Sunday, November 25, 2007

The singles and the engaged

Congrats to Jeff & Jill on their recent engagement!

Slowly but surely all the friends are getting married. Shaun and Joe beat us all, but the rest of us are getting there too.

In other relationship news, though not quite as exciting unfortunately, Kim and her live-in boyfriend Ryan have broken up. I put off posting about it though in hopes that they'd work it out. Particularly since they live together and still share a bedroom I thought it was inevitable that they'd kiss and make up but a week has passed so far and nothing's been happening. I still sort of hope that they'll re-kindle their flame, but the heart wants what it wants and if they can manage living together without an awful lot of awkwardness then I guess being apart isn't the end of the world either.

All of Kim's friends are single and quite ready to mingle. lol Kim lives with Anya, Anya's friends with Viki, Viki's friends with Dianna...and so on and so on. So, usually I'd be concerned about Kim being lonely but she seems to be in good company. She's got girls to hang out with and they all share a common goal of meeting eligible young men. I loved being single and crazy with Kim, but I'm practically a married woman now and I just don't have it in me anymore go out every weekend until 2-3 in the morning.

Kim has also given up on being a Mary Kay lady and is now going to be a Lia Sophia rep. I didn't even know what the heck Lia Sophia was, but apparently it's costume jewelry. I don't really wear costume jewelry but at least these folks don't make Kim carry an inventory like Mary Kay did. I find it to be a bit of a scam that the MK reps were the ones having to spend all their money to even get the pleasure of selling beauty products that might I add, always change and always have different limited editions so then if you're a rep you have to constantly buy this new inventory and then sell your old stuff at a discount to get rid of it. If you'd like some discounted beauty products from Mary Kay though, you should hit up Kim for some now because she's liquidating her inventory.

I'm not terribly big on these "parties" where they turn the screws on you to make a purchase even though everything is ridiculously overpriced. For the cost of buying some Tastefully Simple I could go to an organic natural foods store and actually get healthful food. I admit their stuff is quite tasty, but not worth spending a weeks worth of grocery money on a few accouterments full of sugar and salt.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Birthday, Kelly

Happy Birthday to me :)

I spent my morning at the mall with my parents. I bought a blouse at Express and my mom bought me a cute mini blazer and magenta tank top as a birthday gift to me...that I picked out. I didn't attempt to try and buy any kind of electronics today for fear of being totally trampled. I can't think of anything I need anyhow since I bought myself a digital camera last November, Trevor got me a mp3 player last February and I just bought this laptop this past summer before we went to Japan. Apart from my annoying Razr phone I can't think of anything else I'd like to upgrade but even that will be coming on it's 2 year renewal in January.

The food today was fantastic. Mom made a fantastic turkey and Chinese stir-fry with shrimp, squid, carrots, celery, napa cabbage and mushrooms. I just made the sides. Mashed potatoes, stuffing with cranberry, corn with chopped onions and baked sweet potatoes. Oh, and the cranberry bread, but by the end everyone was too full to partake of any because we overfilled ourselves with the fantastic turkey and gravy.

Trevor will be eating leftovers, but before I went on my cereal-for-lunch diet I would always like to concoct fun alternatives for turkey leftovers. My favorite being Turkey Salad Sandwiches because I personally do not like regular turkey sandwiches. It's a Chicken Salad except with turkey. It's even better with a pinch of toasted curry...but I'm a flavor addict and everything could stand to have some more spice.

Tonight I've promised to go out with Kim for some dessert and drinks on the town. I have already had 2 glasses of sparkling wine and a shot glass worth of Japanese Plum wine so I don't think that I'll be able to hold much more celebratory drinking for today. lol As I get older it's less and less a big deal to celebrate my birthday, but I do like to spend it with my parents because they actually remember the day that I was born and it's much more nostalgic for them that their baby is turning 25. I hope that eventually when I have babies that they'll remember me on their birthdays.

Now, 25 will be a very big year for me since it'll be the first year that I will be a Missus. It's quite momentous for me. I think that if I were to by some chance have been proposed to any earlier in my life that I wouldn't have been mentally and emotionally ready to settle down. And 25 is still quite young. In my school girl dreams I never thought I'd realistically get married before 27.

