I believe!

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma.  I was just a kid. 
I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb:  “There is no Santa Claus,” she jeered.  “Even dummies know that!”
My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been.  I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me.  I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her “world-famous” cinnamon buns.  I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so.  It had to be true.

The Thursday Random’s

1.  Boy doesn’t that kind of sound like a newspaper title?

2.  So my car rolled over 10,000 miles yesterday morning as I was pulling in to work.  It kind of made me sad, I’m not gonna lie!

3.  So I have been saying for years I wanted to make a turkey.  At my house we only eat turkey’s on Thanksgiving, well that type of turkey anyway.  This year, I’ll actually get to take my stab at making a turkey.  We aren’t going to my aunt’s house for Thanksgiving which is very sad how that all came to play, but it is what it is and we can’t dwell on things.  Last year I watched PW’s throwdown against Bobby Flay {where she won… heck yeah} and decided then that if I ever got to make a turkey, it would be hers.  So that’s the plans.  Well her turkey has to be brined.  Um… you need a big pan or pot for that, so hubby gave me one of my Christmas presents early.  Isn’t she a beaut?

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The legend of “Stingy Jack”

I did some traditions of Christmas last year, and I thought it might be interesting to know the traditions behind Halloween.  This came from the History Channel, although I found another one over at Rose Valley Ranch blog plus if you get on to wikipedia it validates some of the different points.

Enjoy your Halloween weekend!!

The Legend of “Stingy Jack”

This came from History Channel

People have been making jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.
Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”
In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o’lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack-o’-lanterns.

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A Complete Meal

Appetizer

Jalapeno Corn Dip Recipe:
found here

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise (the real stuff)
1/2 cup salsa (or picante)
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
14.5oz can sweet kernel corn, drained
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
Tortilla chips

Mix everything and refrigerate for several hours to let flavors combine.

Like a little less spice? Take out the jalapeno. Like a little more? Add more jalapeno and a spicier salsa! Serve with tortilla chips.
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Did Someone Say Wednesday?

I know, I know, it’s Thursday, but it wasn’t Thursday on Wednesday… or something like that 🙂

Get caught up here:
Post 1 – Friday night
Post 2 – Saturday
Post 3 – Saturday

Post 4 – Sunday
Post 5 – Sunday  
Post 6 – Sunday 
Post 7 – Monday 
Post 8 – Pineapple Selection
Post 9 – Tuesday (Vow Renewal) 
Post 10 – Tuesday

On Wednesday when we woke up, we thought we’d hop the City bus and head to Pearl Harbor.  Instead, we grabbed a cab down at the hotel lobby, THAT was one expensive cab ride!  The cab driver I still really think was taking advantage of us! but I can’t prove it :(.

We hopped on the H1 and headed to Pearl Harbor.

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Good Eats!!!

So let’s start knocking the restaurants off the 101 in 1001 list…

1.  Risky’s Steakhouse located in Old Ft. Worth at the Stockyards.  OMG you want an excellent steak… definitely go show this place some Love!!!!! (November 26th, 2010)

2.  Instant Karma Gourmet Hot Dogs located in Downtown Joplin, MO.  Ok so I actually had plans that night so all I had were their cheese fries and a bite of the husband’s Hotdog.  I really wasn’t impressed with either, but I may have to go back and try again, just for good measures. (February 12, 2011)

3.  A&Q Chicken House located in Fayetteville, AR.  They also have a location in Springdale, AR, but we were at the VA hospital for my husband and the one in Fayetteville is just down the road from the VA Hospital.  You want good chicken, this is the place to get it!  I had Chicken Quesadilla’s and my husband had a Chicken Sampler Platter that had pan fried, Over the coals & BBQ.  The Over the Coals was the absolute best!  Oh My Goodness!  And then top that with their excellent rolls.  You’ll think you died and went to Chicken Heaven! (February 15, 2011)

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