Leftovers and Pretty Trees

29 11 2008

I think we should make every weekend a four day weekend! It’s Saturday evening and I’ve accomplished so much already. Cooked dinner for 5ish people and enough for leftovers, celebrated the lighting of the Westlake Center Christmas Tree & Macy’s Star (nitwit, forgot the camera – see last year), had dinner with some good friends and got the Christmas tree up. Now we’re relaxing by the fire and watching good football games and munching on leftovers — love the LaVillita Rolls (Celebrate San Antonio Cookbook) heated up with a dabble of real butter on them.

We got up this morning and headed to a nursery a few blocks from our house to pick out the perfect tree!

Happy guy telling me about the tree varieties

happy guy telling me about the tree varieties

A yummy smelling Noble Fir now happily occupies the corner where our chairs usually go. Nothing like a little furniture re-arranging for a month. Enjoy, can’t wait to see all of your trees! Now…where are my Christmas Cards? (ha!)

Beautiful tree by the fire

pretty tree by the fire (not too close :))

You are all invited

26 11 2008

The table is set and the dinner is mostly ready. We will most definitely have extra food, please come join us! Okay, so an 8 hour trip isn’t what you fancy on Thanksgiving day? We’ll all call each other and wish each other well. I miss all of my family and friends that I won’t see this Thanksgiving and cannot wait until our time together in December. Much Love.

Just in case I can still convince you…

Smoked Salmon & crackers (chef Scott has really enjoyed his new smoker)
Cheese ball (compliments of Cara, I’m looking forward to this!)

Main Course
Smoked Turkey
Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Sausage Cranberry Apple Stuffing (made vegetarian and delicious)
Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Gratin
Spinach Rockafeller (an old favorite)
Cranberry Sauce with Crystallized Ginger
Giblet Gravy (Joy of Cooking)
Vegetarian Gravy

Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
Orange Cake
Fresh Whipped Cream


Bacon vs. Fries: You Choose!

9 11 2008

Forget donkeys vs. elephants, folks, this is like my personal h-e-double-hockey-sticks. Choose between bacon and fries? That’s like asking me to choose a favorite of my nieces and nephews…. or Texas & Washington!!

In all seriousness, this was an election for state senate in Colorado. Bacon won. I would have had to skip that little box on the ballot. I could never really choose. Can’t I have some bacon with my fries???