thursday things


Happy Thursday!

Hard to believe that just one week ago today we were all stuffing our faces at the family table.  I hope that everyone’s Thanksgiving went well! Our Thanksgiving was great, even though I forgot half of the things I was supposed to take (oops) and now I have a bunch of frozen cranberry sauce.  I snuck some into some muffins (recipe to come), but I’ve still got a lot to go through.  Maybe I’ll start making PB & Cranberry Sauce sandwiches… That’s totally not weird, right?  I mean, I did make a turkey and cranberry quesadilla, and I feel like a cranberry PBJ is much less weird than that…

Isn’t it funny how you spend so much time building up to Thanksgiving and then in the blink of an eye it’s all gone!  Our Thanksgiving flew by and was followed by an also far-too-short weekend trip to Vegas!

I know that it was too short because we only got to eat Bouchon once, and once is not enough.


Unless you count my trip back up to the Venetian in search of some Bouchon jelly (Fiance and I fell in love with it on our last trip and planned to buy several jars)… only to find out that apparently they don’t sell the jelly anymore!  I was devastated (and hungry, since I didn’t eat breakfast and it was a mile walk from my hotel!) so I purchased a kouign amann and an almond croissant to soak up my jelly-less tears.  

When I arrived at our hotel room, I promptly dropped the almond croissant directly onto the floor.  Almond-side down.  

If it was my home floor I might have gone for it (What? I mean, IT’S BOUCHON!), but at a hotel?  No thanks.  (See? I have limits!)

Goodbye almond croissant.  I wish I had gotten to know you better…

Other highlights of the trip included stopping at the scariest “gas station” known to man, with a sign that says “bathrooms for paying customers only” and then had LITERALLY like two things on the shelf.  Apparently that tactic is working.  Other highlights included being checked into a room that smelled like it had a decomposing body (or possibly a couple of bodies, or maybe just some strategically-hidden poo) in it.  After trying to “deal with it” for an hour or three I finally gave in and headed to the front desk to see if there was another room we could move to.

Much to my surprise, the very kind young lady at the front desk not only moved us to a clean room, but she granted us a complimentary upgrade to a suite with a huge jacuzzi and a pretty decent view of the strip!


The best part of the room, though?  It didn’t smell like it was full of dead bodies (or even just one dead body!)

Aside from Bouchon, we enjoyed an amazing dinner at Jaleo, and at some delicious ramen at Ramen Sora.  All in all, a pretty good trip!

Anywho, while we were in Vegas somehow December started (HOW?!).  So, now that December is here and Thanksgiving is history, let’s focus on Christmas shall we?

Feast Magazine released their December issue, featuring an amazing article on marron glaces from Shannon at A Periodic Table.

If you’re hosting breakfast or brunch and bacon is going to be involved, I highly recommend baking it in the oven.  I’ve been following that method for awhile now and would never go back to a pan.  I even use the oven when it’s just the Fiance and I.  I can’t help myself.

Secondly, if you’re hosting breakfast or brunch and bacon is not involved, do everyone a favor and let someone else host, K?

I know you all saw last week’s cookie video, but NPR kicked it up a notch by teaching us how to engineer our perfect cookie. With science!  And just in time for the holidays, too! Thanks, NPR.

If you’re wondering what NOT to get your best food-loving friend, Bon Appetit has a wonderful lineup of the 50 worst food gifts.

Speaking of gifts, check out this little girl’s amazing Christmas list (and her father’s reaction to it). Don’t laugh once.  I dare you.


They put sriracha into vodka now, which I feel like is a bit much.  I mean they’ve already got sriracha popcorn, chocolate, and even candy canes… WHEN WILL THE MADNESS END!?!?

I am in love with this Tumblr’s idea to make all of the burgers from Bob’s Burgers.  If you don’t watch Bob’s Burgers YOU MUST WATCH IT! It’s great. I don’t care if you’re a grown up, just watch it.  You’ll love it.  It’s even on Netflix so you could probably queue it up RIGHT NOW.  SO GO!

And I’m already eyeing these scrumptious-looking healthy recipes from Food52 for after the holidays when I feel all puffy and gross.  Or maybe even before the holidays just because they look so darn good.

Lastly, a sleepy (but very thirsty) kitty.