¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping, divided
1 Honey Maid Graham Pie Crust
½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. Planters pecan pieces, divided
1 cup cold milk
2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) Jello Vanilla Instant pudding
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip, thawed, divided
Pour ¼ cup caramel topping into crust; sprinkle with ½ cup pecans.
Beat milk, pudding mixes, pumpkin and spices with whisk until blended. Stir in 1 ½ cups cool whip. Spread into crust.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Top with remaining Cool Whip, caramel topping and pecans just before serving. Makes 10 servings.
from the home of Debbie Gosnell
In 2007, the average American ate 17.5 pounds of turkey. (that's really only 1.5 lbs per month - not bad - poor Tom tho)
In 2007, 271,685,000 turkeys were produced in the United States. (cheese n rice!!!)
The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog. (I'd like to see that turkey - good heavens!!)
A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
The female turkey is called a hen.
The male turkey is called a tom.
Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour. (holy sh*t!)
Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour.
Turkeys’ heads change colors when they become excited. (typical male)
Six hundred seventy-five million pounds of turkey are eaten each Thanksgiving in the United States. (that's a lot of friggin turkey)
Turkeys can see movement almost a hundred yards away.
Turkeys lived almost ten million years ago.
Baby turkeys are called poults and are tan and brown.
Turkey eggs are tan with brown specks and are larger than chicken eggs. (turkey eggs.... huh?)
U.S. Today growers produce nearly one turkey for every person in the country.
Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving.
Twenty-two million turkeys are eaten each Christmas.
Nineteen million turkeys are eaten each Easter.
Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clicking noise. (HA - they're the noisy ones!!!!! Stuff it!)
Gobbling turkeys can be heard a mile away on a quiet day. (typical male)
Illinois produced 2.8 million turkeys in 2007. (ILL - INI)
A 16 week old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster and a yearling is a year old. Any turkey 15 months or older is called mature.
Turkeys don’t really have ears like ours, but they have very good hearing.
Turkeys can see in color.
Turkeys do not see well at night.
Turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks. (now THAT is interesting)
Wild turkeys spend the night in trees. They especially like oak trees.
Turkey breeding has caused turkey breasts to grow so large that the turkeys fall over. (another visual)
June is National Turkey Lover’s Month. (hey, that's my brother's birthday month too - think it's a coincidence??? LOL)
Eating turkey does not cause you to feel sleepy after your Thanksgiving dinner. Carbohydrates in your Thanksgiving dinner are the likely cause of your sleepiness. (sure! my turkey day meal is always carb and calorie free)
Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.
The costume that "Big Bird" wears on Sesame Street is rumored to be made of turkey feathers.
The fleshy growth under a turkey’s throat is called a wattle. (a what???)
Turkey eggs hatch in 28 days. (must be nice!)
Hope you all enjoyed! And I hope everyone has a SUPER D DUPER TURKEY DAY!!!!!!! Be sure to gobble up and send your favorite recipes my way! I'm going to start posting them.... perhaps we can all get some new, yummy recipes. And this isn't just Turkey day related recipes - I'd like to get some quick n easy recipes out there for everyone to enjoy! It's a crazy time of year, but it's still important we keep our lil' ones well fed! :~)
My love to All on this Glorious Holiday!!!!
So last night my dear friends Deb and Michelle hosted a Thirty-One gifts party - which is now being sold by my BFF, Ms. Kelly L. Livvix. You can check out what they have to offer @ thirtyonegifts.com Key-UTE stuff! If you're interested in hosting a party, Kelly can HOOK YOU UP! She's a great consultant - takes after my mother :~) Anywho... I'm really excited about my order, can't wait to get it - yay!!!!!!!!
AND, if you go on-line and you like the products... Kelly is having an open house to display her products THIS Friday, November 28th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m..... feel free to drop in and check it out! Just tell her I invited you - she won't mind :~) She's conveniently located in Marshall, IL - so hit me up if you want her address or more details. (and for the record, I'm not getting paid to say this stuff - I just love her THAT much) You can stop by her house and un-wind and grab a snack after your early morning shopping spree in Terre Haute fighting all the crazies!!!!
