Archive for November, 2011



Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is here! I can’t believe that it is the end of November. I can’t believe how dark it gets so early.

And yet, I am thankful that the fall weather has been mostly wonderful. The last time I wrote, we were without power for multiple days following a freakish end-of-October snow storm that pummeled New England and left hundreds of thousands without power.

Well, the power came back for us after 3 and a half days. My parents were without power for even longer. I feel fortunate that the weather wasn’t colder or it really would have been miserable. In fact, most of November has been unseasonably warm. We’ve had multiple weekends in a row with temps in the 60s. It has been lovely.

The leaves finally had a chance to play catch-up and turn and fall from the trees. We are almost done with our raking—hopefully with the long holiday weekend upon us we’ll get a chance to finish up the yard work. I still want to do one last fertilization of our new lawn.

In the meantime, I am gearing up to make some Thanksgiving dishes for multiple feasts tomorrow. I love cooking and baking for the holidays. I find it all very creative and inspiring, especially since I haven’t done as much cooking this fall as I usually do. I have been poring over recipe books and scouring websites online for ideas. And here is what I think I will be preparing.

Honeyed Carrots and Oranges

Honeyed Carrots and Oranges courtesy of Real Simple

I still have a bunch of carrots in the garden, but with the temps beginning to get colder, especially at night, I’m ready to harvest the lot. So I think I will make Honeyed Carrots and Oranges courtesy of Real Simple. It looks like a delightfully yummy and easy dish! I am thankful that I am still able to cook using ingredients straight from the garden!

I am also going to make some sort of casserole dish—probably a variation on the “traditional” green bean casserole that uses those fun crunchy onions. I think I’ll add some thinly sliced shallots.

I’m also making a few desserts. I have gone back and forth on what to make, but ultimately I think I will make my very favorite—Swedish Apple Pie. You can find my recipe with photos on how to make the best Swedish Apple Pie here. Instead of honeycrisp apples, I will be using a combo of Granny Smith and Cortland.

I am so looking forward to hanging out in the kitchen tonight to do some baking!

I am very thankful to be able to take some time off to celebrate Thanksgiving, and I can’t wait to see family and friends in town over the next several days. With the holiday season kicking off, it’s so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of doing and the stresses that seam to infiltrate our day-to-day. This year I’m going to take it slow and easy and relish each day. It is really such a short season after all. It’s meant to be enjoyed.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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october was pretending to be march

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

October went in like a lamb and out like a very unhappy, unruly lion. We got pummeled with a fierce snowstorm on Saturday evening that dropped 10″ of snow where we live. Normally we can handle 10″ of snow just fine, but not when the majority of the trees have yet to shed their leaves. That made for a very disastrous combination in Southern New Hampshire.

As of this writing, we do not have power or heat at our house. We do have hot water (for now?) but the water pressure is down to a trickle, so I’m thinking we are near the end. We lost power Saturday night just around midnight. And now it is Tuesday. The estimates are that we won’t get power back until Friday.

But I kind of okay with all of this. Is it inconvenient to stumble around in the dark using only a small flashlight? Perhaps. Is it cold in our house? Of course.

But losing power and being forced to go back to basics is so very refreshing. It reminds me of when Craig and I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2003. When it gets dark, you just naturally start to wind things down. You climb into your tent and get cozy.

We are doing the same thing now—when we get home from work we go walking to assess all the downed limbs in the neighborhood. Walking helps to warm us up. Then it’s home for dinner. Our stove works if we light a match for the gas. And then it’s time to climb into bed and make a cozy nest. We read or chat and find ourselves getting lots of extra sleep.

There are many worse problems to have than lacking electricity. It’s important to keep things in perspective. I am thankful that it is not the heart of winter. The house may be cold at 50°F, but we will deal.

Plus, this is a great excuse to wear jeans every day and put my hair back into a ponytail. Quick and easy.

So, October went out with a bang. Gotta love New England weather. I am really hoping that this means we will have a balmy January!

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