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Winter Weather, Thanksgiving Dinner, My Grandma

I hope this blog post finds everyone staying warm and dry. Chicagoland was hit with a winter storm last night. My commute in was ok but the roads weren’t as clear as I expected them to be. When I got to work, the parking lot wasn’t cleared! None of the other people in the office were there yet so I had to drive over to the other entrance for the factory workers. We had close to 5 inches of snow so I had to pull my car in and out of the spot a few times to make a rut I could walk in to get to the door. My pant legs and shoes got wet! Ugh. Note to self: wear boots next time and some snow-resistant pants.

Here’s a pic on my way into work today. I don’t understand how people are so lazy, they can’t even clear off their rear window and taillights.

Snowy Commute

Rob and I haven’t been carpooling as much since he’s been working late a few times a week but we do follow each other for part of our commute. That’s Rob’s red car in the distance in this photo:

Snowy Commute

We had Middle Eastern food for Thanksgiving dinner (we celebrated at my parents’ home in Michigan). I had fattoush, hummous, pita bread (they make it fresh there now), fries, and a falafel sandwich from one of my favorite restaurants – Country Restaurant on Schaefer in Dearborn, MI. We had Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider to drink. Country also gave us a container of hot peppers, pickled turnips and those yummy pickles the Middle Eastern Restaurants serve.


Since we’re staying put in Chicagoland for Christmas, we celebrated Christmas with my family at Thanksgiving. We saw my grandma and I got a picture of her with one of her favorite gifts – a big jug of Maple Syrup. My grandma uses more Maple Syrup than anyone I’ve ever met. She goes through several jugs of it every year! My grandma is 96 years young now and she’s so hard to buy presents for because she doesn’t need anything. I know I can’t go wrong with a gift of Maple Syrup.


We also celebrated Christmas that weekend with my godmother and her husband. I lugged my mini-budnt pans and some ingredients with me to Michigan so I could make Ginger Pumpkin Pudding Cakes. I’ve been making these cakes for about a year now. I found out about this delicious recipe from Pinknest’s blog 🙂 I also made some blueberry muffins too but only three are pictured for a reason – if I set anymore muffins out than that, my dad would have eaten them all. LOL


I’ll be visiting and commenting on all your awesome blogs soon. Take care and stay warm!!!!

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  • selina December 5, 2007, 8:34 pm

    i think we got about 2-3 inches last night. it started at about 6ish last night. luckily our parking lot was cleared at work but it was a slow drive into work. its a good thing i only work 4.5 miles from my house! :o)

    sounds like you had a pretty eventful thanksgiving/christmas celebration!!

  • Candi December 5, 2007, 11:41 pm

    Oh wow, lot of snow! Looks a bit like it does here in Boston. It’s soo cold that it makes me angry when I am scraping the ice off of my car!

    I love that photo of your grandmother and the syrup! Looks like you got her the perfect gift!

    The ginger pudding cakes look so good, and I saved the recipe! Thank you for the link to it. They are very pretty and I bet are a great holiday recipe!

  • bazu December 7, 2007, 12:09 am

    happy belated Thanksgiving, Emmy! I can sympathize with the ice and snow and crazy commutes! Oh by the way, you can never go wrong with maple syrup as a gift as far as I’m concerned… my mom gave me some for x-mas last year, and I went through it in a few months!

  • Kumudha December 8, 2007, 4:33 pm

    Those Ginger Pumpkin Pudding Cakes and muffins look so delicious!

    I also use that maple syrup.

  • Judy December 11, 2007, 6:50 pm

    When asking the question “What should I get this hard-to-buy-for person for xmas?” the answer is always maple syrup. And your grandma looks amazing for her age.

  • mikaela December 12, 2007, 11:32 am

    I want snow, too! Le sigh.

  • Lori- pleasantly plump vegan December 19, 2007, 3:05 pm

    yr grandma is adorable

  • atxvegn December 20, 2007, 9:48 pm

    I’m so glad I live in Texas! Your grandma looks as young as ever – amazing. Thanks for pointing me to the pumpkin mini bundt cakes. That’s perfect for my Christmas baking and using that pan that hardly ever gets used.

  • Aurora's Mom December 31, 2007, 7:59 am

    Season’s Greetings to you and Rob, Emmy! Hope you are having a great holiday. All the best for 2008!