Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Of Leftovers and Setbacks

It’s no surprise to me (or any of you, probably) that I’ve slipped over Thanksgiving.  I gave myself permission to, but in true Kat fashion, I gave an inch and took a mile.  We had amazing food for Thanksgiving, and have made amazing leftovers from it since.

Turketti (with cream-of-something soup and cheese, like every good Southern dish should have):

turketti

Thanksgiving Heart Attack Explosion Panini (with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and brie):

Thanksgiving panini

(pre-pressed, of course)

Not very low-fat, right?  So today I wanted to go running for the first time since Thanksgiving, and wouldn’t you know it, 1) it’s raining, and 2) I’m sick with something ungodly

Of course.

I’m convinced my feeling-bad-ness is thanks in part to poor diet (including sugar and gluten, which I hadn’t been eating much of at all), but leftovers are GONE.  Bring back the sensible eating!

Oh wait, before I get all sensible again, I wanted to show off my contribution to a Clemson vs. USC viewing party (we lost…boo):

baked brie

Baked brie in puff pastry with fun appley stuff inside and team-specific decor on top – a special request I was happy to fulfill.

We got our Christmas tree on Saturday…

Christmas tree

…but it’s still sitting outside until we have time to put it up.  smile_sad

These guys are keeping my spirits warm and bright since they definitely need some lifting.

sleepy kitten

sleepy kitten

I’m not used to having leftovers since we usually go to someone else’s for Thanksgiving.  Do you dig leftovers?  Do you repurpose them?  Do you find it easy to switch gears over a holiday and return to healthy eating?

Friday, November 26, 2010

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

‘Twas the night before Thanksgivin’, and all through the kitchen,
all the creatures were stirring…well, all except this black kitten.

black kitten 

The pumpkin French toast casserole was pre-prepped with care…

pumpkin French toast casserole

…the scents of pumpkin, cinnamon, and brown sugar thick in the air. 

A few eats were prepared for the big day ahead –
pumpkin cheesecake along with whole grain- and cornbread.

pumpkin cheesecake, whole grain bread, cornbread

With the turkey in brine and the food in Saran wrap,
I settled my brain for an overnight nap. 

In the morning, I arose with a half-asleep stagger,
but my coffee-filled penguin and French toast casserole soon cleared up the matter.

penguin coffee mug  pumpkin French toast casserole

Of importance, the Macy’s parade was utmost,
and when Santa brought up the rear, we cheered with a toast.

champagne + pomegranate juice

A pom-champagne spritzer eased all our troubles
as we watched the small arils dance up and down on the bubbles. 

When the drink was all gone and my senses came back,
I prepared lunch – a finger-food snack.

cheese, crackers, crudites

With more food in my belly and a plan in my head,
here came the moment I had begun to dread. 

Several dishes I had planned and some even started,
but roasting a turkey is not for the fainthearted!

Now turkey! Now cranberry! Now sweet potato mash!
On dressing! On casserole! On stress-induced hot flash!

 kitchen prep

To the top of the stove, to the back of the oven!
Now cook away, roast away, bake it with lovin’!

With impatience we regarded our impending feast;
The wait was too tough on these little beasts.

kittens napping

Impatience turned to boredom for this domestic dame;
I made some more coffee and whupped Mom in a game.

Scrabble

A few hours later, as dinnertime drew near
The bird was de-ovened, oven mitts donned with cheer

roasted turkey!

The gravy was whisked and the casseroles were baked
And against our wishes, Lucky’s claim was staked.

Lucky on the table

What to do when your dining room/kitchen’s being renovated?
A card table does the trick, as above he has demonstrated!

The casseroles, how they glistened; the table decor – how merry!
All from scratch, we had pea and asparagus

pea and asparagus casserole

sweet potato

sweet potato casserole with Halloween marshmallows

dressing

dressing

…and cranberry!

cranberry jell-o salad

Some chardonnay and candlelight accented the meal

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“Thanksgiving is here!!” I began to squeal.

