Misfit Thanksgiving

Do you know friends who are divorced with no kids or family on the holidays?

That’s what this Thanksgiving was all about. Supporting our friends who needed us on this holiday. My friend Christina and I decided we would make the feast, give the chef a break from cooking and share with our friends who needed support and love.

EAT!

We divided and conquered the menu together.

Menu

Appetizer of Bacon wrapped Elk tenderloin – Chef

Turkey – Christina

Gravy – Chef (Christina bought jar but the chef didn’t like that idea)

Stuffing (German Style) – Christina

Sweet Potato Pie – Christina

Cranberry Sauce traditional – Christina

Serrano Pepper Cranberry Sauce (Mexican) – Christina

French’s Green Bean Casserole – Me

Mashed Potato’s – Me

Chunky Pecan Bars – Me

Pumpkin Pie – Christina

Apple Pie – I donated blood and they gave me a free pie.

DRINK!

Choke Cherry Merlot (Colorado) Vincent Winery

Cesar Bloody Marys’

Ménage Trios – California Red

Ménage Trios – Pinot Noir

Cupcake – Pinot Noir

Be Healthy!

I wanted to burn some calories on Thanksgiving morning so I hit Gold’s gym at 5:00 am with a friend and did combat, back home for a 2 hour nap and then hit my gym for Kick It at 9:00 total of 1,065 calories burned!

If you don’t have a gym open I bet you could find a Turkey Trot 5K to burn some calories. I chose Kick It instead this year because it’s a lot warmer in the gym and I burn more calories than running a 5K.

Let the festivities begin! 

Christina and I started prepping for the big meal the day before. This is probably my favorite part of Thanksgiving. Hanging in the kitchen drinking wine, laughing and catching up with my friend.

Do you peel your celery? Christina does!

We set the table, made stuffing, cut the potatoes, made Serrano cranberry sauce, drank more wine and invited guests over to join us!

Three of us girls in the kitchen laughing, giggling and telling girl stories, only to get quiet when Christina’s misfit walks in. Let the party begin!

The Thanksgiving appetizer just so happened to get eaten the night before Thanksgiving. Very delicious, can’t beat fresh elk tenderloin wrapped in bacon “its a taste of heaven.”  We also had artichoke dip and homemade meatballs and sausage.

Three bottles of the Thanksgiving dinner wine were consumed before the big dinner. I only tasted two of the three because I had to get up at 4:15 in the morning for Combat!

Ménage à Trois

Pinot Noir

http://www.menageatroiswines.com/pinot-noir.php#

 

Fancy a little splendor in the glass? Turn down the lights, turn up the Barry White and uncork the Ménage à Trois Pinot Noir. When it comes to affairs of the palate, we’ve always felt that three was much more fun than one, so we played matchmaker and brought together grapes from three distinctive California wine growing regions known for producing exquisite Pinot Noir. Clarksburg grapes add bright flavors and a lovely perfume, North Coast grapes add silkiness, and Central Coast fruit rounds out the blend with beautiful complexity. Enhanced with French and American oak, our Pinot Noir’s is sure to have you waxing poetic. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

 

This was an ok Pinot not one of my favorites. I probably wouldn’t buy it again. If you like oak you will like this Pinot.

Ménage à Trois

California Red 

Even if red wine is not your speed, give our Ménage à Trois Red a try. This wine exposes the fresh, ripe, jam-like fruit that is the calling card of California wine. Ménage à Trois Red brings together three strange bedfellows.

On top we’ve got Zinfandel, a saucy tease that brings blackberry and raspberry jam to the relationship. Merlot, with its generous mouth feel and red fruits, fits perfectly in the middle. The rich flavors and firm tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon make it the ideal. 

I love this wine! It’s a great inexpensive blend.

I bought the Cupcake Pinot Noir because I love the Cupcake Red Velvet Cake wine.

http://www.cupcakevineyard.com/wines/reds/pinot-noir/#

“Our Pinot Noir has the aroma of cherries that carries through the palate with a touch of red currants and a hint of spice. It’s reminiscent of a cherry cupcake with currant coulis.”

What a fun night with friends! We laughed and laughed and laughed! Definitely a night to remember!

What do you do on the eve of Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving day!

On my way home from the gym I called to see if the bird had made it to the oven after the party the night before. Christina has only cooked a turkey once before. She told me she could only find the neck in the bird and had it cooking on the stove for the gravy. I thought it was strange that there were no giblets in a fresh turkey. Oh well no biggie the neck will make great gravy.

We arrived and started the dinner with Bloody Mary’s. I like mine Cesar style.

Cesar Bloody Mary

Ice

Kettle One Vodka

Salt

Pepper

Dill

Horseradish

Celery seed

Pepperoncini juice

Clamato juice

Tabasco

Garlic

Olives

Celery

Pepperoncini pepper

Yummmmmmm!

The oven timer went off and the bird was ready to come out! Looks magnificent!

When we started cutting into the turkey guess what we found? Yep! The giblets!

Time to Mangia!

Wine with dinner was a Choke Cherry Merlot from a friend of ours vineyard.

Everything was excellent! My favorite sides were the sweet potato pie and the green bean casserole. What is your favorite side?

Chunky Pecan Bars

After a few hours of football we had dessert and then I was stuffed like the turkey!

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2012 Warrior Dash Copper Mountain Colorado Race Re-Cap Part 1!

This was the third year my friends and I competed in the Warrior Dash. This race was by far the hardest race out of the three. The main reason is because we were running uphill for 90% of the race.

Once we arrived at Copper we unloaded all the goods from the minivan. You would think we were packing for a week with all the goods we had to unload. After unloading four of us started prepping dinner and waited for the last four team mates to arrive. Upon their arrival we scoped out the music venue and packet pick up!

