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Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

Another Thanksgiving Morning At The Beach

Posted by terrepruitt on November 24, 2017

The weather was great in Capitola yesterday, Thanksgiving 2017. The past two years we have been going “over the hill” (that is what we call it because we have to drive over a hill) for breakfast on Thanksgiving. The first year was easy. The second . . . not so much as we couldn’t find any place open that we wanted to go to. But we ended up where we didn’t know that we wanted to be and it was fine. This year all the places we called were not open, but we found a place serving breakfast anyway and it worked out ok. It was not hot nor cold. The temperature was great. But it was so bright, I couldn’t see to take pictures. I did take a few anyway . . . but I didn’t really know what they looked like. They turned out ok. Here is one shot from Twin Lakes for the Friday Photo.

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Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?

 

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Eeyore On The Friday After Thanksgiving

Posted by terrepruitt on November 25, 2016

I don’t drink coffee that often any longer.  I love it, but I feel that I sleep a lot (A LOT!!!!) better when I don’t have coffee that day.  When I do have it, it is usually when I am out meeting someone for coffee at Starbucks or Peet’s.   I do love my Eeyore mug.  He is such a lovable “Debbie Downer”.

Yeah, I love my Eeyore mug so much I took a picture of it and I am posting it on my blog for a Friday Photo.  It kinda feels like an Eeyore-day-after-Thanksgiving.

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Busy Time Of Year

Posted by terrepruitt on December 8, 2015

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Birds are so amazing.  But they are very messy and they require a lot of attention.  They are animals that were created to fly.  When they are kept in cages they want attention.  They want attention like any pet.

 

So, I’ve been cleaning, putting up the tree, decorating the house, and entertaining cats.  In another post I will share some of the other decorations . . . this is it for now.

One of my girls is calling.

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How is your Christmas Season going so far?  Are you ready for Christmas?

 

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Turkey Tortilla Rolls Ups Lessons

Posted by terrepruitt on December 11, 2014

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First here is the “recipe”:

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Tortillas (large), 5
Cream Cheese, a brick
lunch meat (I usually use turkey), 15 slices
cheese, sliced, 15 slices
onion, sliced
olives, sliced
lettuce

Before you start you might want to take the cream cheese out of the refrigerator to soften.

I use the ingredients in the order listed.  I find that it seems easier to lay out cling wrap.  The size of the wrap does not have to be that large because the tortilla is going to be rolled.  So it can be as long as the tortilla, but the entire tortilla does not need to fit on it (say from top to bottom).

Lay out 5 pieces of cling wrap.  Then place a tortilla on each piece.  Then spread the cream cheese in a “band” across the tortilla about 1/3 of the way up.  Then put a little “ribbon” of cream cheese on the upper edge of the tortilla.  Place the lunch meat across the band, (at least 3 slices per tortilla).  Place the sliced cheese (at least 3 slices per tortilla) on the lunch meat near the bottom of it.  I don’t have pictures because, can you guess?  I really wasn’t planning on posting this because this recipe can be found anywhere, but what I found out made me want to share.

Put slices of onions on top of the sliced cheese.  On top of all that add the slices of olives.  Then put handfuls of lettuce on top of that.  The lettuce can be put on the tortilla from the bottom all the way up to — and even past — the band of ingredients you have across the tortilla.  So basically you can “fill up” the entire bottom half of the tortilla with lettuce.

When you roll, I find it works best to roll it has tight as you can.  You have to push the lettuce in and under the roll as it goes.  Roll it as TIGHT AS YOU CAN.  You will probably hear lettuce crunching!

Then roll the tortilla roll into the plastic wrap.  Then let them set at least two hours.  Before serving, cut into slices.  I usually get about 8 rolls out of a tortilla.  So this recipe will make about 40 little roll ups.

They seem to slice best with a serrated knife.

