Month: November 2014

31 Days of Baking

Tomorrow (the first) starts this year’s round of 31 Days of Baking.

With any luck, my oven won’t die this year-or if it does, it doesn’t take a month to get a new burner element this time.

31 days of baking invite

[Insert Seasonal Title Here] The Annual Seasonal Post Round Up

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Forgive me the accidentally snarky title. It’s not intended.

I did intend on writing you a new post for today but I’m exhausted. Between the holiday and the broken sink and a promotion at work and trying to deep clean the apartment (sorry Mom, I know you’re coming here tomorrow but this apartment will  not be to your standard. I’m still working on the Purge), I’m just tired.

Somehow I doubt I’m going to be seeing sugar plums tonight, though.


Jack Frost

Frosty the Snowman

The Holly and the Ivy

The Haunted Elf on the Shelf


The Yule Log

The Yule Cat

Christmas Cookies


Krampus, et al


Whiskey Scented Cranberry Sauce

This was a complete and utter accident. Or at the least it was very unplanned.

But I’m seriously considering always making my cranberries like this.

This makes a fairly small amount of sauce-it was only the two of us this year, and I’m the only one who eats cranberries. But it’s insanely simple to scale up-just remember that liquid and sugar are always half of the volume of the berries (so 1 cup juice to 2 cups berries).

You could make this plain, and I have that recipe listed in the archives. However, there’s something about the combination of orange juice and whiskey that makes these berries amazing.

Roughly 6 ounces whole cranberries (about half of an average sized bag)

1 cup orange juice

Roughly 1/2 shot whiskey

1 cup sugar

Over medium low heat, cook all until the berries start popping.You might want a splatter screen. Once the berries start popping, let cook down about 20 minutes more or until it’s reduced by about a quarter.

Place in a bowl and cool in the fridge. The sauce will thicken as it sits as the pectin in the berries starts to gel.

*This is a variation of the Ball Blue Book cranberry sauce, and should be safe to BWB can if you wanted to, but the recipe written to this scale probably won’t produce enough sauce to make it worth it.

2014 Gratitude List

sunflower-187984_1280Every year on Thanksgiving, I write a list of the first 50 things I’m thankful for. This started from an idea posted by The Frugal Girl.

They’re given in no particular order, and they don’t have to be ‘huge’. They just have to be the things that you’re glad to have had throughout the year.

Feel free to write and post your own list (though crediting The Frugal Girl would be nice).

1. Kindles

2. Coffee

3. Opportunity

4. Growth

5. Hardship

6. Family

7. Change

8. Busses

9. Friendship

10. The military

11. New beginnings

12. Endings to situations

13. Healing

14. Hope

15. Netflix

16. Advantages

17. Steady work

18. Mid finding new steady work

19. Safety through the snow

20. Housing

21. Adequate food

22. This neighborhood

23. Reliable vehicles

24. Chocolate

25. Clean water

26. Body scrub

27. Stability

28. Education

29. Sleep

30. Overtime

31. Financial advances

32. Paying off one of my two student loans and a car loan

33. Freedom

34. Travel

35. Yarn

36. The Internet

37. Blog readers

38. New blog networks

39. Social networking

40. A solid support base

41. Finding a solid medical team

42. A treatment plan

43. Finding a support group

44. Cooking

45. New cookware

46. Indoor plumbing

47. Junk food

48. Warmth

49. The ability to help

50. The gift of a new year

Horror Confessions: December is for The Shining


I just downloaded The Shining back onto my Kindle.

I’m not telling you this just for blog fodder. If I wanted to just talk, I’d tell you about the week I’ve been having-because while the net result is positive, it’s been eventful (including discovering the length of my kitchen pipe has been cracked for who knows how long and dumping into the basement).

Next month is December, and December is for The Shining.

There are certain books I read at certain times-the big two being American Gods in May and The Shining in December. I don’t really have a good relationship with winter, though I think that may change this year. I don’t know why I say that other than a lack of my normal brooding angst headed into the month.

Somehow The Shining has come to stand for all of my darkness towards winter. Maybe you’d have to live in Buffalo to get it, I don’t know. The only other book that may touch it would be Storm of the Century. I don’t know what it is with Stephen King and snow. There is also something about the madness that runs through the novel. I don’t want to say that I recognize it…but maybe I do.

I just walked in on Mid watching the Kindle light go on and off when he closed the cover, like when you discover that the fridge light goes on and off when you close the door. He might have been standing in a dark bathroom at the time.

Maybe this madness really is a Buffalo thing.

Fall Into the Holidays #10

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Time to start thinking autumn, holidays, and changing seasons! Feel free to share your seasonal recipes, diy, crafts, and other related material. Link up as many new or archived posts as you would like.

We didn’t get the storm, but the entire city was rattled last week. I’m working on getting things pinned, but I have a backlog of things that didn’t get done last week because of changes to both Mid and my schedules.

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A Mother’s Shadow 3-D Pumpkin Card

A Return to Simplicity’s 6 Ways to Simplify Thanksgiving


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