I might not have a single holiday decoration in my house, but my dinner plate has certainly taken on a seasonal flare.
A few weeks ago I made Debby’s World Famous Low-Calorie Apple-Cranberry Sauce:
Very much like my own cranberry sauce, but Debby’s addition of apples really steps it up. I liked this so much that I’m making it for the neighborhood Christmas party this Sunday. (My decision was made easier by the $0.99 bags of cranberries I found at Aldi today.)
This week I gave Martha’s Slow Cooker Sweet Potato-Apple Casserole a try and was soooo glad I did!
With sweet potatoes, apples, coconut and pecans as the main ingredients, what’s not to love? And it’s super simple, with the worst step being the peeling of the sweet potatoes. This was made more difficult in my case because I can’t seem to find a single one of my potato peelers. Considering I haven’t peeled a potato of any sort in years, I might have accidentally donated it to Goodwill during a recent purge. Oh well. I eventually got the stubborn things peeled with a regular ol’ kitchen knife.
Another slight issue with this dish was that I fell asleep and kind of over-cooked it. By about seven hours. My upper layer of potatoes was tad bit dry at first, but I gave the whole dish a stir before adding the coconut and pecans and all was well. So well that I ate a bowl for breakfast.
Next up is a roasted turkey breast on Monday or Tuesday. I’ve never made one, but it seems like something I can handle. I’m planning to just rub on some oil and seasonings and bake it with some celery and onions.
Next year, I’m going to go all out and cook them in the same week!
I’ve been working quite a bit the past…well, forever, but lucky for me, I’ve found a sweet time at the gym and have been rocking the 7:30 a.m. workouts. Add in some nice weather that allowed me to clean my gutters (yay, ladder step-ups!), mulch and bag all my leaves (and those of the widow-woman next door), and get in a couple of nice, long walks, and I feel like I’m holding my own on the exercise.
Speaking of work, I had a quickie road trip last week that took me points north for a change. Along the way, I saw the oddest thing:
Now I like meeting new people as much as the next person, but this is not the venue for it, in my opinion. I locked the door and hoped for the best. (And wouldn’t you know it, two to choose from and I picked the one without toilet paper in the dispenser. At least I didn’t have to ask anyone if they had a “square to spare.”)
Once I reached my destination, Cape Girardeau, MO, I was surprised to encounter this:
I knew they’d had a bit of snow, but I’d kind of thought it was in the “dusting” range. Not to worry, though, I’d never let a minor snow mountain or a semi-icy parking lot stop me from getting to Target.
My training session was at Café Soupé in Cape Girardeau. It was too early for me to eat there, but I liked the menu, the ambiance, the cleanliness of their kitchen, and the diligence of their crew. The next time I’m in the area, I’ll definitely be dropping in for a salad and/or sandwich. They’re not far off of I-55, and if you’re traveling with kids, they have a moon bounce area that would be great for letting the little ones bounce off some energy.
On the way home, I stopped at a little touristy shop to stretch my legs and had to laugh when I saw this display of signs:
Is it just me, or does that second sign seem a bit out of place? (Not that I have anything against strippers. I used to babysit for one.)
And that’s it for me for now. I hope you’re having a splendid week!