Friday, November 27, 2015

TToT101: 'Tis the Season for Thanks

At least here in 'Murica.

We had a lovely, relaxing holiday here in MD. No travel, no major prep, just a pleasant, quiet evening with family and friends.

Though I did not choose to brave the crowds (or black eyes) for any amazing deals, Brian had visions of cashback and discount percentages dancing in his head. And now, boy, is my life about the change for the better with my new modern, working appliances!

And then today we jumped straight in to full-on December holiday mode. We got a tree, we put up decorations, and we ate pho (which is not holiday-related but I wanted to mention because it made me think of Dyanne).

I made somewhere between 15 and 20 cups of stock with the turkey carcass my MIL kindly donated and will soon make the fabulous turkey posole (there you go, Lisa) recipe my cousin introduced me to last Thanksgiving. The ingredients are not so easy to come by around here, but I cleverly froze a bunch of poblanos from our garden so there's that.

I've finished almost all my holiday shopping, and I've decided it's time to replace the Christmas tree skirt I bought at Walmart my first year out of college so I'm working on that.

And, even though I've put on about four pounds since earlier this week, the jeans I wore today were still too big and kept falling down

So, how 'bout you? Are you feeling thankful?

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29 comments :

  1. I hate belts, personally, but it's hard to find jeans that fit exactly.

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    1. I wear belts to keep my pants up. Which, now that I think of it, is the point.

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  2. oh my ...your tree is up!? Why didnt we get to see it at the chat!? Oh yeah...that's why... you couldn't stand up....

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    1. No, it's outside "drinking water" from a bucket. It will move inside and get decked out tomorrow.

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  3. After yesterday, I have no need of a belt! Glad you had a low key and restful holiday.

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    1. It's those stretchy jeans, though! Once you stretch them out with your belly, they won't stay on!

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  4. We put up a Christmas tree in the church last Sunday. :-)

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    1. Without American Thanksgiving to wait on, why not?

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  5. Only once did I put my tree up at the beginning of December. My oldest (who is and always has been a handful) was only 3 or 4. My mother said "You're going to regret it" and of course she was right.

    I only discovered Poblano peppers last winter and I'm hooked. My mom got seed for me and started some for her garden and mine. I froze the harvest from hers while eating the ones from mine and we are already almost out of frozen ones. They are such a nice pepper - a bit of heat with a nice flavor.

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    1. I love Christmas decorations. Sold my Jewish husband on them with the promise of the fir tree smell inside the house. We do it up, though: lots of Xmas and Hanukkah all mixed together.

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  6. we had a nice thanksgiving ...kudos tree up, shopping done and congrats on the new working appliances ... turkey pasole sounds yummy...enjoy enjoy the Christmas Seasons....:)

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    1. It IS yummy. This is year two, but I think it will be a tradition.

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  7. hey glad you could join us at the vidchat! (xmas follows t-giving like like, damn! out of allegories! will be back)

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    1. I expect you back when you've given it some thought.

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  8. Sounds like a great weekend...happy for you.

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  9. I'm thankful I got to speak with you and see you. In spite of your noisy Darth Vader boobs :) <3

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    1. Didn't it turn out to be my noisy, darth vader feet, though?

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  10. My house is a Thanksgiving/Christmas mesh right now--the fall decorations are still up, but the Christmas tree is up, too, as well as some of the decorations. My pants are definitely not falling down, though--hopefully I'll be able to lose the pounds I found over the weekend!

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    1. Well ours is a mesh of Christmas and Hanukkah. A mesh can be good!

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  11. This is the first time in years that we didn't get our Christmas tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving. I'm not ready yet.
    I have not even begun our Christmas shopping. Gotta get on that this week, seeing as how we're heading to KY to celebrate with my siblings in less than two weeks!
    Kudos to you, making all of that stock! With all the things I've learned to do, I have never made stock. I really need to figure that out, since I make whole chickens all the time, and at least one turkey each year.
    Yay for new appliances!

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    1. I make it in our slow cooker. I love doing it that way because I start it before bed and it's ready to get in its jars in the morning.

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    2. Ha! I just put a response to Dyanne here. You can do it! You can make stock!

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  12. Glad you are ready for Christmas- we got a new Christmas tree skirt and it does make a simple difference.

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    1. I made ours from an old tablecloth I love that got a hole in it. Very happy with the outcome!

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  13. We had a pretty quiet Thanksgiving, too, although we traveled a bit.
    PHO! PHO! I probably won't get any until Marian Days next August. Sigh.
    I have falling down jeans, too. Isn't it awesome? Congratulations!
    I need to make some stock, too. I'm going to do it in the crockpot for the first time.
    Tree up but not decorated (artificial tree). Letting Ruby remember that Christmas trees are not for climbing.

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    1. I love pho, too. The place we went is called Pho Real. How great is that?

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  14. Pho Real. LOL Love it!
    Man, you make it sound so easy...bam, bam, bam...and the the tree is up. Aagh!
    I've never done the "stock" thing for soup, never mind posole. Sounds interesting. Is there really hominy in it?
    Glad you have new appliances. They'll come in handy for Christmas, Good for Brian! Perseverance pays off, right? I've never braved the Black Friday thing even though I've heard of people getting phenomenal deals. Don't think I'm brave enough :)

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  15. For all of you who are losing weight, Yeah for you!. Unfortunately, I think the pounds came my way. I haven't done any decorating yet, but I'll probably do that soon. A quiet evening with family and friends during the holidays is wonderful.

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