Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013 - What To Do When Your Turkey Is Done Too Early

This year was a really special one for us. We were thankful to provide a meal for a combined group of 9. Halo was our non-stop entertainment. I worked pretty hard on Wednesday and Thursday to cook up the best Thanksgiving meal that I've ever made. The work was all worth it in the end.

My favorite dish was the stuffing. I used my mother-in-law's recipe, but I baked fresh break in my bread maker. It was delicious!

 The turkey was wonderful too, but it was done 2 hours before mealtime! So, I did a quick search online and found that you can take it out, cover it first in tinfoil then in a towel and let it sit. Joshua surprised me with a really fancy meat thermometer this year. So I left that in and monitored the temperatures. I let it sit for 2 hours and it never dropped below 167 degrees. Maybe this little bit of knowledge will be helpful to someone else some day too!

I ended up making two pies. I used a mini cookie cutter in star shape on my apple pie, but I cut the stars too close together and it didn't hold up entirely through the baking process. I'll have try this again but leave more space between each cutting.

I have so many things to be thankful for, but I am most thankful for my loving and supportive husband. He is my north star. I hope that all of you had as nice of a Thanksgiving as we did.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Fall 2013

It has been another busy Fall in the Oehler house. I find it hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already upon us. We are excited this year to host Thanksgiving dinner at our house. I've been busily making lists, crafting decorations and making plans. I am going to attempt to make my first tablecloth this weekend. As you all know, I love an opportunity to be creative!

Poor Joshua had all 4 of his wisdom teeth pulled. The older you get, the more difficult this procedure becomes. Thankfully, we got through it but the first day was quite scary. It amazes me that when people have surgery, they just rush them right out as fast as possible. He was still bleeding hours after we got him home. It just doesn't seem right to send anyone home bleeding! Halo didn't know what to think, but he was quite worried.

Speaking of Halo, we took him to the Franciscan Renewal Center to get blessed. We continue to consider getting a second dog. We both waiver back and forth about the pros and cons.

But mostly, I have been busy going to school. It takes up a lot of my personal time. Each day, it feels as if I barely have enough time to do it all, but somehow I do get it all done. I have about 3 weeks left of the semester. I am so thankful that I can both work and attend school online and be home with Joshua and Halo, even if I am working or studying.

Finally, we celebrated our second anniversary. We gifted each other bikes! I found my bike on Craig's list and just love it. It is an all original 1971 Schwinn cruiser. Joshua is still looking for his bike. He wanted to do some research and find a bike that he'd really use for a long time. We hope to pick something out this weekend so that we can start to go on bike rides together. 

It has just been a whirlwind of activity. But, we are happily enjoying our life.


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