Travel

At the airport early.

I’m early to the airport. I’ve been spoiled or brainwashed by LAX and arrive to the airport in most cities 2 hours early just because it used to always take forever to park, check a bag and then get through security. Now that I’m flying mostly on high holidays, I feel I almost have to get to the airport early. 

Well, I’m at the airport in Phoenix and it took all of 60 minutes from my front door to where I am now; in a corner airport seat across from Starbucks. I’m tempted to get something from Starbucks, but I don’t feel like standing in line. Nor do I feel like trying to use the app to just order my drink from where I am and then going to pick it up. Not only would I lose my corner seat, but I would also have to re-pack and re-adjust my carry on bag. I just got the damn thing situated after TSA had to take out my “electronics bag” with all of my cords and scan it over again.

I suppose I could grab something to nosh on while I wait another 2 hours for my flight to begin boarding, but I’m wary of spending money on overpriced french fries. Although, good french fries are worth the price. I just spotted Cartel Coffee Lab on the airport map. My friend told me about them and I did tell her I would try them out the next time I was in the airport. 

Guess I’m leaving my seat and getting some coffee…

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Food, Netflix

Is Paul Hollywood the devil?

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I had another Netflix weekend where between doing dishes, laundry, 3-mile hike, and sleeping, I’ve caught up on some shows on my favorites list. I also socialized with some friends who were bowling on Friday and am convinced that my mother is avoiding me regarding Thanksgiving dinner, so I wasn’t a total shut in this weekend. By the way, that totally isn’t me in that picture. You can tell it isn’t me or my living room because you can see the top of the coffee table.

Friday was the release of The Great British Baking Show season 9. Naturally, as someone that is always hungry and loves to destroy my kitchen cooking for the week, I had to watch. Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are back judging amateurs on their technique while Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig provide encouragement to the bakers and some comic relief.

I don’t think I could ever be on a show like that where there was so much pressure to come up with anything presentable. I can cook, but I don’t know what I’m doing half the time. That’s why there is this wonderful invention called a recipe! I know right?! What a marvelous concept it is where someone else has written down what you need and what you are supposed to do with everything you collected!

I’m watching the final episode where the final three contestants are tasked to make donuts. One contestant has never had a donut before. What kind of blasphemy is that? I was raised on Winchell’s Donuts so I can’t imagine what my life or waistline would be without them. I can stand Dunkin Donuts in a pinch. Krispy Kreme and I are mortal enemies.

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Anyway, the one contestant who has never had a donut has finished his creation: donuts with buttercream frosting – I see nothing wrong with that. Paul Hollywood, who appeared to turn his nose up at the thought of a donut with buttercream, tastes the donut and declares that the donut leaves the taste of butter in his mouth and he doesn’t like it. What is wrong with him?

Paul Hollywood is the devil and doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about! How could one turn their nose up at buttercream frosting on a donut? And then also say that said donut leaves the taste of butter in his mouth? I think the fact that butter is in the name of the frosting and would indicate that it may leave the taste of butter in your mouth! UGH!

I digress. Paul Hollywood is an accomplished baker and is not the devil. He knows more about baking bread than I could possibly ever know, or ever care to know.

I think I need a donut.

Food

The Super Bowl of food is coming

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I’m in training for Thanksgiving dinner because Thanksgiving is my food Super Bowl!

I do this every year starting in October. This is when I start thinking about the spread waiting for me at my parent’s house. This is also why I start getting excited about the elastic waistbands as a fashion statement.

There are 11 members of the immediate family that gather around the table for dinner, so there is always a laundry list of food made for the day. This also means that there is usually way too much food, most of which goes home with people in multiple to-go containers and carrier bags.

Since Thanksgiving dinner is such a heavy meal and I’m not getting any younger, I try to limit my carb intake during the year. For me, this means watching what I eat and limiting splurge items, such as gravy as a drink, to once or twice a year. Thanksgiving being one occasion and Christmas as the other. It’s clean living and clean eating until I let it all go in November and December.

Yes, Thanksgiving is about getting together with family and reflecting on things one is thankful for. Since I moved out of state, end of the year holidays are fun. Not only do I get to travel in its limited capacity and agonize over what to take in my carry-on bag, but I also get to see family and catch up with my nieces who are growing up fast. While I’m shoveling in mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese, turkey and stuffing, I get to look around the table and think about how grateful I am about being surrounded by family and friends.