Though the cheesecake was cracked, I had not a care

cracked pumpkin cheesecake 
Hope y’all had a great Thanksgiving in Blogland out there!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vista Lights

Hey, remember when I used to run and exercise?  Yeah…I barely do, either.  I’m in the part of that energy spiral where I have NONE, so I can’t bring myself to go to the gym or park, so I don’t gain any energy.  I went jogging last week with Lofton and our dogs, and it was soooo tough.  We did 3 miles of walking/jogging, and it was a testament that I need to get my butt back out there.  I’ve got “plans” to go today…I NEED to make this happen.

In better news, I’m back to losing weight…down to 180 and hope to see the 170s soon! 

In kitteh news, the little girl found her forever home with one of Mom’s co-workers and his family.  His daughters named her Bella.

Bella

And these two nuggets are still with me for now.

baby boys

I’ve eaten several meals over the past week that look like this:

Moroccan stew

A variation of Moroccan stew made with a bunch of CSA veggies that were about to turn.  A huge crockpot of this goes a long way, and I don’t really mind eating the same thing over and over, as long as it’s tasty and easy.

Last Thursday, I went to Vista Lights in Columbia with Lizzie, Lily, and a few of my friends.

Lily, Kat, Lizzie

Hey ladies, remember when I was singing praises for my dry hair shampoo?  I obviously had a little trouble with the application.  Let me serve as a cautionary tale: do not spray thine scalp with white hair powder.

white hair powder fail

We were woefully underwhelmed by the event; they closed down Gervais street – a hugely busy street in the bustling area known as The Vista – for the occasion, and there wasn’t that much to do.  They had a few stages with bands and a bridal show (yeah, it was right outside a bridal boutique, but it would’ve been nice to have a regular fashion show for the rest of us)…

bridal fashion show 

…but I thought there would be more vendors and booths and stuff.  I was under the impression that you could buy food from area restaurants at the festival, but that wasn’t the case.  They had beer and wine vendors and a rogue hotdog cart or two, but nothing special.  They did have a tree-lighting, though!

 Christmas tree in the Vista

…which we totally missed, because we decided to eat dinner at Nonnah’s.  My only alcohol for the evening was a glass of merlot at dinner:

merlot 

Instead of each getting a pricey entree, the three of us split some appetizers and each had dessert.

appetizers at Nonnah's

Spinach artichoke dip, crab something-or-others, and brie with apples and walnuts.  I also snarfed down a big slice of pumpkin cheesecake.

pumpkin cheesecake

Good, but not as good as my momma’s.  I’m always tempted to try the lemon cake at Nonnah’s but usually fall for something chocolatey…thanks to a taste of Lily’s, I’ll get it next time:

lemon cake

In case you were wondering, Lizzie got the pumpkin cheesecake too.

Lizzie and pumpkin cheesecake

Though I was the only member of the Clean Plate Club.  smile_embaressed

Even though we were less-than-impressed with what Vista Lights had to offer, it was neat to walk around in the middle of one of the busiest parts of town with some great company!

The Vista

Lizzie and Lily

Does your town have any fun holiday festivals?  What do you think makes a successful festival?  Food?  Shows?  Activities?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Preoccupied

I’ve had my hands full lately.

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I came home from the Oyster Festival to find a bathtub full of kittens.  Thanks, soft-hearted, impractical Dad.

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In his defense, I couldn’t have left them outside, either.

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The calico is going to a good home today, and I’ve still got the two boys left. 

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I’m already attached…it’s going to hurt so bad if when we find them homes.

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Lord, help me.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Oyster Festival

I’m not a fan of oysters, so when my friend Kaycee invited me to the SC Oyster Festival, I was skeptical, but went for the camaraderie.

friends

And the beer.  We stayed a lot longer than I thought we would, and I didn’t adequately pace myself.  Hoo boy.

I DID have one bite of a fried oyster just to say I did:

fried oyster

…but my dinner was seafood gumbo, complete with crab claws that I pawned off on someone else.

seafood gumbo with crab claw

There…that’s better!

seafood gumbo without crab claw

The festival benefitted the Historic Columbia Foundation and was located on some historic properties…I wish I had gone inside to take a look!

historic Columbia Oyster Festival

Later in the evening while we were listening to some of the bands, I shared a funnel cake with everyone…oh man.

Funnel cake

A good time was definitely had by all!

friends friends

 friends

friends

Do you like oysters?  How do you eat them?  Do you have any fun food festivals in your hometown?  I was sad I had to miss the local Okra Strut this year!