So Turkey Day is quickly approaching - BE THANKFUL! Today's local paper published the 4th graders blurbs of what they are thankful for. My son wrote the following - he's thankful for.... "....my family, my dogs, God, my cat, and for my teacher." AWE - he does have thee very best teacher in the world - Mrs. Cheryl Margason - LOVE HER! I had her when I was in the 4th grade as well - and she was my all-time fave teacher! I was so very excited that T would get to have her as well!!! Double Whammy! As a matter of fact, he reminds me often how he's luckier than me b/c he gets to see Mrs. Margason almost every day - LOL! What a stinker!
So back to Turkey Day.... I'm aging my friends, and I"m showing it! As many of us know, the night before T-Day is probably the busiest night of the year in the big town of Marshall. Well, this year I'm just not feeling up to it - ugh! I used to be the first one signing up for the biggest party in town... now I'd rather stay home with my book, wrapped up on my couch w/my hot cocoa! TELL ME THAT'S NOT A SIGN OF GETTING OLD?!!!! No, don't - I know it is! Something about a crowded place, loud music, etc... I just don't enjoy it anymore! So if anyone wants to dress in purple, throw on a red hat and have a lil' get together.... CALL ME! I'm up for doing something, just not trying to fight a crowd!
We're post-poning Thanksgiving with my fam this year. It just doesn't feel right for all of us to get together and chow down while lil' Miss Anne is still at IU Med. I am extra thankful this year just for having Anne and Mel still in our lives - I don't need a sit-down meal and 2,000 calories to be anymore thankful! I'll celebrate when Anne is well enough to come home!!!! We've had a very eye-opening year. So be sure to enjoy every moment you have with your family.... we're all guilty of taking them for granted from time to time.
So give me some feedback and let me know what the best bargains being advertised for Black Friday are.....
So that was the end of my oh-so fab weekend! So let's go back in time a bit...
Friday - I was on V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!!!! My BFF and I went on our annual Christmas shopping trip to Champaign, IL.. home of the FIGHTING ILLINI!!!!!!!!!! It was a FABULOUS day, as always! I started my Christmas shopping Friday, and I probably completed 95% of it! Yee-haw! That's such a good feeling! I HATE fighting the crowds in Terrible Haute! UGH! We even made it there and back with no cop involvement! OOT-OOT!
Saturday - went to mom's (where I "hide/store" my Christmas gifts -- went thru all my purchases. It's amazing when you spend all day shopping, you forget what all you buy - LOL! I did good in sticking to my list tho! Then last night we had dinner at my mother-in-law's with B.L.O.E.! (that's an acronym for Nathan's bro's fam) It was STUNNING company as always! I am so lucky to have thee cutest nieces and nephews, and some of the very best sil's in the world!
Sunday - today - up early and read deep into "new moon". YES, I'm sucked into the vampires and warewolves! UGH! I laughed at my m-i-l on our trip to Atlanta b/c she couldn't put the books down, I'm not THAT into it - but I am thoroughly enjoying the books and getting thru them rather quickly!
Tomorrow I head back to work. I'm ready to go tho - I have things done around the house. I spent 2.5 hours today in my son's room... throwing broken things out and bagging up goodies to take to goodwill. Hopefully they'll put a smile on some other lil' ones face this Christmas! His room looks exceptional tho - love it! He had a friend spend the night Friday, and his room got TRASHED! Amazing the damage two 9 yr olds can do in so little time.
I think that about wraps up my weekend. I wish I had some pics to share, but I've been non-camera ready this weekend - sorry!
Cheers to everyone and enjoying a glorious Thanksgiving week ahead! XO
Become a joy germ and infect everyone around you!
How funny is that?
So tonight T has his first practice for the FCC Christmas Program - he's excited! I'm anxious to see how well he does. We also found out his first basketball tournament is going to be Dec 20th-21st which is VERY exciting too!
So last night we watched the crabs battle - OMG! It was entertaining! Talk about territorial... funny thing was - the smaller one was going after the bigger one. But then the bigger one would always win. So last night it was time for bed... lights out! We woke up this morning, and we no longer have a need for a name for crab #2... we believe King of The Ocean got the best of him last night! This morning he was lying upside down on his back, not moving an inch. :~( Which is how we've found our other ones when they've died. Poor lil' guy... guess he needs to learn to pick on crabs his own size, huh?!
