Good morning! I mentioned on my last post that I’m hosting my first Thanksgiving, something that makes me nervous but excited at the same time. I’ve only hosted one other holiday get together which was Mother’s Day and that one was fairly simple (plus Mr. Pie manned the grill which cut my cooking in half). Fortunately my first time around should be easy as it will only be me, Mr. Pie, and my parents but I thought I would share some of the tips and tricks I’ve been gathering to help with the big day!
1. Know your limitations – My dear sweet mother-in-law hosts Thanksgiving each year for all of us the day after Thanksgiving. She typically sets up a huge spread, including a full-sized bird and a multitude of side dishes along with at least four pies. How does she do all that? She has a double oven, a roaster big enough for a huge turkey, and multiple crock pots along with the space to have everything plugged in and running simultaneously. I have a single oven and a crock pot so our spread will be a bit smaller to minimize my stress. I’m also downsizing to a turkey breast that can cook in the crock pot so the oven can be left for the other sides. Don’t feel like you have to have a picture perfect holiday in order for it to be successful.
2. Ask for help – In all of my cooking over the years I’ve never made mashed potatoes. (Truth time – I actually don’t like mashed potatoes which is why I don’t make them) My dad is awesome at mashed potatoes so to help us out he’s whipping them up for us. Making this a group dinner helps everyone out and ensures that there will be something each person can be proud to contribute.
3. Plan plan plan! – I’m big into planning; I love meal plans, packing lists, and anything that helps keep me organized. I made sure to sit down this week and plan everything out, starting with when we want to eat and working backwards. I also made sure to look up the amount of time it takes to thaw our turkey to add that into the mix as well. Using that I made a timeline for the day that includes time for Mr. Pie to go for a morning run and both of us to have time to clean up before my parents arrive. Planning also gives you the chance to look at your recipes and find things that can cook simultaneously to help if you have limited baking space.
Those are my big three for now, what things have you found have helped you when planning for Thanksgiving or other big holidays?
Holy cow I did not mean to step away so long again. Apparently this whole new work schedule thing has kicked my butt, however I think I’m starting to get my blogging mojo back. Hallelujah!
I hit the big 3-0 last Friday and so far I have to say… it was not as scary as I thought it would be. The weeks before I found myself freaking the heck out for absolutely no reason. I think part of what helped was Mr. Pie turning 30 last month, he breezed through like it was just another day. I think a part of me has always felt way older so this new age feels like the right fit. It also helps that we’ve basically been celebrating non-stop since Mr. Pie’s big day!
I made sure to get Mr. Pie some special gifts for his big birthday. First off, I hit Friar Tuck’s (love the pick six!) and got him 30 beers to celebrate 30 years:
I followed that up with a new medical alert bracelet for him to wear when he goes running. A little boring? Sure. Mr. Pie loves practical gifts and this one came in handy because the next day he ran his favorite 10K, the Halloween Run. I decided to make it even more of an event and walked the 5k, which confirmed that a) I’m not a race person and b) I’m much happier going to these things as the Runner’s Wife. I am proud though that I did check one thing off of my list!
We also took a quick trip to Chicago so Mr. Pie could check something off of his bucket list. He has been dying to run the Hot Chocolate 15k here fooreevvvvver and he finally made it happen this year. He even took a day off of work so he could be online at midnight when registration opened up! We kicked off the chocolate weekend with this killer sundae from Ghirardelli:
I got to enjoy the spoils of war with his chocolate mug. It was filled with a cup of hot chocolate, chocolate fondue, and dippers. Mmmm, I can’t wait for the December race in St. Louis so I can get my hands on another one! Mr. Pie did awesome and this pretty much sealed the deal he will be training for a half marathon next year.
This is getting super wordy so I’ll go into my birthday shenanigans on my next post. I’m also hosting my first Thanksgiving this year so I might do a breakdown too of how I’m trying to make Turkey Day stress free to boot. Have a good one!
I did not mean to leave you over the course of the summer. Can you tell things were probably a little crazy train?
To be honest, between Freshman Orientation (oy), still getting settled into the house, and dealing with this crazy thyroid the blog has totally been on the back burner. I’m happy to report not only am I back but ready to chat about life. Things are moving back into order and I hope I can spend some time not only catching up but getting ready for the big 30 (!) that is only months away.
Anywho, as I collect my thoughts and get ready for some chats, what have you all been up to over the summer? Anything in particular you would like to know about as we get things back into gear? Let’s dish!
Hi all! Holy cow, did we really move almost a month ago? And have I left you all hanging since then? Let’s go back and do some recap, shall we?
Mr. Pie and I moved at the end of April (wasn’t that yesterday?) and have loved being in our new house. It is amazing what an improvement having space to spread out makes. And I have a kitchen large enough to cook in for the first time in forever! Our movers were amazing, they seriously got everything done in under three hours and took great care of all our belongings. If you are in the Lou and looking to move let me know so I can pass their name along.
