'Tis the Season

Hello, hello friends! It is December. HOW is it already December?! I don't know about you, but the year has just flown by!

I will have a NaNo-y post up for you next week. Most people did it this week, but guys, I'm seriously too tired for words. I caught a random cold, had to tackle some last minute NaNo-ing through it, work has been crazy (how did I get so behind), and I maybe had too much fun over the long weekend.

So Friday 5 to kick off the Holiday Season, and then I promise a post with more substance the next time I virtually show my face around here. :)

1. December really snuck up on me. I was all prepared to get some gifts out of the way on Black Friday/Cyber Monday/whatever-sale-thing-that-helps-me-save-money, and I totally FAILED. Let's just say there were things I should have bought last weekend, but for some reason, I thought I didn't have to.

2. On the flip, I did my first early morning Black Friday shopping excursion! I mean, I think I might've done early-ish outlet shopping with the fam before, but not anything where I was up at 5:30am and ready to shop by 6:30am.

3. Friends, I stood in the check-out line at GAP for 2 hours. 2 HOURS. It was like a Disneyland ride line, but without fast passes and minus the thrill of the ride.

4. On the flip, I scored 4 nice wool sweaters for $10 each. BUT the real steal of the day was the dress I got at H&M for $5, and then they gave me a $5 gift card for December. WIN.

5. My consumerist tendencies reared its ugly head in this Friday 5, but like I said, I don't usually do this! I only indulge once in a while, and seriously, who can resist a good deal?

BUT let's end this post with something less spendy but equally relevant to the holidays - FAMILY, FRIENDS, and FOOD.

I love holidays because we have big family gatherings, and I like seeing everyone and eating together. We're big on food. Food is one of my Great Loves (up there with Sleep).

Now, I'm not a cook; like I survived college on ramen, pasta, and Trader Joe's frozen instant dishes (they're actually really good). That and you wouldn't believe the amount of deliciousness that surrounds UC Berkeley. ENVIABLE.

But, once in a while, I like to make something. This desire usually shows up during the holidays. For the past 2 years, my contribution to Thanksgiving has been guacamole because it's relatively easy and avocados don't cost me a dime. (I've had an avocado tree in my backyard my entire life and never took proper advantage. I didn't really like avocado until college, go figure.) BUT my tree-friend decided to take a break this year, so I had to make something else.

Luckily for me, the LA Times posted up a bunch of recipes, including this one for Hedgehog Potatoes.

These were mine, and they were a hit. :D

Secret ingredient: butter. The sister thought they looked like little animals.

How were your Thanksgivings for those of you who celebrated? Any of you do the Black Friday thing and/or made EPIC purchases? Do any of you have easy dishes for a sad cook like me to try?

Have a fabulous weekend, friends! And STAY WARM. It's been freezing here (and I don't even mean SoCal low-60s freezing)!


Ariana Ferrone said...

As a Canadian university student, I did not celebrate Thanksgiving (bummer, I'd love two Thanksgivings... best food ever) and I had essays instead of shopping to do. I do live close to the border,though, so my mom ended up shopping and picking up a few Christmas gifts for me. Lucky, right? =D

Also, I run a food blog with a friend apart from just my writing blog. We have a few recipes posted and links to other food blogs. Check it out if you so desire!


Tere Kirkland said...

Those potatoes look great!

I always make sweet potatoes because even though they're kind of time consuming with the peeling and boiling and mashing and seasoning, they're actually pretty simple to make.

Glad you had a great holiday!

Danyelle L. said...

You are brave to do the Black Friday shopping. I only made it out to one store--Barnes and Noble. (Yes, I am a bibliophile. :p)

The potatoes look awesome! And that's awesome that your family all gets together. I bet that makes the holidays super wonderful. :D

As for me cooking. I think my family prefers me to stay out of the kit--er, write. O:)

Lydia Kang said...

Hedgehog or mini armadillo potatoes? Either way, yes, they look like little beasts, and double yes, they look super yummy.
A Trader Joe's just moved in practically next door to me. I'm thrilled.

WritingNut said...

Those potatoes look so yummy!

I was in New York for Black Friday, but I didn't go shopping... I was too tired to face the crowds, but my cousin had a blast!

XiXi said...

Those potatoes look DELICIOUS.

And I completely didn't even try at Black Friday this year. I was like, sleep is more important by far. But I did buy a lot of things over Thanksgiving break anyway.

I'm excited for your NaNo post since I haven't kept up with anybody's NaNo progress this year.

Elana Johnson said...

Everything's better with butter. Even your 2-hour stint in the GAP line would've been better with butter. Hope you got a great deal!

Krispy said...

Ariana- Yay for gifts from Mom! ;) Checked out the food blog, very cool! Will def be back there again!

Tere- After my heart, you! My cooking is dependent on levels of easiness. Haha.

Danyelle- Not that brave! I think the scariest places for Black Fri are the superstores and electronics places. I stuck to small clothes stores. :P

Lydia- Yay for Trader Joes! I think armadillo potatoes might be a more accurate name for them.

Krispy said...

WritingNut- Oh NYC, fun! Glad your cousin had fun! I wouldn't have made it out if it weren't for the peer pressure of my friend and my sister. Haha.

Xixi-Thanks! I wish I'd gotten more sleep over that weekend, but sometimes shopping wins out. :P

Elana- I bet the 2hr line would have been better with butter too. Hehe.