Monthly Archives: November 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

It can be a stressful day for some, I know, but I hope most people had as fun a time as we did getting ready for Thanksgiving.  Amber and I really enjoy cooking, but we try to keep things under control most of the time.  For the holidays, though, we kind of go all out.

We stated the preparations earlier this week, making a Pumpkin Roll.  Thanks to our friend Anne for sharing this recipe and loaning us jelly roll pans to make it.


This little baby went into the freezer for later. 

We took Wednesday off and spent the day getting the rest of the food ready.  There was much baking, including two kinds of rolls, Parker House and Potato Rolls:


We also baked a bunch of bread from our favorite bread book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, including a couple loaves of herbed bread and a couple Pan d’Epi, but we didn’t get any pictures.  Like I said, we kind of go all out, but we maybe overdid the bread a little.

For the rest of the desserts, we made pumpkin pie with a pecan crumble topping:


And Amber made these great mini Pecan Pies:


In addition to all the baking, Amber made two kinds of mashed potatoes (truffle and garlic), gravy, prepared brussel sprouts and asparagus for roasting and fresh green beans with almonds to sauté.

Thanksgiving day, we started a turkey breast in the crock pot in the morning.  We foolishly thought we might need extra turkey.  This is a madness that comes over me around Thanksgiving.  Anyway, once it was nearly done, we packed up the car and headed down to Amber’s sister’s place for the big family gathering.

Amber’s mom made the turkey, but I got to carve.  Electric carving knives are a must have for Thanksgiving.


Our preparation really paid off.  All we had to do once we were there was cook the vegetables and heat things up.

The day was full of great food and fun times with family.  We had a great time with the cooking, but by far the best part was getting to share the day with loved ones.  I am very thankful that I have my Sweetie to share my life with and that we have family and great friends to share our love.  This picture of us wearing our his/hers periodic table aprons (a very cute wedding gift from her sister and brother-in-law) might be going on the wall.


Happy holidays!

New Elite game kickstarted

One of my first video game loves was the original Elite on the Commodore, an open-ended space adventurer simulation.  I played that game for hours and hours, meticulously tracking my trading and other adventures in logs (which I still have somewhere).  By today's standards, it was crude graphics, but there was an elegance to the vector graphics that is lacking in a lot of modern games.  The gameplay was just great.  It was unlike anything I'd played before.

I was very happy to read this morning that there is a kickstarter project to fund a new version of the game.  The stuff they show looks awesome.  I've got my pledge in!

Is it on fire?

I haven't bothered to set any places in the Windows 8 weather app, so its tile cycles through a few places from around the world.  This forecast for Mumbai caught my eye this morning:


I'm pretty sure I never want to live anywhere where the forecast might be "smoke."