Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Weekend Flies By

I can't believe it's Sunday already. Been a whirlwind holiday weekend, all in all. I cooked on Thanksgiving and had dinner for 8 in my small condo, which was . . . interesting. Don't know if I would do it again, at least not without drugging the hyper dog first. Did some Christmas shopping this weekend--decided to brave the malls and knocked out some major gifts, which was nice. I don't think I've ever started shopping this early before.

Today since it's raining I'm contemplating making turkey soup with the turkey carcass and leftover turkey. I might even start my Christmas cards since tomorrow is actually December 1. How did that happen? I just can't believe it's back to work tomorrow. I'm not ready!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Life is Crap--the new Life is Good

This is the most hilarious thing I've found in a while. I do like all the "Life is Good" logo materials that you find particularly in beach stores, but the reality is, this slogan doesn't quite work for pessimists like me. Check out the *better* slogan at MusicToday's Web site "Life is Crap." I love it!


I bought a great Thanksgiving recipe book recently and really wanted to try making the Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecake that appeared on the cover. I've never made a cheesecake before and was blissfully ignorant of how challenging and fraught with peril they are when I decided to make it for my work holiday party. Thankfully, it turned out pretty well (see left), though it did crack on top. But its many toppings covered it up completely.

I have since read more on how to make a successful cheesecake and how to avoid it cracking, so hopefully next time will turn out even better. But overall I was very pleased, and it tasted great! Or so my office mates and Jeffro said.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pumpkin Martini

Jeffro and I met one of my old friends at Ella's Pizza in DC today for lunch, and they had a pumpkin martini on the menu, so I just had to try it. I have to say this was my first martini lunch ever and boy was it delicious. I figured they make pumpkin latte, so why not pumpkin martini? It was very smooth and almost like having a dessert--the glass was rimmed with cinnamon.

I looked up the recipe for pumpkin martinis, and here's a recipe for it, although I have to say mine did not have the whipped cream, which was fine with me as it probably wouldn't go too well with pizza!

1/2 oz Sylk Cream Liqueur
2 oz vanilla vodka
1/2 oz pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup
1 tsp whipped cream
cinnamon stick for garnish

Pour the Sylk Liqueur and vodka into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Add the pumpkin liqueur or syrup. Shake again. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a teaspoon of whipped cream. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Where Does Time Go?

This weekend absolutely flew by with many errands and a family birthday party--November's got 3 birthday in it! So that was my weekend. This next week and a half I need to majorly clean the house and get ready for Thanksgiving. It's my first time ever hosting Thanksgiving (for 8 people!) and cooking a whole turkey. It should be interesting!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

New Martina McBride

Martina McBride has just released her new single, Ride. Check it out on YouTube--how high tech am I to have this on my blog? Thanks to Jeffro.