Update: We went out to Maximum Capacity in Chicopee where Anya works. It was pretty busy but fun. It's been literally a year or more since I've gone out dancing in lieu of swaying at the bar while sipping drinks. We all shook our booties out on the dance floor and it really reminded me of being 18 and going out dancing at Husky Blues at UConn. (They played "Closer" by Next "Pony" by Ginuwine, and "All about the Benjamins"...etc.) And because we were sweating out on the dance floor I didn't feel half as "boozey." Of course, I also felt my age because I was pooped around 12:30; I'm not used to dancing for hours and hours at a time anymore. But it was a lot of fun. I personally like dancing significantly more than being a barfly.

I bought Kim an xmas gift today so I might have some difficulty waiting for Christmas to give it to her. I can't help it; I'm a horrible keeper of presents because I want people to enjoy their gifts as soon as possible.

Speaking of gifts, I got a book about 2Gether from Emily!! Now, if you don't know about 2Gether you simply haven't lived in the early 2000's. I loved their horrible corny parody of the boyband phenomenon tv show. They also have a horrible made for tv movie by the same name. If you like horrible corny moves, a la Spice World, I would suggest it as a fluffy way to enjoy an hour or so of time.

My beloved got me 2 private dance lessons because I've been one of the millions who are riveted to "Dancing with the Stars" and I mentioned some passing interest in taking a dance class before our wedding so we could have a nice 1st dance. Trevor is clearly a keeper. :)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Turkey Greetings

Happy Thanksgiving!

Trevor & I have come back from our dinner with his family & I'm quite full. It was what I'd consider a normal standard Thanksgiving with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls and apple pie. I also brought some Pistachio Cream Puffs. Though they were not as...puffy as I'd like I can still say they tasted good and everyone seemed to be of the same mind that it still came out tasty. It was a very jovial time, though sadly Candice and Uncle Kevin were feeling under the weather.

Devin is also going to be hopping on a flight out early tomorrow morning because he works in retail and he couldn't get Black Friday off. So sadly he will not be available to spend my birthday with me, but there are plenty enough birthdays for that later.

I spent yesterday in the kitchen for hours getting the pie and puffs done. Along with that I also made a cranberry walnut bread for my mother who is a sweet bread fan. So my apartment was full of lovely smells all evening long as different desserts came in and out of the oven.

Tomorrow is to be spent with my parents. Like most people I love my parents. I think I have a very close relationship with them and it's important to me to spend time with them whenever possible. Particularly as I get older I become more empathetic to what they went through raising me and all the hard work they had to do. I might not have ever gone to Disneyland or been gifted a Barbie Dream House, but I ended up just fine. I personally don't have anything in mind to shop for this Black Friday, but I've committed myself to running out in the crowds with my mom and dad and it should be a good time.

I do want to get Kim her present. Trevor & I have promised to just get each other small gifts in lieu of splurging (as we tend to do) since we could better use that money towards our wedding. And as much as I love Trevor-given presents I'm probably the last person who needs a gift since I have multiples of everything I'm fond of. Well...other than Trevor. I just have one of him ;)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanksgiving plans

Happy almost Turkey day!

I am spending Thanksgiving day with Trevor's family, minus his mom who has volunteered herself to nurse her recently-out-of-surgery boyfriend Dino back to health. But Trevor's Aunt Christine was nice enough to take on the role after Liza had other obligations. I've been volunteered by Trevor to bring dessert, so I'll probably bring my Caramel Apple Pie since I've yet to perfect any Pumpkin Pie recipes.

I like pumpkin pie, but unlike many other pies I don't know if I'd be willing to eat a whole one by myself so I've yet to be motivated to make one. My mom and dad aren't big fans so I couldn't even pawn off some slices on them, like I usually do.

I like turkey, but what I really like best are side dishes like garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, candied sweet potatoes, corn and stuffing. I'm a side dish fan much more than turkey, but I do appreciate exotic leftovers made out of turkey, like turkey burritos, turkey stew, turkey pot pie, and my personal favorite, turkey salad sandwiches. Imagine chicken salad except replace the chicken with turkey. It tastes pretty much the same depending on what you put into it. Oh, and you could go the way of Bridget Jones' Diary and have a Curry Turkey buffet ;)

Tomorrow I'll start working on my desserts because I'd hate to rush around Thursday morning. I think they're aiming to head over to Thanksgiving festivities around noon so I'll need to get everything done by then. I have Friday off from work too so though I don't reckon I'll be one of those crazy people camping out in front of Walmart for a $20 discount off of a DVD player I will probably be hitting the mall at some point. I do have $10 of Express birthday money to use :)

