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Friendsgiving 2011

Well hello and happy Monday to you!  I had a crazy busy weekend that involved wedding related errands with my bff, crazy amounts of cooking, spending time with out-of-town visitors, and of course lots of wine.  Let’s get to it, shall we.

Friday morning I drove into DC to pick up my friend Meghan, in visiting from FL, and her fiance to accompany them on some errands with the promise of a lunch in the future.  Our first stop was back in Alexandria to order all 8 bridesmaid dresses for their upcoming May wedding.  I had my measurements taken, and then the woman tried to tell me which size dress she recommended ordering based on those measurements.  It was larger than the size of the sample I tried on a few months ago, which I informed her had actually been too big.  So back into the sample dress I went, it was still too big, and I ended up with a size smaller.  Bridal salons and their crazy desire to put you in something two sizes too big.  The woman was kind enough to tell me that I was lucky my chest was so small, because that dress would not fit anyone who had cleavage.  Thanks.

After finally getting all the dresses ordered in the respective colors and sizes, the three of us drove back into DC  for lunch and to pick up the wedding bands.  I got a sneak peak of them, and they’re gorgeous.  Especially Meghan’s band of diamonds :).  Our afternoon wrapped up around 3:30, at which point I drove myself home, parked it in the living room and did not move for the remainder of the night.  It was glorious.

Saturday kicked off bright and early with a 10 am football game, where I scored a touchdown because I am awesome.  I had one or two other catches and we pulled off a 1 point win.  After a quick post-game stop at Starbucks, Adrienne and I headed home to slave away in the kitchen for the rest of the afternoon.  For Friends Thanksgiving this year, I was in charge of the turkey and green bean casserole and Adrienne the stuffing.  Our house still smells delicious, in case you were wondering.

the turkey, covered in a butter, thyme, and lemon zest rub

In past years, I’ve always just thrown the turkey in a bag with some poultry seasoning and onion and called it a day, but I found a recipe in a magazine this year that I really wanted to try.  Along with the butter rub, there was an onion in the roasting pan, lemon juice squeezed over top with salt and pepper, and onion and lemon stuffed inside the cavity.  (Side note: the scream that came out of Adrienne’s mouth when I pulled the giblets out of the body was hilarious.)  Into the oven for about 4.5 hours, basting after two hours had gone by.  My baster melted by the way, that was cool.

Ta-da!

Is that a good looking bird or what?  It tasted insane also.  I think my favorite compliment was, “Wow, this is even better than my moms.”  Winner.  I also took on another first time project, gravy from scratch.  As we were cutting it close on time, I had to multitask while whipping up the gravy.

Just doing some cooking with my hot rollers in, the usual.

Luckily, Thanksgiving can’t start without the turkey so it didn’t really matter how late we were.  We eventually made it out the door, turkey and gravy in hand, to head over to the dinner location.  Trying to figure out how to transport a 21 lb turkey without making a mess was another obstacle, but we managed.  Finally, it was time to eat.

Friendsgiving Success!

I stuffed my face full of my favorite things, and then the drinking games commenced.  It was a great evening, and I really felt like we were back in college.  That’s the great thing about continuing a tradition that started way back then, it automatically brings you back.

JMU Friendsgiving 2011!

JMU Friendsgiving 2006

Yesterday involved a lot of couch sitting and hanging out in pajamas.  The perfect way to spend a Sunday in my opinion.  Now, there’s only 7.5 work days to get through until real Thanksgiving!

Mother Effing Rain

So, at this point, I really don’t think it’s going to ever stop raining.  Who wants to help me build and ark and start gathering two of every animal.  I have one female cat.  Oh wait, she can’t reproduce.  Well, I’m still bringing her.  On the plus side, I now have a swimming pool in my backyard, so that’s cool.

Also, if I hear one more person say, “Well at least it’s not snow!”  I am going to punch them, because if this was snow, it would be like 5 feet of snow, and I could be sitting home on my couch drinking Irish coffee instead of battling traffic with you assholes.  Some people are lucky enough to have “rain days” today, I however am not one of them.

Anyway, with yesterday’s 4 hour thunderstorm, I wanted nothing more to go right home after work and never leave my house again.  So that’s what I did, no workout, whatever I’m over it.  Maybe if it finally stops raining at some point this weekend I’ll get to play my football game tomorrow and go for a walk or something.

So what did I do?  I improvised on ingredients and made one of my favorite crappy weather comfort foods, meatloaf.  I made stuffed peppers with ground turkey one day last week, and had some leftover ground turkey hanging out in the freezer.  I had the forethought to defrost said turkey, and threw together a pretty delicious meal if I do say so myself.  I was missing the Cream of Tomato soup that usual makes an appearance in my meatloaf, so I subbed ketchup, and it worked pretty well.

I’d apologize for the crappy iPhone photos, but I don’t really care that much.  If you do, then get a life.

  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg white slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • Enough ketchup to hold the loaf together

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and form the loaf.  Place in a glass baking dish, and cook at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.  Basically until it’s finished.  I served mine with a bag of Steam Fresh veggies in a light cheese sauce.

It was good, not as moist as it could be, but I suspect using the can of soup would remedy this problem.  Either way I ate two pretty large slices and enjoyed myself.

Happy Friday, betches.  I’m off to find a canoe to row home in.

Back to the Routine

Sigh, Tuesday, my least favorite day of the week.  I’m still struggling to get out of vacation mode, and back into work mode, but I’m trying.  After work, my sister and I hit the gym for some cardio.  I am beginning to hate the treadmill more and more, especially after my 3 runs at the beach.  Beach scenery is just so much prettier than running on a conveyor belt.

I wasn’t sure at the start of the run how long I wanted to go for, so I set the time for 40 minutes and got to it.  My sister finished her workout and came over right before I hit mile 3, so I pushed it a little, threw in some sprints, and called it quits at 3.5 miles.

  • 3.5 miles
  • 32:50
  • 9:22 pace (about)

On Saturday when I was sitting at the bf’s, he came downstairs and plopped a box next a me.  “That’s one of your birthday presents, do you want to open it now or wait?”.  Well come on now, you can’t actually give me the box and expect me to wait to open it.  He assured me that there was another present that he would give me on my real birthday (this Sunday), so I opened it.  I got three new fun workout tops, and I wore one of them yesterday.

Isn’t it cute?  I’m sure I’ll be modeling the other ones this week also.  Dinner last night was a super boring turkey wrap, with bacon, lettuce, a slice of cheese and mayo.  I also had some spinach and artichoke humus and pita chips on the side.

Tonight my sister and I have a movie date to finally go see Eclipse, and I am super excited.  Eclipse and Breaking Dawn were my two favorite books in the series, so I have really been looking forward to the movies.  Hopefully Kristen Stewart constantly tucking her hair behind her ear and biting her lip won’t distract me from Taylor Lautner’s abs too much.  Sorry if that’s creepy, I know he’s young, but they are really nice.

Have a great day everyone!