Hold the Holidays

Don’t get me wrong…I love Christmas. I do! I LOVE it a whole lot!
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But I am just not ready for ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas programming (which starts on November 22nd, in case you were wondering.) Or Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies (most of which seem to be Debbie Macomber specials) and which are already playing, by the way. Or how about KOST 103.5, a radio station in LA that is starting their Christmas music tomorrow…TOMORROW!
Starbucks has their Christmas blends and their red cups (which is all I have to say about that STUPID ‘controvery!’)
Walmart and American Girl are on my hit list for their rampant Christmas commercials (you know what you did!)

HELLO!!! Is anyone else still eating Halloween candy? Is anyone else just tying to keep up with the fact that Thanksgiving is coming? Nevermind Christmas and New Year’s and Valentine’s Day and Easter.

If I wasn’t so involved in social media (and enjoy it so much) I might consider going on strike.
What’s a girl gotta do to live in the moment?

The Christmas season used to be something I looked forward to. Something that I eagerly anticipated. Something that began as soon as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ended and Santa came down the street.
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That was when Christmas fever was allowed to begin. 1 month of excitement. 1 month of commercials. 1 month of TV specials and movies and music and parades and peppermint mocha choca lattes and such.

Can we go back to that? I’m not talking about the true meaning of Christmas. Please don’t misunderstand. I think it’s easy for people to misunderstand these days. In fact, it’s almost as if people are just looking for things to misunderstand. (Red cups anyone??!!)
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*Photo from @arrowtwentytwo Instagram

The true meaning of Christmas is something that I love to celebrate and think about all year long. But commercialized Christmas? That has it’s place and time. And I just think the time hasn’t come yet.

Personally I’d just like to get through the week, much less the entire rest of 2015.
Who’s with me???

5 Fandom Friday

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5 Characters I’d Invite to My Thanksgiving Feast

Today’s blog topic from The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick is about characters I’d invite to Thanksgiving. Before I begin, you should know a little about my family. We are a very tight knit group of people. We uphold many unique holiday traditions and we are also what you might call… a little quirky. With that being said, adding any more personalities into the mix could be tricky. But we’ve always been a family that welcomes new comers and vagabonds alike with open arms and plates of turkey. So here is my list of characters I’d like to invite to Thanksgiving. From TV to Books to Muppets to Movies, my choices come from all over the place.

#1 – Swedish Chef from The Muppets

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“Gersh gurndy morn-dee burn-dee!”

My family is talented at a great many things. One of them is cooking. So it’s not like we need any help in the kitchen. But I’ve always loved the Swedish Chef from The Muppets. His Mock Swedish dialect and his can-do attitude would make for an upbeat positive guest at our Thanksgiving Feast. Plus we love to add multi-cultural elements to our holiday traditions. So why not add one of his famous dishes to the menu? Like his Flapjacks, Fishie Chowder, Japanese Cake, Frog Legs or his Squirrel Stew. It’s not so much the end result as it is his process that would be the most entertaining.

#2 – Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

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“She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.”

Sure, he’s haughty and proud. And sure… those are qualities a modern woman would rare to never tolerate in a man. But he’s Mr. Darcy!! And aside from providing some delicious eye candy (Colin Firth is the Darcy I’d choose), he can also provide sparkling conversation when prodded and pushed. Maybe it’s an odd choice, but I’d love a traditional Regency Era Thanksgiving Feast complete with reel and musical concert. Perhaps a little impromptu singing might be in order. And if Mr. Darcy was in attendance you could almost guarantee that something exciting would happen.

#3 – Lady Grantham from Downton Abbey

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“I knew this family was approaching disillusion, I wasn’t aware that illusion was already upon us.”

My Grandmother, Flora, is the matriarch of my family. We have Thanksgiving at her house every year. She is strong willed and stubborn and I think I get a lot of my gumption straight from her. She reminds me a lot of the Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Violet Crawley. You might wonder, with one Lady of the house already in attendance, why invite another. I imagine that if Lady Violet and Lady Grandmother Flora were ever to meet, they would either become best friends and while away the hours playing bridge, or they would become sworn enemies and take turns delivering crushing set downs. Either way, I think it would make for a most entertaining Thanksgiving Feast!

#4 – Genie from Aladdin

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“You ain’t never had a friend like me!”

