Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

My attempt at carving leaves with "softly glowing" aspects ended in me punching a giant hole into the side of the gooey mess.  Hence the awkward angle.  The dog food, newspaper and plants threatened by frost really enhance the holiday feel of this photo.  You're welcome.

Is it too early to start listening to Christmas music?  If it's wrong, I don't wanna be right.  There must be a "festive gene" that all the women in my family seem to have.  Maybe it's just because I have such an amazing family (no one likes a bragger, but get ready 'cause here it comes).  Maybe the arrival of Halloween marks the beginning of my favorite part of the year because there is the promise of spending more time together and enjoying each others special gifts.  From Aunt Hannah's sausage balls and Uncle Tommy's Christmas Eve serenades to Mom's all-out comforting Christmas decor and Alana's Thanksgiving Apple Cake, my family members are holiday professionals not to be trifled with.  I could go on and on, but I'll stop being a bragging jerk and point out another awesome family- Have you met the Peas?  Peas and Thank You is my new blog crush.  Mama Pea's recipes are so pealicious that I had to buy her book.  Whether you eat only plants, only animals, or both, her book and blog are full of recipes and hilarious stories that you will love.  I loved these muffins.

Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping
These were the fragrant and wonderful start to the day.  And apparently they are nutritious too since I had enough energy following muffin consumption (I may or may not have had more than one) to fuel a hike by the river, intensive cleaning of the stove and microwave, and more Pea inspired cooking and eating before settling in for a cozy viewing of Funny Farm with Jeremy.

Teriyaki Tofu (recipe from Peas and Thank You) over jasmine rice with stir fried veggies for dinner.  Even tofu-suspicious Jeremy went back for seconds.
In other news, I had to scrape ice?! from my windshield this morning.  The holidays are truly upon us.  I can't wait to go home and roast my pumpkin seeds I've been soaking from yesterday's pumpkin debacle (I'm not to be trusted with large knives and slippery gourds) and hand out candy to young'ins.  Do you save your pumpkin seeds, or is it too much trouble?

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Blink said...

I have been missing out on seeing your blog on a daily basis. Thanks so much for the wonderful carved pumpkin and I totally share your sentiment about Holiday Times...
That tofu looks scrumptious! Save me a bit next time, I truly would love to try it!

Melody Ann said...

Of course! I've been itching to try some General Tso's Tofu, so I'll have to make sure you get some when I make it.