Monthly Archives: November 2014

Different Kind of Turkey Day

I hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving filled with love, laughter, family, and lots of yummy food. This year was a different kind of Thanksgiving than I’m normally used to. Usually all of my relatives from my mom’s side come and celebrate. Sometimes my dad’s side jumps into the mix as well. Yesterday, it was just the four of us. It was a quiet day but still interesting. I think this year was the only year that I actually cared about setting the table. I know, shame on me. But when you have like 20 people trying to get food at the same time it doesn’t make sense to do it. For those of you who can keep them away until every dish is ready, I commend you. Teach me your secrets. The big sis and I split the cooking duties. My parents slept in and hung out watching the Thanksgiving parade on tv. They also drank WAY too much wine but that’s a story for another time.

Because it was just the four of us, my sister and I wanted to keep it simple. Leave it to my mom to make it crazy. I made the turkey and my sister made the ham. We split the sides consisting of spinach and feta salad, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Oh and lots of alcohol for my parents.
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That’s my turkey. 3 1/2 hours at 350 and voila. Perfection! It was delicious and juicy.
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Sweet potato casserole. The top layer is a delicious reminder of butter pecan ice cream. One of my favorites 🙂
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My semi-ready table. The ham took too long so we started eating without it.
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My first helping of everything but ham.
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Thick slices of delicious and juicy ham! It was so good!!
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Fluffy mashed potatoes. A Thanksgiving staple at my house. I can have Thanksgiving without a turkey but not without mashed potatoes. Thanks daddy, haha.
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The best spinach and feta salad ever!

For once, there was no dessert. There wasn’t any room left in my tummy for it anyway but I didn’t mind. I usually make pumpkin pie year around regardless. So while people camped out and woke up crazy early for Black Friday, I’m chilling at home with my blanket and a cup of hot apple cider. Christmas baking begins tomorrow with blackberry shortbread cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and white chocolate cranberry pecan cookies. Happy Holidays!

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

Hallovember anyone?

Am I the only person who watches Halloween movies in November? For some reason, it’s Halloween in November, Thanksgiving in November, and Christmas every month. But..I’ve been addicted to two movies. I love Hocus Pocus. It’s my all time favorite Halloween movie. I also love it because Sean Murray who plays Timothy McGee on NCIS is in the movie. He was just a kid back then. Old school movies are the best ones! 🙂
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I’m also hopping on the Halloweentown wagon. It’s taken second place in my favorite Halloween movies selection. I’m a huge sucker for Disney movies.
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This is the first year that I actually decorated for Halloween and it was at my internship. I got to bake sugar cookies and decorate them. It’s been a great experience so far. Even though we’re almost half way into November, it doesn’t feel like November. I’ve started my fall to do list by making caramel apples and pumpkin cream cheese muffins. I’ll be making apple pie and some cinnamon pull apart bread. I can’t wait till Christmas! 🙂

An early happy veteran’s day to all the vets out there. Thank you for being so amazing. I hope you have stuffed bellies tomorrow and spend time with your brothers and sisters.

Photos courtesy of Wikipedia.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

The Fail Sweetly Project: Participating in the 2/7 holiday project

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Picture courtesy of Google.com
Hi all! I’m so glad to be blogging today. The last two weeks has been a fight with the weather and my immune system. I lost the fight yesterday when I woke up with a fever, sore throat, and all kinds of icky stuff. I was pissed I missed class and I can’t do much this weekend. Then I logged onto Facebook and saw that Tracie Brookshire is putting together a 2/7 project (2nd battalion, 7th marines) for the marines overseas. I got to do some holiday card writing which is awesome.
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These are the three different kinds of cards I’ll be sending. I’m currently on the hunt for some new Christmas cards. If anyone knows of a cheap place, holler my way! 🙂

The weather is finally starting to cool down. It rained last night and this morning. It’s pretty cloudy outside right now but not too dark. I cleaned out my closet this morning in an effort to be productive (I slept all day yesterday). It turns out I only have three pairs of thick jeans that I still fit into. So I hopped onto the ThredUp site and got myself an awesome deal of 6 pairs of jeans for less than $40 with free shipping. Now I need to look into getting some motorcycle boots. I don’t know what it is with motorcycle boots and leather jackets but I’m addicted to both.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina