Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving weekend 2009

We drove down to Philly on Tuesday night and arrived at 2am Wednesday. We stayed at the Homestead Hilton.
On Wednesday, I spent most of the day getting the food ready for Thanksgiving. I picked up Ymo and Jimbo that evening.
On Thanksgiving day, we got to my dad's and everyone was eating lunch. Ymo was sick and Jimbo looked sick.
My aunt and uncle joined us for the holiday and drove up from DC and brought my brother with them. My sister and her hubby spent the whole day making this very complicated stuffing and ended up burning it. It was sadly inedible and was thrown out. We ended up eating Stovetop stuffing.

My uncle and Laura.

Laura was sneaking in some kimchi soup before dinner.

The turkey came out really good. Well brined and perfectly cooked.

After all that work, dinner was eaten in about 15 minutes.
The next day, Laura got to swim at the hotel pool.
We also got to visit Shuchi and Jock's twins and Jackson. Laura acted very motherly, holding and kissing the babies.

Oliver and Simon.
We left on Saturday to brutal NJ traffic and got home at midnight.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

It's been boring around here.

Family portrait. Laura with curly hair, her dad and then me with the big head and mouth. How is it that I'm bigger than her dad.

This was a picture taken last week sometime. Her dad brought home a big chunk of leftover ribeye from Abe and Louies. I reheated it the next day and I think I only got 2 bites. She attacked it and devoured the rest.

Saturday was nice weather. Very warm for Boston. I made a yogurt smoothie for breakfast.
Then we took a walk around the block to collect some outdoor "treasures" for her homework. She was not remotely interested in this project. I had to keep pointing out things that she should collect!

We also made some muffins at Laura's request. Lemon poppy seed muffins with frosting. Yummy.

Late afternoon, we did this snowflake project from the FamilyFun magazine.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I picked up a couple of pomegranates at Haymarket last week.
Laura has had this before but it has been a long time. She doesn't remember trying it though.
It was yummy. Tiny jewels. It was fun eating them and then spitting the seeds out. I wonder what the etiquette is when you go out to a restaurant and there's pomegranate in your meal. Do you have to swallow the seeds?
This is Laura trying to be just like her mother! Good job, Laura. Mommy is so proud.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

The weekend

Laura's drawings are getting much better. This is a picture of me and Laura that she gave me a few weeks ago. Hmm. I'm thinking the one with the big head is me but both of them have very straight long hair.
Saturday, we went to the St. Theresa's Bazaar but I forgot to take pictures.
Laura went to a classmate's birthday party on Sunday morning. Essentially she is old enough now that I can just drop her off and then pick her up after it's over. She said she had a great time.

It was a gorgeous warm day today. Unbelievable. We didn't do our usual routine of going to tennis and then eating a late lunch. Instead, we went to Jamaica Pond. We haven't been here for a very long time. We walked around the pond and enjoyed the beautiful warm weather.
Sigh. It will not be like this for long. I await the impending dreaded New England winter.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Cactus Pear

I bought a couple of cactus pears from Haymarket today. The person that I bought it from said it was sweet and that we should eat the seeds because it is good for digestion.
Laura was intrigued and so was I.
The flesh is a dark gorgeous pink color.

The fruit is very mild and sweet. It does have a pear like flavor. It is filled throughout with really hard seeds that can't be chewed so I just swallowed them. Laura had a harder time swallowing but she liked it. It's a cool fruit.