• November 20, 2013

    Thanksgiving for Two

    Next week is Thanksgiving, so I decided it was probably time to start thinking about a menu for the day.  My family never really did the whole traditional turkey-and-all-the-fixin’s meal, so over the past few years, I’ve been learning all about traditional Thanksgiving.

    This year it’s just hubby and me, so I’ll be doing small portions of everything while trying to keep it all healthy with paleo tendencies.  Of course, there will be some grains and dairy that work their way in, but we’ll use substitutes wherever possible and limit what can’t be substituted.

    So, without further ado – here is my Thanksgiving for Two menu for 2013:

    Breakfast:

    • Spinach, Mushroom, & Feta Crustless Quiche
    • Mimosas

    Breakfast

    Snacks:

    • Chex Mix
    • Deviled Eggs

    Eggs

    Dinner:

    • Turkey/Bacon kabobs
    • Mashed Potatoes in the Crock Pot
    • Roasted Winter Squash Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts
    • Quinoa Sage Stuffing
    • Wine

    Dinner

    Dessert:

    • Pumpkin pie
    • Brownies

    Pumpkin-Pie

    Since most of these recipes are new to me, I will share the recipe my parents taught me after Dad came home from a turkey hunting trip in Kansas.  This is by far the best way to make turkey for two!

    Turkey and Bacon Kabobs

    By Erin Published: November 20, 2013

      Next week is Thanksgiving, so I decided it was probably time to start thinking about a menu for the day.  My family never really did …

      Ingredients

      Instructions

      1. Heat up the grill to a medium heat.
      2. Cut-TurkeyCut your turkey breasts into long, thin-ish strips and halve your bacon strips. Ensure you have one piece of bacon for each strip of turkey.
      3. Skewered-TurkeyWrap the bacon and turkey strips together and skewer them on kabob sticks.
      4. Place each kabob on the grill and cook, being careful not to burn the bacon. Typically, when the bacon is crispy and looks done, the turkey should also be done.
      5. Cooked-TurkeyServe hot and enjoy!

       

      Pro-Tips:

      If you’re using wooden kabob skewers, be sure to soak them in water first so they won’t burn on the grill.

      These are more filling than you would think, so don’t let their small size trick you into putting 100 on your plate.

      In the event you have leftovers, put a little butter on them when reheating to help prevent them from getting too dry.

    • November 14, 2013

      Top Five: Web Comics

      Today’s Top Five is brought to you by: Web Comics!

      Growing up, I loved to get the Sunday paper and read the comics.  Some were funny, some were over my head, and a lot of them were really stupid.  But I read them all.  There’s just something about a lazy Sunday with the smell of newspaper ink all over my hands.

      When I made it to college and was too busy (and too poor) to subscribe to the paper, my hubby (now.  he’s my hubby now… at that time he was not) introduced me to the wonderful world of web comics.  Many that I started reading back then are comics I have stopped reading now, but here are some great replacements that have come along!

       

      Skadi

      Skadi by Katie Rice

      I love Skadi! The art style, the clever story line, everything!  Skadi is on a mission to eat of all the meats to please her (sloppy and gross) god.  She’s barbaric, hilarious, and can kick some butt.  When I met Katie at PAX Prime, I even talked her into sketching Skadi for me (she’s hanging on my wall)!

      Camp Comic

      Camp Weedonwantcha by Katie Rice

      This is Katie’s new comic about children whose parents left them at a “camp” and never come back to get them.  Again, the art is so good and her one-off jokes are great.  The story is just beginning, but I already love it!

       

      JS Power Hour

      Junior Scientist Power Hour by Abby Howard

      Abby’s personal comic is about life things and random stuff she thinks up.  Her mind is amazing.  And creepy.   So , so creepy.  I love it.  She is not afraid to tackle any topic, so be warned, one day you’re looking at crunchy fall leaf happiness, the next you’re in her lady doctors office getting free apple juice.

