1. For the past ten years, which is all of my married life, I have been in charge of bringing pretty much the same things to every family gathering.
- Bagged salad
- Store bought bread rolls
Notice a trend? NOTHING BAKED OR COOKED. In other words, dear Ginny, please, just go to the store. Don’t try to cook anything. Don’t try to bake anything. Unplug your microwave. Unplug your stove. Don’t even LOOK AT YOUR STOVE. Block every kitchen entrance with crime scene tape, please.
There’s even a running joke in my family about “cups and ice,” if you remember the Friends episode where Phoebe was put in charge of cups and ice. That’s me. Cups and ice.
But early this year, I found the Pioneer Woman’s site and she has taught me so much. I’ve made Curry Chicken Pasta Salad. I’ve made apple pie from scratch. I’ve made peach cobbler with maple cream sauce. I’ve made raspberry lemon bars that my Mexican niece hoovered. I’ve cooked and baked and through trial and error (let’s not talk about the worms I found in my first batch of cobbler or the time I thought a “scant cup” was a totally made up thing), I’ve managed to not kill people with my baking. In fact, I’m getting pretty unsucky at it.
So this year, I’m making a real pie and homemade Parker House rolls for the family Thanksgiving meal.
I expect them to be delicious and non-poisonous and worm-free, but just in case, alert the ERs to have their stomach pumps ready to go.
2. I don’t do Black Friday. Getting up at 3:00 a.m. to shop is my idea of hell.
However, I can totally get behind THIS Black Friday sale!
I’m loving the new shirts, particularly the 3-D look of this one:
Check out the “Defend the Confluence” and the other “I’m From the Burgh” shirts as well!
The owner of Believe Merch donated a bunch of shirts to Ti Kanaval so we like him very much.
3. Speaking of holiday shopping and Pittsburgh gifts, WildCard in Lawrenceville is holding a fun event on December 10 from 5-8 with expanded gift selection, free beverages, Christmas-movies and more.
They’ve got TONS of awesome Burgh shirts, and they carry some of the BelieveMerch shirts as well!
4. Eat n’ Park, who you know I criticize for being overly litigious, is doing a good thing for SICK KIDS and that means I must tell you about it! For the SICK KIDS!
$2 buys you a ticket for a chance to win a Ford Fiesta, with all proceeds here locally going to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and also you can check out their blog where they’re posting the daily events they’re holding that also will benefit the Caring for Kids campaign.
5. Speaking of Eat n’ Park, the Eat n’ Park girl has a website and apparently she’s living in Nashville where she’s working on a budding country music career. Who knew?!
Her name is Sarah Marince, she’s from Moon, and shoot. I kinda love her song that plays when you visit the site.
I DON’T WANT TO LIKE HER. But I do.
I’m a new fan.
And now I’m reminded that I’m supposed to be hard at work on acquiring a set of defined abs on my body.
I don’t DARE use WiiFit because Fitty would be all, “It’s been 442 days since your last workout, YOU GIANT LARDASS. WAIT UNTIL WIISTEVE SEES YOU! DROP AND GIVE ME 100!”
7. Here’s another Awesome Burgher doing Good Things. Hunter Berk, 18, from O’hara Township!
Hunter Berk sits in his basement knee-deep in college prep books—essay writing guides, AP flashcards, SAT prep manuals, and college directories. He sorts them based on their condition (some have been written in but most have not) and packs everything up in his car to drop off at Fox Chapel Area Senior High School. Hunter’s efforts are part of College Bound Collection (CBC), a program he founded in June 2009 to distribute free college prep materials to those in need.
Go read more about what he’s doing and then if you see him, big giant pat on the back!
Proof that even if it’s a simple thing, everyone can do something good for someone else.
7. Sweet Moses!
My self-united husband Joe Manganiello in the latest issue of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive edition.
If you’d like to stalk Joe in person, he’s going to be at the Jets game and also at the Waterfront on Saturday.
(h/t Erin and Cathy)