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Post-Christmas Shenanigans

Yo.

So I’ve been in Hamilton the last 4 days (finally home today!), and boy have I been busy.

On boxing day, Kathy, her mom Eileen and I participated in the Hamilton YMCA 10 mile Boxing Day Run.  ….don’t be crazy!  Of course I didn’t run it!  There is a walking start, so we walked 10 miles.  If you’re not sure how far 10 miles is , it’s 16 km.  IF you’re really not sure how far that is, well we walked at a FAST pace for 2 hours and 52 minutes.  Like I mean fast.  Sore muscles were had by all, one of us is now wrapping their ankle, and taking pain meds, and I am hearing my hip click every once in a while, which is probably good news.  I would totally do it next year.  BUT I will invest in proper “running” type clothing, as the 7 layers of clothing I wore did not keep me from having  hot and cold flashes, and lets face it, we looked like friggen 3 year old kids all bundled up in snowsuits…you know what I’m talking about- those kids who can’t lower their arms because they have so many layers on!?  Anywho, we looked ridiculous.  Everyone had like spandexy pants, and cool coats, and running belts with water bottles in them.  I want to look like I know what I’m doing you know?  And fleece sweat pants, massive vests, and scarves didn’t exactly scream experienced walkers now did it?  You live you learn.

We did get medals, and we did “finish” the “race”.  Which was our goal.  AND we finished with 7 minutes to spare!  (The finish gate was to be taken down exactly 3 hours after the start time.)  AND let me tell you we did not finish last!  There were definitely walkers and runners still behind us.

the crazy 16km route!

The day after our lovely holiday walk was spent mostly sleeping.  Seriously.  I got up at 930, went back to bed, and was woken up at 2pm by Eileen who was concerned that I wouldn’t sleep that night if I didn’t get up.  haha.

Oh, we also saw The Fighter, which wasn’t our first choice… we had gone to see The King’s Speech, but that was sold out, so we saw The Fighter, and it was AWESOME!  Sooooooooooooooo super good.  Christain Bale is friggen amazing, and should definitely win an Oscar for this role!  Marky Mark wasn’t so bad to look at either. 😛  Amy Adams I’ve decided is also a way better actress than I gave her credit for.  See ya later Rom Coms, hello Academy Awards!

Oh, and last night we had a games night which began with Family Feud on the Wii- hilarious and awesome all at once!  For real.  THEN the party split into 3 sections…1. a group of four began playing Euchre (always a great idea!), 2. another group of 4 began playing Shawn White (is that how you spell it?) snowboarding on the Wii, and 3. my group began playing Scribblish.  Do you all know what Scribblish is?  It is honestly the funniest game I have ever played.  It’s kind of like telephone but with pictures!  So everyone starts off with a caption (That you keep secret), then you draw that caption, and roll up the paper so no one can see it.  Then you trade with someone, and they look at your picture only, and try to write a caption of what they think you drew.  The next person just looks at their caption, and tries to draw their caption, then the next person writes a new caption…etc, etc. Anywho it’s like 6 or 7 switches in a round, and it turns out to be super funny when you unroll each paper with captions and pictures.  For example- one caption I had was “Bats in the attic, hippos in the basement.”  That somehow turned into “Bat crapping out a bear.”  Anyways, you gotta try it….and I guess you had to be there last night to think that last example was funny.  Whatev.  I was there and it was funny.  So funny I almost peed my pants twice.

It's by the makers of Cranium- how could it not be great!?

Our fun games night ended with another game called Blockus which I will not describe…but just say that it’s like Tetris in a board game.  Fun.   AND also everyone taking turns playing 4 player Super Mario brothers for Wii.  That is ridiculously awesome.  Especially when you pick other players up and throw them off cliffs.  Eh Joe?  (PS those other players are actually working with you on the same team, not against you! :P)

Ok, super long post, thought I should do one since people are on holidays, and some of you might want some fab reading material.  And I don’t mean the new Stephen King novel.

Oh, our wedding photographer emailed me to say the pics will be done super soon, so yayayayayayayaya!!!!  Can’t wait!  Also, I found some pics of another wedding project that Matt did (he took pictures for me so I could blog about it!).  I will post that later this week…maybe we’ll have a “Wedding Saturday”.

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen goodbye.  I hate to go and leave this pretty sight.  do do do do do do do do do do do do do dooooooooo.

(Did I mention we finished off boxing day by watching (and singing along with(obv.)) The Sound of Music?!)(Well we did.)

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Only one thing in the world could’ve dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window.

the so called "Electric Sex" gleaming in the window...

You’re probably thinking one of two things right now.

1.  What the F does that mean?

2.  Awesome line from a spectacularly awesome Christmas movie.

Yeppers, it’s from the christmas movie “A Christmas Story”, and yes, it is fricken awesome.  It’s set in the fifties, but shot in the eighties.  It’s also got a Wonder Years feel with an adult Ralphie narrating one of his childhood Christmas’.

