Thanksgiving, Jars & Bags #NaBloPoMo

Yes, I missed posting a bunch of days. I will make up for it – I promise!

Thanksgiving was a total hit, thanks to me pulling yet another holiday all-nighter. It was totally worth it though – the food was great, even though the turkey was done over 2 hours early (thanks Stop & Shop for not stocking fresh Butterball turkeys and FORCING me to use one of yours so that nothing else was even prepped for cooking when your turkey was done!). It didn’t get all dried out like I was afraid it would.

I was so tired from staying up to clean the house – don’t judge…if I don’t wait until the absolute last minute, Kyle will just trash it again and I wanted the house to at least resemble something humans live in – that I KNOW I had to have said something either totally non-understandable or hilarious at one point. I remember my mother saying something to the effect of “I can’t believe the turkey is ready 2 hours early and she’s cool as a cucumber”. (Little did she know I didn’t have enough energy to freak-the-hell out!) And I do remember lying in bed with hubs, both of us fully clothed at around 8pm, with the boys playing on the floor nearby, and us calmly chatting away and neither of us making any sense at all. I think it’s the closest I’ve ever been to stoned without having touched anything alcoholic or illegal. I can imagine myself stumbling around in a stupor – thank goodness my sister, mother and brother-in-law kept asking what they could do to help!

To whoever decided that anyone pursuing a bachelor’s degree had to study AP Math, I want to stab you in the eye with a sharpened spoon.

As for helping the environment this week, we saved every jar and every plastic bag that went into bringing all the different foodstuffs home and they aren’t entering the trash. The jars are going to be used to hold craft supplies, and the bags are either going to be used as packing material (hubs sells lots of stuff on eBay) or they’re going back to the store to be recycled. Supplying their shoppers with a way to make sure their bags get recycled is one of the few things Stop & Shop does that I actually like.

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Banana Boat Vote #NaBloPoMo

It’s ELECTION Day! Any idea what I’m thankful for today? That’s right – my right to vote for who I think should be President. Don’t worry, I’m not telling who I’m voting for or getting political on you, just wanted to express my gratitude for my part in the process and remind you all to get out there and VOTE!

Yesterday, I was thankful for the glorious reaction Kyle had to the Banana Boats we made. He looked at me as if he was furious with me for “ruining” the bananas, and made me laugh my head off!

Our contribution to saving our planet for the past two days is that we’re donating a bunch of toys that are in almost-brand-new condition to the Epilepsy Foundation instead of throwing them away.

Here’s the recipe for Banana Boats…they’re super-easy and DELICIOUS!

  • 1 Banana per person
  • Milk Chocolate Chips or other small candy that will melt
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Aluminum Foil
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Leave the banana peel on, and slice along the inside of the curve of the banana twice (make sure you don’t cut through the peel on the other side!), and remove a thin wedge of banana. Open up the space left by the wedge you removed to make room for the yummy sweetness of chocolate chips and marshmallows.
  3. Layer chocolate chips or whatever candy you chose to use along the bottom of the space in the banana.
  4. Layer marshmallows in the remaining space.
  5. Wrap banana in aluminum foil – I find it helps if you are able to stand the banana on the outside of it’s curve that it’s easier to get them out of the oven and makes them easier to eat.
  6. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until warm and chocolate and marshmallows are melted.
  7. Enjoy!

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