Monday, December 17, 2018

FOOD JOURNALS DECEMBER



On one of the Fridays, lunch was Chicken and Egg Fried Rice. This was the most time consuming recipe & I hadn’t prepped a day before this time. I also had to make 2 versions (a corn and soy free one for sister in law who’s on a special diet because of the baby niece). 
MY MENCHIES HOLIDAY MIX 
My holiday Menchies Mix flavors: Eggnog Cheesecake, Dole Whip Lemon Sorbet, Sea Salt Caramel Latte, & Swiss Miss Frozen Hot Cocoa. Yumm! i always put a kiwi for a tree.
THAT CANDIED GINGER AND ZEST OF ORANGE WITH PIPING HOT CHOCOLATE
Enjoyed the Starbucks Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread Loaf! That is a spiced slice of cake with candied ginger. The topping is to die for! It’s vanilla with some zesty orange hints. There can be nothing better than this topping.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

WINTER DIARIES: WELCOMING WINTER OF 2019

Winter 2019 is here! 2018 shall not be mentioned and will not be given any credit. Something's missing this Winter. It is being welcomed quite plainly without the fireworks and Butterbeer toasts of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Typically, I strategize being at Hogwarts each year for bringing in the new year. Alas! (spoken like Dumbledore) The Times Square Ball Drop this year will be watched without being in the magical land. December 21 is when Winter begins officially for the planet. But at Abbiesville, today was the official start of Winter. Yes, I am fast forwarding 2018 with great zeal.
๐ŸŽ„❄️✨๐Ÿฅจ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ„❄️✨๐Ÿฅจ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ›
๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŽžABBie FILMS ••• Mall Day •••


I said an advance goodbye to 2018 today with Sara ••• I’d be traveling when Abbiesville, Maryland will bring in the New Year. So this is the last of caroling I’m hearing, the last of holiday rush I’m seeing, and the last of Santa of course. I’ll be returning to a holiday hangover! ••• So, we strolled around the Mall today, enjoying the festivities. Sara and I have possibly seen a Christmas ghost too! This old man looking like Isaac Newton, wearing the same outfit each time we visit every couple months is always sitting there around the fountain area. Today, he just disappeared in seconds before our eyes. Also ••• don’t miss the special appearance by a Llama! ••• We were swept by the holiday rush, crazy swarms of people! Shopping shopping shopping •••

WINTER BUCKET LIST
Build a snowman (Harry Potter style). Make a 2019 Resolutions List. Watch snow falling. Drink hot chocolate. Donate Blankets. Winter Crafts. Drive around and look at holiday light displays. Make Caramel Popcorn. Bake a treat. Make soup. Binge on Netflix, curled up in a blanket, in PJs. Attempt bullet journaling. Halwa Puri breakfast. Listen to holiday music blaring in stores. Attempt a living room campout. Clean out my closet. Eat at a favorite restaurant. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Tis Been A Heartless Frozen Fall

Well ... apart from the highly panicked (planned in the middle of immense chaos) birthday bashes of the season, it has been a heartless frozen Fall. Even those pumps have seen too much. The long abandoned backyard pavers project finally took off and was completed. A contractor had tricked us in the Summer and the rains that followed caused major delays. Finally, just in time before a raving mad chill took over, the pavers were complete.
๐Ÿ‚ The last tier of Fall is slipping away. It’s so frozen cold it’s funny saying it’s autumn. The fallen crunchy leaves are still sitting around. But the temperatures have fallen like crazy. I am already doubling pants and PJs and layering winter wear. I'm the famous snowman of Abbiesville. And speaking of snowman ...
⛄️ Winter is knocking at the door.
I found this guy on the door of my mother’s pain management office. People aren’t being too friendly with its nose. I’m SO not ready for snow! Am I? I have a good trench coat to layer inside my north-pole-frozen-cold snow coat.


I’m getting the holiday act up ASAP.
2018 is set to drop fast! Can’t wait! It’s been a curse contractors and destructive, disrespectful tenants ...
 
The chocolate samples are everywhere!
Best time of the year to hit Costco is December’s end. 
The lady handing it out was being all Santa Claus and calling me ‘Sweety’ and ‘Honey’. Holidays do that to the biggest of devils. She was generous to hand out TWO truffles per person!
••• it shines through the blistery cold and the barren landscapes. The show goes on. And that’s how each person should be.

❄️๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ Snowy, Wintery Fall Rolling ••• 
The golds and burgundies gradually turned to browns and blacks as the frost burned Fall down. Even before Thanksgiving was anywhere near, Christmas and Winter displays appeared in stores. I was unable to enjoy the season to the max because of the crazy disasters of 2018.

