I opened it as soon as I got out of the shower. My family is the most amazing thing. My mom got me the cardigan that I have been imagining (that makes me feel like I’m in prep school) and sent me Justin’s Maple Almond Butter , which I’ve never tried. You bet I ripped it right open to try it.
My sister, G (who is ten) sent me a really cute card featuring my favourite animal; owls!
Answer: Happy Birthday to Yoooooo
Little pastas, lentils, spices, curry powder, shepherd's pie seasoning and mushroom bean soup mix!
I think my mom knows I like cooking
I've been admiring this spoon at Marshals!! and nommy tuna.
All the tuna I could find here has sunflower seed oil in it- greasy! blech.
I've been lusting after this too!
She also sent me my bag of peanut flour that I’ve been missing and a pop up turkey centrepiece, in honour of my birthday.
G and E made cookies!
Oatmeal raisin cookies are a staple at our house. By which I mean we make them occasionally. G and E, at ten, are really into cooking right now and they sent me these cookies they made. Let’s back up and I will tell you how I’m afraid of cookies and never eat them myself. I’ll post about that in the future, but mom knew what I’d say!
Only a bit stale....
I still don’t know how I feel about raisins though. They are so dreadfully sweet.
Birthday card from "the Queen" (my flatmte) and another plate card!
This little guy wanted to say hello.
and of course a 21st birthday wouldn’t be quite right without Birthday Pancakes!
Birthday Pancakes for one 21 year old
These hit the spot, I tell you.
Don't forget the sprrinkles!
Can we just talk about the deliciousness?
and yes, I did run to the shops just to get sprinkles when I realized I didn’t have any. I needed flour that wasn’t white anyhow.
I am so short....
My friends came round and celebrated with me! Note the “Birthday Girl” badge. I was made to wear it out all day
Our thanksgiving spread, my plate is closest with the greenary
My other American flat mate wanted to do a “typical” American thanksgiving so, although my family doesn’t do it that way, I let him. This meant *gasp* sweet potato casserole, cornbread, boxed stuffing and all sorts of other things, all of which contained enough butter and sugar to last the rest of my life. I was polite and took some, because that’s what you do. I also made myself a baked pepper and had some lettuce because I felt a lack of veg.
For the weekend, I ventured off to Bath. It’s so beautiful there, and they’ve got a Christmas Market on. The last two times I’ve been have been in summer, so this was different.
You can see the cold in the photographs, I think.
I stayed in a little B&B and for breakfast she cooked to order. I ordered grilled tomatoes and mushrooms and had a side of organic yogurt and fruits.
I sampled my way through the entire morning (literally)
It was all I could do not to buy all of these
Do you see all the people around Bath Abbey?
Busy busy busy
I had to be careful what I bought because I only brought one bag!
I was surprised at myself though- I actually bought things! More on this in another post, but I’m petrified of spending money.
I wanted one of those stars
I don’t know if this is usually there. I don’t recall having seen it on previous trips.
I would have looked mad going on alone
I walked around most of the weekend, eating out of the grocery shops because it’s nice and cheap.
Bath is really quite lovely.
I'd love to live here
I love how the old historic quality of the city has been preserved.
and the Royal Crescent, of course.
I love roofs and sky, what can I say?
case in point.
I can’t possibly show you all the pictures (although I didn’t take as many as I thought I would) but these are just gems.
And who AM I to think I can leave town without a jar of nut butter?
See? Heavenly emergency PB
I had to rush into Sainsbury’s to replenish my empty stock. Silly me, never again will I leave without the stuff.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and weekend. It’s almost time for me to go home for Christmas (read: 18 days) so I’m quite excited!!