Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Anyways.. the new year is coming. Have you thought of your goals for the next year? Me neither but I do think it's a good idea to reflect on the past year and to think of what's coming. I'm pretty sure I'll be doing at least one if not two triathlons next year. I didn't think I could do a sprint triathlon and it was actually pretty easy.. so now I wonder if I should challenge myself to a olympic distance? I'm not a person to want to go faster so improving my time just doesn't really motivate me. It might depend on schedules as I don't plan to spend my whole summer training for a race. I do have another goal to drag one person along to a 5k to kick start them into exercising and then another person to a triathlon. I have some people in mind for each but neither has fully committed... plus it's a ways off to think about. Spiritually? I need to think of that one.. I think a good place to start exploring my "issues" and trying to tackle them. Like my disappointment with God.. and continue to read and learn from the book I've been reading. I hate when I complain about the same things over and over; and when I become a stereotype. So I guess I might be working on that... becoming the opposite of certain areas. One example of that is that I don't want to be a "nag" to my husband but I also want and need him to fulfill his duties around the house. So we need to find a balance with that.. but in the end, I don't want to be that stereotype.
One last thought. Today is another Turkey day. Yep, I'm roasting another turkey. I even got a giant roaster pan last night from Target so I'm excited to see what happens. Then I'm making a dinner for a family Christmas that is on Friday. I'm also making homemade caramel out of sweet and condensed milk. Yum, Yum! I'll let you know how it all turns out.
See you on facebook and Happy New Year!
Friday, December 24, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
So here he is with the hat they made him at preschool and him showing us how old he is.
Here is Mr. Wendell with the birthday cake that grandma made him. I made a cake today for preschool so I let her make one for our birthday party with the grandparents.
Wendell got a lot of great gifts.. one was binoculars. His other favorites are a camera, a pillow pet, and a firetruck.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Keep in mind this is Rambo - First Blood (the first movie).
1. The main them of Rambo is
a. a war movie
c. post traumatic stress
2. The movie takes place in
b. New York City
c. South America
3. Rambo is
a. a veteran
b. a member of the Mafia
c. a marine
d. an assassin
4. Rambo is a
a. a good guy
b. a bad guy
c. a disturbed man
5. Did Heather fall asleep while watching Rambo?
And for fun, I'd like to know one of your favorite old movies and soon I will post the answers along with one of my favorite movies when I was a kid. Good luck!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
So.. any idea as to what to do with the old bridesmaids dresses? Any neat way to reuse them? other than taking them to Goodwill? Maybe save one for Halloween? Have Phil dress drag? : )
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Tomorrow I'm off to the pool in the morning, that will be much warmer!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!
Christmas is coming soon so stay tuned, I'm thinking of a trivia game for you!
- Thaw the turkey - this was suppose to take 2-3 days but my turkey liked being frozen so it took 4-5 days. The original cook day was planned for the Friday after Thanksgiving but with it being frozen I decided to wait until Monday after we returned from our holiday travels.
- Cook the turkey - this was actually pretty easy. I bought a $3 disposable roasting pan as I don't own a big one and did not want to buy one for a possible one time occasion. So I put in the turkey and some water, covered it with foil and baked at about 275 degree's for about 6 hours. I basted it off and on and checked on it but all went pretty well. I kind of had a hard time telling if it was done. I had a meat thermometer but it wasn't working so that didn't help. But they have this plastic thing in the turkey that popped out and I assumed that meant it was done. The thickest part of the turkey was done so I felt safe with the rest of it.
- Eat the turkey - so as I said I gave most of the meat to my sister but I did keep some for myself as I wanted to try it out in case I wanted to make it again. So the meat part is pretty easy, but then I got advice on what to do with the rest of it. Some of this might gross you out but trust me, it is really good. I took the leftover bones and simmered them in water (about 1/2 the pan) for 2 hours. Drain the leftover water into a bowl and you have homemade turkey broth, which I later made a soup. I will admit I did not eat the giblets and neck, apparently some people love these parts but I declined the delicacy. So onto the grand finale - the gravy! I took the juice out of the roasting pan and put it in a plastic container (after it cooled off) and put it in the fridge. Last night I took the fat off the top and then used the bottom jello-ish stuff to make gravy. And it turned out delish! I won't bore you with the details but if you ever make a turkey and want some ideas then let me know as I'm always happy to share.
For the first time in my life I made one of Phil's favorite meals. Opened faced sandwiches with all the fixin's. I lucked out and had some texas toast on hand, and then did a slice of turkey, a mound of tators, smothered in gravy. And some butternut squash on the side. He said it was one of the best meals I've ever cooked. Yum, yum!
My next challenge: try the same thing only with a whole chicken instead.... I'll keep you posted. Hat's off to gravy day, it was a success!