Saturday, November 30, 2013

My First Turkey

...was a gigantic failure. We're gonna blame the turkey disaster on my oven. I strictly followed all instructions from my grandma. I de-thawed for days, I rinsed, I removed neck and giblets (gross), I rubbed with oil and spices, I stuffed, I wrapped tightly in foil, I baked. When it came time to open the oven 12 hours later, we had a halfway raw 18 pound bird on our hands. Good thing mom and dad came through with the ham. Also, thank goodness I still had a 6 hours before everyone came to my house for the feast! Back in the oven she went. Long story short, turkey became dessert.

But it didn't matter because we had:

family time....

a festive table ...

games like Boggle & Buzz Word (I don't have cable)...

lots of other yummy food...

my squash and zucchini casserole, however, DID turn out to be delicious. Whelan enjoyed watching me chop....

I loved having my family over at my new condo for Thanksgiving. One of my favorite parts of our day was reading "thankful" scriptures around the table and putting out our old and worn place cards that Cathlin made out of index cards when she was in 2nd grade. They each have a fall themed picture drawn nicely with colored pencil. Some of the best ones are: the skinny pilgrim, a piece of corn on the cob (husk included) a pumpkin on a hay bale, and a cornucopia. I should've taken a picture of them.

Psalm 107:1
"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."

Sidenote: On Thursday we went to RJ's in Statesboro with dad's side of the fam. Who knew that so many people went out to eat on Thanksgiving?? It was a first for us. The place was PACKED. We had to wait in a long and cold line out the door. Once we got settled all was well and lunch was delish!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

October Re-Cap

Oh hey, let's do an October re-cap. If we make a list, it'll go faster, then we can move on to the quickly passing month of November, then it will be Christmas & before you know it, BAM- 2014.

1) Fall began at my new favorite place on earth, Whole Foods. It puts a huge dent in my wallet, but I enjoy the experience so much that I deem it worth dropping $100 each time I exit the door.

2) Taking in the last few lazy weekends at Wylly Island... moving date: November 1st.

3) Isle of Hope Art Festival. I went earlier in the day with mom and dad, toured all the booths, and got a few early Christmas gifts ( for myself....) The best part was running into so many familiar faces. Isle of Hope will always be home to me. We had Joe's Lobster Roll's for lunch from a stand in the marina parking lot. That guy was killin delicious. Check out his lobster claw hat.

Later I came back with Josh when he got off work and we revisited all my favorite booths, drank some cheap wine, and listened to some live music.

4) Cathlin started working in the school system as a PSI parapro and now that we have the same work schedule, we send each other selfies every morning to compare outfits. The sad part is, I'm not even kidding.

5) The 5th grade team dressed up as the Pink Ladies for Halloween. I was Rizzo. Vicky, don't kill me, but I had to post a picture of you as Jan. Too bad the toothbrush in your pocket isn't showing. She was seriously the best. Oh... and our grade level won for best costume. Not bragging or anything.

The end!