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My family got together AFTER Thanksgiving.  I made the roll ups on Thursday night.  I sliced them and served them Saturday.  When I made them I rolled them very tight.  When I sliced them they were very loose.  I was confused while cutting the first wrap.  Then by the time I got to the second one I realized that the lettuce had shrunk.  It wilted a bit.  It wasn’t really soggy and totally wilted, but it did lose a lot of volume.  So that is something I need to keep in mind if I make them in advance.

Also . . . people seem to love the flavor of cream cheese and olives.  Interesting the things you learn:

-serrated knife, the lettuce will lose volume making the wrap loose (and more difficult to cut), and olives and cream cheese.  Oh, and at the store I found THIN sliced cheese.  That helped a lot.

Do you like these?  Do you make them?  What would you put in your Roll Ups?

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Thanksgiving 2014

Posted by terrepruitt on November 27, 2014

You may know that I post on Thursdays.  Thanksgiving falls on Thursday in the United States that means that I will post on Thanksgiving.  I say that every year.  Even though I know that the day is coming, I don’t seem to ever have a post well planned.  I am usually sitting at my computer at 11:30 pm trying to come up with something that isn’t just me being thankful.  But I usually just give in to the fact that I spent all evening eating and not thinking about my blog.  This year we had dinner a bit earlier than normal because the 49ers were playing and someone had tickets to go see them.  I was a bit resistant to the fact that we were having dinner at noon because of a sporting event.  But it turned out not to be that early.  I do believe the 49ers lost, though.  We had a very nice early dinner.  The group was smaller than it used to be due to the fact that a lot of the “kids” were off being adults.  Always so sad when the “kids” aren’t around, but so exciting that they are off living their lives.  Exciting they are off with other people who love them.  So, instead of sitting at my computer at 11:30 pm, I am sitting at my computer at 9:30 pm.  I just want to continue the gratitude.

I am very grateful for my family on my husband’s side who provide a yummy Thanksgiving dinner (or lunch) every year.  This year was very simple and very yummy.  It was perfect.  We even ran out of salad which hasn’t happened in YEARS!!!

I hope that you can tell from reading my blog that all year long I am very grateful for my family.  I am grateful for my husband.  I am grateful for my friends.  I am grateful for my students.  I am grateful for Nia.  I am grateful to have a job teaching Nia with the City.  I am blessed and I know it.  I hope that I show it.

I am excited to get started on decorating for Christmas.  I wish we had a week in between Thanksgiving and December (as I mentioned in my last post about a Christmas card Christmas tree), but that won’t happen until 2019.  We will have days in between in 2017 and 2018, and a whole week 2019.  But for now, Christmas is four weeks away.  I love Christmastime!

Well, I know, every Thanksgiving is the same thing regarding my posts, but really I do like to state it in case you can’t tell from my posts all year long . . . I am very grateful.

Ooooh.  Thanksgiving fact according to the website CNN Living: TV dinners came from Thanksgiving.  When someone at Swanson misjudged the number of frozen turkeys they would sell in 1953, they decided to slice and package it up with the rest of a Thanksgiving dinner.  Desperation IS the mother of invention and they had to figure out how to get rid of TWENTY SIX TONS (!) of frozen turkey!

Also remember, there is tryptophan (the stuff that people blame being sleepy on) in protein based foods eaten every day . . . so it is probably not the turkey making you tired.

I hope you all had a very happy and safe holiday.

What did you do?  Did you celebrate?  Was it Thanksgiving for you or just another Thursday?  Pumpkin pie or pecan pie? 

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CeCe’s Creative Christmas Card Display

Posted by terrepruitt on November 25, 2014

In January of this year my friend posted a picture of the Christmas cards she received.  I loved what she did with them and asked her if I could post her picture and idea on my blog.  She is super sweet and she said yes.  She created a Christmas Tree with her Christmas cards!  January is obviously after Christmas and I thought if I posted it in January we would forget about it come December.  So I told her I would post it closer to Christmas so that we could use the idea for Christmas 2014.  She had asked if I wanted a better picture because the one posted here I took off of FB.  I said no.  I do believe it is a bit blurry, but I think blurry is good so all the photo cards she received aren’t posted clearly on my blog.  It is about that time of year when we start thinking about sending out Christmas cards.  And here is a great idea of what to do with the cards you receive.  In the past I have posted about what I do with my Christmas cards, I do put them on the wall, but I really like the idea of putting them in the shape of a tree.  Thanks, CeCe.

