Praline pumpkin dessert and deer liver

Thanksgiving dinner this year at mom’s. No turkey, but we had delicious steamship pork, carmelized carrots, and homemade potato and sweet potato wedges. The food was really good and I would like to make the wedges myself sometime. For dessert, apple crumble.

Both Jordan and I had the Monday off work. I made enchiladas with “hamburger”, which actually was deer meat and pork ground up together. With all the spices in the sauce, couldn’t really taste the difference. He got the meat from a friend who hunts, so when he said it was hamburger, I voiced the opinion that I did not believe him. And I was right. lol For dessert, I made up what the recipe book calls Praline Pumpkin Dessert. This is filling like in a pumpkin pie, spread in a glass dish, sprinkled with vanilla cake mix, butter, and walnuts, and then baked. It’s very yummy!

The other day he went out hunting with said friend and came home with a big deer liver and a bloody heart. Disgusting.

When I look into your eyes, the sky’s a different blue *

I have upgraded to the newest version of WordPress. I can be so lazy about these sorts of things, but I figured I might as well just do it. Have to get used to the new look of the dashboard and I can’t figure out how to get an avatar.

Anyway, I’m on my second day off from work in a row. Yesterday I baked carrot cake with cream cheese icing, which turned out really good. Today I hope to make lava cupcakes with Jersey Milk chocolate as the centres.

I finished the book I was reading and ran upstairs to get the next one I wanted to read, only to discover that the book has disappeared. So far I am missing three books and I’ve already gone through the unpacked boxes looking for them, so I have a feeling they may have been lent out and I have no idea who has them. Quite possibly one of my parents? Argh.

I don’t have much planned for today. Probably will play TS2. I very rarely play the new game: The Sims 3. It’s an okay game, but I still prefer the old game and all its expansions, mostly because I like to play all different characters whereas in the new game it’s difficult to do that.

I’m thinking of doing a page about our wedding and posting photos. I don’t know when I’ll get to that, but it’s something I’d like to do eventually. The pictures turned out so lovely that I like to show them off. It’s hard to believe that Jordan and I have been married a month today! He’s out of town for a couple days, for work, so I’m on my own this week. Which pretty much means I need to deal with the daddy-longlegs spiders on my own! Eww, they really creep me out!

I watched “Enchanted” yesterday afternoon. A cute movie. Maybe today I’ll watch “The Kite Runner”. I’ve had it for awhile but still haven’t seen it.

Chocolate truffle cheesecake

Yesterday I barbecued hamburgers for the first time. Normally Jordan does the BBQ food, but he was mowing the lawn — which takes forever! He started up the BBQ for me and then I cooked the burgers and didn’t burn them! I even managed to cook up half a pack of bacon without too much trouble.

After dinner I baked a chocolate truffle cheesecake, which turned out lovely. No cracks on the top! I brought half the cake into work today and everyone devoured it. 🙂 I also had made a batch of peanut butter cookies, but saved those for Jordan and I at home.

Quite broke at the moment, with all the expenses this month and leading up to the wedding. Still waiting for our first electricity bill which I’m sure will be through the roof. But I’m enjoying the new house. We haven’t unpacked completely, nor have we had the time to decorate, but that will happen in due time. All I need is a bit of energy and a couple days off.

A whole lot of not nothing

It’s just about bedtime for me. I’ve had yesterday and today off work. Yesterday I went over to Kendra & Jay’s for their annual backyard barbeque. I baked chocolate cupcakes on the Saturday, and then Sunday at noon Kendra picked me up, then Keesje, and we went to the grocery store to pick up pop and snacks. Back at her place, we helped to chop vegetables for the veggie tray and set things up. There were 9 of us in total, not too large a group. I think everyone had a good time. After the food, we went inside to play Wii. I’m not much of a fan of video games, so I watched, took pictures, and a funny video of Amy “crashing into a pineapple”. lol

Today I did a whole lot of nothing. Well, if nothing consists of TS2, watching “Brick Lane”, putting photos from the BBQ on Facebook, making the first page of my Thailand scrapbook, and reading!

The one with the gag-worthy stench

Just sitting here drinking a mug of tea. I ran out of tea bags two days ago and I have been dying for my daily dosage and now I’m enjoying a lovely tea. 🙂

I have been off work for a week, simply for the sake of not having to work during this slow time. Originally I had booked some of the last few days off so that I could spend time with Jordan during his birthday and our two year anniversary. However, plan went out window, because work sent him to Florida. Florida! Gah. Frustrating. But anyway, now he’s home, and I baked him a birthday cake, and we cuddled and watched an episode of “The Tudors: Season 1”.

We have a really disgusting smell in the apartment, and trust me, it has nothing to do with my housekeeping abilities. The smell is coming from the ventilation pipes in the attic. The stink somehow comes into one of the hall closets and then seeps into the rest of the apartment. The scent is like sewer and dead animal, or something equally nauseating. Apparently the problem with the pipes has been fixed, however, the smell has been with us since last Monday and has not abated in the slightest.

{edit} People keep suggesting Febreze will get rid of the smell. Yes, under normal circumstances, it does work. However, in this case, Febreze cannot overpower this smell. It does absolutely nothing. I have tried it. Last night we kept the window in the computer room open, left the offensive closet door open as well, and turned on a fan to try to allow the smell to escape out the window. Well, it works a little, but the stink just comes back after the fan is turned off. 🙁