Second to last post about Ena’s wedding and the beautiful state of California 😦
The food at Ena’s wedding this weekend was amazing. Apart from oatmeal breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday morning, all meals were Indian and absolutely delicious. Maybe one day Ena can comment and let me know what the names of everything were, I know what was in each dish just about but I can’t begin to remember the names of each.
Lots of dancing this weekend!
While Sarah was getting her fill of turkey I was celebrating my friend Ena’s wedding! It was a huge 3 part 2 day ceremony and I want to share so much of the experience so I’ll post in parts.
I’m hoping I Might be able to keep up with this: a Christmas song a day! Whatever interests me that day will be the song. So yesterday, I was watching The Muppets Christmas Carol. What a great movie! There are tons of original quotes from Charles Dickens’ book, and it’s just a great version! My favorite song of the movie is “One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas.” There are tons of other great songs in there too.
How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? Mine was great! It was spent with lots of friends and family. The day before Thanksgiving, I made pumpkin pies. Just classic ones, nothing too fancy. I find that most people like to have classic foods for Thanksgiving, nothing too out of the ordinary. Anyway, since I knew we were going to be overeating on Thursday, I made a nice vegetarian soup for Wednesday night. It was Rachael Ray’s Red and Green Winter Stoup. Filled with potatoes, onions, kale, tomatoes, and pureed roasted red peppers, you don’t miss the meat! I served garlic parmesan toasts alongside for dipping. Yum!
On Thanksgiving day, I made my second dessert to bring to our friends house where we were having Thanksgiving. I chose to make individual apple tarts, and to try out my new mandoline! I practiced using it on an apple I wasn’t using for the tarts, and I got the hang of it pretty quickly. The recipe made 8 tarts, and I cut out mini turkeys and apples from leftover puff pastry as a garnish.
While I was baking, I looked out the window to this scene, more appropriate for Christmas day:
My Thanksgiving meal included: turkey, mashed potatoes (secret ingredient: bacon grease!), green bean casserole (not my fav., but I took some anyway), creamed onions (never had them before, but they were pretty good!) sweet potatoes with praline topping (my favorite part of the meal!), stuffing, corn, cranberry-orange relish, and crescent rolls. After that one plate of food, I was pretty full! No seconds for me, I saved room for dessert!
Have you started listening to Christmas music yet? I admit, I’ve been listening to it for over a week now. I feel like they play a lot of songs over and over again, and when there are 1,000’s of holiday songs out there, they should have more variety. However, driving home from babysitting yesterday, I heard a song I’ve never heard before and I really enjoyed it! It’s a song from a live concert by Dave Matthew’s Band. I’m not a big fan of the band, but this song was great! What do you think?
Next starts my holiday baking for the season, which is my favorite part of the holidays! Any suggestions? I bake new kinds of cookies and other treats every year. Have a nice week everyone!
I’m keeping this post short and sweet because I’m exhausted! I’ve been up since 2:50 am ET, and left my apartment at 3:30am for my morning departure to San Francisco. I made it to the Bay Area at bit after 9 and to my hotel by 10am. After digesting lunch (it was 1:30 pm ET by the time I ate and I was starving) I called family and friends and wished them a Happy Thanksgiving and began to wander the city.
Nontraditional Thanksgiving lunch of an egg white and spinach wrap and green tea from Starbucks-thank goodness there was one in my hotel!
My New York legs took me around from the Civic Center to Fisherman’s Wharf, back and more…some photos from my exploration follow.
Okay, off to bed. Need to wake early and get some serious work done on my grant proposal before potentially going to Gap for Black Friday deals and then meet friends to head to the second destination of this West Coast trip.
So, has anyone ever used the “elf yourself” website? It was my first time today and it was pretty easy! You just upload pictures, either from your pictures stored on your computer or facebook. You can choose up to 5 pictures. I used Nicole and I, our friend Amanda, and my cat Peter and my dog Molly. Then you choose a style, like classic, hip-hop, surfing, etc. I chose western. It’s hilarious! Take a look.
Have a very happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Birthday to meeee! It was my 24th birthday on Friday! Nicole summed up most of the festivities on Friday night. It was a lot of fun! The pizza I had at Mama Palma’s had sausage, carmelized onions, and spinach. Very tasty!
After having cupcakes and pumpkin cake with Amanda and Nicole, I knew that I still had one more cake ahead of me! My mom made me a chocolate torte, complete with four layers, chocolate whipped cream, and crushed up toffee bits. Yum!
I got some fun things for my birthday! My brother Adam got me the Glee Christmas cd, which I listened to already. They chose some great songs for the cd, I was pretty impressed! My two favorites so far are “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year” from the movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the song when they are on the Island of Misfit toys. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard it covered, and it was perfect for the Glee cast. I also liked “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” I buy two or three new Christmas cds every year, and this is a great one!
I also received a mandolin for my birthday. Not the instrument, the slicer! It will make slicing apples for my individual apple tarts much easier! I’m making apple tarts and pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner.
I have an owl obsession, which of course everyone knows, and I got three owl-related presents this year. An owl ring from Nicole, owl pajama pants from a friend of the family, and this little guy from my other brother David.
Coming up next, I try using the “elf yourself” website. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
The bad news first-I’m definitely getting sick.
Friday night I met Amanda and Sarah for dinner in the city, and pretty much threw my mold free diet down the drain. I thought I was being smart at dinner, from Mama Palma, when I ordered the polenta spread with roasted peppers, but it turned out to be served on pizza crust. Weird because it was under the salad section. I ate it of course, and it was delicious.