I’ll have an update later this week. But this is from our (daily) walk today.
I had no idea how much my life was going to be ruled by this bundle of attitude and energy. But wait, there’s more! Click to read
A few photos. They’re not great. It’s not easy to get him to be still enough to get anything good these days. He’s at full tilt most of the day. He tries to be good and not get into too much trouble, but sometimes the puppy just takes over.
What cat toy? I don’t see any cat toy. (Neither do I, since he seems to have eaten it).
Whatcha doing? Something fun? Is that an apple? Wanna share?
It’s hard being a puppy. And, no, that’s not an optical illusion. He is as long as his crate now.
We broke down and ordered another turducken from the Cajun Grocer folks. We bought one a few years ago and they haven’t forgotten, we got a few reminders that the holidays were closing in and they were on sale to a lucky few. This one was stuffed with crawfish jambalaya.They are boneless except for the turkey’s leg and thigh bones. We’ll be eating turkey leftovers for a while. Mrs J has pie crust dough resting right now for some turkey pot pies that we will have for dinner later.This is pretty much the whole spread. We made an effort to limit the number of sides. The only new dish we tried this year was the corn casserole.That’s the corn dish in the upper right. The recipe had a silly name so I just called it Mexi-Corn with cheese and bacon. I cooked the veggies down in a skillet then mixed in the milk and cheese and poured it all into a tin tray to finish in the oven, adding the crisped bacon at the table. Mrs J thinks the bacon would have worked better stirred into the dish and we may do that the next time we make it, it was pretty good.The jambalaya stuffing is in the bowl on the left with some stray duck meat mixed in. I always make a ton of dressing because it has to be my favorite Thanksgiving leftover. I made the bread for it in my machine a few days ago and cubed and dried it so it would be ready. This one is simple but very good, there is meat from a couple of turkey legs and thighs I used to make the stock that’s in it and the gravy. Plenty of onions, garlic, and celery with sage and other herbs. I almost always leave the skins on my mashed potatoes. These got sour cream and butter but no garlic this time.Finally! Time to load a plate for the feast. The cranberries are just how we like them. I cooked down a bag of fresh berries in the juice of an orange along with its zest and a handful of dried cranberries. No nuts in mine, thank you. The brown glop next to it is praline sweet potato casserole we ordered with the turducken. It was not good.Here’s Annie, pointing what she may believe is a cheezeburger. She can’t haz cheezeburger.
I make these every year and they disappear quickly. This year was no different. Not all my pumpkin creations are a success. Playing around with an oatmeal pumpkin cookie, I came up with an inedible concoction. Luckily Bixby and his playmates were not quite so discerning, so it wasn’t a complete waste of ingredients. I was glad to whip a batch of squares up after that to restore my faith in my own cooking.
mixing bowl & 13×9 baking dish, greased
Beat eggs, sugar, butter & pumpkin together, add dry ingredients, mixing well. Spread into baking dish, bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Cool & frost (frosting below). These are rich, so I would cut them into at least 24 squares.
Mix together cream cheese, sugar & vanilla. Mix until smooth.
You can frost & freeze in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy.
Originally posted 10/2011