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Oooo!  You could also attach some flat ornaments to the wall.  Hanging them in between the rows of cards.  Yeah, That would be nice.  I might just do that.

I was a little sad last year because I estimated that we sent out twice as many cards as we received.  While we do not send out cards just to get one in return, I just love cards and I was a bit sad that it seems as if the tradition of sending out Christmas cards seems to be disappearing.  Although, it could also be that Thanksgiving 2013 was the very LAST week in November with no time after before December started.  That always makes for a super busy Christmastime and I remember having not received a lot of cards when that happened previously.  It is the same this year.  Thanksgiving is the last week in November.  Too close to Christmas.  It would be nice to have at least a week after Thanksgiving before December starts.  Or we should celebrate Thanksgiving in October, like Canada.  That would give us enough time to enjoy it more.  Anyway . . .

Last year we had a great Christmas tree.  It was severely misshapen, but after we decorate it, it looked beautiful AND it lasted a long time.  Even after we put it outside and my husband cut it up for collection, it smelled fresh for days.  This year we might have two trees.  A real tree and a card tree!

So there you have an idea of how to creatively display the Christmas cards you receive and have a “tree” at the same time!

What do you think?  What do you do with the Christmas cards you receive?

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A Quick And Yummy Way To Use Cranberries

Posted by terrepruitt on November 8, 2014

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Cranberry Orange Relish

a little over a cup of cranberries
1 apple
1/2 of a medium to large size orange
a little less than 1/3 C sugar
maybe a little salt

Remove the core from the apple.  Leave the peel on.  Then cut the apple into large chunks.  Cut the orange into chunks — LEAVE THE PEEL INTACT.  Put the cranberries, apple chunks, cut up orange WITH THE PEEL ON, sugar, and pinch of salt into the food processor or blender.  And pulse until the ingredients are mixed up and finely chopped.  Scrape the sides down, if necessary, in between pulses.*

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I served it on some boneless pork chops.  It was awesome.  I figured since my husband likes Porky Pork Chops, which has apples, the relish with cranberries, apples, and oranges would be good.  And it was.  It was soooooooooooooo good.  We had some leftover.  And my friend mentioned eating it on crackers.  So I wanted to try that.  DELISH!

This relish is so good you don’t need to put it on anything, you can eat it by the spoonful!

It is also so good, I can imagine it on a variety of things.  It would be good on chicken, on some salad greens, on pancakes, on waffles, on French Toast, or served as a fruit “bruschetta”.  I don’t eat dressing/stuffing, but I imagine it would give your holiday dressing a little zip.  I know . . . and I mentioned it in the post that netted me the recipe . . . that my sister-in-law put cranberries in her dressing so this would be just a little bit more umph!

It would be yummy as an ice cream topping.  Perhaps it could even go on a fruit pie.

Really it can go anywhere your imagination goes.  I wanted to post this recipe in time for Thanksgiving in case you wanted to use it for Thanksgiving Dinner.   (Or Thanksgiving Lunch – as is the case with us because someone has tickets to the 49er game so we have to have dinner at noon!)

To see my friend’s write-up of the recipe (she used about 4 cups of cranberries or a 12 ounce bag – which she says is about 3 cups) go to my post and scroll down the comments.  Then go make it and tell me what YOU put it on.

Thank you, again, for the recipe Joan!

Doesn’t this sound good?  Doesn’t this sound easy?  What are you going to put it on?

