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I hope everyone had a lovely thanksgiving yesterday. I am spending today perhaps doing a little online gift shopping and preparing for tomorrow’s football game. I plan to hopefully make a few tailgate dishes to bring wherever we go.

So, back to thanksgiving! We usually stick to around the same plan when it comes to food. Turkey, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, Hayman potatoes took the place of regular sweet potatoes this year. cranberry sauce, and Pillsbury crescent rolls!

Although it’s nothing crazy or super different, it’s delicious and always enjoyable to eat with the whole family there.

Desserts were pumpkin and apple pie!

Time for thanksgiving leftover lunch!! Turkey sandwich, here I come!

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I just wanted to share a few things I am thankful for at the moment.

My family and puppy Daisy, all together in the same house today.

My friends, who never cease to entertain me.

My cute boyfriend, even though he does things like this.

The Hokies. I cannot WAIT until the game on Saturday! Courtesy of The Key Play:

Having a job, not everyone does. My kindle. I love reading, and I am currently reading A Game of Thrones.

My health. Even though I have a chronic illness, I am healthy, active, and incredibly thankful for that.

And finally, Thanksgiving food. It’s time to go cook and do some parade watching.

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Last night I went out to dinner and a movie with my friend Danielle. We decided to brave Tysons Corner since the theater is so nice, without thinking that there would be a crazy crowd since it’s mid-November. On a Saturday night. We both thankfully found places to park without too much trouble. We got dinner at Coastal Flatts and then went to see Breaking Dawn, Part 1. Obviously, not everyone will enjoy it, but I did!

I got home and there were still 40 seconds left in the FSU vs. UVa game, UVa up but FSU in range to score. After a play review and a penalty, FSU missed what could have been their game winning field goal. Therefore friends, next week’s game against UVa is actually important as we play for the Coastal title and our spot in the ACC Championship. Thankfully, I will be in Charlottesville to cheer on the Hokies while we crush those silly old wahoos. For extra special hate week entertainment, head on over to the The Key Play for thoughtful analysis. Let’s be real, next week will be amazing.

Anyways, this morning I woke up craving waffles, so I decided to take a nice fall twist on them: Pumpkin Waffles!! They were fluffy, nice and golden, and, duh, tasty! I usually eat my waffles without syrup or anything, just butter. These have a little bit of brown sugar in them, so they aren’t overly sweet or anything.

Pumpkin Waffles

  • 1 1/2 cups  flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 2/3 cups milk
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted and cooled

Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. In another bowl, mix the eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin, milk and butter together. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet.

Heat your waffle iron and cook according to your waffle iron’s directions. I used a little under a cup of batter and cooked them for around 4 minutes. Enjoy!

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a sailing story

Time to tell a story of a sailing trip. Months and months ago, two friends and I bought an online voucher for a three-hour sunset cruise on the Potomac River through DC Sail. After failing the entire summer to coordinate schedule and book the cruise, we finally booked for a weekend in October.

The day before that cruise, the captain had a family emergency and all of the backup captains weren’t available. So, plans foiled again, we were rescheduled for the following weekend.

The cruise was BYOB, so we picked up some wine, cheeses, bread, and other assorted snacks. We waited on the dock with a group of other people booked on the cruise. And killed some time with the fake helm on the dock.

After standing around for a while, we were informed that the engine was broken and there would be no sailing that night. That weekend turned out to be the last weekend for cruises of the year.

Instead of heading all the way back home with our bags of food and drink, we decided to wander down the Southwest waterfront and find somewhere to sit and eat.

We ended up finding a nice spot with tables and chairs overlooking the water. Cracked open the wine and spread some pimento cheese on bread. Really nothing better than that.

We watched a bunch of people climb up the mast of a big ship and tie up the sail. It was facsinating to watch them up there just standing on a rope folding this thing.

We had a great time sitting, talking, eating and drinking while the sunset. The night ended up being rather cold, so in the end we were glad we didn’t have another hour out on the chilly water.

So I guess sometime next spring there will actually be a sailing story to share.

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cajun pasta

Thursday is my telework day. Our company instituted a telework policy a few months back. So after I finished all of my work today, I made a trip to the store to pick up a few things for dinner.

I cooked for me and my mom; my dad is actually down in Blacksburg with a media pass to the Virgina Tech game. Lucky lucky. So, since pops isn’t here for dinner, we had pasta! He’s not a big carbs fan.

Using some inspiration from Pioneer Woman, I decided to make Cajun Chicken Pasta, just  few small changes. It turned out pretty tasty. I definitely would like more heat, but wanted to make sure Momma would like it too!

My lovely recipe for Cajun Chicken Pasta

  • 1 pack chicken tenderloins, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbs cajun seasoning
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper thinly sliced
  • half of one red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1% since that’s all we had)
  • 1 lb linguine (or whatever pasta you would like)
  • cayenne pepper as needed
  • salt & pepper as needed

Cook the pasta according to the the box; I used whole grain pasta so it took a little longer than usual. I know now everyone is a fan of the whole grain pastas available, but I really like them.

Season the chicken with about 1 tbsp of cajun seasoning. Heat 1 tbsp of butter and oil on high and brown the chicken on both sides. Remove to a plate.

Using the same pan, heat 1 tbsp of butter and oil on high and blacken the peppers, onion, and garlic with remaining seasoning and a dash of cayenne. Remove to same plate with the chicken.

Keep the burner on high and deglaze the pan with the white wine and chicken stock. Let it reduce for a few minutes. Bring the burner to medium low and add the milk or cream or whatever you choose and let it simmer for a few minutes to thicken up. Taste and season as needed: salt, pepper, cayenne, etc.

Add the already cooked chicken and veggies, along with the juices! Cook that up again for a few minutes. Mix in the pasta and you’re ready to eat!

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Thanks to my lovely friend Julie over at Table for Two, I signed up yesterday for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. What better way to try out some new cookies and share with new blogger friends?!

Now I just need to think of what cookies I’ll send out to three other bloggers. Something new and creative? Or a classic recipe? We shall see. Either way, I am excited to participate in my first real blogging event!

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Getting a little bit of inspiration from the blog world this weekend, I made lots of yummy meals for a fortunate wahoo in Charlottesville. Along with some tailgating and football.

First meal attempt, some delicious soup, courtesy of Cookin Canuck. A chicken, butternut squash, and quinoa stew. This thing was awesome and will definitely be made again. Don’t have any pictures; I was busy trying to pull things together in an unfamiliar kitchen. Steaming sqaush was a challenge with a pasta strainer and pot lid that didn’t really fit. Still super delicious.

Saturday was some tailgating and football watching at good ole UVA. Did have some nice box seats though. BUT NOTHING BEATS HOKIE FOOTBALL. Just had to put that out there.

It was a beautiful day though. Thankful for this great weather in November.

Cainon was busy studying for the GMAT on Sunday so I got to work in the kitchen making some treats for us. After renting Pirates of the Carribbean on Amazon.

I was catching up on the blogs and saw a recipe for Pumpkin Mac and Cheese on Eat Live Run. ummm ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! So yes, I wen to the grocery store, bought all of the ingredients, and cooked that baby up.

Seriously, this dish was awesome. You could tell that there was something just slightly different about it if you didn’t already know there was pumpkin in it. mm mm mmmm!

Cheesy, pumpkin-y and delicious.

Among other weekend activities, thanks for a great weekend or cooking blog world!

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