Once November hits it seems as if there is a lot of pressure to get the holidays moving. Halloween wasn’t even over and we had Christmas stuff out. I mean, I live in North Pole, so there are kinda always some Christmas stuff around, but this was full up welcome to the holidays. Source
I kind of already have anxiety about getting my Halloween decorations put away to get on the Thanksgiving bandwagon. Who knew that Thanksgiving had to have its own decorations. Where is my decorative turkey?? Ahhhhh what am I doing with my time?!?!?
So while I have minor panic attacks about being behind on decorative poultry, here are the pesky pumpkins I promised. Yes they are a day late. Deal with it.
My didn’t look that great unlit. It kind of looked like I carved everything I could out of the poor thing… but lit, I think it looks pretty cool 🙂So now as we move into the whirlwind of November to January, I’m putting one thing on my calendar that I know will be fun
The premise is this: sign up. Receive the addresses of three other food bloggers. Send each of them one dozen delicious homemade cookies. Receive three different boxes of scrumptious cookies from other bloggers. Eat them all yourself (or, you know, share. If you want. No judgement either way.) Post your cookie recipe on your blog. See everyone else’s cookie recipes. Salivate. Get lots of great ideas for next years’ cookie swap. Rinse and repeat.
I also have Thanksgiving to gear up for. We’ll be hosting our second feast, and I definitely want a fantastic turkey like last year.
Hi friends! Did ya miss me?
Sorry I have been kind of wallowing… didn’t know what to write about, didn’t feel like anything exciting was going on… just in a funk.
So while I meander my way through “the winter is coming” blues, here’s what I’ve been up to!
Last weekend Trevor and I headed down to Seattle to catch the CU vs. Washington game. It was literally the quickest trip I’ve ever had, but I had a wonderful time.
We headed out Friday night and made it through our 3hr 30min flight to Seattle.
It is a killer long flight. Think about how far you can get in the Lower 48 on a 3.5hr flight. I always have to a bag full of entertainment to make the journey down south. This time I rented “Bridesmaids”, had my book, iPod, and well… I brought Trevor. Bugging him usually provides a handful of entertainment 🙂 (Side Note: didn’t love Bridesmaids, it wasn’t as funny as I wanted it to be, and they tried to mesh crude humor with chick flick… kinda awk)
Upon arrival, we got into football mode.. I told Trevor to make a tough/bad ass face and he did this…
Since we arrived at 10pm, it was a quick night. We headed down town to The Tap House and had some great happy hour hors d’oeuvres. I love restaurants that have late night food deals. This place had a ridiculous amount of beers on tap, so if you’re looking for a wide selection of brews, this is the place.
We opted to stay closer to the University though, save ourselves the traffic, and just walk to the stadium. University Inn did the job. Perfect location, continental brunch included, great price, but the pillows were complete crap. So there ya go!
Our Buff pride shined on Saturday regardless of the score.
We were literally barked out of the stadium (Husky mascot and all), but we had a great time seeing a friend of Trevor’s from college ROTC and his wife. I even got to see some of my sorority sisters that were out in Seattle for the weekend. Can I just say, I love being able to see my friends all over the country and world. Makes me feel like I have friends everywhere, which is always nice 🙂
I am in London for a few days visiting a good friend/former coworker. I will bring back stories and hopefully pictures (I’m a terrible photographer, but I want to change that!). While I’m gone, I think this video (filmed in London) is super cool:
I must divulge that I have never read the terms and conditions of signing up for something. I have rarely even paged through an instruction manual of any tech device. For some reason trial and error is more my style.
But some things are never meant to be discovered without a little tutoring. Be it through a manual or a Geek Squad member I realize the power of the professional.
In my case my poor little iPhone was struggling to sync with my computer. Had I looked around enough, Apple’s library of help documents would have set me straight but I, like most people wanted a little hand holding.
So while I was in Boulder I wandered into the Apple store, looking like a lost puppy, and begged for a little iPhone guru advice.
They did help me. I simply needed to uninstall and re-install iTunes but the Apple man did something that caught my eye.
Forgive me if I’m a complete idiot and missed the memo, but did you know your iPhone keeps any application you use “open” in the background even after you leave it? In other words when you hit the Home button to exit an app, the phone actually minimizes the application just like it would on your computer??
Well I didn’t!! No one told me! Maybe the manual would but.. But… Stupid manuals!
So here’s what ya do to “close” an app..