❄️๐Ÿงฃ☃️๐Ÿงค WINTER DIARIES ARE ABOUT TO BEGIN
Winter is always a welcome affair because I adore the sweatshirt and jacket weather. Of course I am seen fussing around about getting frostbite. But, the cosiness of snuggly blankets, crispness of the piping hot tea, and deliciousness of seasonal flavors is way too precious than anything.



๐ŸŽž๐ŸŽฅABBie FILMS๐ŸŽž ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป Santa’s Wardrobe Malfunction ••• 
••• Each year, our heroic fire department brings Santa to the neighborhood. The curse of 2018 is true! Santa had a wig and dress malfunction. He stood there in front of my driveway, fixing his hair, fixing his Pjs, and trying to pull it together. In the end he did put it together as best as he could and rode off.



๐ŸŽž๐ŸŽฅABBie FILMS๐ŸŽž ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป Santa Claus Came To Town, Dress Malfunction Bound •••
••• like the mantra of 2018 ••• we managed to pull through and put up a show despite the malfunctioning ••• nothing breaks the spirit! Show must go on.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

BABBLING ABBIE: "I'M SPITTING IN A BOTTLE, BABY"

NOW I WANT HOT BUTTERBEER

My brother (younger, but treated like my grandfather) is getting my DNA checked. He thinks I'm part Turkish or something non-Pakistani. The Ancestry DNA kit that I spat in a while ago was rejected because they were UNABLE to extract my alien DNA from the sample. Here we go again. *spit spit* -  feeling Experimented On.
Mannee: "Bua! Where does water go from the flush line?"
Bua (super shocked but ALWAYS ready for bathroom details!): "Here Mannee, let me show you a picture! Everybody poos in the toilet and all the potty goes down there and then a sewage treatment plant removes all the potty and clean water is dumped in the sea" --- ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ANSWERED - feeling Wise.
"RUSHING THE HOLIDAY ACT"
I’m getting the holiday act up ASAP. 2018 is set to drop fast! Can’t wait! It’s been a curse contractors and destructive, disrespectful tenants.
"FOREVER LOVED BY BUA"
Being an aunt isn’t easy. You are trying to exit Target quickly on a bananas and pharmacy run but the kids section summons you. Mannee has heard of “New Year Gifts” mentioned at home and she won’t let 2019 arrive unless she gets her loot! Time to shop a little.
THE SOUND OF WEEKEND
When the weekend takes of ••• yes, Fridays are included in the affair. I’ve booked next week’s appointments, set the schedule for the last week before travel, & now I’m diving head straight into a little entertainment while weekend chores run wild. Cooking lunch while watching LOTR.
 "THAT BACKACHE, THE VICTORY MEDAL"
The sharp backache at the end of the day feels like a victory medal! The devilish chores have been defeated! A menacing load of pots and pans degreased and set to sleep in cabinets! Let the last round of nighttime Chai begin!
"HOW A BUA'S BOAT ROCKS"
 
Aunts face this at the end of the day too ••• this is for all the mommies out there. You are not the only one rocking the boat!
 "MY WILD INTERGALACTIC DISASTER MANAGEMENT"
It’s been a wild one ••• this year. It feels like I’m on the international space station dealing with intergalactic disaster management! I do have a Yoda ... SARA
"SCREEEEEEECH! HALT! FIDGETING"
Lately all signals turn to red when I arrive and I screech to a halt. At the end of the day I’m sitting with a planner all fidgety trying to pull it together as it falls apart! 2018 is like a fat beer belly I’m trying to squeeze into a size short skinny jean.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

THE VOICE OF ABBIE - DECEMBER "TIS THE SEASON TO BE CRAZY"

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Hey there December! R'ya ready to be kicked in the rear? 2018's bugged me a bit too much. Nightmare tenants destroying the house, construction companies and their work delays, mom's feuds with construction workers as they wrecked stuff, a bathroom leak in the house, sewage disasters at a rental house, medical insurance nuisance, the list could not get any crazier! I am crouched, waiting for the 31st when the Times Square Ball drops and I scream it a big goodbye! Of course, the aftershocks of the curse would be felt in 2019, but I'd switch my brain at that moment in time. 
I figured Katherine Langford from 13 Reasons Why can play The Abbie if a biopic is made on me! I did some November Journaling Month entries that always help me figure myself out. I ended up imagining a dream vacation and designing a Room of Requirements for myself. Oh, and I wrote a bold letter to my 14 year old self as well! The kitchen life was helter skelter and the Food Journals became magical due to the birthday cake season! Actually a bit TOO helter skelter. The highlight of the month was watching Crimes of Grindelwald at the theaters as it released and was fresh! Potterhead Chronicles features the story and much more.  Fall Diaries continued to record the warm colors of a very chilly autumn taking off in Maryland. 