Packet pick up is very organized that is if you have your waiver and ID all ready when arriving. They handed us our running chips (which is a free beer after the race or before if you’re brave enough to drink prior to running), our participation shirts and bib numbers.

Penny at packet pick up!

We had limited time to stop and enjoy the band because our lasagna was cooking and we needed to get back to the condo and finish up the final dinner prep and carb up for the race can’t forget the vino with the pasta!

We celebrated Lisa’s Birthday with blueberry pie and ice cream and tons of laughs. It’s always nice to share stories and girl giggles!

Toasting to the Warrior Dash!
Happy Birthday Lisa!

After dinner and story time we all headed to bed and TRIED to sleep. Have you ever noticed the night before a race it’s impossible to sleep? I toss and turn and I think about stupid stuff and get myself all worked up for no reason. I won’t be forgetting the ear plugs next time because of all the snoring that was happening in my room. Maybe that was causing some of my tossing and turning too.

 Race day!

One tough thing for this group of girls is we are all early risers and trying to figure out how much coffee to drink and how much food to eat for a 10:00 heat is challenging. Once up I decided on only 2 cups of coffee, 1/2 protein shake and a small piece of bread with a little cream cheese on it. 

We all decided it was time to get our chips on our shoes and bibs on our shirts. The temperature at 8:00 am was chilly! Only like 39 degrees. I was beginning to wonder if I made a mistake buying a tank top this year. Thinking the temperature wasn’t going to rise very quickly. Lucky for me by 10:00 is was 60 degrees and sunny.

Chip = Free Beer!

When we all finished our cute outfits and headed down to the start area to get some photos. Let the nerves begin. Found the outhouse and watched the 9:30 heat take off. As we were watching we had discussions of how to dodge the HUGE rocks that were at the start of the race. To me this is the very first obstacle this year. 

WARRIOR DASH – WARRIOR DASH – WARRIOR DASH cheers started and the announcer began getting our heat pumped up. My teeth were chattering by this point. No clue why I was so nervous I have done this race two times before. BOOM off goes the gun and the fire! 

In line at the start!

The heat was very crowded and the start was very slow-moving. Slower than the last few years I think it was because we were running at an angle of the ski slope and dodging rocks and people. I managed to get across and down without injury obstacle complete. The course then turned and we headed back across the mountain water running and mud puddles to either skip across or jump. Then we headed up hill by now my lungs could feel the altitude 9,000 feet above sea level. Once I reached the top I was trying to pass the slower people to gain speed on the down hill. 

Look at the pile of snow when we make the turn!

When I got to the bottom of the hill the first official obstacle was upon me. I’ve done this one before it’s the barricade breakdown hurdle the wall and crawl under the shorter wall with barbed wire. I could pull  myself up like getting out of the pool on the barricade then I would swing myself under the barbed wire and pop up into the next wall. This was a fun obstacle very do able not insanely difficult. Need upper body strength and strong legs to get up out of the swinging move. 

Run a bit then we had a steep hill with a rope to go down. This obstacle was pretty simple fast and not difficult. I needed to pay attention to the person in front of me and what they were going to do with the rope once they reached the bottom of the slope. 

Run a little ways and the hardest obstacle for me! It’s the teetering traverse! Why is this hard for me? It’s a balance thing by this time my legs are shaking like crazy and I am a little dizzy from the altitude and running. Very challenging for me to keep my balance. I kept apologizing to the person be hind me for being so slow. Shew I made it without falling time to pick up the speed and get to running! 

It’s a balance thing!

Second wall coming up! I followed a group of people who had plastic butts on for their costumes. My strategy for this wall was to watch experienced racers go up so I could go up smoothly and not have any delays! 

The next obstacle was the tires. I didn’t have a difficult time maneuvering through this obstacle. Takes concentration and not going to fast to miss the hole of the tire.

After the tires was the first drink station. In previous years we only had one drink station I was glad to see some water. I was ready to wet my mouth. 

Drink Station = Mile 1

Skinny Girl Vino Review!

I love vino rosso!

When I stopped in at the  local liquor store the manager offered me to a sample of a couple  new wines. During our conversation he shared with me that the new“SKINNY GIRL” wine has fewer calories than a glass of “MENAGE TROIS” .  After some research I learned that the SK has 100 calories and the MT has 102.

The label tells us that Skinny Girl is a warm medium-bodied blend of red grapes with a rich aroma of blueberry and hibiscus and a hint of caramel. 

Now for the taste test!

Skinny Girl California Red is very smooth, light bodied wine with a weak finish. For a 102 calories the Menage Trois is a full flavored, medium-bodied wine with a bold finish. 

Sorry Bethenny I am not a fan of the “SKINNY GIRL” California Red.  I will add 2 extra calories and drink the Menage Trois. 

Simple Pleasures!

When our lives become crazy and hectic it’s time to focus on the simple pleasures in life!

*Read a trashy novel in a hot bath (Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed)

*Dress-up and treat yourself to a fancy lunch and be sure to include the champagne

*Make a pot of savory soup

*Rent 5 Girl Movies and pop the popcorn for a movie marathon

*Go card shopping and send surprise notes to your friends

*Watch cartoons while eating your favorite childhood cereal

*Enjoy a nice red vino on your patio while looking at the stars

* Drop in on a Hot Yoga class

*Read your yearbooks

*Go to an outdoor concert

*Paint your toe-nails candy apple red

*Go for a professional up do for a night out

*Test drive false eyelashes

*Test perfumes until you find your favorite

*Try a new red wine or white

*Make chocolate fondue

*Play pool or darts when you “should’’ be at work

*Hit the tasting room at a local winery (Two Rivers)

*Play fetch

*Eat dinner by candlelight don’t forget the wine