Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gluttony in epic proportions

I'll start off...before you see the pictures documenting 'some' of what we consumed over this holiday weekend...by saying what will most likely run through your mind...what in the hell didn't you eat? 

I'll follow it up with...what in the hell have I done to myself?

Thanksgiving.  I totally get it.  It's a tradition about being thankful for all of your many, many blessings and for reaping a good harvest...although, let's face it, I think most of us are pretty far removed from what consitutes a good harvest. Yet, we still celebrate it anyway. 

We all think we can eat as much as we want that we can't move, can barely sit up, can hardly stuff another bite in, yet we find room for pie. Then in some cases,  we fall into a coma requiring the rest of the evening to be rendered useless.

Pretty much sums it up.

I did come to the conclusion, however, that life is not worth living if you can't add butter to those homemade mashers, maybe have seconds and eat an entire slice of pumpkin pie...or in my case, most of the banana pudding...once a year.

Let us give thanks.

Statistics say most Thanksgiving meals come close to approximately 3,000 calories.  Which, if I did the math correctly, can take almost four hours of jogging to burn off.

Good grief.

Again, let us give thanks this meal happens once a year.

I had a wonderful time visiting my momma and step-father in Atlanta.  You may have figured out we ate a lot, went antiquing, laughed a bunch and watched a lot of football. 

Here are some pictures of what we ate.

My mom's homemade biscuits are a childhood favorite...she spoiled us the entire time we were home!

Fried beans with ranch for dipping...delicous!

I ordered Mussels and Pasta Marinara - looks better than it tasted.

Thankfully, Vee shared her Carbonara...my new favorite pasta dish.


Another childhood favorite is our mom's homemade pizza...it really does give Volcano's a run for its money!

I told you she spoiled us...homemade this, homemade that....all soooo good!

Vee brought me these mint covered Oreos - AMAZING!! 
(shamefully, I'll admit it...I did not share these with anyone...shhh)

Sadly, I was so excited about our Thanksgiving meal, I didn't take one picture of it.  It consisted of the usual fare...ham, turkey, stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole, fried okra, fried green tomatoes (we were in the south), pecan pie and banana pudding!

Thankfully, I can take my focus off food and start thinking about gifts for Christmas.

With that, holiday shopping is officially underway.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Winner winner chicken dinner!

It should come as no surprise that Vee and I talk several times a day.  
I practically tell her every move I make.  
I also know what she eats for every meal.  
For the past two months...it seemed like every third dinner was a chicken casserole.  
I was like...what? Why do you keep eating this?  
Apparently, it is THE best chicken casserole and I simply have to make it.  

So I did.  

If you are fancy in the kitchen perhaps you would boil your own chicken...I buy a precooked one.  It's no Nelson's...but I'd give it a distant second. 

I ate the legs while I shredded the rest of the bird and filled up the pan.

It said to mix the sour cream and the cream of mushroom soup in a separate bowl...I opted to just toss it in and mix it up.  No idea if this is a big deal or not.  Didn't seem to be.

I'll admit...when I heard Ritz Crackers were the topper...it pretty much sealed the deal to make this.  

It was in the oven 45 minutes and it tasted DELICIOUS!!
I did forget to add the peas!  
Grrr....next time.

I'm not sure I'll be having it as often as Vee...but I may toss it into the monthly rotation.

Btw, I saved the wishbone...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I salute you.

In honor of all those who have served, I thank you! I have passed cemeteries with rows of crosses...I've seen the news of the soldiers returning battered...shattered in body and spirit.  So brave...I can't imagine but it always moves me to tears.  

My amazing brother-in-law, Matt Lowe, posted this sentiment today on his Facebook wall and...it moved me to tears. I hope he doesn't mind me sharing it here.

I salute all the Veterans in my family today, their families that supported them, and the country they proudly served:
Grandfather Ed Fleming Army
Uncle Jack Grady Army Air Corps
Uncle Charlie Beall Army Air Corps
Father Thor Lowe Navy
Uncle John Lowe Army
Cousin Poke Beall Navy
Cousin Chris Beall Army
Cousin Dom Fleming Army
Nephew Will Lowe Air Force/Air National Guard
Nephew Chris Rodgers Marines

Thank you all for your service and inspiration....you are great Americans!
SFC Matt Lowe, Retired, Army National Guard/Navy/Army Reserve

In a separate comment he added a note about my dad.  I knew he had been enlisted as a Marine, but I didn't know...HOW DIDN'T I KNOW THIS :(...my dad, then became an officer in the Army Reserve Military Police.  Matt went on to say that when an enlisted man becomes an officer, he is known as a 'Mustang', which is not an easy transition.  How kewl...a Mustang!

Thank you, Matt for telling me this...more, thank you for knowing.  My dad didn't ever talk much, at least to me, about his time served.  I hope it wasn't because I didn't ask.   I am sure glad my brother-in-law did.

Freedom is never free.  Thank you to all of those who have served and continue to serve.

In addition to Matt's list, I'd like to thank my late step-father, K. Earl Abel, my cousin, Lee Rhea Johns-Mabry and my good friend Ben Geisler.