me and I’m excited about that! I’m excited to spend the holiday with him and have him become and even bigger part of our family and enjoy everything that we do around the holidays.

I’ll be taking lots and lots of pictures and hope other people do to so I can see how other people celebrate the holiday!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Sopranos

Spoilers! *Said in the voice of River Song* Dr. Who

Bill and I just finished watching the series the other day! I can't tell you how mad I was. Ok, so I wasn't that mad, but it was definitely irritating. For the longest time, before I even started watching the series, I had heard that everyone was so dissapointed by the ending. I now know why! So infuriating! Total cliff hanger! 10 seasons and they ended it like that! GAH!

Other than the ending, what a great show! So many, holy crap moments I can't believe they did that. I really started to fall in love with the characters and the Soprano family, other than Tony's infidelity issues. A few deaths that I was a little irritated by. I would've sworn Joss Whedon was involved! Always killing of your favorite characters, case in point, just watch Firefly series and then the movie Serenity that was made from it.

I can't believe it took me this long to watch this show! I remember my parents watching it when it came out. They watched it like clockwork and I never really thought anything of it until Bill brought it up and said we should watch it. I'm really glad I did. I definitely recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it! Amazing cast and the mafia is always an interesting subject.


Next on the series watch is finishing Fringe and we also started watching Arrested Development. He's seen Arrested Development and turned me onto it and it's great, so funny. These are just among the many series' I'm looking forward to seeing. It seems a little sad that I want to just sit in front of the TV and watch shows. But that's not really it, we'll take a couple hours out of a whole weekend and watch our seasons. Although I guess i shouldn't say I don't sit in front of the TV all day on the weekends or whenever cause we really do do that when we start playing our video games together! lol AH.. technology!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Long While

It’s been too long. I haven’t been able to get on the computer other than to work on a project or homework in I don’t know how long. I haven’t had a chance to check in with people and see what’s going on in their lives and read all the bloggidy goodness that my friends have. Thank goodness for smart phones...They keep me up to date! What would we do without them….probably be more productive! HA!

This will be the first week in the last couple months that I don’t really have anything going on, other than school; which of course, always seems to be going on. Can’t quite get away from that yet! I’ll be happy when I do.

I’ve been a part of something special so I can’t complain…it just takes a lot of your time away, but again, not complaining…to much;) As I’ve mentioned before, I was helping coach a girl’s softball team. Great group of girls, I won’t ever forget them. BUT, it was a lot of work and I wasn’t involved full time because I have school, but I was there for 90% of it. I did enjoy it though.

What’s taken up my time lately is making their gifts. Their season ended at the end of October and because of scheduling conflicts with all the girls we are having a team party next weekend, the 17 th . Well, it’s normal for the manager/coaches to throw a party for the girls and celebrate the season and their accomplishments and get them little trophies or something along those lines as a little gift. So I dumbly decided that I would make them photo books for their gifts on Shutterfly….I knew it would be time consuming because I had made one not too long ago for myself/family because I had an offer for a free book. This took me FOREVER to make! I spent hours doing this one book. AND NOW HERE I WAS HAVING TO MAKE 12 OF THEM!!! It took me about a week maybe a little longer, working on them a couple hours a night, sometimes longer, but I finally finished them! So now I can breathe! Haha! I think they’ll like them though…at least they better…I put too much time in them for them not too! hehe only kidding…but really they better like them! ;)

Now that the season is over I feel like I have my time back, again not complaining. I can get back to focusing on school which I’ll admit has been a struggle for me this semester. Not the work, just the focusing part, but the semester is almost over and I just need to buckle down and plow through it.

Now onto the next thing….making Christmas gifts! AND who can forget Thanksgiving and all the delicious food! Looking forward to some green bean casserole!