Oh right, Friday's my 25th Birthday. I don't have any plans for it persay, but I do want to spend it with Kim and my beloved Trevor. Devin will be in town as well for the holiday so perhaps we can all hang out somewhere and chat over a round of drinks. I'd say we could go out and eat but I'm obliged to have a 2nd Thanksgiving/Birthday dinner with my parents who birthed and raised me and I won't have room in my belly after two consecutive Thanksgiving dinners for another dinner. (ugh)

I'm quite a fan of eating but I'd rather spread it out than try to do it all in one day. I'd hate to ruin all the progress I've made eating healthy with a giant ridiculous binge. And if I were to binge I'd like to do so by eating things I love like asian dumplings, sushi, korean bbq, and a rich beautiful tiramisu. =)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

S'mores Pie and a Girls night out

So somewhat against my better instincts I went out yesterday evening with Kim and the girls. Not that I don't think all the girls are fun because I think they're a very nice and outgoing bunch; I just didn't have a terribly good feeling about going out...call it a gut feeling.

I'll start by saying that I'll keep this as un-gossipy as possible because otherwise it would take forever to recount.

Ryan got in a car accident that same evening and Kim was a bit miffed at him so she wasn't starting on a terrible positive note. Anya was mad at some guy about something (I forgot his name, but I do remember her screaming on her cell phone about how much she hated him). For a while everyone was lost. Martha and Kim had to fetch Martha's credit card from The Salty Dog because she forgot to close out her tab. They then were not re-let into Fat Cat's because it was so late and they weren't letting in any new patrons so they hung out outside for a while freezing their butts off. Anya wandered her way to the Pour House and we lost her for a while before she came back to Fat Cats. Vicki met some dude with a Paisley shirt and she was lost for a little while while Kim and I waited, and waited for her to decide to part ways with him.

For me, since I neither wandered off nor lost my credit card I spent a lot of time anxiously waiting for everyone to come back and hoping no one was lost.

Apart from that it was fun, but all the drama really overshadowed things by the end. But to be positive, everyone was safe, to my knowledge no one got sick, and apart from Ryan no one got into an accident. (And to be fair, the accident he got in was his own fault since he knew his brakes were starting to go.)

Now I'm pooped, but happy to be at home, warm and lazy. And after everything, even though we didn't do anything special today it was nice to be in Trevor's company. I feel recharged and balanced when he's around me. Even after years together I find great relief just being around him and I miss him terribly when we're apart.

I'm planning on a S'mores Pie tonight. Now I haven't made it but I hope it ends up tasting like s'mores.

I've started with a graham cracker crust and filled with a chocolate pudding filling. And on top I'll sprinkle marshmallows and broil on high until it turns brown on top, but not so long the pudding gets all icky. If so motivated I'll drizzle with melted chocolate and top with some Cool Whip. I don't cook like this all the time, but I've been staring at an opened baggie of graham crackers and half a bag of mini marshmallows and wanted to use them all up. Plus Trevor will be having some of his friends over and I figure it's always nice as a guest to be fed something. Mind you, they're all boys so they don't have high expectations of good housekeeping and hostessing.

We'll see how that works, but if people in the world can make Baked Alaska I can broil some sugar laden marshmallows without too much trouble. :)

Update: S'mores Pie was a great success, or at least all the boys were very kind and ate very happily. In any case, it turned out very nice. I liked the unexpected crunch the toasted marshmallows formed. I didn't bother with topping with more chocolate or whipped topping since it was already super rich from the pudding, which I made with half milk and half light cream and squeezed in a few tablespoons of extra Hershey's syrup to the pudding mix to perk it up. I also sprinkled some pecans in the bottom of my crust to give it more texture.

Dinner was some corn starch marinated chicken breast strips. My mother is a great advocate of the fact that corn starch will soften up meats. Salt, pepper and some leftover Sun Dried Tomato Pesto found themselves into the mix and stir fried on high heat with garlic until a rich brown crust formed. Mixed with some diced grape tomatoes and kale stir fried with olive oil and a very light touch of balsamic vinegar. Seasoned with a pinch of salt and served with cubes of mozzarella cheese I had leftover from Salmon Lasagna Roll-ups Saturday night.

I'm a chef that checks out the contents of her fridge and then out of necessity comes up with a meal out of all the flavors that I can get to compliment each other. Kale came from the too-big head I had leftover from my Zuppa Toscana and Grape Tomatoes are a house favorite. They make a lovely healthy snack along with baby carrots and I find them to be less apt to get mushy when I keep them in my fridge for too long...which is often.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Keep Rollin' Rollin' Rollin...