Winter's at our doorstep! I'm looking forward to it. That's unusual because I flee at the hint of cold. But I do wish to sit outdoors in the snow this season. I don't know. I think my heart has gotten used to the harsh cold - emotional and physical. That's the Goth talking. Anyway. There are carols playing everywhere. You can't even get through groceries at Giant without hearing the Jingle Bell Rock! So December happenings are not too many. I am traveling though. Flying away for some days for some spiritual revamp this time. The usual would have been sipping Butterbeer at the Wizarding World, but we are waiting for the new ride (rumored to be fab!) to open in Summer 2019 and then we go!  
***** That's all folks! The Voice Of Abbie shall return in 2019! HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! *****

Sunday, December 2, 2018

FOOD JOURNALS: November 2018 - Movie Theater Food Love, Birthday Cakes Season, & Thanksgiving Lost

November was helter skelter on the kitchen front. I was flying wild like the golden snitch! --- I was seen whooshing in and out of the kitchen between doctors' appointments, bathroom remodeling, exterior landscaping/paving work. I did not keep track of what I cooked. It was just cook, cook, cook, cook, cook! I was the acting novice chef in a world of Gordon Ramseys. Food was flying off the fridge shelves because apparently people have been eating like alligators and I was the sole person cooking. I never bulk cook because I cannot function that fast. That left me cooking on a daily basis. It was chicken, rice, vegetables, and dal every other day in the order of running out.
IN LOVE WITH THEATER FOOD: AN ODE TO POPCORN, POTATO WEDGES, & JALAPENO POPPERS
I am cray cray about movie theater food. And solely because of the awesomeness of the experience of watching the movie, the buttered popcorn, the jalapeno poppers, and potato wedges seem more amazing. It was Crimes of Grindelwald and the food shall never be forgotten. I won't forget the "Will you guys keep it down?" by an annoyed racist two seats besides us. We thought the server had messed up our order and snuck potato wedges instead of the poppers. Of course we reacted out loud! Wouldn't anybody? 
At that point, a runaway Niffler became less of a problem and the runaway jalapeno poppers became a big time dilemma until Sara shone her flashlight and found them! Under the wedges, my friends! That kind of didn't sit well with the racist who had been earlier eyeing us so bad it felt like we had the HP scar on our foreheads in place of the head scarves.
Cinemark had the Wizard's Float (wannabe Butterbeer) as the special beverage for Crimes of Grindelwald release. We don't do wannabe Butterbeers because they're just cream soda and that does not gel too well with our palettes. I mean, I have tried cream soda and it has a medicinal taste to it. I have had a troubled childhood and I feel it is one of those nasty syrup medicines they give you. 
AN EXCEPTIONALLY ORDINARY DESSERT: FIRST FONDANT COVERED CAKE GIG
October was my very first fondant covered cake gig. Black! The color I adore more than all colors in existence. I chose that to work with. And working with fondant is no easy task. I tore the thing! Despite Sara's supervision! Despite her telling me to be careful and not to use a pulling motion. I was too hard on smoothing it down the edges and well --- twas the best kept secret of the day! A fondant accent, possibly a cloud went over the rip and it concealed itself! Don't miss the full post about the Exceptionally Ordinary Luna Lovegood Cake HERE.
A GREEN, SINISTER SLICE OF THE THIRTY SECOND - DEATH EATER CAKE BY SARA'S BAKED CREATIONS
There should be an evil Count Dracula type background score playing at this point. That's a slice of the Deranged Lestrange Cake, baked and decorated by Sara, for my thirty second birthday. It's a tribute to my three decades and two years of insane existence. 
The vanilla cake was dyed green for Slytherin house, and it commemorated the great villainous, Bellatrix Lestrange - a Death Eater. Don't miss the ultimate, sinister Death Eater themed birthday party decor that went with the beautiful cake. Read and view photos/videos HERE.
Black fondant! I love the color a wee bit more than others and black fondant was my first fondant covered cake gig (Luna Lovegood Cake up there) so I love it. 
TRY THE STARBUCKS FALL FAVORITES WHILE THEY LAST. PUMPKIN SCONE TOPS THE LIST
I just made myself hungry. The Starbucks Pumpkin Scone is a "spiced pumpkin scone with sweet vanilla icing & a pumpkin spice drizzle, and you’ve got a fall favorite that’s good as pie." Mm-hmm! I enjoyed this on a routine trip to the mall followed by a Hot Topic pickup visit. Sara and I just sat there, looking at people go by and allowed time to pass. Sometimes, doing that puts chaotic nerves to rest. So we indulged in this. Period.
A NO SHOW THANKSGIVING *SAD FACE* - THROWBACK 2013
My Thanksgiving was a no show this year because of being physically and emotionally drained. Contractors were working inside and outside the house. I was in no mood to prepare a feast. It was a mix of emotions - bad ones. Let's not talk too much about it.My Thanksgiving spread from 2013 mocks at me. I rest my case. 
Goodbye November.