      The Last Halloween

      The Last Halloween by Abby Howard 

      Dark, creepy, and full of horrible monsters, I’m pretty sure it’s not for the faint of heart.  Abby’s art is horrible and fantastic.  I didn’t know creatures and dead bodies could be so beautiful.  She puts so much detail into each frame, I can’t even comprehend it.  I can’t wait to see where the story leads.  (On a personal note, Abby drew one of her characters for me too… he’s hanging up next to Skadi)  *grin*

       

      Cloud Factory

      The Cloud Factory by Alexandra Douglass

      Another Strip Search artist… Lexxy!  There aren’t many pages yet and she doesn’t update often, but Oh. My. Gosh.  It’s worth the wait, ya’ll.  So much detail.  And pretty colors.  And a very exciting steampunk vibe.

       

      Cleverless

      Cleverless by Kyle Andersen

      I may be biased in saying this, but my favorite non Strip Search comic is written and illustrated by my hubby.  It’s great fun to watch the process of scripting and drawing from start to finish.  I don’t always get all of his jokes, but his computer programmer buddies do.  Don’t worry, though, there’s plenty of non-programmy comics to enjoy!  I especially love his series on D&D characters… those are real stories about our real game right now.  Not even joking.

       

      Order of the Stick

      Order Of The Stick by Rich Burlew

      Order of the Stick is an incredibly detailed stick figure comic about D&D.  It’s pretty wordy and I haven’t kept up on the story for a while, but the characters and stories are great.  They make a lot more sense if you play D&D, but it’s not mandatory or anything.  Anyone who enjoys fantasy stories should find appreciation for the comic.  OOTS is also a board game, by the way.  So much fun!

       

      Kawaii Not

      Kawaii Not by Megan Murphy

      Kawaii Not is super cute and very pun-centric.  I don’t usually like puns, but the adorableness makes up for it.  Ha!

       

      Okay, so my top five kinda turned into my top six.  Or eight.  Whatever; this isn’t math.  Go read some comics.

    • November 6, 2013

      Take This Project

      Take This Project

      Earlier this year, I wrote about the different panels at PAX Prime that I was able to attend and promised to share more information with ya’ll when I was able.  With so many tragedies being reported in the news lately – specifically, unprovoked attacks on unassuming people en masse, rape and suicide rates among young people, etc. – I think now is as good a time as any to tell you about the Take This Project.

      To be clear, I don’t believe there is one cause or one underlying reason for the apparent increase of violence in the United States.  Many people, the media and lobbyist groups for a start, love to pick one issue and place all of the blame there.  The circumstances bringing people to plan and carry out an attack on others or to harm themselves is not that simple.  Mental health, gun control, violence in entertainment, religious conviction, etc. may all be a part of a person’s decisions, but I don’t believe you can choose one issue and point a finger at it until everything goes away.

      Not all people who have mental health issues, own a gun, or play video games are going to reach a point when they are ready to hurt themselves or others.  Most never feel inclined to do so at all.

      For those who do, however, the Take This Project wants to help.

      Take This is early in its development, but seems to be growing steadily.  There are many people with various backgrounds and levels of expertise who are working together to create a support network online.  The project is directed mostly at people who play video games – their whole idea is taken from the first Legend of Zelda game in which the hero is told, “It’s dangerous to go alone, take this,” and is then given a sword to defend himself.  Currently, the Take This Project arms readers with stories people share and a community with whom to talk about problems and concerns.  They have also outlined when and how to get help and are working diligently to stamp out the stigma of mental health issues so readers are less fearful of reaching out.

      It is so important to talk to people, to share where you’re at – especially if you’re hurting or feel you may need help – to advocate for yourself to be safe.  Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins of Penny Arcade fame are huge advocates for mental health and are known to talk openly about their own struggles for the express purpose of letting their audience know they are not alone.  It is not something you can control alone.  It is okay to ask for help.

      Jenny Lawson and Jen Yates are similarly open in their blogs about their struggles with depression and anxiety.  Bunny Bennett has shared thoughts on transgender issues and the things that have come up surrounding accepting herself and coping with the societal hardships of being transgender.

      The fact is this: you are not alone.  You do not have to suffer in silence.  There are so many people out there who will love you, accept you, and help you.  There is nothing wrong with being different or struggling with something.  Seek help.  Follow through.

      You are worth it.