Hello, come on in from the cold. Please sit and join me for a virtual coffee and sweets.
As this week is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., it gave me the perfect excuse to open a can of the pumpkin I bought last year. At this time last year, I was going crazy buying apples for apple pie, pumpkin for pumpkin pie, and frozen cranberries for who-knows-what. I ended up making just an apple pie last year and those 2 large cans of pumpkin puree sat in my pantry until a few days ago.
I used half the can for a pumpkin pie and the other half for a pumpkin pound cake. Both are delicious, even though as you can see, the pumpkin did get a little burnt there.
If we were having coffee and cake/pie, I would tell you this Thanksgiving was as uneventful as it got. No black Friday shopping. Nope, just a lunch with Chinese porridge, ham, egg and coconut tarts, and ribs plus a bombshell dropped by none other than mom.
The lunch was at my house after mom went back and forth on the decision between my house and my uncle’s place next door. As much as I didn’t want my aunts and uncles trudging into my home, I think, for once, mom made the right decision because I had no interest to carry those trays of ribs and ham to the next door.
Right before Thanksgiving lunch, however, after talking to her friend across the pond in the UK for over an hour, mom told me she’s thinking of going to London for Christmas and wanted me to come along. Of course I said yes. Anything to avoid getting cooped up in the house for those 10 days of paid holidays even being stuck with mom on a plane for 13 hours and in another country for 10 days.
Oh yes, the company announced because everyone worked so hard during the last year that it decided to close between Christmas Eve and New Years. Essentially, Christmas vacation starts on December 24th and we don’t return to work until the 3rd of January.
But then the next day, Friday, mom saw the news headline about a new variant spreading and changed her mind about going to the UK and anywhere over those 10 workless days. So now, I’m officially stuck at home over Christmas and I’m not looking forward to it.
If we were having coffee, I would show you the progress on my winter indoor gardening. I would tell you these veggies have been growing in my garage under grow lights for the last 1.5 months. I planted lettuce and spinach in this 5-gallon grow bag. I haven’t harvested the lettuce yet but had harvested the spinach twice already.
I planted more lettuce and spinach in separate 1-gallon grow bags yesterday, which are currently under my brand-new grow lights. I guess if I have to be stuck at home with mom over the Christmas, I might as well be productive and garden.
Thank you for joining me for this weekend’s #weekendcoffeeshare. I hope we’ll both return next week.