Posted in Life

Thanksgiving Day Shopping

No! I truly do not understand where our sentiment has gone when ‘retail America’ thinks it is okay to shop on Thanksgiving Day.

This bothers me in so many ways. Here are just a couple. Firstly – what about the people who have to work for all of these stores that decide to open on Thanksgiving Day? I don’t know, I just feel it’s kind of selfish. If I worked retail I’m sure I would be really upset about not being able to spend a national holiday with my family. Secondly – Is there any Christmas gift that’s needed that badly? We should ask ourselves…”am I going die if I don’t get that perfect pair of shoes, great purse, shiny jewelry, or whatever it is that one MUST have??”

I understand that this is mainly an answer to consumer demand. Black Friday pandemonium has caused broken bones and even death from being trampled upon. All for the best Christmas gift at the best price. Well, what’s the true meaning of Christmas here?

I would love to start a survey of how long these well sought out, and fought for items even lasted. Did the recipient like it as much as the giver or what it a big let down?

‘Black Friday’ comes from an accounting term. Typically this is the one day of the year when retail stores are “in the black”, meaning their profit is higher than their expenditures. Thanksgiving Day is now referred to as ‘Gray Thursday’. I wonder how this effects profitability? One would have to believe also that with internet shopping open everyday, and accessibility to stores from all over the world would be affecting local store profits.

Even with all of this early shopping available, it’s still known that ‘Cyber Monday’ is where one will find the best deals on clothing, accessories and shoes.

I love being with family on Thanksgiving Day, eating a wonderful meal, hanging out and just catching up with everyone and watching football. It’s what I’ve done all of my life. Sure, as I’ve gotten older, lost grandparents, married, had a child, the family we’re with has changed slightly, but, the tradition has never changed. I guess I’m just a little sentimental that way.

I did do some early shopping on-line yesterday, but, even now that I’m home in my pajamas, watching football and relaxing on the couch, I will not be shopping. It’s a day to be with my family.

Just something to chew on – Happy Thanksgiving!~Bam

Posted in Cooking

Spaghetti Squash

I’m at the grocery and I see all of these beautiful fall squash and I’m thinking about Spaghetti Squash. It’s great tasting, a healthy alternative to pasta, and it’s so easy to make.

P1010284 This is a Spaghetti Squash. Put the whole thing in the microwave for about 90-120 seconds.

P1010285  P1010286 Carefully cut it in half. Then scoop out the seeds and soft fibers and discard them.

P1010287 Turn the halves upside down on a microwavable dish and then place about 1/4″ to 1/2″ of water in the dish and microwave for at least 12 minutes. (I cooked ours for 12 minutes, but it was still quite crunchy.) If you want it closer to the texture of cooked noodles you’ll need to cook it for closer to 20-25 minutes. Be careful when you pull it out of the microwave…it’s really hot and steamy.

P1010291 When it’s cooked to the tenderness you’re looking for, take a fork and pick the strands apart. It looks just spaghetti.

P1010290 I browned some butter.

P1010289 Then made a mixture of Parmesan cheese, Myzithra cheese, oregano, garlic powder, basil and a little salt and pepper.

P1010294 Seriously delicious, and healthy. One half of the squash filled this large plate.

Here’s the recipe:

1 medium spaghetti squash

4T butter

1/4 c. Myzithra cheese

1/4 c. Parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. dried basil

salt and pepper to taste

Enjoy~Bam

Posted in The Dog

Meet the Newest Member of our Family

I knew it wouldn’t last long. Being a family without a dog, I mean. It’s been about five months since we had to put our beloved Keidi (a mini-dachshund) down. She had severe kidney failure and the vet said even with treatment there was no hope of a complete recovery and she was pretty miserable. At that point we knew what we had to do.

My husband’s been very mopey for that last several weeks. I knew it was time for another dog. We went to several rescue’s last Saturday. Man, that was difficult. I wanted to take them all home with me, but, we didn’t see anything that we thought might fit our family; so we thought we’d be going home alone again. At the last minute we ended up at the local Petsmart store. On Saturday’s they have various Humane Society and other shelters in for a few hours for pet adoptions and there he was…

Meet Brownie…BROWNIE…He’s such a cute little guy. He’s a German Short haired Pointer. (Awe…look how happy my husband is to be getting a dog)

IMG_20141103_220920_139 He’s already fitting in with the rest of the family. At first they didn’t know what to think of each other. I had a feeling that with both of them being rescue animals and around other animals they would be fine together, and after a couple of rounds of growling and hissing at each other, they decided to calm down and be friends.

I just keep looking at these wonderful little animals and can’t get over how many there are to be rescued still. It really bothers me to think about them locked up in crates all day. Only to be let out briefly enough for a volunteer to walk them or let them out for a bit and then back they go.

If you’re thinking about bringing a loving cat or dog into your family I really hope you would check out your local Humane Society or Animal shelter. You never know, you may find the perfect pet for your family!~Bam