A genie is always handy to have around. You never know when disaster could strike and if you had a magical genie of the lamp then crisis would immediately be averted. A genie is useful, but Genie is a delight. Genie has long been my very favorite Disney character. Voiced to perfection by the late Robin Williams, he is caring and funny and the life of the party. He will always be welcome at my Thanksgiving table!

#5 – Lucy Ricardo from I Love Lucy

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“I may not be able to understand what you say when you say it, but before you say it, I can understand what you’re going to say perfectly!”

This one is for my sister-in-law. She is an avid Lucy fan. Who isn’t! (But she really is!) I think Lucy would round out this quintuplet of Thanksgiving guests. Accident prone and ridiculously goofy, Lucy is always trying to do right, yet always managing to mess things up. I’m not saying she’d drop the turkey, burn the mashed potatoes and end up with pumpkin pie on her face… but it would be worth the invite to see just what might happen!

Happy (less than a week till) Thanksgiving to you all. Who would you invite?

5 Fandom Friday

Comfort Foods

As Thanksgiving approaches, BEFORE Christmas (ahem, ahem retailers), our minds start to turn to scrumptious, homemade, comforting foods. Turkey and stuffing and pie and potatoes. In  honor of the approaching holiday The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick‘s 5 Fandom Friday topic today is favorite comfort foods. So here are mine…

1. Homemade Cookie Dough

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Why wait for the cookies to bake when you can put that dough in the freezer and eat it systematically over the course of the season. My Aunt Dot’s recipe was always my go-to for the best cookies and the bestest cookie dough around. But if you need some in a pinch and don’t have time for all the baking that comes along with getting homemade cookie dough, then Tollhouse or Pillsbury will do in a pinch. There are even websites that will send you tubs of flavored cookie dough. Check out David’s Cookies.

2. Macaroni and Cheese

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This one is a given. And as a child I used to love good old Kraft mac and cheese from a box. Then I graduated to the Velveeta shells and cheese. But these days, when I have a craving for macaroni and cheese, I turn to Annie’s Homegrown for their White Cheddar mac and cheese. They have many different flavors of delicious mac and cheese. And you can feel a little better about eating it because the ingredients are organic. Though I don’t recommend eating a whole box (but who are we kidding… I could definitely eat the whole box!!)

3. Popcorn

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When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do with my family was pile on the couch and watch a movie together (back when people still did that.) We’d pick out the movie, get our bowls of popcorn ready and then proceed to have family night. So nowadays when I eat popcorn, even if just for a snack, it always reminds me of times watching Star Wars or Jurassic Park or Indiana Jones with my mom, dad and brother.

4. Spaghetti

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I don’t wanna brag, but my mom’s spaghetti is amazing!!! She used to cook all kinds of things for us when we were younger, but it’s her spaghetti that stays in my childhood memories. It was that sauce… it’s always about the sauce. And hers was magical. Family dinners, also sadly a thing of the past these days, would often be spaghetti at our house. It’s delicious and easy… nuff said!

5. Bread Dough

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My mom may be good at the spaghetti, but my dad is the bread man in the family. He even has his own homemade bread oven that he built in the backyard out of brick and clay. Living far away is not an easy thing, especially since I do not have a bread oven in my New York apartment to recreate his delicious breads. So when I’m home for the holidays, it’s the bread that I make sure to save room for… no matter what!! I will mow people down to get to that bread. (Ok not really. But it’s THAT good!)

 

What foods are comforting to you? I’d love to hear about it and Happy Friday!!!

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Day 28: Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Today I woke up late. After a day of eating and eating and games and volleyball and more eating I just couldn’t rally this morning. So I apologize for being a little lax. This is more of an inspiration than a duplication.
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I did 2 braids across the top of my head like Katniss has.
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Day 27: Roxie Hart from Chicago

Happy Thanksgiving, nerds!!

I’m bringing to you today, the murderess with the moxy, Roxie Hart!
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Hope you all enjoy your turkey, your stuffing, your tandoori chicken, your.raw sushi… whatever floats your gravy boat!
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Day 25: Cindy Brady from The Brady Bunch

There are just 2 days till Thanksgiving and today I travel to Michigan to be with family. In honor of that day of Thanksgiving and family I chose Cindy Brady, youngest daughter of America’s favorite classic TV family (with the catchiest theme song!)
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Curly pigtails, it’s all about the curly pigtails!!
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