Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
I am flabbergasted that Thanksgiving is only a few days away. This year my only duty is to make pumpkin pie and bring ice cream. Mind you, given the option I will eat the apple instead of pumpkin pie and I think that ice cream on top of anything beyond a bowl is foul. Why on earth would you ruin a perfectly good piece of anything with soggy ice cream?! That is a craze that is just outside of my realm of understanding. I seriously feel strongly about this topic. What's the point of cold, soggy pie?
I sort of miss living not near my family because I miss hosting Thanksgiving for my friends. I miss being in charge if you must know. I am not a control freak but I do love to plan and organize and prepare things. Like making the list of what I need to buy and when to prep what gives me a bit of a high. I love cooking waaay too much and I honestly enjoy having everyone tell me that they loved my meal. Not because I am seeking praise but because it's nice knowing my hard work and love is appreciated. But I most love being able to make Thanksgiving sammys afterwards- you know- turkey plus dressing plus cranberry sauce between bread! So while I am up in the mountains at my cousin's house toasting the holiday, I will be cooking a turkey breast in my beloved crockpot. All because I want my stinkin' sandwiches. Mmmm...I can taste them already!
I've been listening to Christmas music in my car for about a week now. Is that bad? It's like 20 degrees colder than average around here lately so it feels like I should be fa la la la la-ing it about town. Today, Josh Groban. Tomorrow...you tell me... Do you have a favorite Holiday CD? One can never have too many Christmas tunes in their life!
Why are Vineyard Vines pants so dang long? They are made for gazelles, I believe! I'm 5'6" with long everything. That's 2" taller than the average female. And I always have to hem my VV pants. I have the cutest pair of brown VV cords with dogs on them that I wanted to wear today but totally forgot that they have not yet been hemmed. Bummer. Guess what I will be doing tonight?
Ah, my life is so thrilling! Hard to believe I'm single, really. Obsessed with her dog, abnormally strong opinions about ice cream as a desert accompaniment and spends her evenings hemming pants with critters all over them. Who wouldn't want all that?!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
- 2 large potatoes, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 10 ounce can condensed cream of celery soup
- 1 10 ounce package frozen whole kernel corn
- 1 10 ounce package frozen baby Lima beans
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup dry white wine (or chicken broth)
- 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
- 1 1/2 pounds fresh (or frozen and thawed) whitefish or cod
- 1 14 ounce can stewed tomatoes, undrained
- 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
- In the slow cooker, combine potatoes, onion, garlic, cream of celery soup, corn, Lima beans, broth, wine, lemon-pepper seasoning, and stewed tomatoes. (So everything MINUS the fish and milk powder)
- Cover and cook on low for 7+ hours.
- Add milk powder and stir. Then place fish on top of mixture and cook on high for another hour.
- Break the fish up with your spoon (I actually just used a set of kitchen scissors that were sitting handy but whatever...this is not brain science) before serving.
- Add a salad and warm bread and enjoy!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Use the rules as a guideline but be creative and have fun! If for some reason I missed adding anyone to the list, just let me know. And if you have changed your mind about participating, please please let me know ASAP! I've been in two swaps where my buddy let me know she wasn't going to participate by just not mailing a package. It made for a sad little crocodile. If you no longer feel like participating, please just let me know now and we can easily work it out.
Maureen and Sweetiemom
Clara and Beth
KK and Hollie
Jennifer (Little) and Flamingos and Flipflops
Laura and Loves The Cape
Rebekah and Ali
Lindsay and Preppy Chemist
Elliott Family and Three Boys
Scrapper and Rachel
Happy Holiday Swapping!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
So as promised, here is the store information. I am sad because this was my favorite market. (For those wondering, Price Chopper is a regular grocery store. Similar to a Publix or Kroger. Not a bargain or low end shop, but not Whole Foods either. Just regular, middle of the road, where most people shop grocery store.) But it's certainly not worth any sort of crazy health risk. Be sure to avoid .....
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Just in case you are somehow unaware, today is election day. Finally! Good golly I thought it might never get here! But it's really really here kiddos! My state is one of the few that does not have early voting. And on top of that, my polling center still uses polling boxes that were created PRE WWII! I should take a picture of the booth. The first time I voted I had to have the man help me because I had no earthly idea how to work the "machine." By "machine" I should note that it requires physical labor to vote. It's wild! I'm once again off topic though. Starbucks sent me this email on Monday to let me know that they are offering everyone a free cup of coffee on election day. You just have to say that you voted. That's it. So on the off off chance that you are feeling unmotivated to stand in line at your polling station today, think of this as incentive. Go vote and then go celebrate with a free cup of joe from Starbucks!
Happy Election Day girls! I know win or lose, we are all just happy that today is finally here. And the incessant adds will cease from running on TV and radio. That alone is reason to celebrate!
Ben and Jerry's is giving away a free scoop today- I believe from 5-7PM but double check online. AND Krispy Kreme is giving away free star shaped donuts today. We don't have a Krispy K up here- thank goodness! I would totally need to be crane-lifted out of the house if I lived anywhere near that gooey goodness.
Monday, November 3, 2008
What's in your grocer's freezer? Have you ever looked? You might not want to, but you should anyway. Last week at my regular grocery store as I was buzzing down the freezer section, a woman asked me to come see something. The stock was low in this section and this is what we saw!! And I then moved veggies all along the long freezer to notice that this hot...er cold...mess was everywhere! Not just veggies but filth!! I know that the bags of frozen veggies do keep them away from this mess but still....it's gross and a health hazard for sure. I did tell the manager and she was just as horrified and promised to get it taken care of that same day. I'm going back this evening....I'll let you know what I find. Let's all hope it's a clean case. If it's not I just might need to go public with the exact store and location!!
So I mentioned above that a woman called the gross case to my attention. When I took the picture and said I was going to go tell management, she said she would come too. She introduced herself as Barbara and I introduced myself as KK. I know, I'm going all public now with my name. But considering I have had some sort of email/regular mail communication with half of y'all anyway....who cares at this point. Anyway, clearly that is a nickname. But it is the name that 90% of the people in my life call me. And trust me, it is so much easier for people to pronounce than my full name. Anyhoo...I introduced myself to Barbara as KK. Just like I do most of the time in life. No big deal....or so I thought. Right after I introduced myself, she laughed and repeated my name. Than she said, "one more and it would be KKK!" Now this is not the first time I have heard this comment. It's actually the second time. The first time was from a college professor who gave me my only true experience with racism. Just for one semester. But it was enough to make my life wretched. Laughs on him though because despite his best efforts, I got a big fat A and a best friend out of that class!
I wasn't sure how to react to that terrible comment though. It took me so off guard. I was just there to pick up a few things for dinner. Then I added make-over the freezer section to the list. But finding time to figure out how to react to that comment just wasn't on the agenda. I decided that she was not trying to be mean or even racist. It was a judgement call but I feel pretty sure she was just making an off color comment that I hope she now regrets. I'm sure my face showed my surprise because I have zero ability to hide any of my emotions in life. I then said something about finding the manager and chose to move past it. I think I handled it to the best of my ability considering she was older, didn't seem to have cruel intentions and I was standing in the middle of the health hazard freezer section. What would you do?