It’s just awesome….and I still haven’t seen it yet this Christmas! 

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that Christmas has come too fast this year?  It seems to me like it was only Hallowe’en a couple weeks ago!  No?  Well maybe it is only me.  Maybe it’s because I work in retail?  There’s really no time to stop and enjoy the season anymore…  booooo to that.  I didn’t do half of the Christmas crafts I wanted to, which bums me out. 

Crafts I wanted to do this Christmas and didn’t:

1.  Make a wreath.  I googled wreath ideas, especially on Martha’s site, but shockingly didn’t really find time to do this.  I think maybe I will before Christmas holidays over.  It’ll be a winter wreath instead of a Christmas one! 

2.  Make Christmas cards.  Yea, that’s not happening this year.  Sorry!  I hardly got out shower thank you’s before Christmas let alone making, and sending out my own cards.  I did however manage to do a 2010 Christmas card shoot with our pets.  (In case you don’t know for the last 2 years I’ve taken pics of our donkeys and made photo cards in lieu of a card with children on it (since we don’t have children!))  I was more impressed with the pic on my computer than I was after doing it on the photo machine at the store, but whatev.  SPOILER ALERT- here’s the 2010 pic!

Christmas Card 2010

Yes they are wearing scarves, and yes that is the best picture of Parker we could get.  And by we, I mean me.  It was a little hectic in our basement let me tell you, but I think the results are ok.  Obv.  I would rather them be outside with more winter clothes on, but my chalk drawn snowflakes and tree does make quite the backdrop no?

3. Christmas Gifts.  Yeppers, I wanted to attempt  to make as many gifts as I could.  Like maybe a fun head band (or fascinator as Kathy calls them), or…. ummm ok maybe that’s it.  Maybe I just wanted to make headbands with flowers and give them to everybody.  So sue me.  It didn’t happen anyways, so forget about it!

4.  Oh, this one I really did really want to do…I wanted to learn how to knit.  Our friend Sydney is AMAZING, and makes all  these super duper cute little person sweaters, and hats!  So cute I definitely want one, and I would love to learn how to make them!

5.  Not really a craft, but I wanted to decorate the outside of the house for Christmas this year.  Yes people, I, Erin absolutely LOVE Christmas, but have not lived in a house with Christmas lights on the outside in probably like 5 years.  Sad.  Very Sad.  I wanted to put them up this year, BUT then came snowmageddon, and who wants to put lights on top of snow?  Is that even safe?  I don’t know.  But it doesn’t seem safe to me.  Ohhh wait, you know who I could ask about that?  My husband.  The electrician.  I’ll get back to you on that one.

Is 5 failed ideas enough for you?  Ughhh.  I did however do a hell of a lot of baking…. and maybe that’s it.  And work.  Don’t forget work.

I will be in the Hammer for a bunch of days next week…maybe Kathy and I will do some of those crafts.  That would be fun!  AND something to blog about doing!  FYI Kathy just bought her first house, and I’ve been pressuring her to have a craft room.  Awesome idea no?  She doesn’t think so either.

I’ll take the opportunity to sign off here, and say Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays! 🙂  Enjoy the next couple days, spend it with the peeps you love, and have fun! 

PS  When I was in highschool I used try to find little ways to be different.  One of those little (and nerdy) ways was to say Merry Holidays and Happy Christmas to people.  What can I say I was a geek.

Or maybe I still am…

Merry Holidays.  EFT out.

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’tis the season…

REAL snowflakes!

so I have so far not been living up to my part of the bargain, and posting 2 times a week…  I’ll try to make up for it!  It’s December 6th, (holy crap I started wirting this post a while ago!)  and since I work in retail, and in the school system, Christmas season for me starts immediately following Hallowe’en.  Christmas carols have been on the in store radio station for the last 4 weeks or so (and I am one of the few people who honestly love it!), Christmas plays/dances/songs/poems/skits have been in practice for the last 2-3 weeks, and now Mother Nature has unleashed the snowy wintry weather on us too!

The first THREE snow days of the school year happened last week (also known as snowmageddon),  and how did I spend them?  Sleeping.  Sleeping and blowing my nose.  With this winter wonderland weather, I also caught a cold (surprise surprise), which had gotten worse probably due to the fact that since I could not get my car out of the drive way, I chose to walk to work.  In the crazy snow.  When the sidewalks weren’t shoveled OR plowed.  How long did it take me you ask?  about 25 minutes.  How far away do I live from my work you ask?  Normally it takes 5 minutes to walk there.  Shitty.

Alright, enough of my complaining…..

What have I been up to the last couple weeks?  I’m glad you asked!

1.  I baked 10 dozen cookies for a cookie exchange.  Seriously.  They turned out awesome if I do say so myself.  I know I know, I should have taken pictures!  I took one, but then forgot.  And it’s not an exciting pic, it’s just of the ingredients!  I’ll tell you what I made though, and you can picture it in your head!

