Hey hey hey! Boy, blogs were scarce on Thanksgiving day—where were you all? Out celebrating with friends and family and enjoying the day? Well, I guess that’s a good excuse LOL. Actually it means your lives are balanced, doesn’t it? I was working of course. And can I just say, I am VERY THANKFUL that I can manipulate my schedule so I don’t have to work two days in a row too often. That was tough. Not the work, but the after. I am so down in the dumps after working like that and being sleep deprived…
Well, enough of that. Perky happy debby reporting in. What? You don’t know any perky happy debby? Well, *I* am here. Me and Noah and Sophie and Monk. We are just about to go out for our evening stroll, and then I will take a shower while they eat, put my pajamas on, and prepare my own Thanksgiving feast!!
Can we talk about food for a little bit? I KNOW. Quite a surprise to come over here and find the main topic to be food. Anyway, Wednesday, someone brought some ‘pumpkin bars’ to work. They were the real thing–full fat full sugar. Of course I had one. Oh my. I especially noticed the spiciness of them. It was a delicious blend of spices, and a little different than I have tasted recently. So I asked for the recipe. Granted, it was a big recipe. But people. There were SIX CUPS OF SUGAR in that recipe, between the cake and the frosting. Come on. Why do we find it necessary to include the maximum amount of sugar possible in our quest for the best food? Back to the spices. There was 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp ground cloves. I think it was the larger than normal amount of cloves that I noticed. Anyway, I will be using this combination of spices to experiment with my own version of pumpkin bars.
Thursday. I knew our potluck was going to be good. I had even asked some people to fill in with ‘green’ veggies. We started the day with my contribution to the potluck. Its always nice when we have something special for our morning break. My Healthnet (health insurance) newsletter included yet another delicious looking recipe. This one was for Chunky Cranberry Spread. What was I to do–had to be served with bagels , right? I found Thomas’s brand of bagels and got two bags of mini bagels–whole grain, and cinnamon. I actually liked the whole grain better. The spread was delicious, and was quite popular with all the nurses. And you know what? I googled cranberry cream cheese spread recipe, and all the recipes (there were quite a few) had a bunch of sugar or marmalade or full fat stuff added to it. Again, why is this necessary? This spread was quite decadent, something I would only make for a special occasion. But there was no added sugar, and it used light cream cheese (I also added Laughing Cow Light.) The recipe’s over there on the other blog.
Every year, one nurse’s husband volunteers to cook a turkey that morning and brings it up to us and even carves it for us! Another nurse’s husband made a delicious medley of roasted red, yellow, and sweet potatoes with just a touch of olive oil, rosemary, and a few other flavors I couldn’t identify. Really nice of these husbands to spend their morning cooking and bring the food up to us. We had all the regular stuff. One of my oldest friends at work is a Southern gal. Pie making is her specialty. I took a small slice of each of her pies (pumpkin and pecan) and brought them home for my evening snack. And so ended the feasting.
Before I left work I had decided that for the next six days I will not indulge in any high sugar stuff. Very healthy eating only. Why six days? Well, then the birthday season begins. But I have already decided that I am not going overboard then either. I get two treats, and then I will be done with that too. I don’t think this will be hard to do at all. I wrote down some of my favorite healthy choices. I will make sure I have plenty of veggies in the house. I find I am truly craving veggies after just one day like yesterday. There are plenty of already prepared meal foods in the freezer. There is all that turkey that I will put into little ziplock baggies to have ready, and I am also going to use some of it for a Mexican Turkey Stew recipe that I saw in my Cooking Light magazine.
Today I got out for the long walk with Noah ( it is FREEZING here, BTW.) Proof of freezing:
Then I decided to go to the gym, and even hit a couple of stores for the Black Friday specials. I generally avoid this kind of thing, but I figured the stores couldn’t be that crowded in our little town in the afternoon. When I’m doing this kind of thing, I ALWAYS go to the gym first. I know myself well enough that if I get tired or the shopping takes too long, I just might bypass the gym.
I SCORED on the sales. I went to WalMart to check out the I Touch. You all know, I just can’t decide if I really need and/or want one of these. For a while I decided to go ahead and get an IPad. But I’m just not sure I need all that technology. Anyway, WalMart was out of the I Touch, so I didn’t even get to see it. But I went by the women’s clothing looking for a specific type of jacket–soft and fuzzy, with a hood. They had exactly what I wanted, even though it was a little more than I wanted to spend ($17–laughing at myself for wanting to spend less than that on a jacket.) Anyway, when they rang it up, it was on special for $7!!! Woo hoo! I almost went back and got two more, and then I decided that that would nullify the good buy I got on it.
Then I went to Big Five to check out their sales. These shoes are only 4 1/2 months old, but they’ve seen better times. I think Noah started those little holes. I tried on a zillion pairs of shoes, but in the end Saucony, my favorite brand won out.
Fortunately I had cooked my little turkey on Tuesday, because I was not in the mood to cook a turkey today. All I needed to do was fix the side dishes. All I wanted to do was to try the mashed cauliflower, make a little gravy, and have some roasted brussel sprouts.
I wanted to make some light gravy. I saved the broth from cooking my turkey on Tuesday, and since it was cold, I could scrape all the fat off the top. I just added some water, heated it up, and then added some cornstarch mixed up in cold water. Made a nice gravy. I’m used to the look of flour gravy, but this stuff tasted fine.
I cooked a whole head of cauliflower, and probably used about 3/4 of it. Followed Joanne’s recipe. OH. MY. GOSH. I cannot believe I waited so long to try these. Better than most mashed potatoes I have had. Next time I might try using less ‘butter’ as I seldom use that much butter in my regular mashed potatoes. I had the brussel sprouts roasting in the oven. Here is my feast. One of the best thanksgiving dinners I’ve ever eaten on a TV tray LOL!