When you hit the Home button twice it brings this up:
So my iPhone tutor told me at the end of the day you should always close them out and let your phone start fresh the next day. It helps keep it’s stamina…or something 🙂
All you have to do is hold down your finger on one of the open apps and they’ll start doing their closing dance…
I found this thrilling and interesting. Not really… But it’s useful! And I figured if I didn’t know about it, maybe somebody else didn’t. Or maybe I’m alone in my own little world free of manual instructions! Either way my phone is in better spirits!
Did you know this trick? Any other iPhone things I need to know?
How bout any new, awesome apps I need to try??
There are the effortless party planners. The ones who make it look easy. They can throw a party together in an hour and never break a sweat. I am not one of people.
I am a party perfectionist. When I host something, I want every last detail to be perfect – from the way it looks to the way everything tastes. I clean surfaces guests will never see (at least I hope my guests won’t have a reason to look inside my air conditioning vent). I buy way too much food, because I can’t decide what I want to make and figure I’ll just make everything. Well-fed people are happy people, right?
Unfortunately, the cooking and cleaning extravaganza means that by the time people actually come over, all I want to do is send them all home so I can eat the four desserts I baked in peace.
However, I recently discovered a party that even I can plan with a minimum amount of stress. Wine + cheese = magic.
I know. A wine and cheese party is not a revolutionary idea, but I’m telling you: it’s brilliant! And easy! No baking required. It’s super-simple to set up and clean up. It looks fancy. And I’ve never met a person who doesn’t like cheese.
A few suggestions, should you wish to throw your own soiree:
1. Get cheese suggestions from a specialty cheese shop if you have one near you (I went to Cowgirl Creamery), or ask the cheese guy (monger?) at your grocery store. They’ll help you pick out a good variety of cheeses. Plus you’ll probably get to sample their suggestions before you buy anything. Mmmm, cheese 🙂
2. Don’t forget to write down what kinds of cheese you end up picking! I wish I had done this, but was too busy stuffing my face with samples. As a result, when my friends wanted to know what they were eating, I was stuck trying to decipher my receipt (MTTC – I don’t know your actual name, but you were soooo good).
3. Get a variety of munchies to complement your cheeses. I had honey, a spicy fig compote, grapes, almonds, dried apricots, prosciutto, crackers, and bread. I probably went a little overboard on the extras, but since the set up work involved opening jars and putting things in bowls, it didn’t matter.
5. And if you want an easy to make, seriously delicious dessert, bake these banana bars. Seriously, even my friend who claims to hate bananas had several large slices.
Do you have any foolproof party themes or recipes? Any party disaster stories?
I’m sorry if I have now lodged this song in your brain until the end of the week 🙂 but I absolutely loved this movie when I was little. Hayley Mills kind of rocked my socks as a kid…
But on the sister end track of things I thought I’d share a tradition that my sister and I started about 4 year ago.
Elyse and I realized the difficulties that come into play as we grew older, managing time, living in different places, jobs, etc. Finding weekends or holidays that work to get quality time with family and friends gets more difficult as more life factors appear. When I was a junior in college my sister was a fresh-faced college grad starting work in DC.
We always saw each other at holidays and big family events but depending on the time she had off from work these visits could be few and far between.
Being that in our family there are only two kids, and we happen to both like each other (yay :-)) we decided to have a dedicated Sister’s Trip each year. Each year we’ve planned a 3-4 day weekend that we can meet up and enjoy exploring together.
The first inaugural trip was to Vegas…
But from the city that demands you to be 21, we went the opposite way… It was time to revisit our youth…
Disney World!! We researched the crap out of how to conquer all three parks (Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom). I can tell you that hitting Disney World in your twenties, free of strollers, nap times, and big groups was a magical experience. We power walked our butts off and hit every major ride in the parks. We were Disney Champions.
And yes we also made homemade Disney shirts. My sister’s featured Belle because that’s her girl, and mine was Tinkerbell. We were epic and wore them with pride.
This last year I had the real treat of visiting the city to beat all cities. Elyse and I conquered New York…
Oh Heyyyy Mr. Taye Diggs 🙂 He was at Anything Goes with his mother (awww) and yes he is as good-looking in person. And yes I squealed and said “oh my god that’s Taye Diggs”… I live in Alaska, let me get excited when cool things happen to me!!
We usually plan the big Sister trips for early spring-ish and have plenty of time to dork out and research our next locale. This year we’re talking about a possible Canadian location? Or Seattle… oorrrr who knows!
Its one of my favorite traditions though. It’s just my sister and I keeping tabs on each other, having a weekend to just be sisters. Since we both enjoy restaurant treasure hunting, and exploring its a special weekend that is just about us.
Do you have any family traditions? Sibling activities that mean something to you?