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I must confess, I’m not a fan of math.  The numbers, the symbols, it all boggles me.  Nevertheless, here’s an equation for you:

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SOUTH FLORIDA WINTER!!!!!!!

The weekend was a big mash up of weather-specific activities. Friday night, it was hanging out by the chiminea.  Saturday afternoon, surfing at the beach.  (I actually managed to catch a couple of waves myself!)  Sunday, Christmas tree shopping and digging more blankets and comforters out of the closet!  (It’s our first year to get a real Christmas tree for the holidays, and I love it!!)

I love Thanksgiving, for so many reasons. I know, I’m a little late on this one, but I have to get it out there.  I’m thankful for the double F’s — family and friends — of course. I’m thankful that it’s a holiday, and I get a couple of extra days off of work.  Also, I’m thankful for my KitchenAid mixer, because it’s kind of awesome.

Yeah, I totally thanked my mixer. It doesn’t get love everyday, so the days it gets to step out into the spotlight, get to sit on the primest real estate of my countertops, I have to soak it all in.

I was in charge of pies this Thanksgiving.  Martha I’m not, but I think I do OK.  I mean, everyone ate it — and didn’t die. So, that’s a good sign.

I’m backtracking here for a sec.  Thanksgiving.  The four-day weekend was much-needed and very welcome.  I wanted to take the four days and go on a bender of sorts — lots of eating, drinking and sleeping.  Not necessarily in that order, though, it would make sense in that order 🙂  And, to my surprise, great success!  Anywho, and now that the pictures are off the camera (hence this belated themed post), thought I’d share some of the fun we had.  In the kitchen, at least.

My bro, CK1, had Thanksgiving at his pad this year and offered up the staples of turkey, stuffing and mashed hella’ good potatoes.  Seriously, could have eaten the whole bowl by myself.  So, I decided I wanted to make butternut squash ravioli.  Taking on this task (along with a recipe from Michael Chiarello that I very loosely followed), I realized, yet again, how much I love my KitchenAid.  I love it like I love sporks.  As in, I know it’s not a must-have kitchen gadget like, say, a fork or fire extinguisher.  And, like a good knife, using a KitchenAid makes you feel like a pro.  Martha uses a mixer like this, Emeril uses one, too; I must be channeling Martha and Emeril.  Not.  Sans Martha, I still manged to squeak out some semblence of butternut squash ravioli.

 

And outside the kitchen, JP and I managed to dust off our bikes and get some exercies and fresh air.  We biked downtown on Thanksgiving night, which was a quick 10-minute ride!  Good to know!  With that ride under our belt, we felt confident we could do it again.  So we did.  On Sunday (or was it Saturday?), we made our way to the beach.  Blue skies and perfect puffy clouds made for some good scenery!

 

Where to start?

Well, I just (literally, just, like two minutes ago) stumbled on the blog Eating The Road and found this chart hysterical.  I guess I like eating gravel.

My hood is popping up with new businesses, too.  That’s gotta be a good sign, at least for Lake Worth.  First, a new tattoo shop on Dixie and Dartmouth.  Sol Ink, I think.  Or, 561 Ink?  Graffiti is awesome, but sometimes hard to read.  A new food joint on Dixie and Gregory looks about ready to open its doors as well – Darbster?  I’ve been watching the construction progress every morning on my way to work.  Should be interesting.

Thanksgiving is around the corner.  Yaaaay!!  Can’t get enough mashed potatoes.  And sweet potatoes!  My heart breaks for people who don’t eat carbs — they’re so glorious.  I’m still in the air about what I’m going to make this year.  Last year I made a stab at apple pie; this year, I’m thinking maybe something along the savory line ….

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