The funniest part came that same weekend, Mr. Pie and I were planning on adopting a pair of kittens once we were settled in and unpacked. Well, one of my parents’ neighbors was taking care of a momma cat who had delivered a healthy litter just eight weeks earlier. The day after we moved we went over to check them out and (surprise!) ended up taking two sweet babies home with us.
Meet Hudson (the gray girl) and Hush Puppie (the orange boy), the newest additions to our family! They are as sweet as can be and (thankfully) very healthy & happy kittens. I love them so so much and Mr. Pie and I just melt every time they cuddle up with us.
This weekend we hosted both families for the first time with a Mother’s Day celebration. Mr. Pie ran the grill and I whipped up sides for our families to enjoy. We lucked out with gorgeous weather and christened our patio for the first time with some delicious beverages.
(Ignore my crazy hair, it’s getting chopped this Saturday!)
So all this craziness has caused me to forget a little something… my 30 by 30 list. Today is actually the six month mark so we are T-minus 178 days and counting until I hit the big 3-0! I’ll be totally honest, the past few months have had me forgetting about most everything on that list. I’ve been doing well on some things and I still plan a big end of the year wrap up, but for now let’s just see where things go, okay?
That is all our craziness for now, thank goodness! What fun have you all been up to? Anyone else getting ready to ring in a big milestone?
I’m going to go ahead and apologize if the blog loses some steam over the next week or so because we are moving this weekend! I am so excited to get into our house and settle in so posts might be on the light side. I promise to come back with some before & afters along with any hilarious stories that happen our way during the shuffle.
For now I’m linking up with the hilarious Holly & Jake for another round of Finish the Sentence!
1. I laughed so hard I cried when… I read the 25 best/worst auto corrections of the year. I don’t know why but they crack me up!
2. My high school… was a blend of hippy & pretentious, which I think fits my personality to a T.
3. It really pisses me off… when people drive slow in the left hand lane and I’m trying to get home. Just move over!
4. In ten years… I’ll be getting ready to turn 40. I am so not prepared for that….
5. If I could erase one thing… it would be most of my fashion choices from 1996-2006. Ouch.
6. In 1999…I turned 16 and got a sweet ’84 Ford LTD2 to drive around in banana yellow. Just imagine driving two couches on wheels and you’ll understand.
(Image source It was a 4 door, and if you can stand the awesomeness, had an old school push button FM/AM radio. Hot!)
7. Honestly… there are days I just want to become a house wife again. I love contributing and using my knowledge & skill set but I so miss the biggest decision of my day being what to make for dinner.
8. To me, Sushi… is amazing! My favorite in the area is Sushi Ai, I love their honey roll, it tastes like Crab Rangoon and Sushi had a delicious baby.
9. Someone really needs to invent… a teleportation device so I don’t have to drive an hour each way to work. Either that or a pod I stick my head into that does my hair for me perfectly every day.
10. The first time I drank alcohol… I was probably around 3 or 4 and wondered what the “juice” my parents were drinking tasted like. I can remember getting a sip and thinking it was the nastiest thing ever, which is still mostly true for red wine in my opinion.
11. The one question I would ask God is… how badly does my mom beat you during your regular pinochle game?
12. Lindsay Lohan… needs to disappear. And deactivate her Twitter account.
Don’t forget to link your own hilarious answers up with Holly & Jake! And since I’m from St. Louis I have to ask, where did you go to high school?
At this point, I can’t even comprehend what has happened.
I’ve written previously about being a runner’s wife. Races have always been fun for me & Mr. Pie; we would get to see competition in it’s purest form, (hopefully) enjoy some nice weather outside, and get to see the pride & joy on people’s faces as they crossed the finish line.
It will all be different now.
My biggest fear used to be that Mr. Pie would possibly be injured or get dehydrated during a race. Now I’m not sure what to think. His next run is two weeks away and I’m sure it will be emotional for many of the racers there.
It just reminds us all, hug your family, tell the people important to you that you love them, and don’t take life for granted. I’ll also now add go out there and run or walk a race for all of those brave runners and spectators who might not be able to after yesterday.
Our local news station posted this on Facebook today, I think it sums things up pretty well.
I know I’m sending out some extra prayers tonight.
Howdy all! I’m back again and linking up with the hilarious Shannon over at Life After I “Dew”. This week I’m saying “So What!” to…
- I’ve made more progress on making a dent in the Easter candy than packing. Thankfully that just means it is one less thing to pack.
- 99% of our groceries this week were frozen and of the “quick cooking” variety. Between packing & getting the house ready the last things Mr. Pie & I need are dishes!
- Deciding what to wear each morning is a battle so each morning I’ve been leaving “clothes mountain” on our bed. Spring clothes are confusing!
- Mr. Pie and I have eaten out more in the last two weeks than in the last few months combined. Exhaustion is trumping good decision making for the moment.
What are you saying “So What!” to this week?