Thanksgiving Pictures in Review, Belated New (to Me) Blogger on the Block Thursday and Friday Night Date Night

by Cate on November 26, 2005

OK, I don’t know about other food bloggers, but the Hello software is having major issues, so y’all are going to have to settle for one picture for now until I can get it to cooperate. Here’s The Husband’s delicious turkey from yesterday. I think this one is the best he’s done yet – incredibly tender, moist and juicy, even the white meat.

With it being Thanksgiving yesterday, I neglected to highlight this week’s New (to Me) Blogger on the Block Thursday, so without further ado, I am introducing you to Maona, a new Hawaiian food blogger on the blogosphere. I love the name of his site; Maona is defined, in Hawaiian, as “satisfied after eating; to eat one’s fill.” Simply perfect, and the name (as I’m pronouncing it in my head) seems very poetic. As I know very little about Hawaiian food, I’m looking forward to seeing what exciting Hawaiian delicacies he introduces us to. Check out his site when you get a chance.

The kids had their Friday Night Date Night tonight, and once Hello cooperates, I have an adorable picture of them to share. The Husband, was out tonight, being feted by his old employees at a goodbye dinner, since he starts a new job on Monday. The second time he’s conveniently missed Friday Night Date Night when it’s OUR turn to host the kids here … hmmmm. Anyways, the kids had tortellini (you know me … The Husband’s not home, it must be tortellini time!), chicken nuggets, clementine oranges and cheese sticks. They ate pretty well, and played even better.

And speaking of kids’ eating, I have been officially dubbed a Sneaky Mom! This type of sneakiness is one I’m definitely intending to continue to work on … any way I can get those veggies in Nicholas’ belly is A-OK by me, slyness be darned!

OK folks, all for tonight. WDB #11 (Weekend Dog Blogging) is upon us, so if you have a cute pup and you’d like to show him off, e-mail me the jpeg, post a link to my site on yours, and check in Sunday night for the round-up. I’ve already got my picture all done (ahead of the game, for once!), and it’s a cute one, and not even our dog! Also make sure to check in and participate at Clare’s site for Weekend Cat Blogging and Kalyn’s Kitchen for Weekend Herb Blogging.

Until tomorrow … I’ll leave you with my tried-and-true recipe for Cranberry Conserve. Give it a whirl — it’ll make a convert out of you. Until next time…

Cranberry Conserve
4 cups fresh cranberries
2 oranges, peeled, sliced and quartered
1 cup raisins
1-1/4 cups water
1 cup chopped pecans
2-1/2 cups sugar

In large saucepan, combine cranberries, oranges, raisins and water. Simmer until cranberries are soft (until they split) – this should take about 20-30 minutes. Add pecans and sugar, stir well and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring often. Cool, then spoon into containers and chill. Stays good for about two weeks.

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abe/happy November 26, 2005 at 11:04 am

I can smell that delicious turkey all the way from Australia!! :D

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Anonymous November 26, 2005 at 5:25 pm

The Cranberry Conserve was great. I don’t usually like cranberry sauces. But this is something I will make. So good!

The Neighbor

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Cate November 26, 2005 at 11:04 pm

Abe, it’s funny, I can actually still smell it in the house now. Good thing it’s a NICE lingering flavor. ;)

Ooooh, The Neighbor comments … talking about making someone a convert. Guess who’s whipping up dinner as we speak?

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farmgirl November 28, 2005 at 12:45 am

Hi Sweetnicks,
Hmmmm. This is the third blogger blog this week that won’t open the comments page–and they all use the pop up window. I tried and tried and tried on the above Oprah Rocks post and nothing happened. Finally tried this one instead for the heck of it. Whaddya know? So now I am wondering if this is only happening to me–especially since I see no comments on the Oprah Rocks post.

Anyway, what I really wanted to say was that looking at that scrumptious pile of paninis makes me wish I had neighbors. : )

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alan November 28, 2005 at 9:03 am

That cranberry conserve looks identical to one my grandmother used to make, except that she didn’t include nuts like your recipe does. I’ll have to try that next time. It’s so much better than the jellied cranberry from a can.

Thanks for the mention as your “New (to Me) Blogger on the Block”!

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