Friday, November 23, 2012

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving!
Yesterday was a day filled with food, family, food, friends, and did I mention food? Ugh. I am still full from stuffing my face yesterday! I have to admit that Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year just because I love hanging out with the family (and eating) all day. One of my favorite dishes is the sweet potato casserole and Thanksgiving seems to be the only time of year where I can eat as much of it as my heart desires. This year the H found an awesome recipe from Ruth Chris's Steakhouse for their sweet potato casserole to bring to his mom's house. The recipe received rave reviews from the dinner guests who commented to him throughout the night how much they enjoyed it. Guess who is bringing sweet potatoes again next year? :)
Since we spend the day running from house to house (aka the "world tour" as my friend calls it) we typically don't bring items to contribute to dinner. It's just too much of a hassle to transport everything. But, this year in addition to our sweet potatoes we also brought two desserts! Yay us! One was a recipe I found on Pinterest for Pumpkin Lust Cake which turned out really well. The other recipe was for Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake, a Paula Deen recipe that was also delicious. All in all, the day was a success - we enjoyed the time at each house and didn't feel too rushed. Also, we couldn't have asked for better weather, it was 65 degrees in St. Louis! Not too shabby for late November!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their friends and families!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Goodbye, Carvey Harvey

I'll apologize up front for the depressing post but it was a huge and sad event in my life, and definitely worth writing about. On Monday, November 5th we had to put our beloved kitty down after 12 wonderful years. He had suffered from chronic renal failure for some time, but last weekend it took a dramatic turn for the worse and he was no longer able to do basic functions such as eat or walk. It was a tough decision, but in our hearts we knew it was the right one.

We adopted Carvey from a local humane society when he was 6 months old. Our orignial plan was to get a small kitten, and to this day I am not sure why we went into the room where Carvey was. As soon as we walked in we heard a loud noise. Carvey had jumped off the ledge and hit his head on the door of his cage.  I guess he picked us just as much as we picked him. We knew instantly this cat had some personality...and indeed he did. He was such a ham, always making us laugh, roll our eyes and sometimes frustrating the heck out of us. He will be missed but we will always cherish the time we had with him.