I saw Kim yesterday because she was super excited about her new car.

Yes, she got a new car. Now, I haven't experienced any mechanical problems with my Mazda at all, and it's over 2 years old, but Kim seems to have constantly experienced issues with hers including her airbag light going on unnecessarily, a weird humming noise, 2 accidents, and many, many lost hubcaps. The icing on the cake was that she was having issues going in Reverse, which meant around $2,000 to repair the transmission. Mind you, the car is under 3 years old.

So instead she decided to trade that car in and get a new one, and this time a white Scion TC, 2 door coupe. Now, I have to say that it's very cute and sporty looking and of course it's got the brand new shiny car appeal. She went for an upgraded version with a spoiler, rims (not hubcaps), and a bazillion airbags. As can be expected, Kim is beyond the moon with excitement. We celebrated by taking a spin in her new ride and going to Springfield to have a drink and chat. It's been a long time since it's just been her and I chatting without other girls or boyfriends or fiances being around and I really missed that.

I almost want for a new car too, but while I'd love to have my very own Lexus I also hate paying for stuff. To be entirely blunt about it, I don't care to make a car payment. I haven't made one in well over a year and I don't particularly miss it. That money is much better used elsewhere, I promise.

In other, sheisty news I would recommend to any prospective brides to be wary of what they sign up for at a bridal fair. I think in particular because you care so much about your wedding and your perfect day and everything being perfect and magical that it can be easy to forget to simply watch your back. Plus it's an environment where everyone else is doing it so you often feel "what's the harm?" I didn't sign up for a lot, but each thing I signed up for called me. Every single last one said that I was a lucky winner and "aren't you excited?" like a million times, which while terribly annoying is also indicative of creepy behavior and I knew enough to decline. Unfortunately I can see people falling for this kind of sleazy pitch in hopes that they'll have a wonderful vacation.

Great Vacation Destination/Blue Green was really creepy, sleazy sounding. When someone has to pitch you and hype you up 3-4 times about what you're winning and then slip in the fact they need your credit card number it totally reeks of bad business. In short, don't make a brash decision before discussing it with a loved one or researching your options online. If you win anything, you should win it outright and not have to jump through any kind of hoops or pay any kinds of fees to get it. This should sound like common sense, but I think it's hard to keep your wits about you when you think that you're special.

Not to say that people don't win prizes...just that it's quite rare and they'll never ask anything of you apart from maybe a few promotional pictures to show off their wares.

You don't have to take my word on it, but my coworker Liz who also went to a bridal fair and signed up for way more stuff than I did is regretting it after numerous solicitors have been calling her home after 9pm looking to talk her into "free" china sets for going to a cooking demonstration (better known as a high pressure sales pitch for sub par pots and pans). So needless to say Liz isn't a fan.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Fried Rice

I'm surprised that as I get older things I never thought I'd like I eventually change my mind about.

For example I have recently decided that I like Perrier Mineral water. I haven't ever liked mineral water before because it's always had a weird aftertaste but I gave it a go and actually find it to be very refreshing. Growing up my dad used to make me lemonade or limeade (depending on what we had on hand) but instead of water he'd use seltzer water so it had great fizz.

And I've spent literally most of my life avoiding apples because it's given me a bad itchy reaction but suddenly I've been very apt to slicing one open into 8 slices and snacking on it with Trevor after dinner.

Now, as a continuation of my last post, fried rice is a perennial favorite. Even the pickiest of eaters will usually be more than happy to have some of my fried rice. Trevor in particular seems very fond of it when either I or my mother whip some up for him. Since I learn from the best I can say that simplicity is the key to great fried rice. Also...a need to clean out a lot of random ingredients from your fridge.

Fried Rice
5 cups or so of cooked rice, preferably day old
4 Chinese sausages cooked and diced
1 whole onion diced
2-3 garlic cloves diced
1 baggie of frozen veggies (peas, corn, carrots...)
1 handful of cooked diced shrimp

Really you can fill your rice with whatever you want, but I'm most apt to put Chinese sausage because I usually have some on hand. It's very yummy but I understand not everyone carries it in their fridge for these kind of occasions. If by some chance you have roast pork hanging around, by all means make yourself some pork fried rice. I made some before but I can't say there are ever leftovers (even though I cooked up at least 3lbs of pork!)

