November 30

Because today is the last day of November and I don’t have much to chat about, except that I’m eating cocoapuffs with dried marshmallows and cinnamon rolls, fabulous breakfast by the way…


And because the year is flying by so quickly,


And because pink is the perfect color,


And because I am taking this entire week off of school,


And because I’m just plain old nice, I’m holding a give a way.



The winner will get a $25 gift certificate to use at Oh Nuts.
I’m holding this early so that you can use it for Christmas gifties or for making a wonderful holiday treats.

There are 3 ways to enter.


1. You can go to the Oh Nuts Hanukkah gifts page or to the Christmas Nuts Gift page. Choose your favorite Hanukkah Gift or Christmas Gift and leave me a comment with the name and url of the gift they you love the most.
2. You can go to the oh nuts facebook page become a fan and post on the wall the url and name of their favorite  Hanukkah Gift or Christmas Gift. Make sure you  write “I am here via “Chocolatechic’s blog”, don’t forget to leave a comment on here to let me know you have become a fan.
3. Follow @ohnuts and Tweet
” Win a free Hanukkah/Christmas Gift from Follow @ohnuts & Retweet to enter.

This give away will end on Thursday December 3rd at 7pm EST, where I and my friend ‘Random Number Generator’ will pick the lucky winner.

November 27

Today is Black Friday, Internet and I’m nosy.

I’m not shopping early, but I sure hope that all of you that are, are getting the best deals you can imagine.

Dad smoked a turkey, and it was the best thing I ate yesterday.   It was just fabulous.

Today I want to know what was the best thing you ate yesterday, and are you still stuffed today?


November 25

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.


Today I am baking, cooking and cleaning up, so that I can spend tomorrow fellowshipping with my family.


I am so thankful for my family.  For all that they give to me, for all that they bring to my personal table.


I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with fun, food, family and laughter.


See you Friday.


November 24

The end of last week, the youth leader of our church bagged a wild turkey and brought it to us.

Wild turkey.

How in the world does one fix a wild turkey, because Internet…they are the scrawniest looking things!

See!  Scrawny.

First I brined it for about 24 hours.   I really think this was key.

Then I plopped this wee 8½ little lady down on some carrot and potato.

Gave it the salt and pepper treatment.

Since the poor thing was skinless, I gave her some skin.

In the form of pork.

Oh!  How I love pork!

Then I roasted it for 15 minutes per pound at 350º.

It was tender, juicy and not in the least bit gamey.

I feel like Laura Ingalls Wilder.


November 20

It is Friday, Internet, and I’m nosy.


But first a comment about Survivor.




Now, on to business.


I’d like to know what time you generally go to bed? and has that changed in the last 5 years?


My genes scream ‘early to bed, early to rise’, but that has changed a lot in the last 5 years.


I used to go to bed around 9, but now it is 10:30-11.



November 19

As I get older, my rememberer gets stuck on ‘forget’ more often than not.


Last Friday was payday, and the girl and I had been busily spending all of Superman’s hard earned money at Stuffmart and Aldi.


I heart Aldi.


We left Aldi around noon, and the girl said “I’m staaaarrrrrrrving!”


Since Aldi is very close to Taco Bell, I pulled in there to grab me a burrito.


I ordered, payed, and pulled away, and began to leave the parking lot.


Girl: Mom, where are you going?



CC: Home.



Girl: Without your food?


Yep…the brain…it is stuck.




November 18

Up here in the north, when fall merges into winter, the sun doesn’t shine much.


Then during the 5-6 months of full blown winter, the sun rarely shines.


This is a total bummer for me on so many levels, but the one I particularly want to chat about today is lighting for food photography.


I always have great light in the summer, but in the last couple of months I have had to rush to make something when the sun is actually shining.


This rushing thing is not fun.


So I got ahold of my BFF Google, and we chatted about how to make home made light boxes.


I liked a lot of Googles ideas, but light boxes are to small for some of the things that I photograph.


So I came up with my own solution.


A squeezy-clampy-light-thingie and a full spectrum light bulb attached to my tri-pod.


It works perfectly, and it doesn’t take up space to store it.


It is a win-win!


Now if I could just find a solution for self cleaning toilets….



November 17

Every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas, my Aunt Cindy makes a wonderful pumpkin log.

The best thing about this pumpkin log is the cake to frosting ratio.

