food · thanksgiving · vegan · weekend

Gorgeous Day

Happy Monday! We are having one day of gorgeous weather here before winter returns.

Welcome to the week of crazy and Tofurky! Tofurky everywhere! By that I mean there is one Tofurky, and I will be the only one eating it at our table.

Greg and I are getting ready to travel to my mom’s house. We are leaving in just a couple days, so I’m in crazy mode right now. It’s about a 9-10 hour drive in regular traffic.

We spent the weekend watching movies and getting everything ready.

We went to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 1, and it was as good as I thought it would be. I’m not great at remembering details (even though I read all the books twice), but I think it follows the book closely. I won’t say too much for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but I felt very much the same as I did after reading the book after seeing it. I’m so nervous about watching the next movie after seeing this one.

My only complaint would be needs more Haymitch.

We made vegan roasted red pepper mac and cheese for dinner with some broccoli and garlic bread. It’s going up there as one of my favorite vegan mac and cheese recipes – so delicious. Recipe from the Post Punk Kitchen.

Then, I made some chocolate chip cookie bars.. can you believe these have no flour??

They are made with chickpeas instead of flour. Greg refused to eat them, because obviously chickpea cookies are inedible to males. I couldn’t taste the chickpeas at all; they taste like peanut buttery cookie bars to me. Recipe from Tone It Up.

Finally, we watched Undefeated on Netflix. I wanted to see it because I know Greg’s into sports movies and I had seen it recommended on Helene’s blog.

I’m not really a sports movie kind of girl, but I was moved by this documentary. It’s about the relationship between a coach and a high school football team of inner city kids, what he teaches them, and the kinds of opportunities that they have to work for. This showed me growing up in a different way and how a team can be everything in someone’s life, making the difference between whether they succeed or not. I’d recommend it; it shows sports differently and the positive impact they have.

Have you seen Mockingjay? How did you feel about it?
Any good documentaries on Netflix you’ve seen?
Where are you going for Thanksgiving?

food · thanksgiving

Pecan Pie and Evil Bears

The Thanksgiving feasting is over, and I had a short return back to work for one day. Thursday definitely felt like Saturday, and I did not feel like working today. Work was not bad, though, and now I get to relax a little longer.

We have Thanksgiving at Greg’s parents every year, because they’re only an hour away. This year, I made a ton of foood!! Sweet potato casserole, corn casserole, apple pie pull-apart bread, and my first pecan pie.

I used the Pioneer Woman’s recipe; it was delicious. We crumbled the crust a little bit, but the best part is the middle anyway. There are still leftovers in the fridge whispering my name.

After all the food, I definitely had a case of the -itis, so the rest of the night was spent snuggling kitties on the couch. I’m laughing here, because Luna is laying on me with just her butt sticking out; she stayed like that for a while.

Verizon is giving out free Encore and Starz this weekend, so we spent the night re-watching Wreck It Ralph and Brave. I love those movies, especially Brave; made me cry the first time I saw it – it’s so sweet!

Also, once while I was on a training week where we lived in tents, I had a nightmare, and the bear in my dream looked exactly like the evil bear from Brave. When I woke up, I had to go outside to pee!!! Scariest bathroom trip ever.

If you can’t remember, it looked like this. Thanks for the nightmares, Disney.

Next goal: figure out Christmas presents! I got Greg this pistol crossbow thing for our anniversary (romantic, right haha), which he loves. I think he has enough weapons for now, although I can tell his dad is jealous of it, so we might get him one.


Happy Thanksgiving

Just remember, if you choose to shop on Black Friday, don’t go shopping alone.

This could happen to you, too. Neck hole in the back hole, back in the shoulder hole, arms who knows where. You never know when you may need someone to extract you from a Target dress trap (I was alone this day, BTW; clearly, I needed help).

I am not skilled at putting on clothes, generally. There is still a picture floating around documenting the time that I put my pants on backwards and wondered why they felt weird, while I stood there looking like a mutant who could turn my bottom half the opposite way. Or someone who was born with a butt in their front.

I will be doing all my shopping online this weekend; I’ve worked a Black Friday before, and there is nothing enticing about being on the other side of it for me. Are you doing any shopping this weekend? How do you feel about shopping on Thanksgiving? I think it’s crazy, although some make the argument that employees get paid holiday pay; I still think a lot of people would rather be at home.

fashion · food · holidays · thanksgiving

Corn Casserole & Sweater Shopping

I am already freaking out about cooking everything in time for Thursday, and I’m not even the one doing most of the cooking. I just finished cooking corn casserole at 1 AM. I work second shift, so that’s actually not as unusual as it sounds. Yep, totally normal to bake a casserole at 1 AM.

I used this recipe from Paula Deen, and it is the most amazing thing and also the easiest to make. I make corn casserole every year, and I’m not ashamed if I eat half of it.

I have a few more things to cook tomorrow morning, since I’m not off until Thursday.

Sweater: Target (similar) // Jeans: Forever 21 (similar) // Flats: Target // Scarf: Old Navy

Target is having a huge sale on sweaters. I found this big comfy one for around $16, although I can’t find it online. I’m wearing flats with it here because I was on my way to work, and boots and heels aren’t quite as comfortable for wearing all day. I couldn’t find that one, but I did find a lot more I wouldn’t mind wearing: this bunny one, a polka dot or key pattern sweater, and if you are in need of a tacky Christmas sweater, there is this dinosaur one.

This weather is going crazy! I have to bundle up when I go outside; it’s been in the 30’s.

Are you the one cooking for Thanksgiving? If not, are you bringing anything? Any huge deals I should know about?