Saute your garlic and onion in the biggest cooking vessel you got with some olive oil. If by chance you have a wok, all the better. I then add in a tablespoon of butter and let it cook until everything turns a light brown color. Add your rice and shake it around while you season. You don't need anything too exotic, just salt, pepper, sugar and a dash of soy sauce. You can feel free to throw in some other herbs and spices you like. I would recommend Chinese 5 Spice. It will make a popping noise while you stir-fry everything together. Since it can be quite a bit of rice you can do it in shifts and shake everything together in a big mixing bowl after the fact. Add in your frozen veggies, sausage and shrimp. And if you're like me you can throw everything in for a second fry to make sure it's consistently well seasoned throughout and has a nice color.

You can add any number of ingredients you have on hand. I've added chopped jalapeƱos for spice and chopped cilantro for garnish in the past. And I can guarantee there's no MSG in my fried rice. :) It's always nice to feel that you're eating something healthy, and it's nice for kids because they just dig in to all those little veggies. If it's cut small enough usually only the pickiest of eaters with bother trying to dig them out.

I'm already getting a little nervous about kids since I will inevitably be having some of my own. I don't feel the loud ticking of my internal clock yet but I do want very much to feed my kids like my mom fed me because it gave me an opportunity to appreciate all kinds of flavors at a young age and it probably helped keep me open-minded as I got older. My mom never catered to a "kid's menu" and just fed me whatever anyone else was eating. She tempered back on chili peppers when I was young but that didn't mean they didn't exist on the menu. You simply get used to it as you become exposed to it over time and now I love spicy food. I read somewhere you have to expose a child to a food 10 times before writing it off as a lost cause because children will always initially be cautious. So don't give up too soon! I think the last thing anyone wants to do is raise a horribly picky eater that only wants candy.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Bridesmaid dresses!!! And Zuppa

I got my cousin Suong her bridesmaid gown via mail and it's soooo adorable. I'm probably more excited about it than she is. It's so chic and simple, though I worry a little that in spite of the fact I got her a double zero petite (yes, they make such a size) that it's probably going to be a tad roomy for her. Emily and Nini are down with getting their dresses too. The lone standout right now is Kim.

Not like I think she's intentionally holding out out of spite; she's having a bit of a tough stretch right now having maxed out her credit cards and having some car issues so bridesmaid dress isn't high on her priority list. I guess if she ends up paying full price for a bridesmaids gown in the same color as the other girls that's no big deal to me but I'd much rather her simply buy it now since I've gone through so much trolling around the internet for good prices.

And I finally met up with Amanda this past week! We had dinner at TGIFridays and caught up since I hadn't talked to her since around the time I got engaged and even then I never saw her and she hadn't seen my ring. Can you believe? There's a person in the world who hasn't been forced to eyeball my engagement ring? It's crazy. It was nice to see her. I don't think it'll be like it used to be with us constantly hanging out and gossiping but I miss her being in my life and I hope that we make it a better practice to make time for each other.

I had a very...cooking-ful weekend again. I was invited to go out on the town on Friday evening but I was content to stay in and watch a movie with Trevor. Sometimes, in spite of the fact that we live together we need to take some time to reconnect. It's easy to take advantage of the fact that someone is physically right there and forget to emotionally be there too.

I made some Zuppa Toscana a la Olive Garden. I like their Pasta Fagioli too and have made some once, but I think Zuppa Toscana is more satisfying and meaty. I have some food related issues that I inherited from my mother. When I like something I usually want to attempt to make it. She did that my whole life, sometimes with great success and sometimes it was less than spectacular but nonetheless she always loved being a recipe copycat.

So....Kelly's version of Zuppa Toscana:
-1lb of pork sausage
-3-4 potatoes cleaned and diced
-2 cloves of garlic
-2 cans of chicken broth
-1 can of evaporated milk
-1/2lb of kale
-Salt and Pepper to taste
-Bacon crumbles (optional)

Smush up and saute your sausage in a big pot. I get the sausage in a tube from the refrigerated meats area. It's usually cheaper and you don't have to cut the casings. I use my dutch oven for the whole dish, which in spite of it's name is just a big pot and not actually an oven. Try to break up your sausage, the smaller the better since you're making soup. It gets pretty greasy so I always let it cool down and put it through a strainer. It also makes me feel slightly healthier since I'm at least attempting to healthy it up.

