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Disconnected, but I Never Left

Posted Nov 27 2011 9:55pm

Friends! Beloved readers! I’m here and I promise, though it seemed that I disappeared for a while, I never actually left. The blog, and you, are always in the back of my mind (in a good way)!

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My parents came into town for Thanksgiving and sometimes it’s just too easy to disconnect, ya know? I’m the type of person that, if you can get me away from a computer, I then forget it exists until I have 300+ unread posts in Google Reader and a scary number of unanswered emails. This is what I face today.

Thanksgiving was wonderful, the food as well as the people. I cooked dinner last Wednesday evening, fresh salmon that you’ll see on the blog sooner than later (preview below), and the actual holiday was spent with both mine and Matt’s relatives. Food-wise, my preparation was a bit of a disappointment. I prepared these sour cream and cheddar biscuits

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…but unfortunately, they failed to rise and were more like wafers. I will have to try the recipe again – the dough was incredibly sticky and I think too much flour was left out. At least the wafers were edible :) Thankfully, the biscuits weren’t missed as the amount of food we consumed was plentiful.

(And that brown sugar buttermilk pie ! I miss it still)

Black Friday was spent in downtown St. Charles, visiting local shops instead of the big box stores. We went before the crowds arrived and it was nice to spend a gorgeous, sunny day walking around outside sipping a chocolate-covered strawberry mocha.

On Saturday, we said goodbye to my parents and boarded a train, all before 7:30 a.m. We rode along the rail to Chicago, to see Umphrey’s McGee and the Chicago Mass Choir perform a Thanksgiving show.

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Chicago was beautiful, all dressed up for Christmas. Unfortunately, it rained the entire day we were there, but we made do.

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The Umphrey's show was amazing and it was something special to see the choir on stage with the band. What a unique experience!

(I’ve blogged about Umphrey’s a few times before, if interested)

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We woke up early this morning to catch our train back home, a trip not as enjoyable as the first because 1) the train was sold out i.e. packed and 2) the heat was on excessively high and we were sweating the entire ride. Not an enjoyable experience!

This coming week will see the return to a regular blogging schedule. I went a bit overboard on my grocery budget last week so we are spending a full week “cleaning out the pantry” so to speak. I have a couple recipes, one leftover from Thanksgiving and the other mentioned above, and pictured below.

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The only other story of note falls into the electronics realm. Matt bought my Christmas gift early – a sparkling white iPhone! My upgrade was due just before Thanksgiving and my Blackberry had become almost unusable, so it was perfect timing. And I have to say – I love it. I’m way too obsessed with this tiny white masterpiece.

My promise to you is that I won’t overload you with Instagram photos.

:)

Question: Did anything in your kitchen turn out a little…differently than planned this Thanksgiving?

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