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Shocking Spinach Dip Discovery

Posted by terrepruitt on December 24, 2013

For many it is Christmas Eve.  Some might not celebrate Christmas or it is past the day, but here, where I am, it is Christmas Eve.  It is Tuesday so normally I would have had a Nia class in the morning, but the Park and Recreation Department of San Jose took the day off so there was no Nia this morning.  They also have instituted a very abbreviated Group Ex schedule so my Nia classes with the City of San Jose are done for the year.  We will be back Thursday, January 2, 2014.  (WHOA!  2014!)  I have one more Nia class in Willow Glen this year and one more class this year that I am subbing for the YMCA.  Then onto the next year!  So today I had a very relaxing Christmas Eve Day.  Probably thee most relaxing Christmas Eve Day I have had in a LONG time.  It was nice.  One thing I had to do today was make spinach dip.  In my world this is a common party treat.  I have been making it for as long as I can remember.  Although I had not made it in a long time.  I think I first heard about spinach dip when I worked at my first mortgage job in the mid ’80s.  So that is a long time.  Spinach dip seems pretty common and timeless.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yoga, YMCAOne thing I notice over Thanksgiving when I made a quadruple batch was that the recipe calls for a 10 ounce package of frozen spinach.  Well our big green friend now makes his frozen spinach in 9 ounces sizes.  I thought that was funny.  Then today as I happened to be READING the recipe I noticed something that had me saying, “WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!”  The directions actually say to COOK the spinach.  I have never heard of such a thing.  I have NEVER cooked the spinach.  And as I mentioned I have been making spinach dip for YEARS.  Cook the spinach?  Really?

I prefer the Knorr Vegetable soup mix.  But one year I couldn’t find it ANYWHERE and I ended up with the SPRING Vegetable mix and that was awesome because it had mushrooms in it.  Now I can’t find that.  I have also used other soup mix and have not been as happy as when I use Knorr.  But this “cooked” really made me laugh out loud.  Here is the recipe I am sure many of you are familiar with:

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Knorr Spinach Dip

Ingredients
1 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, cooked, cooled and squeezed dry
1 container (16 oz.) sour cream
1 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
1 package Knorr® Vegetable recipe mix
1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, drained and chopped (optional)
3 green onions, chopped (optional)

Directions
1.  Combine all ingredients and chill about 2 hours. Serve with your favorite dippers to your favorite people.

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Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yoga, YMCAAlso, for me, the water chestnuts are NOT optional!  They are a requirement.  In fact, to me, the are the best part.  If you watch me getting some spinach dip you will probably see me pushing my cracker/bread/veggie through the dish just trying to get at that chunk of chestnut.

In addition to the change in weight of the spinach they also now package it in a plastic, which helped when squeezing the water out.  After I squeeze the spinach it is all clumped together so I use forks to pull it a part.

So I have two main questions for you:

1)  Do you COOK your spinach?
2)  How do you squeeze all the water out of the frozen spinach?  To me that is the worst part.

Let me know because I am soooooo curious.

And to all I say:

Merry Christmas!

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Goodie Jar – Check In #40

Posted by terrepruitt on December 6, 2013

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We are into December.  And there are only three more chances for Goodie Jar Check Ins.  WOW!  I think that we should get the lawmakers to pass a law that makes Thanksgiving either in October like they do in Canada or at least the second to the last Thursday in November so that we can have more time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I really like more time from Thanksgiving to December.  I am feeling the rush.  Part of it has to do with the fact that I am in the process of getting hired on at the YMCA as a Nia teacher.  There are a lot of things to do to get hired on at the YMCA as there is with many companies.

So I am feeling the rush.  But I still have time to put things in my Goodie Jar.  One of them, of course, is having an additional place to teach Nia!

How about you?  Are you making time to make notes of the good things?  Are you stopping and “smelling the roses”?  

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Goodie Jar – Check In #39

Posted by terrepruitt on November 29, 2013

I don’t know about you but here it is another week with A LOT of good things to put in my Good Things Jar.  Well, that is kind of the point, really.  To always find something good to put it the Goodie Jar.  Sometimes you might find it easy than others.  But hopefully you are always able to find something.  With this week being Thanksgiving week in the U.S. and Hanukkah I am thinking there are a lot of people with good things to put in the jar.  I am seeing a lot of posts on Facebook.  So, I hope you are filling that jar up!

How is your jar doing?  Getting full?

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