So as I'm sure you could all tell from my previous post - I got my normal 8 week hi-lights/loights down last night, along with a choparoo! T gets his hair buzzed tonight - it needs it baaaaad!
And, and, AND..... I'm receiving some positive feedback for the 2009 Breast Cancer Walk in San Diego....... I sooooooooo can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!
Today's Daily Splash of Joy:
You can only be young once, but you can be immature forever.
2 lbs extra lean ground beef
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup water
6oz box Stove Top stuffing mix for chicken
1/2 C bbq sauce, divided (whatever your fav is - we like the sweet stuff)
Mix all ingredients together except for 1/4 cup bbq sauce. Form into a loaf and place in the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Spread remaining 1/4 cup bbq sauce on top. Bake at 375 degrees for an hour or until cooked through.
Neither of my boys are easy pleasers, and even my husband told me to keep ahold of this recipe. So good luck to all/any of you busy moms!!!
So that was a good ending to my not-so-great day. It was Monday - blah! I'm usually ready to head back to work on Monday, but I sure wasn't this morning. I was in a drab mood all friggin' day - I HATE days like that! I'm NOT ready for this cold weather, but mother nature doesn't really seem to care about my opinion. She told me I could move if I didn't like it.. hhmmm? Yes, that's an option - but not likely to happen. So I'll just stay bundled up in my blankie on my couch and go outside in the cold as lil' as possible.
Now I'm getting ready to hit "post" to post this blog... and I look over and notice my Cosmo magazine next to me. The first headline on the cover I read... "Lose Weight While You Eat". Are you kidding me? Seriously??!! I am so tired of all these 'miracle' diets, solutions, advertisements, etc... they're everywhere you turn now! What happened to the old fashion way of dieting.... ie. don't consume so many calories!!! DING-DING-DING... now there's an idea! And I don't want to hear the song n dance - I've been every weight and tried all sorts of diets in my lifetime - it goes back to the basics. If you ingest more than what you burn in a day, you're going to gain weight. If you burn more than what you eat - you'll lose weight. Now there are ALL sorts of ways to play with the numbers - but it is what it is (in my opinion). Personally, I feel it's just another arena we're all getting sucked waaaaaaaaaay too deep in to - and yes, I speak for myself as well! Let's just work on being proud of who we are - okay, I'll start (just let me get out of this foul mood first) SORRY!
We went out to Josh n Kelly's to watch the race. It's always a good time, a lot of fun and great company out there - aside from our opposing views of drivers - hee-hee-hee! THANK YOU to both of you for being such great hosts!!!!!!!!!
AND - I am pretty sure I just wrapped up my Mother of The Year award! While in Indy this weekend I came across a High School Musical tin with some "goodies" in it. One of which is a WILDCATS blanket that T is currently wrapped up in! Oh yea - I rock!!! It's always exciting to come home when there's a lil' "surprise" waiting on you! :~)
Time to get ready for another Manic Monday! Chat with you all later!!!!!!!!!!!
And another big day - Anne's FIRST bottle! November 9th! She did so good with it too! If only SHE knew how many of us are cheering for her! The Colts have nothing on Ms. Anne... Lucas Oil Stadium couldn't hold all of her fans!
Snuggle time with Aunt Julie!!!! This was last Saturday when I went up to visit her :~) How lucky am I?
Post-dinner we went to a local pub which I'll refer to as PJ's - it gets too complex if I go any further with it's name. It was a rather low-key night, but as I'm sure you can tell by some of our pics... regardless of our "key" - it's always a good time! I could sit back and listen to Kitty Kat and NB rattle on to each other for HOURS! They are hysterical!!!! We're so gay! LOL!
We got up this morning, got to rolling, and had lunch at this FAB lil' diner called FIVE GUYS! If you've not been there.. apparently they're known for having the best burgers around. It's a lil' diner on 86th St between Keystone and Castleton (maybe it's 82nd St at that point - I don't know, darn roads change w/out changing)... anywho - if you know the area, you'll understand. They don't have a food selection beyond burgers, hot dogs and fries - but by golly if you're craving a burger n fries it's worth the trip! YUM, YUM, YUM!!! The fries friggin' rocked too!!!
