So i leave for New Zealand on Friday. It's really all too surreal. This will be a trip of a lifetime.
I can't wait!
I'm pretty excited for Christmas too. I want to give Ant his presents. I hope that he likes them. :)
It snowed a lot here last weekend (12/14/08). I will have to get some pictures up of just how beautiful it was. It kind of sucked at the same time because we had to drive over the summit from Reno and it took 5 hours to get home when it should take an hour and half tops. OH well. It's pretty much all gone now though. It's fun while it lasted.
Pictures soon to come and a yummy recipe for Turkey Chili! :)
Why does it even matter? Really? This issue is a really big annoyance to me...
I would say that at least 90% of people in the USA celebrate Christmas. I would say that almost 100% of those 90% of people celebrate it differently. Not everyone celebrates it as the birth of Jesus Christ and that's OK. Some people celebrate it as a new beginning, a time to be with family, a time to reflect, a time to give thanks, to have hope, to be joyful, etc... And every single one of those reasons is fine by me (isn't it great to live in the USA?). But for some people it's just not...
So starts the argument of what to say when running into someone at the supermarket or answering the phone around this time of year... I say: say whatever one makes you happy (both make me happy FYI)! And don't take it personally if the greeting that is said to you isn't the one you would have said. Take it as a nice gesture and leave it at that! I actually prefer to say Happy Holidays when I'm saying it to someone i don't know for all the reasons i listed above. First of all this is a HOLIDAY season not just Christmas. It starts with Thanksgiving and ends with New Years. And you know what not everyone in this country is a Christian, so they don't celebrate Christmas. If i know the person and know how they feel about Christmas then I usually say Merry Christmas, such as my family.
Honestly I hear more people complain about someone saying Happy Holidays or Seasons Greeting to them rather then Merry Christmas... and to those people all I want to say is SO WHAT???!!!
Christmas to me is a feeling not a day. It's the season. It's the awesome Christmas lights on peoples houses, it's apple cider and hot chocolate, it's Cornish and Victorian Christmas (In Grass Valley and Nevada City), its my favorite holiday music, it's my Christmas tree decorated with ornaments from years past, it's the memories from my childhood, it's the hope of change in my life, and it's the time we share with the people we love.
And i think I'm done. FYI: This all started a few nights ago with a conversation I had with Ant and just got resurfaced with a forwarded email that i received this morning. A complaining email about people saying Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas... " It's a Christmas Tree not a Holiday Tree"..... (Rolls eyes! )
Today was long... and I'm glad to be in bed now. :)
Although, I did get a lot of stuff done tonight. After work I went to the store and bought some more stocking stuffers for Ant. It's kind of hard picking out those things for boys.. girls are way easier.
Then I came home and made dinner. I decided to make blueberry pancakes and Ant had the great idea to add chopped pecans to the batter. Yum-O! They turned out really well. Kudos to my boyfriend.
(do you like my retro plates? I got them from my great grandma and they are from England too)
And I was in the mood to cook more so I decided to make this recipe that i found from this very cool site called Simply Recipes. There are a lot of recipes that I want to make from this site. Oh and her photography of the food is really awesome too!
Anywho, It didn't turn our quite the way i wanted it to but it was still a fun and tasty experience. Next time we will use a different kind of apple, smaller apples, and i would like to have a baster too.
I did more work on my Christmas Ornaments too which are turning out to be really nice and way more fun then i had expected.
Thank God tomorrow is Friday btw. :) We are probably going to go to Reno for the weekend and it's supposed to snow.. really low. yay.
15 days untilChristmas! 16 days untilNew Zealand! 21 days until2009! I really can't wait until I'm on the plane for Auckland, New Zealand. It's really a one in a lifetime experience. I'm glad that my friend Lacie told me about this trip and asked me to go with her. I don't regret spending $4000 from my "car fund" to have 2 weeks full of new and exciting things. The only thing that makes it a bitter sweet trip is spending new years away from my boy. Not being able to kiss him when the clock strikes 12am! I will actually be celebrating the New Year a whole 21 hours before anyone in California which is actually a pretty cool thing. Oh and when i come home i get to live the same day twice! crazy...
I made Chicken Tortilla soup for dinner! I didn't follow a recipe so i wrote down the things i did as i went along. It was fun not following a recipe and seeing how it would turn out!
So this is my recipe for some pretty darn good soup:
5 or 6- corn tortillas, cut into strips
6- cups of Chicken broth ( i might do 7 next time, i would like a little more broth)
1- medium yellow onion (about 1 plus some cup)
2-cloves of garlic, minced
1-jalapeno, chopped finely and seeds removed
1-red chili pepper, chopped finely and seeds removed
1-15 oz can of tomatoes with diced green chiles
3-cups already cooked chicken, chopped up or shredded
1-15 oz can of black beans
1 1/4 - cup of frozen corn
A hand full of cilantro leaves without the steams, chopped up.
For the top:
Shredded cheese, any kind
*First I cut the tortillas into strips, placed in oven at 200 and let them dry out a bit ( they will start to curl up when they are good). Then i put some vegetable oil in a pan and fried them up until they were nice and crunchy. Then i put them on a plate with a paper towel so the oil would drain off.
