Autumn Bucket List – Make Pumpkin Bread

November 26th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Cooking | No Comments »

I have given my Autumn Bucket list a deadline of November 30th to complete. I still have a few things left to do. Oh the pressure. When Thanksgiving is over I feel it is Christmas time so it feels weird but I will call this last week a “grace period” for the slacker in me.

Since I got up early this morning I thought I would tackle the pumpkin bread since it takes a long time to bake. Normally on the weekend I finally get moving around 10-11ish. But today was 5:30am. Very odd for me but it makes sense because I went to bed early last night due to traveling most of yesterday.

Every time I make pumpkin bread I think of when I forgot to add the pumpkin purée to the mix. Sadly it was the day after my Mom passed away and was making some breakfast for my sister and brother in law. To say the least I was distracted.

The Libby brand of pumpkin bread always makes two loaves. My sister told me that she slices up the second one and wraps individual slices in press and seal and freeze for another day. A good idea that I will try.

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Autumn Bucket List – Hang Autumn Kitchen Towels

November 26th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Home Decor | No Comments »

Well nothing like hanging the towels at the very last moment. I just could not get my act together to do this early enough. I hang the towels to give off that autumn vibe which obviously I missed the goal here but heck, we are not done with the season yet.

I generally hang the towels from both the stove and the dish washer.

Although a simple task, it does make the season enter the kitchen in a simple way.

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Thanksgiving 2023

November 24th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Cooking | No Comments »

This year I spent Thanksgiving with my sister and her husband. My brother came out with me and was the designated driver. We put his large dog in the front seat and I sat in the back with my two little dogs.

Penny was a dream and sat staring at me for an hour or two.

We had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and stuffing. Everything was so yummy. Scott and his girlfriend Nicole came out to celebrate the day with us. But they had to leave the next day for work.

We have a running joke about Thanksgiving about my brother in law Barry wearing a ratty T-shirt as his Thanksgiving attire. The very first time I met him was Thanksgiving at his house. He answered the door in a ratty T-shirt and I thought, Wow! My sister hooked up with a white trash kind of guy. About 3 hours in he looked down and saw his shirt and said, Oh my gosh, I forgot to get dressed. I said Thank God, I was worried about you. So every year I tease him and ask about his attire for the day.

Chances are we won’t get together for Thanksgiving until I retire in 2025. This was a nice treat and I really enjoyed myself relaxing and talking.

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Cookie Baking 2023

November 24th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Cooking | No Comments »

Since I am up at my sister’s house we decided to make Christmas cookies/candies. Every year we used to get together and make treats for our co-workers and family. Since I work from home I would have too many goodies that I would throw away. Covid prevented people from taking the treats so we stopped. As my brother lives with me now and we can consume the treats without guilt. At least the guilt of throwing away food, not the guilt of eating too many treats.

This year we are making the following:

Peanut Blossom Cookies
Nut Clusters

We were going to make Snowballs but we are old and tired and opted out.

I made the fudge without the candy thermometer and basically f*cked it up. The five minute method did not work. Grrrr.

I will do a redo at a later date.

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Autumn Bucket List – Autumn Coffee

November 24th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

All thru October and November I have been drinking fall themed coffee and tea. I purchased the Harvest flavored coffee pods from Aldi.

I have never been a fan of Hazelnut flavor but I suffered thru it. LOL. Wasn’t that thrilled with the chocolate fudge flavored but enjoyed most of them. Just a hint of flavor that helped bring in Autumn.

I toyed with getting some other flavors from Amazon but convinced myself that I met my goal.

I did buy the Christmas advent coffee calendar for December so I will be happy with that providing there are no weird flavors.

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Some Tapas for Dinner

November 23rd, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations | No Comments »

While my brother and I were visiting my sister and brother-in-law we went out to dinner. We went to a really good Restaurant called El Gato Azul. It is a really cute little hole in the wall in the downtown area of Prescott.

It is very small place but very busy because it is so good. They have a full menu but we focused on the Tapas.

For round one we had the Crab Cakes, the Beef and Bleu Tacos and the Green Chile Wontons.

For round two we had Fried Artichokes, Sticky Chicken and Chorizo Meatballs.

I think I liked the beef tacos, crab cakes and wontons best all.

Then for dessert we had the Fig and Goat Cheese and the Pecan and Goat Cheese.

Everything was so good. No wonder it is a popular restaurant. If you go to Prescott, make sure to visit, but make a reservation.

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2023 Lenox Pieces to my Collection

November 23rd, 2023 klwade Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Today is Thanksgiving and time for the Black Friday sales. As expected I am adding to my Lenox collection. They seem to have less and less special hostess gifts to buy each year. Not sure if I have bought it all or they are just limiting their new releases. But I was able to find 2 pieces to add.

I got the new annual snowman figurine. So now I have 3 to my collection. I have always been a fan of Lenox figurines and have quite a few pieces. That cute round face is adorable.

The second piece goes with my dining/entertainment pieces. It is a salt and pepper shaker set.

I probably would just put them on the table individually versus the tray during the actual meal. I think I have another salt and pepper set but not 100% sure. I really need to go and take an inventory of my pieces.

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Autumn Bucket List – Make Donuts

November 22nd, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Recipes | No Comments »

I decided to try to make pumpkin donuts for the season which is on my Autumn bucket list. Since I was running out of time I decided to make them while visiting my sister in Arizona for Thanksgiving.