Post-lunch we went to Castleton mall for a lil' browsing. Nothing exciting, other than my husband built himself a remote control car. Yes - I'm sure most of you are familiar with Build-A-Bear workshop... same concept, but you build a custom remote control car instead of a loving bear! Testosterone.... I don't understand??? GREAT Christmas idea tho if you have a male on your Christmas list! I'm sure the younger ones would think it's even better, but the older ones that are still young at heart (like mine) would be just as thrilled!
Another great visit! THANK YOU KITTY-KAT! Your hospitality is like no other! XOXOXOXO
So I gradually got back into it and then I started having progressing pains in my foot - left knee, now left foot! Ignoring the pain yet again, I was finally forced to stop running and consult the doc again - ugh! Are you kidding me??? I'm friggin 33 years old (at this point)! So we did the usual xrays, found out I have 2 extra bones in my big toe (btw, lemme know if you need one... I'd be happy to share)... was told to take it easy, let the swelling go down, take these prescription anti-inflam meds... and in a month or so you should feel better. Oh, and by the way - STOP RUNNING!
I've tried folks... I really, really, really have! But running is an addiction! Surely there's someone else out there who feels the same. It is SUCH a stress reliever, it makes you feel good... Rocky Balboa ain't got sh*t on me! But why, why, WHY is my body rejecting it? At what point do you throw the towel in? I'M NOT READY!!!
So August 12th rolls around... a few drinks and a midnight walk home - and I, Julie Bennett, have a broken ankle. Guess what?! You can't run on a broken ankle.... so I was laid up for what seemed like EVER! Obviously if I'm able to break my ankle walking... it's probably not a good idea to put that same girl on crutches - CRUTCHES?! Are you kidding me? You might as well cut off both legs, b/c I was about as immobile with crutches as I would've been w/out. I AM NOT COORDINATED!!!!! Not to mention being on pain meds.... I missed my beer! I'm drifting here - but this is funny... so a week goes by where I've been laid up at home - eating, drinking, sleeping and working from my couch. The only attempts of movement I make is to go potty. Had insurance been willing to pay for a catheter... I MIGHT have just signed up to avoid the crutches. So mind you - at this point I've been stuck in my square house for 7 days now! Not seeing the world outside of my box, probably getting bed/couch sores, and even worse... NOT A DRIP OF BEER to touch my pallet! UGH! NO, I don't need a 12-pack... but I DO enjoy a couple beers every other night or so. And to go over 7 days w/out a single sip... ugh! I was going nuts-oh! Nuts-oh enough that after the 7th day my dear mother called the local coroner!!!! Yes she did! I'm still a lil' uncertain of her original motives; however, keep in mind there is an advantage to being in good with the coroner - we're buds! Had we not been, I might still be digging dirt out from underneath fingernails.... BUT, instead.. my mom leaves there and shows up to my house with a wheelchair and 12-pack of Busch N/A!!! Talk about seeing "the light"!!! I was like a mouse who just found the block of cheese on an already tripped trap - I couldn't scoot my buns over to it all fast enough! I never understood before this why old people in nursing homes sat outside and... well... just SAT there! Now I know... you need confirmation that there is life outside the walls! So, if you can picture this, my mother and I finagled (is that a word)... but got me in the wheel chair, my hubby strolled me around the block to my parents front yard since they live on a main road - and I sat outside this lovely Friday evening in my wheelchair, drinking my N/A beer and absorbing all that mother nature had to offer! My husband says I sat out there for sympathy.... I say I sat out there for sanity! THANK YOU to our local coroner, and thank you to the great folks who manufacture N/A beer! It kept me from getting the walls of my house padded!!!
Alright - so that was my funny I drifted off on. So back to my body language - obviously being laid up with a broken ankle I wasn't running. Well, now the ankle's healed, I've been cleared by the doc... and so guess what I'm attempting to do again? RUN! Yes, I'm taking it easy... but Good Golly - define "easy"! I only went 3 miles today, and after I cooled down, stretched, relaxed a bit - I could barely move my friggin ankle! I hear my ankle is likely to always swell anytime I run... but SERIOUSLY! First the knee, then the foot and now my ankle! My point to this blog... how many signs does your body need to give you before you listen and accept it? I'm NOT okay with thinking I should give it up! I've found joy in no other cardio like I've found in running! I'm open to suggestions! I even tried switching from cans to bottles thinking I'd be burning my calories from the lifting since they're clearly heavier! HA! I think I must be somehow ingesting a portion of each bottle b/c the other day my jeans sat me down and had a heart-to-heart with me.
