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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sidesgiving


Because I am heading home tonight and M has to work the holiday, we had Thanksgiving dinner last night. Since he's a vegetarian, he prefers sides, but I did buy him a meat-free "turkey" to round out the meal. The brand is Gardein, which I bought at Honest Weight. I have to say... it was pretty good. Could have done without the cranberry stuffing, but I will probably buy this again for him for Christmas.

Our dinner -
  • Green bean casserole - tried and true. First time I added soy sauce... or maybe I always have and just keep forgetting. Either way, lovely.
  •  Cornbread stuffing casserole - M wanted Stove Top, but then had mentioned a co-worker had tried the Trader Joe's version and liked it. So I went with that, using vegetable stock for the liquid and added a tablespoon more butter than the recipe called for. Pretty good, I had to stop myself from eating all of it. M does need leftovers for tomorrow.
  • Gardein savory stuffed turk'y - So much better than tofurky. So. Much. Better. It does have a weird taste that I couldn't place, but it wouldn't stop me from having it again. It also comes with gravy packs which helped me out since I couldn't find a veggie friendly pre-made gravy.
  • Corn - nothing fancy, just heated up.
  • Mashed potatoes - instant, I cheated. Fancied it up with cream and extra butter. And the gravy from the turk'y helped.
  • Bloody Mary's - why not? Plus I needed to kill the last of the vodka that's been sitting there. Extra horseradish. Because. Yes.
Total price for this dinner, excluding drinks, was ~$24.00. All but the stuffing and turk'y was bought at Dollar Tree. So now you know, a holiday dinner is possible from there. Slightly more expensive than if I had bought it from Walmart or perhaps the supermarket, but if it's the closest place... do what you gotta do.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Three Days Until Thanksgiving!

Last night I did my annual call to remind my mom to start thawing the turkey.


Only this year she didn't get a turkey. She didn't really plan anything, either. So I have foolishly taken it upon myself to plan this years Turkey Day meal. And I still have no idea what I am doing. I know there are people who plan this out months in advance, spread sheets and all. I wish I had that organization skills.


But I can google. And I am really good and jotting down random things on bits of paper. Or writing things on Word, since I'm working at a computer all day. Here is what I have so far:


Today:
  • Ingredient shop and extra supplies
  • Prep some sides or desserts
  • Thaw out turkey
Tomorrow:
  • Buy whatever I forget to buy today
  • Prep more sides and desserts
  • Set aside items to bring downstate
Wednesday:
  • Pack car
  • Drive downstate
  • Brine turkey
  • Bake bread
  • Buy ice/alcohol/whatever else I forgot the last few days
Thursday:
  • Drink lots of coffee
  • Spin crepes
  • Roast turkey
  • Prepare salad
  • Wear stretchy pants
  • Food coma
Let's see how well I follow this.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Amazon Locker has Arrived!


 I spotted this at Whole Foods tonight. Amazon Locker, if you didn't know, is a self-serve delivery spot that you can use instead of your house. Great if you don't like the idea of your items sitting outside your front door... ripe for the picking. Like the last thing I ordered off of Amazon.

I laugh at the fools who took that package. I bet they were pretty disappointed that it was icing and treat bags.

Moving on.

Aside from deliveries, you can also place your returns in these lockers. I am use it will be used heavily during the holidays. And post holidays. And maybe in general. Heck... I might even give it a go. It'll give me an excuse to hit up Whole Foods more than I do now.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Melt N' Toast



Hey everyone... hope you've had a good Saturday. I'm currently sitting on the couch, trying my best not to fall asleep and watch this HBO special. I blame the drinks from earlier in the day for getting me to this state.


Went with friends to Melt N' Toast at the Takk House. What was Melt N' Toast? As per the website, a "festival of melted cheese & toasted bread." Local restaurants offering up their versions of cheese and bread, paired with a regional alcoholic beverage. Plus a DJ, and a photo booth. Should be fun, right?


Right?


I can see this post is going too negative and I just deleted three paragraphs of venting about this thing. Let me just say this - it was okay. Lots of pork filled grilled cheeses. Fine for me, not so much for M. Aside from Merv's Meatless, vegetarian options were scant. And there were vendors who weren't pleased if you asked for one without meat. As some festival goers commented, "I paid forty dollars for this... how hard is it to make a regular grilled cheese?!?"


Forty dollars got you ten tickets to get ten samples. I barely got through half those tickets before I said enough. And I wasn't the only one. I noted several people giving their unused tickets as they were leaving. You also got a commemorative glass. Also known as a pint glass with a sticker slapped on it.


I need to stop. Heading back to the negative.


Best of the seven choices was the Fresh Greens offering. Can't even tell you too much about it other than there was tomato and basil. They were selling soup, which hello... goes great with grilled cheese. Here's an idea - if they do this again, maybe it should be a grilled cheese and soup pairing.

Best part of that afternoon wasn't even there. We hit up Footy Magoos and drank plenty of hot apple ciders. Booze and arcade games are a winner in my book.
 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Never Enough Sauce


So I ended up having to stay late at work tonight. I was planning on cooking dinner, but by the time I walked out of the hospital I lost all motivation.

Chinese takeout to the rescue!

Had my usual - chicken wings with pork fried rice, hot & sour soup, egg roll. Also got an order of pork because I wasn't piggish enough. And no to worry, I ordered M's usual as well - vegetable lo mein and vegetable egg roll. 

As with any Chinese takeout, you get the sauce packets. I really don't need them and I usually tell them not to give me any. We used up all of these, but they skimped out on the duck sauce. Four is not enough for the two of us.