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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.

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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:

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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:

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And Amber made these great mini Pecan Pies:

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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.

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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.

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Happy holidays!

December already?

I don't know about you, but I can hardly believe it is December already.  I'm never sure where the time goes.  I'm also not sure how more than a week slipped by between posts again, but that probably comes as no surprise to my devoted readers (both of you).

I know you've all been dying to hear whether I got my new Samsung Focus as expected.  I did and I'm loving Windows Phone 7.  It is a huge step up from my last phone.  (Of course, I am a Microsoft employee, so I should point out that any comments or opinions I offer are my views alone and not those of the company.)  I've been playing with it a lot and I think it is a very competitive experience with other phones.

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I've taken some pictures with it, and I think the flash is amazing.  It may actually be brighter than the sun.  It seems like the reviews I've read really like the camera.  Unfortunately, most of my pictures have turned out a little blurry, but it is probably just my poor photography skills.  Here are some pictures I took at Thanksgiving with my phone.  I don't think these turned out too badly, but I'll keep working at it.

Amber and I were at her sister's place with their whole family and some friends for Thanksgiving.  As you know from previous posts, there was a little weather excitement in the form of snow leading up to turkey day so we were a little worried about slick roads right up until we were heading out, but the weather cleared up and the drive to Maple Valley wasn't an issue at all. 

It may have been the biggest Thanksgiving gathering I've attended.  There was quite the crowd of people and everybody brought incredible food to share.  Amber's sister Heather made a wonderful turkey with all the fixings and a ham for added measure.  We made mashed potatoes with roasted garlic, brussel sprouts, stuffing (all Amber's efforts), and a couple homemade pumpkin pies with a caramel pecan topping (my contribution).  After dinner, we played Bananagrams and Apples to Apples - apparently we couldn't stop with the food even when we weren't eating.  It was a great time and Heather deserved a round of applause for all her hard work making it happen.  Thanks, Heather!

I suppose I could say more about my phone, but I need to decide how to talk about it without sounding like a company shill so that will come later.  I did just download a trial version of a blogging app, so maybe I'll try posting using that for my next post.