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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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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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First of all, GO HOKIES! It’s gameday!! And it’s a big one; we play Georgia Tech tonight at 8 and it is a must win. Confident, but not cocky.

Quick flashback to the awesomeness that is David Wilson from last year’s game against the Yellowjackets:

Gives me chills. So awesome!

 

I am planning to work on some chicken and quinoa soup. More on that later…

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Weekends in the fall revolve around watching Hokie football on Saturday, so when we have a bye week, like this week, things just feel sad.

I decided to take it easy on Friday night and rented Water for Elephants on Amazon instant play. I just finished the book a few weeks ago; wanted to read it before I saw the movie. It definitely was a good movie, but the way the book is written gives you a while different experience. If you’ve read it, you know what I mean.

Instead of watching the Hokies on Saturday, I watched the UVa and Maryland game. As a Hokie, I am required to despise UVa, which, don’t get me wrong, I do. However, my boyfriend is a Wahoo, so I cheer for them when I can. It was a close contest at first, but UVa took it for sure in the second half.

While watching afternoon football, I made Broccoli Cheese Soup, inspired by Pioneer Woman. I used some cheddar and pepper jack (everything is better with heat). The soup was good but just a tad grainy, which I feel like happens when making a cheese based anything. I’ll have to try something different next time.

Later on Saturday, I went out to Reston to meet up with my roomz for life, Hannah before heading over to another friend’s housewarming party.

Sunday: pancakes, coffee, nail-painting, a redskins loss, and leftovers for dinner. And watching Mad Men on Netflix.

And soon I will update with pictures from a nice hike up Humpback Rocks with the wahoo bf; it was so beautiful. For now, I’ll leave you with this:

 

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Let’s be serious. I cannot be expected to take a million pictures while I am busy tailgating, jumping up and down, screaming, and stuffing my face with turkey legs. But this is what I did manage to capture on my iPhone last weekend in Virginia Tech’s epic win over Miami.

GO HOKIES!

Owned.

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