There are only 14 days until Thanksgiving, so I still have time to suffer through plain chicken and salads. But the wait will be worth it! Besides, I’ll probably just have a bite or two of everything and be full for the rest of the day.

Are you ready for the holidays?

General

I’ve got nothing!

I did nothing at all this weekend on purpose. With the exception of going to the grocery store and prepping meals for the week, I had nothing special planned for the weekend. By that I mean I had no plans with friends or little excursions around town. Sometimes staying home is just what I need for the beginning and end of a week.

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I need my weekends to reset and lounge. I had every intention of finishing a book I’m 70% done with too. Especially since my last post had a laundry list of books I want to read this November. I’ll get to it!

I find it is always good to have a weekend where you do nothing. For me, it gives me time to take inventory to see what is coming up and what I want to do for the upcoming weeks. The holidays are fast approaching and this time of the year moves way too fast.

Do you take time to just do nothing? Let me know! I would love to compare notes!

 

Books, Cozy Mystery

November Already?!

The end of the year is fast approaching and I haven’t finished my yearly challenge of reading a certain number of books. My goal is 24 books this year and I’m behind schedule if I go by the tracker I have on Goodreads.

24 isn’t that big of a number compared to some other years I’ve kept track of my reading, but it’s just enough for me this year.

I used to read almost anything I could get my hands on as a cheap way to escape for a few hours. The most I’ve read in a year is 89 books. The books were mostly paranormal or urban fantasy. I got tired of reading about vampires that were over 6 feet tall with toned bodies and endless amounts of money. Where was the paranormal hero with the beer belly that was living paycheck to paycheck? I guess that isn’t as interesting as the guys from the Black Dagger Brotherhood, but beer belly’s story might be fun to read!

Anyway, I stopped reading paranormal and switched over to cozy mysteries. They are light and fun and full of recipes to try out.

Here’s my November Reading List:

Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown
I really like her Consignment Shop Mystery series, so I’m looking forward to checking out this series.

The Pumpkin Muffin Murder by Livia J. Washburn
This is the 5th book in this series. The characters remind me of The Golden Girls.

On Borrowed Time by Jenn McKinlay
Jenn Mckinlay is a go-to for me. Her Cupcake Bakery Mystery series makes me drool.

A Quiet Life in the Country by T.E Kinsey
I have heard good things about this book. I hope it reminds me of Downton Abbey.

Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles by A.L Herbert
Who can pass up fried Chicken and waffles? The next book is about macaroni and cheese! Luckily I can’t gain weight from reading!

 

What are you reading next? I’m always looking for some recommendations to add to my ever-growing pile of TBR books!

Happy Reading!!!

Books, Cozy Mystery, Recommendation

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General

Visits from the Candy Mafia

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Two weeks ago, I was outside on my porch enjoying the cooler weather and probably playing games on my iPad. The kids in this area of my apartment complex were playing and I was naturally tuning them out because they were enjoying the weather as well.

One of the kids is one that lives right below me and is the ringleader for the rest, She has a motorized BMW and practically runs over the rest of the kids that chase her around. She stops in front of my stairs and yells, “Hey! You gonna have any candy?”

I wasn’t planning to buy any candy because I’m like the Halloween Grinch and don’t feel like being bothered with passing out candy, let alone having any candy in my home. Reluctantly I answered that I would and the kids went back to dodging the Mob Boss in her BMW.

So Halloween is here and I have my bag of candy. I’m on the front porch with the bag, my iPad and pink and blue hair waiting for the Candy Mafia to come and they don’t show up! I ate one of every piece of candy while I waited because naturally, I bought the kind of candy I liked. Still no kids. Fine. Whatever. I’m going to take a shower and wash my hair.

As I’m watching what looks like the remnants of cotton candy wash down the drain, I was thinking about when I would trick or treat as a kid. We would go out in some homemade costume we HAD to have with a pillowcase in hope that I came home with a stash that I could trade with my brother and sister. Now I guess no one goes to houses as much and goes to churches or the mall for their candy. That was never an option when I was little. Or if it was, we didn’t know about it.

How was your Halloween? Did you get lots of visitors?