Hi guys! I just wanted to give you a little update on my life.
Well to begin with Christmas has arrived. Got the lights and the tree up!
This year I rented my Christmas tree which is a completely brilliant notion. Instead of having to store a giant tree all year and lug it out, decorate it by myself, I signed up and for the price of a house cleaning it is set up, stored, decorated and taken down at end of season.
As some of you will remember from years past I have a memory tree with ornaments from travels and all other parts of my life. I also have little picture frames that have black and white photography of my friends and family, which is especially nice this year as I will not be seeing family and my best friend Emily is away.
I have a few new ornaments to add to the tree. Some I got in Tampa and these fun Disney ornaments to pay tribute to my Disney project and blog this year.
In other news Thanksgiving has been a lot of fun. I went to my aunt and uncle’s for dinner and it was a full house of cousins and relatives. I was in charge of making the salad and it turned out pretty tasty.
And now a little recipe.
Arugula Salad with Butternut Squash and Apple Cider Dressing
pomegranate pips (put pomegranate under water and it makes it easy to de-seed)
butternut squash peeled, seeded and diced into 1 inch cubes
apple cider vinegar
shallots finely diced
Start with butternut squash on baking sheets with olive oil and maple syrup. Put in 375 degree oven for 45-60 minutes until the cubes are tender but crusted on outside. While cooking mix 2 tbsp vinegar, 3/4 cup cider, 2 tbsp syrup, 2 tbsp shallots in saucepan.
Cook for 8-10 minutes until mixture has thickened. Then add1/2 cup olive oil, 2 tbsp mustard, 1/4 cup maple syrup. Put in jar and shake until mustard is emulsified. I added a little water because my vinegar was strong. If you like it sweeter add more syrup . If you want more mustard go for it!
I used a cranberry walnut mixture I bought at the store but if you don’t have that then I would roast the walnuts before.
When serving add arugula, butternut squash, walnuts, cranberries, pomegranate pips, parmesean shavings. Add all ingredients and top with dressing and serve!
Since I wasn’t cooking Thanksgiving dinner I decided to order one from my local market, Harmons, so I could have some leftovers! It was pretty cool I got everything from a full turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing, green beans, rolls and 2 pies for $100. Pretty cool right?
So I portioned it all into meals and have them ready in my chest freezer for many holiday meals to come! Pretty clever right?
So that’s my little holiday update. I hope you are all doing great and having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Make sure to check out Scrooge month on my other blog. I’m having a blast watching and writing about these films of the story I love so much. I just posted yesterday about the Alistair Sims classic and today on the Disney stop motion effort.