Cornish hens with rice stuffing – Christmas Eve with the Spencers

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Like I said earlier this week, TK and I had a great first Christmas together. We had dinner on Christmas day with my parents, so I cooked a fancy meal for the two of us on Christmas Eve. I got the recipe for my hens with rice stuffing from this website, but I changed it quite a bit for my taste. We also had roasted okra which was a big hit. Yay veggies! Continue reading

Red velvet goodness

Last week TK and I went to a Christmas party hosted by our Sunday School class. We had a ton of fun! We usually get together once a week and each bring a side item to go with the meal our host makes, but for the party we each brought steaks and a side dish. The guys grilled the steaks and we had a fantastic meal.

Someone requested I handle dessert, so I felt just a little pressure to make it exceptional. Luckily, I found this recipe for red velvet cookies and they were a hit!

Red velvet cookies

Red velvet cookies

I’ve never made red velvet anything from scratch – it always intimidated me for some reason- but these turned out pretty good if I say so myself. The original recipe called for white chocolate chunks but I used white chocolate chips because of cost and ease. And I like chips better 🙂

I also made peppermint cupcakes so I’ll do another post on those in a few days. They were pretty delicious too! Continue reading

Festival of Holidays

‘Tis the season to be jolly! I know we’re still a few days from Thanksgiving and traditionally I don’t start celebrating Christmas until after I’ve watched Macy’s parade and eaten too much turkey, but the ladies at church had a fantastic holiday celebration this past week that thrust me into the holiday spirit!

Decorations at our table. Too cute!

My friends Megan and Tess decorated a beautiful table for the event. We got to relax, hang out with friends, sing some songs and get rejuvenated for the rest of the year.

My in-laws are coming down to celebrate Thanksgiving with my side of the family. That’s one thing I’m incredibly thankful for – family from both sides who get along. How cool is that?

As far as Thanksgiving is concerned, I’m looking forward to helping my mom and mother-in-law cook dinner. I think I may be making some kind of pie – I’ll let you know how it goes! Continue reading

Foliage and feasting

The leaves they were crisped and sere –
The leaves they were withering and sere;

-“Ulalume,” Edgar Allan Poe

We’re officially past October and I have decided to embrace the fact that I will be waking up to cool mornings and chilly weather for a few months. It is officially time for boots, sweaters, soups and festivities.

Our apartment complex has become a beautiful spattering of fall colors as the leaves turn from green to yellow to bright oranges and reds. I’ve enjoyed walking to my car while crunching the leaves, reminding myself of my 10th grade literature class where the Venerable Mr. Friedman littered the floor with leaves as we trounced around reciting Poe’s “Ulalume.” Continue reading

Sweet!

Remember that one time I said I was going to be better about posting? Well I slipped up again. Whoops!

In the meantime, TK and I have been getting the apartment in order (photos will come soon) and getting out more so we don’t just sit at home and watch Hulu every night. Friday night we went out to see his boss play in an 80s cover band – crazy fun – and Saturday we went on a date night for dinner and a movie. We saw the new flick “Blue Like Jazz.” It was pretty good but TK said the book was much better, so that’s next on my list of books to read. Continue reading

Fried wontons copycat recipe

Remember this from my honeymoon photos?

Remember this from my honeymoon photos?

When we were in Animal Kingdom on our honeymoon we had a good dinner and AMAZING dessert at the Yak and Yeti Restaurant. We each had the fried cream cheese wonton skewers for dessert which included the wontons and pineapple drizzled with yogurt. I think there was also ice cream but I didn’t quite make it that far.

TK and I decided we had to try this at home, so the other night we made homemade wontons! I followed this recipe to make the dough and used my dad’s old pasta roller to roll it flat. I have a feeling that saved a lot of time… Continue reading

…And we’re back

It’s been a while (much longer than I want to go between posts) but there was no way I was taking out the computer to blog while we were on our honeymoon!

Yep, we’re now married and I’m officially moved into the apartment. We went to Walt Disney World for the honeymoon and it was awesome. There was one little part where our car almost blew up because the guy who changed our oil left the oil cap off, but it was fixed and the rest of the trip was magical! Continue reading