I saw this Youtube video and the lady made the donuts look so easy. Using a spice cake mix and some pumpkin purée to make the donuts. What could be easier.

It was easy, but the hardest part was the squeezing the mix out of the ziplock bag into the donut pans.

I was joking with my sister that the donuts looked a little like dog doo doo. Yuck!

I wanted the maple frosting on the donut. Using a cream cheese frosting add some maple syrup to give it a nice maple flavor but boy it was rich.

I could not dip the donuts because I was afraid they would crumble so I slattered it on top and threw on some nuts. Overall they were good but very sweet and rich.

Getting to the end of my bucket list. 😀

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Bucket List (new add) KDrama’s for the spooky season

November 12th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

I am a big fan of KDramas and surprised that I don’t know more of the Korean language at this point. Every day I watch an episode of whatever drama I am currently watching. I am not surprised of the explosion of KDramas on all the streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. I understand it has become big business and I am loving it. I have watched some mediocre shows and some really good shows. I thought that perhaps they had some scary/spooky ones for the season. I was not disappointed.

I have narrowed down my watch list down to three shows.

Synopsis from Asian Wiki: When the door to another world opens, demons exists there. Gu San-Yeong (Kim Tae-Ri), is possessed by one of those demon. Yeom Hae-Sang (Oh Jung-Se) can see the demon which has possessed Gu San-Yeong. They try to figure out the truth behind the mysterious deaths related to the five sacred objects.

Gu San-Yeong is busy working part-time during the day and studying to become a low ranking public officer at night. One day, she receives some articles left behind by her late father. Since then, mysterious deaths take place around her. She also finds herself slowly changing.

Yeom Hae-Sang comes from a rich background. He teaches Korean folklore at a university. Since he was a child, he has had the special ability to see demons in this world. He even saw his mother killed by a demon in front of him when he was young. Yeom Hae-Sang meets Gu San-Yeong and he faces the demon which killed his mother.

Lee Hong-Sae (Hong Kyung) is a lieutenant in the violent crimes investigation team. He only cares about advancing his career in the police department. Due to Gu San-Yeong and Yeom Hae-Sang, he gets involved in mysterious cases.

I really enjoyed this drama and liked the characters. The lies and family secrets kept the drama lively and built up the suspense.

I would rate it a 🎃🎃🎃🎃 out of 5

The second one I watched was a Korean movie called The 8th Night

With prayer beads in one hand and an ax in the other, a monk hunts down a millennia-old spirit that’s possessing humans and unleashing hell on Earth.

It moved fast and did not have the depth that 16 episodes KDramas normally have since it was a movie. I was confused on some parts and they did not explore the characters in much detail. This would probably been better served as a series so they could deepen up the plot

I would rate this a 🎃🎃 out of 5 pumpkins

The current one that I am watching is called The Guest. It is a very dark series with demons and possession. Not a light subject matter at all.

Yoon Hwa Pyung, a young psychic born into a shaman family, learns about the powerful demon called “Son” (Guest). The demon has the power to control other demons and allows them to possess weak people. The possessed people then go mad, kill their families, and stab themselves in the eye. Fatefully, Hwa Pyung, Choi Yoon; a young boy born in a religious Catholic family, and Kang Kil Yeong; the daughter of a detective, meet when their families are killed by a demon. Twenty years later, the demon killings started again. Hwa Pyung is now a taxi driver who uses his power to seek out possessed people in order to help them, while Yoon is a Catholic priest who is talented in exorcism, and Kil Yeong is a detective who doesn’t believe in ghosts. The trio meets again and tries to work together to defeat “Son”.

In some of the episodes this just dragged on and on, and others it held my interest. It wasn’t bad, but would go have been better at 12 episodes instead of 16.

I would rate this a 🎃🎃🎃 out of five pumpkins.

At a last minute addition, I added the movie Train to Busan. It had that adorable Dong Yoo which I could watch forever. I am not into zombies but this was a good fast paced film. I was sitting on the edge of my seat.

A divorced father decides to take his daughter on the train to Busan to see her mother for her birthday. In the meantime zombies have taken over the city and one gets on the train. Before you know it, more train riders are attacked and it becomes life or death trying to outwit the zombies. The little girl who plays the daughter does an awesome job. Also in the film was Ma Dong-seok who is the strong tough guy who does whatever it takes to protect his wife from the zombies

I would give 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃 out of five pumpkins as I would definitely watch again.

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Bucket List -Read Autumn Book

November 12th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Reading | No Comments »

It is usually hard for me to find a book that has an Autumn theme. I want the feel of crisp leaves, pumpkins, chilled autumn mornings when I read the story. Sadly most books tend to be set in Autumn but rarely mention it except maybe a Halloween party or wearing a wool sweater

This book followed the norm. It was a cute little romance book, the beautiful girl crushed by a prior love, a small town, hot, sexy man who usually had a few brothers that just as tall and strong as the man character. Thrown together they fell in love. You could have slapped a Hallmark seal of approval on it.

A coffee shop owner, a professor and the upcoming Boo Bash event are the formula for this book. Cute, predictable but a nice quick read.

🎃🎃🎃 three out of five pumpkins rating for this little book.

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