Wednesday, November 26, 2014

what's cookin good lookin?

So... whatcha making?  If you are anything like me then you have several things to make and bake on your list of "things to do next."  I try to make a couple of things ahead.  So far I made the cranberry relish, leaving out the pecans, and I have thawed the pie crust in the refrigerator.  Tonight I plan on  putting a jalapeno dip together to bake for Wednesday night when we will hang out with pals and smoke our turkeys on the big smoker.  I will also cook my sweet potatoes on the smoker, wrapped in foil.  They don't turn out too smoky tasting at all but it's something "getting done" while we're hanging out.  Then Thursday morning I will get up and get busy.  I am making pecan pie, chocolate pie, two batches of sweet potatoes, oh and I'm also bringing sangria!  The sangria I am putting together Wednesday night also so the fruit has time to beautifully marry the wine to bring us great tastes as we decorate our gingerbread houses on Thanksgiving afternoon.  Ah what a wonderful and full day it twill be!!

Here are links to recipes that I have adopted and treat as my own.

And just incase you are seriously stressing in the kitchen... 
try this kitchen trick I learned from Julia Child.

And here is my own concoction and plans for the sangria pretty much using what I've got.  Except the wine... that I have to buy but it is my very favorite.  I think the Mad Housewife Sweet Pink wine would be really good for this also.  I also didn't have the raspberries on hand but got them at Kroger because they were on sale for ninety nine cents and will look stunning might I add!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  
Don't burn the biscuits!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

gingerbread house ideas

I know many of you are just dying to know of my plans for my gingerbread house this year.  Well... I am not hiding my thoughts this time or at least not all of them.  My house plans are usually top secret.  This year I am going to try my best to make my house a log cabin.  Keeping it simple on the actual decorations and concentrating more on the look of the actual house.  I am going to try and tone down the gaudy and tone up the structure.  We will see what happens.  

I have turned to library books on the subject and pictures on pinterest for ideas.  I have bought my building supplies and hopefully the icing will be extra sticky!  I also want to color some green for my trees made on sugar cones and plan to make a final dusting with powdered sugar when everything is in place.  I'm pretty excited!

Want to see more??

Monday, November 24, 2014

weekend shots

Weekend shots and a week of Thanksgiving.  
Thanksgiving really is one of my favorite holidays.
I like to cook and share with others.
Not to mention all the other good food to eat.
And being around family.
And making gingerbread houses.
And four wheeling.

I did all the decorating for Christmas on Sunday that I plan to do.
I feel the need and urge to just keep it simple and
decided against putting the big tree up this year.
Instead I have white Christmas lights scattered here and there with
simple glittered pine cones sparkling around.  
I put two alpine trees on top of the fireplace. 
It still really gives a bit of special to the season without 
it being everywhere. 

We also had the turkey shoot at my father-in-law's farm on Saturday.
Which was also Shaun's birthday.
All in all it was a good weekend and I'm ready for the week.

Friday, November 21, 2014

end of the week soup

Since it's getting colder out, since we have left over veggies and since I really do enjoy soup, for the last few weeks I have been totally taking advantage of the three and making soup for lunch on Thursdays at the day care.  Until today I was the only one enjoying it.  I usually only make a small amount for myself but when the kids saw me dipping my grilled cheese sandwich in my bowl they got curious and wanted to try.

I tell you, when I was introduced to minestrone soup my life changed.  Tomato based soup with basil accents and pasta floating not to mention vegetables swimming around is heaven in a bowl to me.  When I make green beans, mixed veggies or carrots as a side at lunchtime for the kids there is generally some left.  I would much rather throw them in a pot and gobble up the nutrients than throw them away.

My soup here consisted of about 1/4 cup tomato juice, 1/4 cup left over pizza sauce, 1/8 cup green beans, 1/8 cup mixed veggies, some garden zucchini  1 cup or more of water and 1/4 cup macaroni.  Bring it to a boil before adding the pasta and stir like crazy once you add it.  Mine always wants to stick to the bottom for a reason that I have yet to figure out.  This makes enough for me to have for lunch and sometimes enough to freeze half for a different day.  Who knows... looks like I will be sharing it more!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

a dc scavenger hunt

I love when a new game pops into my head.  Especially one as easy as this.  
If you have the ease of a computer and digital camera this indoor scavenger 
hunt can be made in minutes.  
I began by walking around the day care and taking pictures of this and that.
I wound up with about twenty or so pictures.  
Then I went in to Microsoft Publisher, because it's my favorite, to create the cards.
You could probably do it in Word or another program I'm sure.
I chose to make a circle and fill it with a picture that I took.
I did this for all of the pictures.
Then I printed the pages of circles onto white card stock.
I also chose to use a laminating sheet over the pictures.
Next I cut them out and now I have a neat little stack of picture circles.
Now today... let's see how well these kids know their surroundings.
I'm guessing the game won't last real long.  
My older ones are pretty observant.
That's why I threw in some harder ones to find.
I hope it will really make them think.
I feel round two coming!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

misplaced goods

I have lost three things lately.  Truly four if you count the ability to remember what I did with these things.  I carried around the first dvd in my yoga set, my favorite one, and a brand new taxidermy dvd that I haven't even watched yet in my bag back and forth from home to the day care for a couple of days.  I last remember sticking them in between pages of a book so they wouldn't get scratched up tossing loosely in my bag.  I am almost convinced that I returned them to the library in whatever book I stuck them in.  Or maybe not.... I still glance around and in a new place that I may have stuck them every day.  It's been almost two weeks since I've seen them.

The other thing is more valuable and more important as it is one of my hand guns.  It stays in it's little blue and black case that is about the size of a wallet.  It is always either in the kitchen or in my car and it is in neither at this point.  I almost remember the last time I thought about it accompanying me on a journey to the mall.  I don't remember if I put it in the car with me that day or not.  Either way, it is not where it is supposed to be.  That mall trip was early October.  I realized it's misplacement also two weeks ago.

What happens to short term memory?  I can remember what I wore to work yesterday and what I cooked for supper last Friday night.  I can even remember what I did on my birthday last month.  I remember easy things and these lost items too should be easy but the fact of their misplacement is where it gets foggy.  I am certain that I thought it was a good idea to lay them where I did at the time.  Partially it is my own problem of not putting things back where they belong.  "Oh, I'll remember" is what I think at the time.  Then days later I haven't a clue.

They say it happens as you get older but I've pretty much always been this way.  Shaun just taps his foot and rolls his eyes with a smile every time I misplace my keys.  I am the absolute worst at that.  It's safer for me just to leave them in the car.

I know I will feel so much better when they've been found.  I plan to ask the library if anyone turned the dvd's in and if not I plan to forget about it for a while.  The pistol will show up and I will slap my forehead and call myself silly for putting it where I did.   The part I dislike is that it constantly weighs on my mind.  On top of every little stress and part of daily life there it lies like a cherry on the sundae.  Makes me feel like a bag lady carrying around bags full of little troubles ready to sit them down.  But then again I'd probably forget where I put my bags.