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Gobble, gobble this is what I’m thankful for.


Happy Thanksgiving! It’s the start of my favorite time of year (at work not so much) but I’m looking so forward to a day of seeing family. Nick and I are embarking on our first ever Thanksgiving Tour- 3 households- lunch at my extended family’s place, dinner at his family’s place, and dessert at my Aunt’s house. We’re traveling with snickerdoodles, brussel sprouts w/ pancetta, ‘Run for the Roses’ Pie, and some rosemary biscuits. Should be exciting, should be lots of food and I’m breaking my vegatarian (throughout the week) meals for a feast of turkey, ham, Lechon (holla), and an array of sides and sweets. So psyched.

Of course, everyday I thank my stars for all the good things in my life. But in the spirit of the holiday, let me break it down:

  • Nick. Never has anyone ever understood me, made me laugh, made me feel at ease like this dude. Seriously. Last year when we moved in together it was a bit nerve-racking, but after soul searching and just growing up,
  • My Family. I’ve grown closer to my mom and dad over the past couple of years, and after this year, since I’ve been out of their house and on my own, I’ve realized how much I love em and care for them. My brother and I are making small steps to becoming close, and he will always be Little Brudder. My extended family, cousins, everyone-so happy they’re in my lives.
  • My Friends. I’ve realized that I’ve had to let some friends go, and that’s fine. I think that’s what you come to when you’re at a certain age. But hey that’s cool. And also with that,  I’ve met some rad people this year so I think it all balances out. I know I have my friends I see every week and the friends I see once a year, and I’m thankful that I have them.
  • Roof over my head, my job, my health, pantry of food, etc. That’s pretty much a given.

Now for some materialistic things…

  • Etsy.com
  • The Get Up Kids (I’m still in that kick!)
  • my iPhone (life has been slightly more awesome because of it)
  • my rad hunter hat that keeps me head super warm when I’m lounging around my house

Happy Thanksgiving!



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Orange you glad? I made Sweet Potato Pie?

Part II: Sweet Potato Sweet

I’m not a big pie fan. I don’t really enjoy making pies- the thought of trying to make pate brisse is exhausting, so if I do attempt to make one, I really need to put aside a date. i’m also more of a cake/crust kind of girl, so if I’m eating pie, I usually will eat most of the crust and just a nibble of whatever the filling is. Fruit pies are usually the victims, because it’s the only way I can enjoy certain fruits due to odd allergies.

The craving for pie is also a very specific craving. I will enjoy one during Thanksgiving if someone brings out a homemade pie, or a sampling of mini pies from Mr. Tods, which is conveniently located near my home. The latter being the only place really I enjoy pie; I loathe most supermarket pies.

However, I happened to have a premade pie crust in the fridge. I had made some pumpkin pie bites last week, and decided to ‘chase that feeling’. Sweet potato pie is pretty good, but I wanted to find something less starchy tasting. Warning, this recipe is very sweet (adapted from this one). Yo can omit the cardamom if you must.

1 refrigerated pie crust

1 lb sweet potatoes (about 2 large ones)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 c brown sugar

1/2 c milk

2 eggs

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1. Set out pie crust from fridge. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Boil sweet potatoes until you can pierce them for a fork. This took about 45-50 minutes.

3. When potatoes are done and cool, rub peels off and mash thoroughly.

4. Mix mashed sweet potato with butter and both sugars. Add eggs one at a time until each combined. Mix in spice, caradmom, and vanilla.

5. Prepare pie crust in pan, pour filling.

6. Bake for about 45 minutes until top is set. Let cool on wire rack until warm. Serve with whipped cream.DSC02545

I didn’t want to make a whole pie, so I made miniature ones using a regular muffin pan. I’m also a bit of a whore when it comes to my initials, so with some leftover pie dough I dotted them with ‘C’s. You know it.


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