So I know I just blogged last night before bed; however, I was curious if I'd be able to blog from work. You know... that dreaded big red box you see that says "website blocked" - meaning YOU'RE NOT WORKING! Hmmm... well, for now - I'm good to go!
Anywho... so since I wasn't at work yesterday I missed my "Daily Splash of Joy". It's a daily calendar I picked up at The Open Door last Christmas while shopping for others. Now, if you're on my Christmas list - please don't run out and by one - it just MIGHT be underneath that expensive wrapping paper this year with a tag on it from ME, JT :~)
But I couldn't help but pass up sharing yesterday's "Daily Splash of Joy":
Correct your children while there is still hope; do not let them destroy
It was pretty excting for all of because T actually got my fav teacher EVER!!!! Mrs. Cheryl Margason!!! I had so many others that hit the charts high, but for some reason I just feel like she was put in my life for a reason! And now T gets to have her too - yay!!!! It's exciting, but at the same time it's kinda nerve-wracking because what if he acts up and Mrs. Margason gets mad at him??? Then what do I do? Let's just hope he's as well-behaved as I was :~)
And now meet HANK! Hank is our labmaraner! He's half chocolate lab and half weimeraner... BEAUTIFUL puppy! He's built like a weim, but he's the color of the chocolate lab, and he has the energy of BOTH!!! Hank is only 9 months old, so we still have A LOT of puppy turbulence ahead. HOWEVER, he's awesome! After losing my black lab, I always said I'd never own another animal b/c you get too attached, they die, and who wants to willingly put yourself thru that?! Well, I've eaten my words.... we have Hank! But nothing compares... what else loves you unconditionally, is always happy to see you, will let you yell at them, cry on them, wear a leash... and still love you?! They say a dog is a man's best friend - why won't men listen to their best friend then and try to do as they do? J/K!! I know any male reading this is thinking how nice it would be to have a wife on a leash as well - I KNOW!!!
Anywho - I had a really nice run-down of how life's been going. In a nutshell - it's been friggin crazy! I do nothing but work... work.... work... and then maybe, if I have time, do a lil' more work. Which is why I've decided to blog. I no longer have the time to email all my dear friends and family individually, to stay in touch, etc... so I'm hoping by posting this blog that I'll somehow be able to at least feel as tho i still have life outside of my job.
I'm looking forward to a fun weekend ahead. T goes to his dad's this weekend... Nathan and I are then heading to Indy tomorrow evening and hitting the town with my future co-host Jill Katherine. It's always an adventure... it's every camera's dream! Stay tuned for those pics post-weekend.
Saturday we'll go see Anne! Can't wait!!! She's a miracle, and every time I'm with her I feel closer to God! And no, I"m not a bible-banger... but you can't witness what Melissa and Anne went thru and question the powers above! The night Anne was born, God didn't send his angels to watch over them... he handled that one on His own!
So now we're to Sunday.... Sunday we'll go to church in the a.m, and then my BFF is having a race party for the final race of the season. Yes, Jimmy pretty much has it wrapped up for the year. But just like all you Cubbies fans... I'll say the same "there's always next year"!
Okay - so I'm going to post and then return with some pics - MAYBE?! It's getting late - late for me - I'm an early riser! We'll see... I need to get this posted before I lose it all again - hee-hee-hee! Oh the joys of technology!
Thanks for dropping in! I really and truly hope to be able to keep everyone updated. My apologies go out to those of you who haven't heard much from me... well, that's pretty much everyone! XO
WARNING - I ramble! So if you ever begin reading my blogs and find I'm jumping from one thing to the next and back again - well, that's how my brain works. OR, perhaps you'll find yourself yawning and nodding off to sleep.. don't feel bad, just don't say I didn't warn you! :~)