Monthly Archives: March 2014

Thanksgivukkah 2013

So I failed to keep my promise to you and share our Thanksgiving feastivus with you before the warm weather arrived…but I’m hoping I can get a pass this time because technically, the 70 degree weather was here for 1.5 days and is now nowhere to be found. The wind gusts the other night and the recent temperatures (high of 32?!) are making me feel like March really is the most bipolar month to ever exist. Update: I started writing this a few days ago when it was in the 20s outside. Now it was 60 yesterday and tomorrow 2-6″ of snow are predicted for Baltimore…?!?! Seriously? Hi, climate change, you’re obviously very real now…doesn’t mean I have to like you.

Let’s cut to the chase and present our scrumptious menu, shall we? 🙂 Oh wait, I forgot to mention, this year was the first (and last ever…at least not for another 75,000 years) time that the first night of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fell on the same day. INSANITY! Hanukkah has never been this early. Totally threw us all for a loop. Talk about getting your shopping done early…I did not. Who is really done by Thanksgiving anyway?! If you ARE one of those people, please come help me with gift-giving ideas in the future. Anyway, this is a good fact to keep in mind as you check out our menu. Some items are a fantastic blend of both of our family’s traditions and cultures. 🙂

We had way too much fun coming up with the centerpieces and decorations for our house. It was the first time we were getting to use not only our new Pottery barn table, but the extension leaves to host everyone! Good thing we took the wall down between our dining room and kitchen…we needed all the space we could get to gather around the table. That’s a good problem to have. 🙂

If you look closely in the photo above, you’ll see 3 little turkey friends. We made them with G and she had SO much fun doing it! All they required were basic craft ingredients from Michael’s that added lots of color and smiles to the table: pipe cleaners, buttons, pom-poms, clothes pins, styrofoam balls and googly eyes. Now, if only we could find some more easy and inexpensive crafts to do together to keep our little artiste a happy lady!

We made the ‘Gobble, Gobble’ sign below using cardstock that was on sale at Michaels, tracing the printed letters onto gray cardstock and threading yellow ribbon through them all. G’s little mini handprint turkey was a nice centerpiece divider!

In between food prep, playing and eating, there was a lot of this…

Chillaxing at its finest. 🙂

Look who I found! One proud little girl learning to walk as we watched!

So, now that this event is behind us, I can say that it wasn’t that bad making all of the food ourselves! We just paced ourselves and spread it out over a 2 week period. Oh, and having family that were willing to bring everything else, helped a bit too. 🙂 I also need to give credit where credit’s due. See that turkey and fried shrimp? Yeah, that was all my incredibly talented hubby’s contribution. We used an oven bag (best recommendation ever!) and it was some of the tastiest turkey I’ve ever had.

Here was our first try at tackling the menu for all 13 of us (some of the bros couldn’t make it and  thank god the 3 dogs didn’t need to be factored in…lol):

  • Turkey
  • …the fix-in’s of course: gravy and cranberry relish, made by no other than the incredible Minke!
  • Fried Shrimp (it’s a family tradition)
  • Italian Sausage Stuffing
  • Challah Stuffing
  • Horseradish Mashed Potatoes
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Parmesan Butternut Squash
  • Mini Noodle Kugels (Minke!)

These next few photos are what it’s all about. Family, love, hugs, and memories made at home. Here’s to our new home and lots of future big family gatherings!

Some of the desserts were brought to us by Aunt Raq and Minke…rum cake (my dad’s favorite!), pumpkin cake balls and pecan pie; and we made cranberry lemon bars, apple squares and a pumpkin roll. The feast didn’t stop at the main meal! 🙂 Happy birthday Aunt Christine and Pop-Pop!

Our Hanukkah celebration involved multiple menorahs of course; the menurkey was my favorite. Can’t wait for next year…now that we know how to keep 18 things coming out warm all at the same time, we got it in the bag (pun intended)!

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March 16, 2014 · 2:32 pm

Flor -ed at team ibby!

New post up for your viewing pleasure!

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We also missed the posting of our New House new room…for the kiddo post.  Enjoy!

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March 13, 2014 · 9:16 pm

I’ll be thankful for snow come July.

It’s March 4 and there’s fresh snow outside, coupled with bitter cold temps. I read this morning that BWI set a record low for this day in history: 4 degrees. What gives, Mother Nature?!

I know…since we still haven’t lived here a full year yet, you’re just giving us lots of snow days to enjoy at home in our “new” house (or testing our patience and creativity with multiple days off of work and at home with a toddler. I know our little ‘marshmallow’ is adorable, but…some of us are teetering on negative vacay time)! Well, just FYI, our chimney needs lots of work before it can crackle and keep us warmly curled up alongside of it, so we’d appreciate it if you’d save some of the snow and frozen weather for next year too, ok? Spread the love a little.

At this point in the year, my recipe ideas tend to focus on corned beef, irish soda bread and hamantaschen. But, this year I still seem to be stuck on comfort meals that come steaming out of the crockpot, mainly because it’s been so cold out. All I want to do is sit on the couch with delicious aromas wafting out of a machine that’s doing all the work for me! So, since my brain is still in cold weather mode and comfort foods (and oh yeah, I may have never gotten to sharing this with y’all right after the actual holiday happened. oops!)…how about we revisit a wonderful Cataldo holiday that combines chilly temperatures and completely fills your belly up with cozy goodness. It’s called Thanksgiving. And yes, it’s a holiday that everyone celebrates, not just our family as I referred to above, but when I met Anthony, I learned that Thanksgiving is THE most important holiday in his family. 🙂

Hold on, I just realized I have 30 photos of the big ol’ feast to share. They’re not all gonna get uploaded tonight so let’s break this post into 2, shall we? Consider it my way of spreading the love. Mother Nature, take note.

Part 2 coming to you before it gets warm outside…I promise. At this point, what’s another day, right? 😉

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March 4, 2014 · 11:14 pm