Use the same greasy dutch oven and turn on the heat. Throw in your garlic and your potatoes. You don't have to, but I like to let the potatoes sit with the garlic for a while and get some color from the heat. Then throw in your sausage chunks and stir until everything looks good. You can then dump in the contents of all your liquid filled cans. If you're more well prepared than me you will have made your own chicken stock. Since I was lazy I used the canned stuff though I suggest NOT using fresh dairy because it's very easy to curdle up if you overheat your soup, which I'm actually very apt to do. I don't know what they do to evaporated milk but it will not separate and look all nasty if you decide to reheat your soup in the microwave 2 days later. Simmer on low for at least 20 minutes to get your potatoes nice and soft.

I eyeball all my ingredients to Zuppa Toscana. Sometimes I put too much potato. Sometimes there's way too much sausage...but it always tastes good. Now if you like it slightly thicker you can fish out a few pieces of potato and go at it with a fork until it resembles mashed potatoes. If you reincorporate it with your soup it'll ever so slightly thicken it up without taking away any flavor or risking any cornstarch clumps (I can never quite stir fast enough).

Wash and chop your kale. Kale's a lot like collards in that you eat them cooked. I don't think anyone would decide to eat kale raw like lettuce. I add it just before serving, but if you are feeding a crowd just throw in handfuls and watch it all wilt in your pot. Kale reminds me of a sturdy version of spinach, and the closer you put it in to serving time the prettier and greener it'll be in your bowl. I garnished with some chopped reduced sodium bacon I had sitting in my freezer not being eaten since I never make a big breakfast anymore. (For those of you rolling your eyes, I have to say I think the less-salty bacon is yummier than the regular stuff which I can't bear to eat too much of.)

I also made fried rice but I'll save my feelings about that for another post...I don't want to rant forever :)

Saturday, November 3, 2007

What a Navel Idea

I decided to take out my navel ring. I know that doesn't seem like a terribly big deal, but since I've had my navel pierced since January of 2001, it's been almost 7 years and I think it's only natural that you start to think of it as an extension of yourself.

I mostly took it out because it started to feel really thin, like the bar was slowly pulling it's way out. And I'm at a point in my life where it's no big deal anymore. I'm hardly walking around in tiny tops and eventually I was planning on taking it out anyhow. (I don't think anyone wants to see a big bulbous pregnant belly trying to hold on to a tiny little piercing.) It's only been about two days and I'm actually surprised that it's healing so quickly. I imagine that in a few months you won't even notice anything was there to begin with.

I'm also excited about my new purse. I got a little Calvin Klein shoulder bag since the one Trevor got me has become worn at the strap and I was nervous about it snapping. It's a pretty camel colored leather bag. Mmm...leather. I know Coach is seemingly the king of moderately high priced purses of the mass market mall crowd, but I'm over cloth purses (for now) because they always get easily stained and worn and for the price I'd simply rather get another brand. Say what you will, but Calvin Klein is timeless, understated elegance and as I get older I get less interested in fads. One day I dream of having a beautiful lambskin Chanel purse.

Emily and my cousin Suong have purchased their bridesmaid dresses so I'm just awaiting Kim and Nini hopping on board too. In particular I should keep tabs on Ms. Nini since she's so much harder to keep in touch with, but she's all the way on the West Coast and I always forget to call her. I know 3 of the 4 girls seem to all be on board for the same dress so Ni is the lone standout, but since she's outnumbered I think she'll be bullied into it anyhow lol

Kim, Vicki and Anya are going out tonight and have invited me along but it's so dreary out. Part of me just wants to stay at home and cook. I'm not going to lie, I have far and away too much food in my home and I need to start cooking before my veggies go bad. The things that concern me are pretty tame these days, but I love to cook and when it's cold it's all the more enjoyable because it warms up the whole house.

Tonight I'm thinking about pizza. And by pizza I mean I'll use store bought dough, spin it the best I can to a nice thin crust and cover it with yummy toppings for my Trevor. It'll be a good excuse for me to turn on the oven and maybe I'll throw in a few brownies for good measure. I'm incredibly fond of hot baked goods fresh out of the oven. My favorite way of making brownies is throwing them into my cupcake tin so I don't have to slice them in the pan. It's good for portion control too because it's already thought out for you.

Update: I kept forgetting to do this before, but here's my jack-o-lantern...of sorts.

He's my Jack-o-Pin Head.