Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Currently ~ November 2018

Today we're chatting about what we're CURRENTLY appreciatingresearchingpostinggetting, and cooking over at Anne's blog. What are you CURRENTLY up to? 

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!
Sick of cooking

20 comments:

  1. Well enjoy that closed kitchen - you deserve a break! Alise did a great job with your nose and whiskers,cutest kitty ever! I have started listening to some Christmas music and have watched a few Hallmark movies 0 even got the app! We are waiting till the boys come home for Thanksgiving to decorate and I can't wait. Of course we are having unseasonably warm weather and that is making it hard to think of the holidays!
    Enjoy your time with Wayne!
    xo,
    Kellyann
    www.thisblondesshoppingbag.com

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  2. Woohoo, I didn't know you two lovebirds were off work this week..yay! We had spaghetti and meatballs on Sunday!! I am too going to put up the big tree this weekend, I decorated a few smaller ones yesterday and had glitter everywhere, lol! Love ya sweets, hope its a glorious day!

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  3. Good morning Laura! What a great photo of the three of you. Yes, who has time to make fish stock? I find that a lot of grocery stores carry it - any store that has a fresh fish counter should stock it.

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  4. I am going to have to check out your Christmas book suggestions. I love reading books that have a holiday theme during the Christmas season.

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  5. I will always be reading something, even during the mayhem of the holidays. It relaxes me!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  6. I'm hoping to get our tree up this weekend too. We usually do it Thanksgiving week but I just want it up early this year. Not sure why - I started out saying I dont even want it up at all with our first christmas without dad. But I think I need it for my own soul.
    Doesnt it make you sad when your kids dont want to do the fun holidays... she'll come back around again. I love YOU are the one in costume. That's what living life is about - getting the joy in each day - especially in cat whiskers & cat ears :)

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  7. I love that you are embracing the holiday season early! Once I get my floors done I will be decorating!!! Yippee!!! I cannto wait to get the turkeys and pumpkins out!

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  8. Love it - you should totally close the kitchen for business when you're off work - sounds like you deserve it :) And I rarely read seasonal-themed books, but it sounds kinda nice and cozy right now, so I might have to check those out!

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  9. It really is hard to watch your kiddos growing up! Halloween is typically the one hold out of childhood. Hang in there, mama!

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  10. Awe. Thanks for the reminder to cherish each day, even the things we don’t always enjoy doing with the kids. You are right… they grow too fast. I was just thinking about that yesterday. Our oldest is 12. We have only SIX years left with her really. SIX! And the past twelves feels like it’s only been days, ya know? How old is Alise? {I love her name.}

    I will have to check out your post from yesterday. I love a good cookbook. A couple weeks ago I ordered Skinnytaste’s new one… One and Done. Loving it so far.

    Happy Wednesday, Laura!

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  11. I know exactly what you mean about the kids getting older and feeling a little sad/sentimental about the end of the some of the childhood traditions. For years, I have bought the kids matching pj's for Christmas morning, and this year I'm wondering whether its time to give that tradition a rest. Have a great week off!!

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  12. Alise did a perfect little nose and whiskers for her sweet mama. Sweet memories to cherish even though the trick-or-treating is done with for now. Enjoy a closed kitchen. Sound perfect to me.

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  13. Yes, you turn around and they are grown. But, each stage brings a different kind of fun. I've been doing a lot of cooking and baking lately. My freezer is full to overflowing. Enjoy the rest of your week off.

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  14. Hope you kids are doing lots of cuddling and just enjoying being together this week. PC and I have Monday off together. Looking forward to that and having a short work week next week, too.
    It is hard when your kids give up Halloween and Santa and the Easter bunny. My daughter hung onto Halloween until they were in middle school. Sometimes just dressed up to give out candy.
    PC is such a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas. Putting up the tree usually involves some kind of fight with me doing it by myself. I appreciate your great holiday spirit.

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  15. Well no wonder you're MIA on MP. I thought y'all were just off for the day. Nice that you've got the week off. I almost told Adele😂 to play Christmas music today, but resisted. Enjoy the rest of your week. XOXO

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  16. I always forget to do this - and I love it! I hear ya on Halloween. I love seeing all the little trick or treaters but it also makes me really sad. Hope you're having a great week off!

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  17. Enjoy your time off for cooking! And yes to all this Christmas spirit

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  18. Good for you for taking a break from cooking! I love to cook but every now and then I need a break too. Bring on all the Christmas stuff now too, I love it!!

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  19. I've never heard of fish stock before in my liiiiiiife. They totally made that up. It's not real ;)

    And I can't wait to check out those books!

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  20. Heading over to check out your book suggestions now! We're pretty sure this was our boys' last year of trick or treating (the oldest wouldn't go) and I'm surprised by how fast that flew right by.

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