Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Little Treat For Myself

Because, of course, I couldn't resist the little guy!
And now he's in my studio keeping watch over me...
..............and the string!

Friday, November 27, 2015


haha....did you?
Not trample people...but did you go out and shop?
I did my traditional Black Friday....stay in my jammies
and shop online.  Quite a productive day, even with bedhead!
I got the majority of my Christmas shopping done!
Free shipping, great sales, no crowds...just like
a hermit would do it! lol....

Hope you had a great day, no matter what your tradition!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

My Plate

...and no, I couldn't eat it all! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

...because we have so many blessings to count!
Yes, even when things aren't feeling so wonderful, you
 can always find someone who has it so much harder than you!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends...
and happy day to everyone else around the world.
I'm thankful for all of you!

This apple slab pie came out of the oven a little bit ago.
I tweaked a few recipes, used my own crust recipe, and decided
to drizzle it with salted caramel sauce just before serving.
If it's a keeper, I'll share the recipe soon!

Today I made cranberry sauce, stuffing, spiced pecans, a
cheese ball, apple slab pie, pecan pie, and a bacon corn dip!
Just mashed potatoes and rolls to go this evening!
After a pecan pumpkin cobbler in the morning for breakfast,
I won't want to cook for a week! (and I won't! haha)

My Cornish Game Hens are still thawing but feel like solid, frozen
rocks! haha.  Might have to help them along in the morning in a sink
full of water!  Oh dear! haha.....

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Around Here, Lately

  1. We've had fun watching this little Nuthatch run up and down the trunks of the trees lately.  He's been joined by a beautiful Woodpecker who has evaded my camera so far!
  2. The boys have yucky head colds so we just cancelled their day program today and the rest of the week so they could have an extended Thanksgiving break and time to recuperate.  And I admit it was nice not to pack lunches and sleep late this morning!
  3. Thanks to The Mister for coming home early so I could do the big Thanksgiving grocery trip this afternoon.  I am always amused at how many bewildered people there are in the grocery a few days before Thanksgiving.  They are clutching a list, worried and lost, and it's obvious they don't know where anything is located beyond their usual Swanson Frozen Dinners. I helped a few find the sage, whipping cream and one man was desperate to find the Velveeta. haha.
  4. I'm going to spend the day on Wednesday baking pies, rolls and a few other dishes that can be made ahead...probably like many other activities going on in kitchens all across the country.  The Cornish Hens are thawing in the fridge and I get laughed at every time I say how cute they are. :)  But they are!
  5. We had our first dusting of snow this week!  Just enough to cover roof shingles and nestle in curly leaves on the ground.  It didn't last through the morning but it sure made me smile!  We had several inches this time last year.  In contrast, we're supposed to reach 60 degrees on Thanksgiving Day!
  6. Along with my rebellious non-turkey Cornish Game Hens for Thanksgiving, I'm looking forward to a few other new dishes I picked out.  Stuffing baked in a whole pumpkin, Butter Pecan Sliced Sweet Potatoes,  and Apple Slab Pie. Yum.  
  7. Some of our favorite dishes will be there as always, like my homemade rolls, mashed potatoes, homemade whole cranberry sauce and deep dish pecan pie (which doubles as breakfast the next day). ha. 
  8. I'll be around to say hello and post again Wednesday night ...something brief....mainly because all work and no play makes for a very dull girl. haha.