So this is what I’ve become. Once the poster child of having things ready ahead of schedule, I’m now the woman that waits until two days before Thanksgiving to do all the grocery shopping for a major meal. A meal that she is hosting complete with a bird big enough for 10 (which is around 16 pounds according to my dad).
I must be insane.
How is it that I’m just now digging out the recipes I need for Thursday so I can compile a grocery list? Why am I making my grocery list on a Monday night? Worse yet, why am I planning on going to the grocery store Tuesday morning before JQ leaves for school?
Am I crazy? What if there is no bird big enough for 10 when I get to the store tomorrow? What if the celery, Idahos, and sweet potatoes are wilted or full of sprouted eyes judging me for waiting so long? How can a vegetable even do that?
The last thing I want to be doing tomorrow is running all over Toledo, Ohio from grocery store to grocery store accumulating the stuff I need for a successful dinner on Thursday. That would suck the life right out of me. I’ve had enough of that over the last four days.
Which is precisely why I’m waiting until two days before Thanksgiving to do all my grocery shopping. Being sick killed all my plans of going to the store for the past three days. No, really. So now I’m off to sort through coupons and compile my giant list.
I better make sure wine is on there.
Doped up on medication and ready to just sleep. Here’s a photo to occupy your time until I’m coherent enough to write a real post. Crap, that sentence alone was difficult for me to type. So yeah, a photo.
I don’t what I like more, the drop of juice falling from the oranges or the crazy face G-tot is making. They are both scrumptious.
Double Ugh. I’m having one of those ultra-sick days today. My nose is completely stuffed, my eyes are runny, my couch is crunchy. I’m achy, tired, and don’t feel like doing a damn thing. My goal is to do as little as possible and plan on staying planted on the couch or in bed most of the day. We have Tropic Thunder and Season 2 of The Flight of the Conchords to watch but even my eyes hurt at this point.
And to add to the awesome factor, JQ and G-tot are also a bit under the weather. So we are a house full of germs. A house that I don’t feel like cleaning.
I wonder if this means we can get take-out for dinner?
Thanksgiving is less than a week away, I’m hosting dinner for 10 and I have yet to buy a single item. Hell, I have yet to figure out how big of a turkey I need to feed 10 people. Plus, I have absolutely no room in my freezer for a large bird. Not when it is stuffed full of blueberry waffles, ice cream, and soft pretzels. Mmm…soft pretzels. I have however spent a ridiculous amount of time cutting out and assembling these little paper Thanksgiving characters. So far I have assembled a turkey, a pumpkin, a little Pilgrim boy, and a Native American girl.
I still have the Pilgrim girl and the Native American boy to cut out and assemble along with the Thanksgiving dinner table. Cutting the flat pieces out is a completely tedious task but they are so freakin’ cute when put together that I just can’t stop myself.
Maybe I should get started on the Christmas ones soon. Want to make your own? You can download the flats from Macula. Just don’t forget your exacto knife and glue stick.
Recently JQ, G-tot, and I were given a tour of the Firelilly Chocolates factory in Toledo, Ohio. Right now Firelilly makes just one item—the Firelilly Truffle Cone. If you have never had the pleasure of eating a FTC you need to order some immediately. It is this amazing little crunchy waffle cone that is filled with a creamy truffle filling and then hand dipped just slightly in a milk or dark chocolate coverture. They come in six different flavors—Decadent Dark and Peanut Butter are probably my favorite—and all of them are delicious.
Our tour was more than just checking out the factory. It was really experiencing every part of the product. We got to try the cones alone, then a spoonfull each of the warm melted truffle center, then a cone filled with truffle mix and set-up but not yet dipped in the coverture—which we got to try before they were melted down for dipping.
An extremely delicious experience to say the least.
And now I’m a total chocolate snob.
Playing with Photo Booth can be so much fun.
Wait…no, it’s just a little turkey G-tot and I made this afternoon. Isn’t he cute?
Want to know how we made it?
Supplies: 3 or 4 sheets of construction paper for the feathers (we used 1 each of red, orange, and yellow) & 1 sheet for the body (I had a tan sheet laying around but you could use white and have your child color in the body), glue stick, googly eyes are optional (I just happened to have a pair on hand)
- Trace your each of your child’s hands on a single sheet of construction paper.
- Stack the other papers you are using for the feather underneath and cut out the hand shapes.
- Trace your child’s foot on the paper you are using for the body and cut it out.
- Glue the hands (feathers) to the body (foot) from the back.
- Fold a scrap of orange construction paper in half and cut out a small triangle (with the bottom of the triangle on the fold). Glue to the body for the beak.
- Add googly eyes or use a marker to draw two eyes above the beak.
- You could also cut out a waddle from a small scrap of red construction paper and glue it under the beak if you would like.
Voilá! Instant turkey and a nice memory of the size of your child’s hands and feet if you hang on to it after Thanksgiving.
Today I pulled rocks from the edge of one of the flower beds. I studied slugs, worms, spiders, and centipedes. I popped the heads off of the marigolds before pulling them so I can use the seeds to start my plants again in the spring. I did the same thing with the tangled mess of morning glories and the tiny seeds of the balloon flowers. I put away all the stakes and tomato cages that were standing empty in the garden. I raked and raked the golden leaves from the nearby Norway maple to the curb for pickup. Then I tossed G-tot in the pile.
I love Fall.