NaBloPoMo’11: Friday Five for November 25, 2011 – Leftovers

Spent Thanksgiving last night with Charlie’s family: his mom & dad, aunt and uncle, but just one of The Brothers was in town. It was very nice.
The wine went over well: I ended up enjoying the chardonnay I had so much that I stuck exclusively to that, and had a few glasses. Charlie and his brother had the moscato. Next time, I’m bringing reisling: it’s sweeter, but not a dessert wine. The bacon cheddar scones went over pretty well, but my favorite part of dinner was the green bean casserole and stuffing.  I really enjoy Paula Deen‘s stuffing that my mom makes, but I also love StoveTop, which Charlie’s mom makes.
After dinner, we played two rounds of Greed, which I enjoy. I thought I’d link to how to play here, so that perhaps you might try it and make it a family tradition, too… Different rules call for different amounts of dice, but we play with 5. Three of a kind is that number x 100 (except 3 1’s = 1,000); five of a kind is that number x 1,000 (except 5 1’s = 10,000 = automatic winner). It takes 750 points to get on the board, and 10,000 to win.
I will also note that I am not Black Friday’ing anything today. One of the exits off the highway I can take to get home from Berea dumps me right in front of a Wal-Mart. It was 12:32 am, and the parking lot was jammed. It was insanity. My aversion to crowds generally keeps me from shopping during the main hours in any brick-and-mortar establishment. I’ve grocery shopped at 11:30 at night so I could pop in my earbuds and jam out by myself. So no, no dirt-cheap plasma TVs for me this year.
Onwards, to the Friday5!
  1. Leftover from April 17, 2009:  What’s a creature comfort (practically unnecessary) you must take with you on an overnight trip in the great outdoors?  Please consider a phone something that has practical necessity!
    It’s very rare that I would go camping, simply because I don’t like being dirty. My practically unnecessary item would probably be a book, then.
  2. Leftover from August 31, 2007: What did yesterday cost you?  <– Thanksgiving in the U.S., but answer it for wherever you are and whatever you did!
    Between the 3 bottles of wine I bought and the groceries to make bacon cheddar scones, it cost me about $35.
  3. Leftover from January 25, 2008: What was your excuse the last time you were REALLY late for something?
    Hmm, I’m trying to think about the last time I was really late for something…been a while. I’m going to say that it was probably traffic-induced.
  4. Leftover from February 18, 2011: What was your first online purchase?
    I’ve been shopping online for so long now, it’s hard to remember. I’m willing to bed it was something either big-ticket like an electronics purchase, or on the opposite side of the spectrum, like a book or something. I honestly can’t remember, which probably speaks greatly to how quickly my generation acclimated to an online lifestyle.
  5. Leftover from December 25, 2009: Which of your gifts do you think you do not put to its best, fullest use?
    I work pretty hard, but I don’t work as smart as I could. I think I squander my perseverance on Sisyphean tasks.

Source: Friday5

NaBloPoMo’11: Wino Forever

Part of the reason why I’m looking froward to dinner is because I will be bringing not only the Bacon Cheddar Scones from yesterday’s post, but also wine.

In the past, wine hasn’t been my drink of choice, but mostly because the really dry wines aggravate my heartburn. As I’ve leaned towards the sweeter wines, I’ve enjoyed them more. I’ve tried some wine and food pairings on dinners out and enjoyed it.

I don’t know if I’m at the point where I’m ready to do wine tours and uncork a bottle just to watch TV, but I feel like there’s no better time to try my own hand at pairing wine and chow than at one of the most ceremonial dinners of the year. I picked out two Moscatos and a Chardonnay for Charlie’s mom, but I tasted it, and it was so good, I might finish whatever she doesn’t drink.

Who knows? Maybe this is the beginning of a new holiday tradition.

NaBloPoMo’11: Pooped

I need to learn to start these posts earlier. By the time I got done with both my personal training and eye appointment
(checkup), all I wanted to do was eat, make a few tangles, and go to bed.

Also, FYI, for those that might be curious, I will be making these and bringing them to Thanksgiving, along with wine.

Bacon Cheddar Scones
from Annie’s Eats

For the scones:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1-2 tsp. ground black pepper (depending on your preference)
8 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1½ cups grated cheddar cheese
4 green onions, thinly slices
10 slices bacon, cooked and chopped or crumbled into small pieces
1 cup buttermilk (plus up to ½ cup extra, if needed)

For the egg wash:
1 large egg
2 tbsp. water

Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and black pepper; mix briefly to combine.  Add the cubes of butter and mix on low speed until the mixture is crumbly and the butter pieces are about the size of small peas.  (Alternatively, this can be done in a regular mixing bowl, using a pastry blender or two knives to cut the butter into the dry ingredients.)  Add in the grated cheese and mix just until incorporated.

Mix in the green onions, bacon, and 1 cup of the buttermilk into the flour-butter mixture.  Stir by hand just until all the ingredients are incorporated.  If the dough is too dry to come together, mix in the remaining buttermilk a tablespoon or two at a time until the dough can be formed into a ball.  Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and pat the dough into an 8-inch disk.  Slice the dough into 8 to 10 wedges.

In a small bowl combine the egg and water and whisk together.  Brush each wedge lightly with the egg wash.  Transfer the scones to an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


NaBloPoMo’11: Grace in Small Things #3

I need today, especially, to remember and invest in Grace in Small Things, especially in lieu of yesterday’s post. Because yes, sometimes, I have a hard time feeling festive, and I can be self-indulgent in my “woe is I” thinking. But, I am luckier than some, and sometimes I need to remind myself of that.
Some grace reminders for the day.
  1. Having two families who want me to be part of their Thanksgiving dinner.
  2. Not having to worry when or where I am going to eat next.
  3. Having to good health to be able to choose between sitting on the couch, watching Law & Order, or get up and work out (sitting on my butt won this time).
  4. Having lovely friends who go out of their way to put together a very special Yule get-together every year, so that all of us far-flung friends can come together and celebrate.
  5. Having a heater in the bathroom so the first step out of a nice, hot shower doesn’t have to be freezing.

Wage a battle against embitterment and take part in Grace in Small Things.