Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Morning

My first Thanksgiving here at home. I know that people cook turkeys everyday and there are far more people out there that are hosting families larger than mine and having to prepare and cook every.single.thing.

I'm thankful that my family is chipping in and bringing the sides. We've got the turkey, mashed potatoes, and noodles. I think I can handle that.

I got up at 6 this morning- probably way later than most out there! And set to tackle the beast.

 My helper was ready and waiting... and begging.
After it was all said and done, I'd declare a tie. The turkey somehow, after 5 days in the fridge, and a short soak last night in cold water, was still icy! I was able to finish thawing it (or so I currently think, we will see) in the sink with cold water. THEN, The people at Honeysuckle must have not trust the turkeys to keep their legs together because I couldn't even cut the wrap off. I managed to get the legs out so I could get the neck ::gag:: and the bits out. Then I gave up and put the legs back in the stirrups. Will deal with it later.

I did the whole separate the skin thing and put roughly 1/2 stick of butter on the breasts under the skin along with 3 springs of thyme. Then sprinkled with salt and pepper, (salt, pepper, and a couple sprigs in the cavity too) And rubbed the butter on the outside to try to get it off my hands. Finally, I sprinkled Lawry's seasoning salt on top and then brushed with olive oil.

I preheated the roaster to the highest it would go and got in in there for 30 minutes to, hopefully, brown the skin and then turned it down to 350* for I don't know how long, at least 4 hours I think. I could hear it sizzling so I'm hoping the high heat effort worked. Bird needed a tan, bad.
 Managed to not make too big of a mess.
 and now it's 7:30, all cleaned up, and I'm resting quickly with a Peppermint Mocha and the Today Show.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I promise...

This blog wont continue to showcase that I take way too many stupid cat pics.

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I am hosting for the first time ever. I have a 16+ pound bird thawing in my fridge (since Saturday) and I'll be up at the crack of dawn watching YouTube videos on what the heck I'm supposed to do with it. I may or may not get sick when it comes to the 'innards' ::gag::

Mr. Buckeye will also be assisting in our famous mashed potatoes. They are only famous in our family and they are adored because we use way too much butter but it makes them tasty and super good for you.

Tomorrow is also Mr. Buckeye's birthday. I may attempt a cake, or I may not. It is still up in the air. Either way, I thought about his gift and am super excited to give to him although I don't know if he will be as ecstatic as me. I tried to be a little creative with it so I hope that counts for something.

And one more for good measure...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

While I appreciate the effort...

Chloe is not a good secretary...

Guess opposable thumbs are a necessity.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Gotta start somewhere... Again

I woke up this morning and my body hurt. Hurt in a way that made me want to just hop back in bed. Legs, thighs, back, ick. But i got off my butt and went for a spin around the block. I walked up the 2 ginormous hills and ran (slowly) the rest. It was windy, yet perfect. I wish I had been at the Happy Place running one of my long training runs where I was able to run for 5 miles like it was nothing. All would be right in the world.

It wasn't breaking records but it was something. If only just 15 minutes.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011


I got my hairs done last week.
Since i am refusing to chop my locks even though i have been SERIOUSLY tempted to hack it. It was time for a color update. It is fall after all.

From mousy faded brown... (sitting at the salon, desperately in need of a wash)

To cherry cola.

There actually isn't a name for it. She mixed it special and could only show me the chemical formula which was like trying to read Hebrew. But cherry cola seems about right!

I change my color roughly 3-4 times per year based on seasons. Lighter in summer and darker and more red in fall and winter. Since I started going to my cousin, Hi Joanna!, I have been great about upkeep and cuts every 6-8 weeks. Before that I was lucky to go every 6 months. It has worked quite well over the last few years and she keeps a color book for me so she always knows what she did so when I say I want what I had last fall in October, she knows. It's very handy!

How about you? Do you have a schedule and a go to hairdresser? or just cut and color when the feeling strikes?

Side note: totally random that I am wearing the same cardi a week apart. Totally not planned and yes, I washed it.

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Spilled Chai

Nothing like starting your morning off with spilling hot chai latte on yourself.

Here's hoping this isn't a sign for how the rest of the day will go.
I'm having a good hair day man!

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