30 November 2007

Slow Cooking

Turkey Chili

I'm a pretty good cook. But I just have such an issue with knowing how to use my slow cooker. I want to use it so bad. So when I saw this recipe for using up extra Thanksgiving turkey by making it into slow cooker chili, voila! I was excited. And, since I wasn't feeling like getting out of my cozy pajamas and extracting myself from my lair, Brent even went to the grocery store and successfully obtained exotic things like fresh green chiles. (I drew a picture on the list to be extra helpful.) He's my hero. And tucking into our big bowls of turkey chili with a side of sweet cornbread, I just felt so content. MMmmmmm.... this is what I'm thankful for.

27 November 2007

Thanks full

Pumpkin, Pecan, Key Lime, and Lemon Chess
French Braids with Sea Salt Big Turkey!

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! We had a family extravaganza, with cousins and aunts and uncles and giant inflatable turkeys coming out of our ears. The feast was everything you could dream of for a storybook Thanksgiving feast... my favorite item was the bread. The bread I baked! Conceited? But of course!! Brent and I took Wednesday before off and I kneaded and raised up a storm (while he played World of Warcraft). I restrained myself this year to 118 rolls in four varieties. I had planned to make sweet potato biscuits the morning of Thanksgiving, but when I finally took inventory and saw that I had enough, I scrapped that. It was a good thing too, because when I cut into the baked sweet potato later IT WAS WHITE. WTF? I think I must have bought the "yellow" kind and what they really mean is that it's potato-colored. Borrr-ring.

Black Friday was a huge success this year. Mostly due to this great bargain we scored on this hotel "room":

Thanksgiving Suite

I'm not sure if dad had to doorbust the Marriot or what, but somehow we ended up in the Arabian Royalty suite, with a staircase and rooms and floor to ceiling penthouse windows. Sweet! We shopped, Bella napped in the room (with only a minor crisis because I forgot to pack Bear--luckily Brent and my dad were able to SWAT team around downtown on Operation BEAR CLONE), then Holidazzle:

Holidazzle Parade

The best part of Holidazzle was my dad wearing huge seal flipper mittens, so that when he clapped (for everything) it made a super loud THWAP THWAP THWAP!!!! that echoed around Nicollet mall. 

The next morning we saw "The Nutcracker" at Macy's and ate gingerbread cookies. mmmm! One of my favorite Christmas traditions. The season is officially off and running!

01 November 2007

Trick-or-OOOO ooo ooo!

Halloween Monkey

Here is the little Halloween monkey. She only wanted to go to Sandy's house across the street and wouldn't say Trick-or-Treat. But she was pretty cute when people answered the door, she'd say OOO OOO OOO and try to push her way into their house.

I promptly got annoyed with answering the door for a million little ding dongs for three hours, and was officially a sugar-high Halloween curmudgeon by 8:15 pm.