It is 1:1.



You see, I’m all about frosting, and Aunt Cindy gets me.


The recipe that I made for today’s TWD is All in One Holiday Bundt Cake that Britin from the nitty britty picked.


It reminds me a lot of Aunt Cindy’s pumpkin log.


So as a nod to my beloved aunt, I tweaked the optional maple syrup icing and added 3 oz. of cream cheese.




Britin will have the recipe on her blog NEXT Tuesday.



November 16

It has been fairly warm here in Pothole.


Perfect weather for cleaning up yard trash, garden leftovers and putting up Christmas lights.


Now I know that y’all know how I feel about Christmas.


I heart it.


The lights, the presents, the food, the presents, the music, the presents, the traditions, the presents.


And I have written at length about how I can not stand Christmas music, decorations, lights etc. before Thanksgiving is even on the horizon.


I know that some people get so excited and leave their lights on.


Several people down the street in fact have had theirs on for about a week, but I choose to not look down the street and therefore remain in a state of ignorance.


I love the State of Ignorance.   You don’t have to pay taxes there.





This is across the street from my house, and it can not be ignored.


I wonder if they would suspect me if I unplugged something….








November 14

Oh Internet.


Something awful happened yesterday morning.


The girl was cooking her breakfast in a Pampered Chef rice cooker.  Unfortunately, she didn’t have enough liquid in the bottom of the container, and it burnt.


But  not only did it burn the food, but it melted the entire bottom out of the container.


Now the smell of burning food and plastic has permeated the house.


24 hours later the smell is strong. I have opened windows, and burnt candles, and it hasn’t helped.


Anyone have any other ideas?





November 13

It is Friday Internet.


Friday the 13th.


As I was laying in bed this morning, in the 30 minutes that I was willing myself to crawl OUT of the bed, I was thinking about that date and horror movies.


The first horror movie that I ever saw was Children Of the Corn, and I was 13 or 14.


What was the first horror movie that you ever saw, and if you haven’t seen a horror movie, what was the first movie that you ever saw in a movie theater?



November 12



Thanksgiving is 2 weeks away.


2 weeks.


That means that Christmas is 6 weeks away.


Are you as prepared as I am?


And by prepared I mean didn’t realize till this very minute that I don’t have much time left for shopping, and oh. my. goodness.  I had better start thinking and doing!




Where is the proverbial sand so I can stick my head in?



November 11

Today is Veterans Day, and I’d like to honor my Veteran, Superman.


Superman was in the 101st Airborne (something something…) in the Army.


He served in Korea on the DMZ.


And in Panama, to bring Manuel Noriega to America.


Superman is my hero.


Not only because he served his country, but because he also serves God every single day, and he also serves me.


He works 2 jobs, and every day for him,  begins at 4am and ends around 11pm.


He does this because he knows that the only thing I ever wanted to be is a wife and mother.


He does this to give me my dream.


Today, I honor my husband, my hero.





November 10*updated*

I heart apple crisp.

Actually I could just eat the crisp, apples be hanged.

Many times I do just that.

I’ll get me a serving, and scrape all the fruit out, give it to Superman and eat the crisp and the apple juice.

I also tend to scrape off all the icing off a piece of cake and eat just the icing.

Just sayin’.

I tweaked today’s TWD recipe just a wee bit.

Okay, a lot bit.

Em of The Repressed Pastry Chef chose Cran-Apple Crisps.

I made Caramel Walnut Apple Crisps, and I added freshly grated nutmeg to both the apple filling and the topping.

I made it this way for several reasons.

  1. I happen to think that caramel, walnuts and apples go together very well.
  2. I’ll eat the apple filling a whole lot better if it is surrounded by gooey caramel, which will make me look more like an adult, instead of a picky 5 year old.
  3. I didn’t have any cranberries.
  4. I refuse to put raisins in anything, aaaaand
  5. I don’t like coconut in my topping.

Ok, so this recipe looks absolutely nothing like Dories recipe..except for the apples…and the topping.

I haven’t baked it yet because I want to eat it warm for dessert tonight, but I just know it is going to be fabulous.

You just can’t go wrong with caramel, and crisp topping.


If you want the recipe, go check out Em’s blog.

You’ll be very glad you did…especially if you add caramel and nuts to your apples.


This was absolutely fabulous.