Friday, November 25, 2011

Hostess and Chef

Thanksgiving was a great success! My mom and Grandma came out from Lompoc and my Uncle came out from Valencia to have a wonderful Thanksgiving with an embarrassing abundance of food. I may have gone a bit overboard...

In addition to a few pounds of turkey from Honey Baked Ham (courtesy of my grandpa) we had mashed potatoes, cheese souflee, rolls, green bean casserole, stuffed mushrooms, crab and red pepper dip, a ricotta-honey-fig dip, pumpkin cheesecake... I think I'm forgetting a few things. It was a lot. In fact, we didn't even get to make everything we purchased with the intent to make because we basically ran out of space and serving dishes. Oh, and everything was homemade which everything so much better!

Here are some photos of Jeff and me preparing all the food.

Hot crab and red pepper dip

Pumpkin butterscotch cookies

Preparing the stuffed mushrooms

Jeff kneading the bread dough

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Feeling Flowery

Our budget for the rest of the month is a bit tight but I really want some flowers in the apartment for Thanksgiving. I saw this post over at and it has me feeling very flowery!
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A Change of Scenery

This morning I woke up very inspired to transform my blog into a very festive holiday theme. I love the tools you can use over at ColourLovers to make patterns and palettes. I actually use them very frequently in my Sims game so that my Sims can have very lovely and fashionable furniture. So, what do you think?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

That's a Pretty Old Brochure, Dude

Did anyone happen to catch Glee last night? There was particular exchange between characters Finn and the new foreign exchange student (the one Brittany thought was a leprechaun) that really spoke to me. The new kid is being bullied because he's foreign (and in one really confusing exchange, someone told him to "go back to Mexico") and he explains to Finn that he thought America was a place where people who were different were accepted and differences even encouraged. Finn's reaction to this is, "That's a pretty old brochure, dude."
This was such a revelation to me because it sums up exactly how I feel about where our country is headed. I took particular notice because it coincides with my virtual project, the Acceptivity project. Anyway, we do have this idea of America being accepting of everyone and yet there are a lot of hypocrites who work very hard (trolls of the real world) to work as much against this notion as possible. Or at least it seems that way.

Anyway, I was tweeting about it earlier (because #thatsaprettyoldbrochure is such a fantastic hashtag) and wanted to know if anyone else felt like that when watching the episode. It really does seem like an old brochure these days.