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  • Biting off more than I can chew?

    This year Matt’s parents will be in England for Thanksgiving and his brother will be working in Atlanta.  My parents are now about 15 minutes away so they will be joining us for Thanksgiving.  This will be the first time in about 3 years I think.

    Since Matt and I have been together, I have been determined for us to find our own Thanksgiving traditions, including foods.  The past few years we done this and that with the hopes of finally nailing down a menu but this year, this year I am going to do all of the cooking myself (I’ve even labeled all my recipes so I will have them moving forward).  Matt will deep fry (with our oil-less fryer) the turkey and I will make the sides.

    We sat down the other day and came up with a rough menu.  Yesterday at work I started looking for recipes for the items we want to have.  I guess everything on the menu is pretty standard but I really want our kids (and us too) to look forward to the familiar foods that are Thanksgiving.  I am also adding a few new items to our menu this year including homemade rolls and an apple pie.  🙂  I had a test run with the rolls a month or two ago so I know what to expect but I’ve never made an apple pie.  Honestly I’m looking forward to this little experiment.  I’ve decided to make the pie the day before.  This should allow me plenty of time to cook the food without worrying about dessert.  I also plan to prep a  few items the night before so I can just throw them in the oven when I’m ready.

    Hopefully the day will be semi-stress free if I have a plan.  I’m sure the wine will be flowing so that will also help. 😉



  • I cook pasta

    Pretty well now I think.  I remember a few years ago my parents invited some of our family friends to their house for Thanksgiving.  I was in charge of the mac and cheese and I remember Justin making a comment about me cooking the noodles to death.  I honestly didn’t know any better and I liked them that way.  I guess I always feared if they weren’t mushy they probably weren’t cooked.

    Anyway, fast forward to now, every time I make noodles I think about that comment.  But now I have noodles pretty down pat.  Thanks to the food network and Matt I have finally realized the error of my way and learned to properly cook noodles.

    I just thought I would share this little story since I cooked some pretty yummy noodles in vodka sauce for dinner.  Go me!


  • Weekend recap – I touch your food

    A long weekend was much needed after the chaos of last week.  It was nice to wake up Friday morning and go lay on the beach all day.   It was super hot outside and I was glad we decided to buy another umbrella at Costco last weekend.  I managed to take a few pics with my new lens.  I also decided to play wiht the manual settings on my camera.  Much to my surprise I think I did pretty well.  It was nice to have a sunny day and be able to just sit and play with the different settings.  And just for reference I took a couple in auto to see how they compared.  I will post some pics for Foto Friday.

    Saturday was a repeat of Friday and after a day of roasting on the beach we decided to go to the Boundary House in Calabash.  The food was really good but I was beyond shocked when our waitress decided to grab the grilled shrimp off our friend’s plate.  His order was all kinds of wrong.  He ordered fried shrimp, crab cakes and fish.  The shrimp was grilled and well there were no crab cakes at all.  He didn’t mind the oysters that he received instead of crab cakes but he and his wife were both looking forward to the fried shrimp.  The waitress’s idea was to just take the grilled shrimp so she grabbed the shrimp off his plate, with her hands. UGHH!  Then she brings them back because “they were just going to throw them away.” *shakes head*  Finally she brings a measly 4 fried shrimp.  After the ordeal we were all kind of stunned.  I finally was like “who does that?  Who grabs your food off your plate and then brings it back?”  Apparently she heard me because a minute later she stops by to make sure it was okay.  I’m still just like WTF?!?!   Aside from that we had a good dinner.

    I would say the overall trip was really nice and relaxing.  I am really glad our friends were able to join us.