Sooooooooooooo, I chose to do chocolate covered mint wafer cookies.  Fancy!  They’re not wafers, so I’m not sure why the recipe calls them that, but whatever.  They are chocolate covered, and they are minty, so 2/3 isn’t bad.

Here’s the recipe.

What you need:

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus another 1/8 of a teaspoon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter @ room temp.
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract

What to do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a bowl whisk the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Set aside.
  • Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Gradually add flour mixture until just mixed.
  • Form balls of dough about 1 teaspoon large and place on baking sheets.  Take a flat bottom glass, and flatten balls into 1-11/2 inch rounds (OH- don’t forget!!!!- wet the bottom of the glass first!!! Otherwise the dough will stick to the glass, and it’s all messy).  Bake slightly until firm, about 8 to 10 minutes.  When done, transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • NEXT make chocolate coating!  This can get MESSYYYYYY!
  • Melt the chocolate, mint extract, and rest of salt on a double boil thing where you boil water, then put a bowl to rest on top part of pot.  If the chocolate gets too hot, it will turn all sticky and doughy, not melty and smooth like you need it.
  • LASTLY, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Put cookies one at a time on a fork and dip into chocolate.  Then place on parchment paper to cool.  My advice is this…. I went through a lot more chocolate than I thought, so I just started throwing cookies in the chocolate, and forking them out.  I’d put like 10 in, then pull out one at a time.  Messy yes, but a little easier as they are already coated when you go to pull them out.
  • Anywho, after coated decorate with whatever edible decor you’d like!  I used sprinkles! 🙂
  • Cool, and enjoy!

Ok, that’s a mix of the actual directions and my advice thrown in!  By the last dozen, I was flying through the recipe.  These cookies are easy peasy, AND they look professional.  Always a plus!

Tip- if your chocolate turns all doughy and stiff, there is no way to save it.  I googled it, and it said so, so it must be true.

Hmmm, what else can I share?

2. Oh, I tried again at the Cranberry Pumpkin Cheesecake and it rocked out with it’s cock out.  (For those of you who don’t know, I actually own a T-shirt that says that.)

Oh wait, no I don’t it says rock out with your guac out.  As in guacamole.  Same difference though no?

the infamous t-shirt...

Ok, so last time I took a picture of that recipe and posted it, but it was kind of out of focus, so I’ll just type it out.

What you need:

  • 2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs
  • 4 table spoons butter or margarine melted
  • 3 packages cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (not pie mix!)
  • 1 can cranberry sauce
  • 2 eggs

What to do:

  • combine cookie crumbs, and butter in bowl, spread mixture into 10 inch spring form pan.  Press crumbs evenly over bottom and 2 inches up sides.
  • preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, and spice until smooth.  Add eggs and pumpkin.  Mix well and pour into crust.
  • place pan on cookie sheet, and bake for an hour.  Turn off oven, but leave in for another hour.  Remove from oven, let cool, then refrigerate for at least 6 hours.  You might want to actually take a butter knife and trace around inside edges of pan to make sure cheesecake doesn’t stick to sides!
  • After cooling, carefully remove from pan, and spread cranberry sauce on top before serving!

Super good, super easy.

HOWEVER…..

if you remember, the first time I tried this, it was really moist….most likely because of the extra pumpkin puree I added!!  AND it didn’t really have enough pumpkin pie spice taste.  Soooooooooooooo, this time when I did it, I made some recipe modifications…..  pay attention people, I’m not going to repeat myself.

  1. I halved ALL ingredients EXCEPT the cookie crumbs, AND pumpkin pie spice.  ALSO instead of a can of puree, I only used about 2 spoonfuls.  Still orangey, still pumpkiny.
  2. I used an 8 inch springform pan.  Still springy, still cheesecakey.

It was so much more flavourful!  BUT I will warn you, that it is quite a lot shorter.  The first recipe is quite tall, more of a traditional cheesecake.  The modified one is shorter in height, but way more flavourful and dense.  Very VERY good if I do say so myself, and it got excellent reviews at our family Christmas party that was had this past weekend.  Seriously.  Awesomely.  Good.

I googled awesome, and this is what came up! (it's for real my baseball team's logo!! haha)

Alright…I have a couple more posts in the works, AND I’m expecting my prof. wedding pics back like any day now!!!!  (Like as in yesterday :P)

AND we got a fancy new camera thanks in large part to optimum points!  So yay to Shoppers!  Yay to new cameras!

We’re heading to the T dot tomorrow, so hopefully we’ll be breaking out the new cam and getting some sensi pics of a sensi 30 something get together.

ikes.

ok, for reals I’m embarrassed at how long I let this blog go…..

I’ll be back for real before Monday, I just got some awesome recipes, and some great craft ideas that need to be blogged about.  Look out Martha Stewart, here comes Erin F-T.  (In case you’re wondering, my new initials (as soon as I get around to changing my name) are EFT.  Say it out loud.  (I mean really sound it out) Just awesome.)

Check this out!

Whisk count = ….3?  it’s definitely 3 or 4.

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