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Catching Up

3 Feb

So I know it is far past due since we posted on the blog, so here goes…

Christmas Tree

I never thought it was such a bad little tree. Maybe it just needs a little love.

Christmas happened, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at our pictures. My parents and sister came up for Christmas at our place this year, but somehow we managed to forget to take a single photo! The only proof of the holiday season is this lone picture of our Christmas tree on the day we were throwing it out. The whole holiday was sort of a blur anyway because…

I was hired a month ago at St. Joseph Medical Center here in Tacoma! And even-though I’m only a per-diem employee (which means I just fill in for others and don’t have any set hours) I am so excited to be working again. I have been happy to take hours from anyone who will give them to me, which sometimes means I have crazy weeks where I work various shifts and my body has a hard time keeping up with what time it is…

New Scrubs!

New Scrubs!

Judy has been sweet enough to send me some new scrubs to wear to work, which is so nice as they can be expensive. So far I have refused to buy any new scrubs, especially when I find some pretty cute stuff at Goodwill. Once I’m getting more consistent hours I’ll probably splurge a little, but until then I have accumulated quite a bit, so I’m happy.

So apparently the bulbs I planted think that it’s spring, which seems kind of early to me. My mom said that it might be normal for our region. We had a pretty mild winter so perhaps spring is just coming a little early.

Still couponing like a crazy person – it’s nice to have a hobby that I like and that saves us money 🙂 I have also discovered Futoshiki which is similar to Sudoku which is a logic puzzle, but uses symbols and math. Anyone who has done Sudoku and likes it should try this new puzzle.

Bad Day on the High Seas

Bad Day on the High Seas

We have a new center piece for the livingroom too! Jimmy bought me a print of Brandon Bird’s “Bad Day on the High Seas” which is a painting of a whale, a giant squid, and a T-Rex all fighting each other (yes, Jimmy and I have strange ideas of what constitutes “art”). Anyhow, I had a great coupon for Jo-Anne’s fabric for framing so I got it framed for pretty cheap. For Christmas my parents got us a set of wooden carved whales (an adult and two babies). So those have been placed on the mantle to join the painting. Now Jimmy and I have started to look for wooden carved pieces of a T-Rex and a squid to someday join the whales 🙂
Bad Day on the High Seas

I think it really classes up the joint

Gobble Gobble Gobble

4 Dec

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Casserole

My new favorite - Sweet Potato Pumpkin Casserole

It is our first Thanksgiving in our new house, and we went all out! As anyone who knows me well knows, I LOVE Thanksgiving – it’s my favorite! I’m also very particular about the food that is at Turkey day – there are certain food that I MUST have there. I have to have sweet potatoes and I usually just have the canned kind with marshmallows, but I found a recipe for sweet potato pumpkin casserole – it was wonderful (I now have a new Thanksgiving favorite).

Gobble Gobble

Gobble Gobble


We decided to try doing a brine with the turkey this year – a salt water and herb soak for 8 hours before roasting. It made the turkey SO moist! And because we got an 11 pound turkey we had plenty of leftovers (yay for turkey soup and turkey sandwiches, and of course Christmas turkey enchiladas).

And as much as I love Thanksgiving, we can’t forget how much Jimmy pretty much hates it. So of course all the amazing food we made was almost all for me (which has meant a TON of leftovers…). Oh yeah, and Tesla had his first turkey feast, of course.

The full spread

The full spread

Pumpkin, how I love thee…

16 Nov

So one of my favorite parts of the Fall season is that everything pumpkin (cakes, cookies, lattes, etc.) comes back for another year. I LOVE pumpkin.

pumpkins

So many beautiful pumpkins

Us at Maris Farms

Us at Maris Farms

Corn Maze

Muddy, but fun, Corn Maze

To get our pumpkin for carving this year we went with our friends Em and Michael to Maris Farms in Puyallup, WA where we wandered around, watched pig races, ate way to much kettlecorn and got kinda lost in a corn maze. It was a pretty nice afternoon and we had a lot of fun choosing our pumpkins. Jimmy and I didn’t spend too much time picking one – I’m not that picky and I guess Jimmy isn’t either.

Michael and a pumpkin pal

Michael and a pumpkin pal

Michael and Em, on the other hand were very thorough, carrying large pumpkins from place to place as they changed their minds.

Skeleton pumpkin

Skeleton pumpkin

We didn’t get a chance to carve the pumpkin until Halloween evening just before Em, Michael and Hannah arrived to watch Mystery Science Theater 3000 with us. Jimmy went with a kinda skeleton look as I was busy trying to make cupcakes look like bats and spiders (only the later really worked). We were amazed at the amount of kids we had come trick-or-treating as we only had a handful over the past couple years living in the duplex.

Spiders and Bats

Spiders, Bats and Pumpkin cookies

I gave the jack-o-lantern two days before I sliced him up and threw him in the crockpot – I decided to give making my own pumpkin puree a try this year. Luckily Em and Michael have a Cuisinart food processor, so it wasn’t too hard. Our pumpkin made 15 cups of pumpkin puree! Now I just have to decide what to make with it all – the possibilities are endless 🙂 So far I have just stirred it into vanilla yogurt (which is quite tasty with a little cinnamon and sugar – could use some nuts though) – but I hope to try my hand at making a pumpkin pie from scratch with it, though the consistency is a bit runnier, so I’ll have to figure out what to do about that…