I keep saying the same thing, I’m not ready for the holidays to be here, Christmas I’m looking at you. Last week I attended an event that hasn’t holiday theme (and I appreciated that seeing how we were only two weeks in Thanksgiving, but the shopping mall (a beautiful outdoor collection of stores) had already raced ahead Turkey day successfully squashing my hopes of letting the feeling of fall linger just a few more weeks longer. Decorations adorned every sign, kiosk and lamppost and Christmas carols were being pumped in through hidden speakers throughout. I grumbled as I fought my way through the crowds who had lined up to watch the lighting of the 100 foot tree. I get it, its a short shopping season again with Turkey day falling so late in the month but GEEZ can we at least vow to not start everything until we’ve taken that last bite of Pumpkin Pie pretty please with whipped cream on top? I promise I will do just as much damage the next day if you promise to honor one of our last great American traditions. I am a Mayflower descendant after all.
As I said last week … RIP Thanksgiving.
Christmas please STAY IN OUR OWN LANE
I’m not quite sure I will be ready for Thanksgiving next wee, I mean seriously who really is. If I see people’s neatly set up table the night before I just might throw up (no offense .. its not you its ME.) I want to be ready but every year its the same dilemma, how do you create the extra time required to do the extra stuff. I really have no excuse because I am not hosting, all I have to do is make a few dishes, but like years past I will still feel compelled to make a FULL Thanksgiving dinner for my family the day after because to be honest I just want to recreate my childhood holidays over and over again by serving my family Carrot Casserole. I am not going to do that to myself this year. I may not have the leftovers but I won’t have the bottomed out feeling like I killed myself just to say I upheld tradition.
But I love tradition.
So what do I cook this week? Turkey.
I will try to get the recipe over on the recipe index but for now here you go: It is so easy and so delicious and if you don’t have Orange Marmalade on hand just zest a bit of orange peel and use a dash of agave or maple syrup to at the touch of sweetness.
Midweek was a disaster, all I can tell you was that it involved a plumbers snake, a plunger, a bucket, rubber gloves and bleach …. lots of bleach. The next day I removed all wet wipes from this house. Enough said.And speaking of gross…
Thursday night this little guy crawled out of my salad. I kid you not. He crawled right up my fork and I (of course) grabbed my iPhone (and olloclip so I could get a close up – he was the size of a pencil eraser. He even had a teeny tiny drop of Olive Oil on his head. We safely placed him outside and I pitched the rest of my salad.
My recent order of MOO cards arrived and I’m having an issue with the white balance not quite right. Here’s what I am getting. I’m not sure what is going on with the whites but they are looking into reprinting the entire batch. Top one is the new order. You know how much I love my MOO cards, I am a little heartbroken with this last batch.
I wrote a final post, What I Learned last week for Mortal Muses and in true form I delivered in the final hour. I was a member of this group back in 2011-2013 and they have decided to end the collaborative, but word is they are working on something new. I am really excited for the next chapter, in reflection I realized how much that group and the woman who came before me (and after) influenced the direction of my photography. The final post where all alumni had a chance to say good bye is here.
The weekend had me outdoors again, hiking the trails and enjoying our warm (albeit very very dry) weather. I hear every bone in my body groan, and my knees sound like grinding sandpaper but I’m still doing this. I’m so tired of feeling so bad. Its now my #1 GOAL for 2015 to regain my health and see if I can’t stave off the doctors.
I posted a review of My Social Books yesterday so make sure to check that out – there is a coupon code for 30% off your book!
OK, time for me to go start cooking, I have to be up north in like 6 hours with Pioneer Womans’ Mashed Potatoes << the recipe that made me fall in love with this country girl… and Sweet Potatoes for 20. I’m hoping to sneak in my favorite >> Pecan Pie too.
I hope you had a wonder Thanksgiving!