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Wonderful Wednesday

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*This is actually a picture of my Halloween pumpkin, but it is an appropriately happy Wonderful Wednesday Picture*

Time for another Wonderful Wednesday post! Today is wonderful because:

1) There are only 2 more weeks of classes.

2) Of cappuccino muffins for lunch.

3) I started my Christmas shopping! I love Christmas shopping. It is so fun to think up presents for everyone.

4) It’s not 60+ degrees out. Now it would normally be nice to have a 70 degree day in November (i.e. Monday and Tuesday), but it is pretty much torture when your school puts the heat on max no matter what.

5) My little brother got on high honor roll his 1st marking period of high school!

6) I only have to attend 4 more night classes! I hate night class with a passion.

7) Of pumpkin spice scented candles.

8) And I have to mention delicious hot cups of tea under warm blankets! Winter certainly has its perks.

Happy Wednesday!

~Caitlin

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Weddings Weddings and More Weddings

It seems that everyone has decided to get married lately. Jim’s (my fianc√©’s) cousin got married this June in Indiana. Jim was a groomsman in that wedding and then his sister’s tied the knot at the end of September. On top of that Jim’s brother is getting married in February. For those of you that aren’t good with dates (like me – haha) that does in fact mean that Jim, his brother and his sister are all getting married within a 13 month period! Needless to say it is a little bit wedding crazy here.

The funny thing is that before this summer the last wedding I attended was in 2003 and I had just turned 13! Now it has seemed that there is always a wedding to be looking forward to. I am definitely not complaining. Juts check out all the pretty dresses I have been getting to wear!

The June Wedding:

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The September Wedding:

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Jim actually stealthy asked my parents permission to marry me at this wedding! I had a no idea and he proposed about a week later.

The February Wedding:

I’ll be wearing this dress from Modcloth.

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Our Wedding:

To Be Decided ūüôā

~Caitlin

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One More Time

Time for one last Thanksgiving post! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I had lots of fun visiting my family and cooking up all sorts of yummy food.

I don’t really know what else to say about Thanksgiving so I will just show some pictures.

The pretty awesome centerpiece my Mom put together:

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This is the 4th Thanksgiving weekend Jim has spent with my family. The first time he met my family was the day after Thanksgiving 2008!

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Some stuffing cooking:

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More food:

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My families puppy always wants to be in the middle of everything:

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Pies! Pumpkin, Chocolate Pecan and Chocolate Chip!

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

~Caitlin

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It All About the Pie

I want to share another one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes. I just found this mini chocolate pecan pie¬†recipe¬†last year, and it s really super¬†delicious. I made a slight modification and didn’t make my own pie crust. I bought these little mini graham cracker crusts that you can find in the baking¬†aisle. This cuts down on the prep time¬†a little¬†which is always helpful when it comes to Thanksgiving. Plus I am not really a huge fan of regular pie crust, so its a win win.

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans

What to do:

  1. Mix brown sugar, chocolate chips, egg, melted butter, vanilla and salt in bowl
  2. Divide half the pecans up among the mini-pie crusts
  3. Top with the brown sugar/chocolate mixture
  4. Add the rest of the pecans.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes at¬†325¬įF

There you have it! A super simple and beyond delicious chocolate pecan pie recipe. Do yourself a favor and try making these this Thanksgiving!

~Caitlin

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A Night In My Kitchen

Tonight I embarked on making this recipe. This is pretty much how it went:

Step one: Chop onions and garlic, i.e. attempt to peel the garlic and end up with garlic peels stuck to your hands, counter, floor, knife, sink and every other possible surface.

Step two: Cook the onions until tender. Check!

Step three: Cook the garlic for 2 minutes, i.e cook the garlic for 10 minutes because you can’t seem to get the sweet potato peeled and chopped fast enough and you don’t own a sharp knife so your basically cutting into a thick slippery sweet potato with a butter knife and trying not to kill your self in the process.

Step four: Cook the sweet potato for 5 minutes, i.e. cook the sweet potato for 20 plus minutes. Because your can opener doesn’t work and you are supposed to open 3 cans of black beans and 3 cans of tomatoes, but really you give up after 2 cans of each because your can opener is dull and rusty and the handle is falling off. After wrestling with the cans for 10 minutes you finally get the can half way open and pry the rest up with a spoon throughly coating your counters in gross liquid in the process.

Step five: Rinse the beans and add beans, tomatoes, broth and water to the vegetables. Well at this point your realize that you have been cooking the sweet potatoes way longer than your supposed to, but you can’t find your strainer so you throw the entire contents of your cabinet on to the floor (you manage to find the strainer though). Next you quickly rinse to beans and toss them in the pot dripping water all over your mess of a kitchen. And who actually follows¬†recipes? (not me!) So you don’t add the water.

Step six: Add the spices. You realize that in the frenzy which was the last step of the soup making process you have completely destroyed your kitchen and being the ocd clean freak that you are you decide the spices can wait for you to clean up the mess.

Step seven: Add 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 2 teaspoons of cumin, a dash of red pepper flakes, and half a bunch of fresh¬†cilantro, i.e. realize you don’t have chili powder so you throw in a dash of cayenne pepper and a heap of paprika (they’re the same color – right?). You attempt to measure out 2 teaspoons of cumin, but who has time for measuring? So you just throw a decent amount in there too. Then you remember that you are a poor college student who doesn’t have fancy ingredients like fresh cilantro so you just throw some thyme in the pot because why not.

Step eight: Throw in a dash of red pepper flakes – I can follow directions every once and awhile.

And that’s what cooking in my shoes is like….

~Caitlin

P.S. For the record I think the soup came out pretty darn good.

P.P.S. If you actually read that whole post – hats off to you! And I hope I made you laugh or at least crack a small smile.

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Thanksgiving Time!

In honor of the fact that Thanksgiving is one week away I thought I would share some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes. I have made Thanksgiving dinner for my family the past couple of years and it is one of my favorite things. I love trying out a bunch of new recipes and giving my Mom a little break from cooking (although my Mom and Dad make the turkey together).

The first recipe I want to share is one of my favorite mashed potato recipes. I originally got it from Vegetarian Times Magazine.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large onion, diced (2 cups)
  • 5 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup unflavored rice milk (I use skim milk)
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh thyme (I usually end up using dried thyme)

Directions:

1. Boil potatoes in enough water to cover 25 minutes, or until soft.

2. Meanwhile, sautè onion, oil, cumin, salt, and cayenne in skillet over low heat 30 minutes, or until browned. Stir in milk and thyme.

3. Drain potatoes, and mash. Whisk onion mixture into potatoes. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

I like this recipe a lot because it tastes so different than normal mashed potatoes. If anyone tries it out let me know if you liked it!

~Caitlin

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Wonderful Wednesday

I am super excited to do a Wonderful Wednesday post again! Sometimes it is so nice to stop and think about all the happy things that are going on.

1. Its still in the mid-50s to mid-60s and its mid- November. Its nice givenw the snow at the end of October.

2. I finally have my engagement ring back (I had to send it in for resizing).

3. Only 1 month left in my last Fall semester of college!

4. Only 1 week and 1 day until Thanksgiving (I bought some of my baking supplies today)!

5. We started a wedding registry!

6. We have a wedding date!

7. I am back to blogging! I don’t think I realized how much I missed it.

8. Only 2 days of classes next week!

Sorry for all the wedding related items. I had to throw them in there because I am just so happy about getting married to my awesome¬†fianc√©¬†but I’ll try and limit them other weeks.

Why was your Wednesday wonderful?

~Caitlin

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