appreciating || Halloween was hard for me this year and I found myself missing all those years of costumes, rushing home from work to get food ready for friends, trick-or-treating, and all the other fun things we did on Halloween. I can even now appreciate the hay that always got stuck in my poodle skirt from the hay ride through the neighborhood. Alise wanted nothing to do with dressing up this year and preferred spending the evening with her friends, not trick-or-treating. If anything, the day reminded me of just how fast time is passing by. She drew my nose and whiskers by the way.
researching || Before I decided to make gumbo and red beans and rice for the Bama v. LSWho game, I had planned to make this recipe. However...who the heck knows anything about fish stock?? Granted the recipe goes into detail about it, but who has time for that? I did research/google alternatives, but chicken and vegetable broth just didn't sound like it would make the dish as tasty. I'm considering visiting our local seafood market to see if they sell fish stock. Any other suggestions?
posting || If you're looking for a good Christmas book for the holidays - because I just know that in between buying gifts, decorating, and celebrating the season with family, you really have time to read, right? - I posted some selections yesterday that might pique your interest.
getting || In the Christmas spirit! I actually purchased my first gift about three weeks ago (and already had to exchange the item because someone had cut the electrical cord). I will probably begin adding Christmas touches this weekend! My tree is usually up and donned before Thanksgiving, with the exception of last year. I was on the struggle bus as far as Christmas went last year. But hey! It's 2018 and I say, "Bring it!" Even the music has started!
cooking || The closest thing that I'm actually cooking this week is spaghetti and meatballs. I've been cooking and baking non-stop for nearly three weeks, and this Mama is tired. Besides, Wayne and I are off work this week, and that means the kitchen is closed for business!