Have an adventure. Eat good food till your pants are too tight. Enjoy a good belly laugh.

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Happy new you… I mean New Years!

It is the 31st and we are about to celebrate another New Years.  I will be honest.  I have celebrated a lot of these and I am not all that in to it this year.  I am sitting on the couch drinking my Gluhwein and then I will be off to bed.  Don’t judge it till you’ve tried it.

I do however feel compelled to make some New Year’s resolutions.  Last year my resolution was to be better… it was a bit of a cop out, but I think I followed through on it on a couple fronts.  Here are the contenders for this year:

1. Make time to have adventures/memorable moments

2. Focus on cleaning less

3. Learn something new

4. Read more

5. Stretch/exercise regularly

6. Use my memberships more (zoo, library, community center, etc)

7. Require less mindreading of my husband.  Let him know what I am thinking and finally update my amazon wish list.

8. Do little things for the people I love so that they know that I am thinking of them.

9. Finish home projects that are currently in limbo… hallway trim, K’s storage, the D*!& fence

I can’t bring myself to go into double digits so I will stick with 9. I hope you all have a wonderful new years and set some reasonable resolutions/goals for yourself. For those of you that are going to be awake at midnight maybe you should consider resolving to get a little bit more sleep next year.

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This weekends project: prepping for the day after Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving, but I must apologetically admit I love the day after Thanksgiving just a little bit more.  I am one of those crazy people that go shopping, but I am not talking about braving the mall (or Walmart as they will be price matching.)  After the shopping is done and we have stuffed ourselves with leftovers I will make my annual pilgrimage out to the garage to retrieve the Christmas decorations. I cannot tell you how excited I am to throw out my back hauling over a dozen Rubbermaid boxes into the house.

Decorating next weekend means doing all the heavy cleaning this weekend.  especially since it will be impossible to do heavy cleaning while the Christmas decorations are up, sorry mom.  This weekend I am doing the equivalent of spring cleaning. There will be dusting, vacuuming, mopping, switching out of air filters, everything will be cleaned out including the piles but have mysteriously accumulated on my fireplace hearth.  I am getting tired just thinking about it.

So tired…. yawn…

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Creating the perfect storm… also known as my Thanksgiving Menu

I love to entertain.  There is nothing that makes me happier than watching people stuff their faces with the 12 things I slaved over a hot stove all day to create.  Fortunately for my sanity, there is nothing my husband loves more than cutting my list of dishes for any given party or holiday in half.  I curse him for doing this, but I do realize it is for the best.

As I sit here in bed with my newly completed master list of the wonders that our family will rush to the table to enjoy, I wonder which of these masterful items will not make the final cut.  Here is my current list:

1. Brie with cranberries, apricots and pistachios
2. Shrimp cocktail
3. Chili cheese dip & tortillas (I could tell my husband wanted this to make the list)
4. Goldfish  (I have kids.  They should eat too.)

Main course:
1. Cloverleaf rolls with rosemary and salt
_  Sugar free cranberry dressing (mother-in-law bringing so this should not count towards my grand total)
2. Cranberry orange jello
3. Turkey (brined with a herb butter stuffed under the skin for roasting) & Gravy
4. Stuffing with dried cherries, apricots, figs and pecans
5. Maple whipped sweet potatoes
_  Broccoli Casserole (mother-in-law also bringing)
7. Creamed corn

Desert (before we leave the table)
1. Cranberry-Port sorbet (he will most likely knock this out but it sounds so good)

Desert (later when we have gathered our strength)
1. I just don’t know yet.  So much pressure for the #1 slotted desert to rock!!!!
2. Maple-Pumpkin Tart
3. Vanilla Armagnac Ice Cream
4. Vanilla Ice Cream with Left Over Halloween Candy Mixed Into It (the only question here is do I make it into a pie or not. To pie or not to pie.  That is the question!)