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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…

Ivy, how I hate you…

28 Aug
Take THAT!

Take THAT!

It’s amazing how much work a yard takes when the people who used to own the house apparently didn’t do any yard work for 7 years…  As you have probably seen by the pictures ivy has taken over a big chunk of the back yard, which means that Kat and Jimmy have a lot of work to do ripping out all that ivy…
Bzzzzzzzzzzz

Bzzzzzzzzzzz

A couple of days ago Jimmy and I realized that we had a wasp nest living in the mound of ivy surrounding one of the T posts of the laundry line.  I was stung last weekend (only twice – by the same wasp) and then we discovered the wasp nest when we were taking these pictures…
Most? Try ALL of the Ivy!

Most? Try ALL of the Ivy!

So we bought a wasp killing spray and used it yesterday night, then today I went out and took down most of the ivy surrounding the T post.  I am getting really tired of tearing out ivy, though it does need to be done before my and Jimmy’s parents come to visit next month – as we are going to repair or replace the back fence.
Yummy!

Yummy!

I have spent all week cooking and working (playing) in the yard and I am exhausted!  I have been focused on filling our chest freezer with as many meals as possible so that when I do FINALLY get a job that we will have some meals in reserve.  I have been experimenting with new crock pot recipes, which all have turned out good so far.  Now that we have a mortgage we have to make our food budget go further, hopefully making all these meals will help.