Monday, December 5, 2016

Happy Holidays!

I can't believe it's been so long since my last post! Yikes!
So... a quick catch up...

Daughter is blooming in her pregnancy - she's currently 21 weeks along! I can't give words to how grateful we are for this growing baby! Here's his pic at 19 weeks...

The boys are (mostly) staying out of trouble. Hunter and Bear still get into it here and there, but Loki is the resident referee. Lol. So far we've only lost a stuffed Rudolph, one santa slipper, and a handful of holiday picks. We're pretty sure Loki is the culprit, but he does a great frame job on Hunter.

Our best friend's daughter got married - she was such a beautiful bride! I definitely cried when she and her dad had their dance. So sweet!  Here's Bill and I at the reception.

We had a great thanksgiving. I even managed to brine two turkeys, flip them on day 2, and despite having a tweaked back, I did not end up on my ass holding a sopping wet bird. Victory is MINE!!!!

I made use of my turkey roaster, ninja cooker, and multiple crockpots - along with the oven, lol. Full spread. And I loved preparing and serving it. I told Bill I needed a bigger counter for next year, though. Ha! Ya'll can imagine how he responded. Hehehe.

Ended the night relaxing with some wine and old Gilmore Girls. The next day, Shi and I marathoned the new Gilmore Girls. Woohoo!!! And yes, we watched it while eating chinese food & pizza. Lol.

Saturday, the kids all came over to help set up the Christmas decorations. During a break, Joey took the Can-Am for a spin to continue breaking it in. Evidently artificial rocks aren't just for decoration. Lol. Hunter very much enjoys riding - passenger seat or back, he's fine either way. Loki and Bear not so much.

House is all decorated up. We even got lights on the trees outside! Woot! Of course, the dogs (ahem, Loki) have eaten through one of the strands, so that'll need to be replaced.

Foodwise, I'm loving my Joule from ChefSteps. Sous vide is so much fun!!! I've been playing with all kinds of recipes, and adore the "poached" eggs. The steaks are absolutely incomparable! If you don't know about sous vide, check out this article and this one.  Having played around with it, I can tell you it's the most painless and idiot proof method of cooking. Even more than the crockpot!! Seriously - a steak that you CAN'T overcook??? Count me in!!
Sous Vide Steak with Poached Egg &
Roasted Asparagus
Sous Vide Teriyaki Chicken & Veggies with
Poached Egg

Other things in the works currently include getting ready for the big Christmas Party. I've been working on the party since September, so Friday I started working on my followups with the vendors.
Lighting - check.
Caterer - check.
Equipment (ice rink, snow blower, mechanical reindeer) - NOT CHECK!!! 

OMG, I booked it for the wrong date!!!! Menopause-brain strikes!! Panic ensued, frantic phone calls, emails, panic... thankfully, my rep was able to get everything straightened out with no blood loss. Whew!!!!! Unfortunately, my prego daughter couldn't wait to tell Bill what I'd done. What a brat.

Now I'm working on finalizing the beverage list - seriously, how much booze for 75 people? Lol.

Additionally, after a painful weekend, I finally hauled my butt to the dentist. Now I'm looking at a multi-hour visit tomorrow morning for a couple crowns, a filling, and the possibility of a root canal. Dagnabbit. Of course, the fact that it's been about 10 years since my last dental checkup might have something to do with it. #$%&@!!!  Don't judge. Lol.

And so... that's my update. And now prego-Shi and I are off to the gym. We're both battling colds, so hopefully it won't kick our butts too badly, lol.  Wish us luck!

Happy Holiday Season!!!

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