*I then put the onions, garlic, and peppers into the same pan and cooked. I then transfered them into a big pot. I added the chicken, chicken broth, tomatoes at this point and let that simmer for 15 minutes.
*I added the beans, corn, cumin, and cilantro next and let it boil/simmer for another 15-20 minutes. (For a thickening agent, i set a side about 1/4 cup of the beans and smooshed then in a seperate bowl, then added them to the soup along with the whole beans, it seemed to help thicken the soup)
To serve i put some of the tortillas in the bowl, then added the soup on top, then put more tortillas, avacado slices, a dollop of sour cream, some cheddar cheese, and a few cilantro bits.
I would say that all and all my soup turned out pretty good. I can't wait to try it again. And all i can say is that i'm excited for my leftovers tonight!
I found this on someones blog. I thought it would be fun to do it! Since I love food and all!! :)
I guess these are the rules: 1) Copy this list into your own blog, including these instructions. 2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. 3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating. 4) Post a comment here once you’ve finished and link your post back to this one. 5) Pass it on!
1. Natto 2. Green Smoothie 3. Tofu Scramble 4. Haggis (I had to look this up and would never eat!) 5.Mangosteen 6. Creme brulee 7. Fondue 8. Marmite/Vegemite 9. Borscht 10. Baba ghanoush 11. Nachos 12. Authentic soba noodles 13. PB&J sandwich (who hasn't?) 14. Aloo gobi 15. Taco from a street cart 16. Boba Tea 17. Black truffle 18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes 19. Gyoza 20. Vanilla ice cream 21. Heirloom tomatoes 22. Fresh wild berries 23. Ceviche 24. Rice and beans 25. Knish 26. Raw scotch bonnet pepper 27. Dulce de leche 28. Caviar 29. Baklava 30. Pate 31. Wasabi peas 32. Chowder in a sourdough bowl 33. Mango lassi 34. Sauerkraut 35. Root beer float 36. Mulled cider 37. Scones with buttery spread and jam 38. Vodka jelly 39. Gumbo 40. Fast food french fries 41. Raw Brownies 42. Fresh Garbanzo Beans 43. Dahl 44. Homemade Soymilk 45. Wine from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more 46. Stroopwaffle 47. Samosas 48. Vegetable Sushi 49. Glazed doughnut 50. Seaweed 51. Prickly pear 52. Umeboshi 53. Tofurkey 54. Sheese 55. Cotton candy 56. Gnocchi 57. Piña colada 58. Birch Beer 59. Scrapple 60. Carob chips 61. S’mores 62. Soy curls 63. Chickpea cutlets 64. Curry 65. Durian ( I had some Durian Ice cream before...gross) 66. Homemade Sausages 67. Churros, elephant ears, or funnel cake (no on the elephant ears) 68. Smoked tofu 69. Fried plantain 70. Mochi 71. Gazpacho 72. Warm chocolate chip cookies 73. Absinthe (instant headache!) 74. Corn on the cob 75. Whipped cream, straight from the can 76. Pomegranate 77. Fauxstess Cupcake 78. Mashed potatoes with gravy 79. Jerky (all kinds-beff, salmon,deer, and pheasant) 80. Croissants 81. French onion soup 82. Savory crepes 83. Tings 84. A meal at Candle 79 85. Moussaka 86. Sprouted grains or seeds 87. Macaroni and “cheese” 88. Flowers 89. Matzoh ball soup 90. White chocolate 91. Seitan 92. Kimchi 93. Butterscotch chips 94. Yellow watermelon 95. Chili with chocolate 96. Bagel and Tofutti 97. Potato milk 98. Polenta 99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (i never got into coffee) 100. Raw cookie dough
If i counted right I have had 58/100! Well that was fun. Back to work.. i know...i'm bad.
Anthony and I wentChristmas Tree cutting on Sunday afternoon. It was a beautiful day. It was actually kind of warm in the sun! We went down Cement Hill Rd in Nevada City to the Christmas tree farm that he has been going to since he was little! We had fun picking out the perfect tree for our very own apartment.
And here we have the perfect tree in our new lovely home!
Tonight I started making Christmas ornaments too. I plan on making them for my friends and family. I don't have a lot of extra $$cash$$ this year so I wanted to do something crafty (see I'm trying). Check it out:
All and all it was a good time. And did I mention that i just love Christmas?
I have been doing a lot of thinking lately. I need some change in my life...
My boy and I are seriously thinking about moving. I want to move to New York City. He thinks it would be fun and cool too. That's my plan and my goal. I have never even been there before but it feels like I have. I do so much research on New York. I have wanted to live there since as long as I can remember. Everytime I think about it it gives me butterflies! I even started looking at flats in the city. Prices are so high there! I need to do some more research of what i can do for work!
I also have started to realize that I am kinda lame. I look at other peoples blogs and there are so many neat, creative, fun people in this world! It makes me want to be better, to have more of a drive in my life, to work toward something (small or big), and it also makes me want to be more creative! I have never really had much discipline in my life. I did the whole instrument thing in grade school until the beginning of highschool, then i did the whole organized team sport (paintball) and although i loved it, I never accomplished all that I wanted. Now I am here. I just want more out of this life! I guess I have been going through a bit of a quarter life crisis. I can't go back and change anything that I have done in this life and it scares me.
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