Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Recipe

Let's try this on Thanksgiving....


I thought this sounded good! Here is a turkey recipe that also includes the use of popcorn as a stuffing ingredient -- imagine that! When I found this recipe, I thought it was perfect for people like me, who just are not sure how to tell when turkey is thoroughly cooked, but not dried out. Give this a try...

8 - 15 lb. turkey
1 cup melted butter
1 cup stuffing (Pepperidge Farm is Good)
1 cup unpopped popcorn (ORVILLE REDENBACHER'S LOW FAT IS BEST)
Salt/pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush turkey well with melted butter, salt, and pepper. Fill cavity with stuffing and popcorn. Place in baking pan making sure the neck end is toward the back of the oven. After about 4 hours listen for the popping sounds. When the turkey's ass blows the oven door open and the bird flies across the room, it's done!

And, you thought I didn't cook...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Simple Joys

The school my children attend, (in their infinite wisdom,) made the decision to close the entire week of Thanksgiving. CALL OUT THE ARMY! SEND IN THE MARINES! THE CHILDREN ARE ON THE LOOSE IN THE HOUSE!!!!! I think the teachers & faculty secretly meet together in some godforsaken underground lair to come up with these malicious attacks on unsuspecting parents. Unfortunately for them, the Weden family has foiled this heinous assault with the one power that can defeat such unadulterated evil… NANA!!!! TAKE THAT EVIL DOER! (Whack) (BAM) (Biff) (KACHOW) Your foul ways have no power here!

So, Sunday night we packed their bags and shipped them off to the magical world of spoon-fed indulgence! The grandparent’s house. And now comes the good part… oh that’s right, it does get better! In celebration of our glorious defeat we celebrated as a young, loving married couple should . That’s right… we went to Disneyland! (I know, we’re animals!) But what a peaceful night… cool weather, holiday lights, dinner, shopping, and a nice stroll through the park. We even made it back home (to a clean uncluttered house I would like to add) in time to watch my most fav show… Dexter! I can’t wait to discover what joys lay ahead this evening, as the children do not return until Thursday morning! YIPPEE!!!!! Thank you, Nana & Archie!!!

Just Us! No Kids!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Flashback Friday

Oh the horror! Now that I’ve entered the blogging community, I was informed by a fellow blogger (Brianna) that I would have to participate in Flashback Friday! On Flashback Friday you typically post some little memory and follow it up with an old photo. An Old Photo!?! Are you kidding me!?! ME!?! But I’m the product of my mother… Old photos, (once the film was actually developed after spending three years or more in a drawer,) were admired briefly, shoved in a box in no particular order, and placed in the top of a closet never to be seen or heard from again! What on earth was I going to come up with for Flashback Friday!?!

And then it hit me. My daughter just had her 5th grade school photo taken last month! Last month, not much of a flashback I would agree… But then the pictures arrived! And suddenly I found myself being hurled back into 1988 and my junior year in high school! The 80’s were an awesome time! The hair, the clothes, the music, the attitude! (If you rocked it, you SO know what I’m talking about!) Though our features are very different… staring at my daughter’s picture I realized I was looking back at myself. And with that, we have a Flashback Friday!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Welcome to Thankful Thursday! It is the Thursday before Thanksgiving and already I’m feeling the warmth and joy that comes from absurd overeating with loved ones. So, in preparation for Thanksgiving Day I would like to share a few things that I am most thankful for. Naturally, I am extraordinarily thankful for ALL the things you would expect any sane individual with a heart & soul should be thankful for! In a nutshell, I am thankful for my health, my home, my family, my friends, and for having a really good job in this shitty ass economy.

Outside of the “nutshell”….

1.) I am thankful for this opportunity called life. For the good times that bring laughter, love and memories and for the bad times that bring some bogus ass learning experience that try to teach us to just deal with the shit or don’t let it happen again.

2.) I am thankful for reality TV because people should absolutely be exploited if they’re going to be that unbelievably ridiculous!

3.) I am thankful for microwave ovens because without them I would starve.

4.) I am thankful for the mounds of shoes that frustrate my husband as they fall out of the closet because let’s face it… Shoes Are Fabulous!

5.) I am thankful for strong thighs and the ability to hover over a public toilet seat, as in a recent trip to Montreal I discovered that the French-Canadian do not believe in protective seat covers. (gross)

6.) I am thankful that I am not French-Canadian

7.) I am thankful for animal testing and the wonderful make-up products that are a result of Thumpers unselfish giving. The world would be a fiercely ugly place without the generosity of these animals.

8.) I am thankful for alcohol and the beautiful gift of impaired judgment that it bestows upon its consumer. (Within a safe environment of course)

9.) I am thankful for credit cards and the magical world of instant gratification they bring from the unholy realm of debt.

10.) I am thankful for computers, the internet, and blogging because of the delicious distraction they bring during the work day.

So… What are YOU thankful for?

Need I Say More

I love it when a picture says it all...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Beauty in Diversity

So, for years we’ve heard about Bats Day in the Fun Park. Bats Day takes place every year when dark alternative subcultures descend upon Disneyland in gothic fashion and bat ear hats, (as opposed to mouse ear hats). In addition to the thousands that visit Disneyland Park every day, Bats Day fills the park with Death Rockers, Horror Punk, Rockabilly, Psycho Billy, Black Metal, & Hearse Societies… It makes for a truly awesome experience in people watching! This year, my family was fortunate enough to be in the Fun Park on Bats Day. (We actually went to meet TinkerBell and her friends in the new Pixie Hallow meet & greet… but what a bonus this was!)
I would find myself uncontrollably staring at some of these people! Not because of a different look that some may find strange, but because of the intricacy and detail on much of the attire that was on “display.” There was one girl, (who was quite large,) with fuchsia hair in two very cute ponytails wearing an extraordinary ensemble! She commented on the very cute little beanie that Michael was wearing and in doing so caught the attention of my daughter, Danielle. Danielle ran up to my side to ask if I had heard the comment and to tell me how pretty she thought the girl was. And she was right! She was a very beautiful girl! And I was so proud of my daughter for recognizing Beauty in Diversity.

The Horn of Amalthea


Last night after dinner I opened up our box of Thanksgiving decorations. (Mostly artwork that the children have done over the years and a few pieces I actually took the time to purchase when having a festive weak moment.) So, my 5 year old, Michael, peers into the box of treasures and says with great excitement, “You have a Cornucopia!?! That’s so cool!”

What’s “cool” is having your 5 year old know what a cornucopia is! And in case you didn't know...

The cornucopia is a symbol of food and abundance dating back to the 5th century BC, also referred to as horn of plenty, Horn of Amalthea, and harvest cone.
In Greek mythology
, Amalthea was a goat who raised Zeus on her breast milk. When her horn was accidentally broken off by Zeus while playing together, this changed Amalthea into a unicorn. The god Zeus, in remorse, gave her back her horn. The horn then had supernatural powers which would give the person in possession of it whatever he or she wished for. This gave rise to the legend of the cornucopia. The original depictions were of the goat's horn filled with fruits and flowers. The cornucopia was also a symbol for a woman's fertility. In modern depiction, the cornucopia is typically a hollow, horn-shaped wicker basket typically filled with various kinds of festive fruit and vegetables. In North America, the cornucopia has come to be associated with Thanksgiving and the harvest.

Happy Thanksgiving! And may the horn of Amalthea richen your lives with whatever it is you wish for!