My friend Mai gave me a housewarming gift: a Pampered Chef apple peeler/corer/slicer. It’s the best, and now I can easily make more of these. Pampered Chef makes pretty cool kitchen tools…so much so that I have a dedicated kitchen drawer for those things. I should probably host a kitchen show, huh?
My alter ego chef should be called The Midnight Baker. Some nights I have an extra surge of energy around 9:30 or 10pm, which was when I started making these sugar cookies for my coworkers. I may have purposely broken a few, for tasting purposes in the name of quality control, of course. Even the “rejects” passed, if I do say so myself.
Amish Friendship Bread (which isn’t really Amish) is like chain mail for your oven. A starter mix of yeast ferments and grows on your counter over 10 days. At the end, you bake a loaf and divide the extra uncooked mix into three bags to give away to friends. Or you break the chain and bake multiple loaves. Done.
One from the Beer Series of photos, also including Mothership Monday and Summer Friday. I first ‘discovered’ this beer on my 2011 Alaskan vacation, and it’s now one of my favorites. Since my street name is the same as the city where it’s brewed, it’s even more appropriate to keep stocked in the fridge.
Most people carve pumpkins in October, though my painted pumpkins lasted as decorations for two months. On December 1st, I finally decided I should finish them off before I finished putting up the Christmas tree.
On Thanksgiving, the Curry’s have a unique family tradition that involves celebrating Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas cheer all in one day. The day began with a 3 mile Curry family Turkey Trot, this year in matching red logo T-shirts. My mom did a fantastic job with the table decorations in the new all-season patio, with a table each reflecting Thanksgiving, Christmas and Snowmen (January?) colors. A very filling dinner was followed by our White Elephant gift exchange and then Christmas desserts. And, I still had plenty of time to login online for the first Black Friday shift for work.
Wine corks…still debating whether this is a cool decoration or simply evidence of how much wine you’ve drunk.