Sunday, November 27, 2011

Recipe + Recap

spiced pecans and pepitas, martha stewart recipe drollgirl
Spiced Pecans and Pepitas (before baking).  
I am a slacker and didn't take a picture after baking.  Whatever.   You get the idea.

If you like spicy nuts (snicker), you might enjoy this recipe. It is one of the recipes I tried out for Thanksgiving, and I can't stop grubbing on it.

Spiced Pecans and Pepitas

2 cups pecan halves
3/4 cup raw pepitas (hulled green pumpkin seeds), about 3 ounces
1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss together pecans, pepitas, oil, chile powder, and salt on a rimmed baking sheet, and spread in a single layer. Bake, stirring once, until well toasted, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely.

Thanksgiving. How was yours? Mine was pretty good. I spent it with manfriend and his family. I was N-E-R-V-O-U-S, but everybody was pretty nice. There were a few moments where I thought I WILL NEVER FIT IN WITH THESE PEOPLE, and WHAT'S WITH ALL THE INSIDE JOKES, and THE NOISE LEVEL THESE CHILDREN ARE PRODUCING IS ALARMING, but all in all it was pretty good [delicious and strong Sangria sure helped things out]. Except one part suuuuuuuuucked. Sigh.

His ex-wife showed up to drop off his kids. As I turned around to meet her, my face fell about 5 feet. SHE. WAS. GORGEOUS. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. JAW-DROPPINGLY PRETTY. Which pretty much sucked ass [because I am shallow like that and I was hoping she was a troll] and felt like a punch in the gut. I immediately felt like a hideous beast. BLARGH! But she was nice and polite, and I guess she can't REALLY help it if she is gorgeous. BUT DAMMIT!!!!!!!! So that particular thing needled at me for a good half hour.  But whatever. Exes are usually exes for a reason.

His sisters also happen to be GORGEOUS. Cripes! One of them is 6'5" (!!!!!!!!!) and a STUNNER. The other one is a plus-size model and cuter than you can believe. Thanks for making me feel like PLAIN JANE. Bah!  

In one terrifying moment manfriend's 10-year-old son choked on a sucker and his aunt had to give him the Heimlich Maneuver.  IT WAS SCARY.  We all saw him hork up the offending matter (gross), and the rest of the kids spent the next 20 minutes re-enacting the entire episode, complete with falling down and pretend barfing everywhere.  Kids are weird.

Also, his mother kept trying to take pictures of me, and it was all I could do not to tackle her to make her stop.  That has GOT to stop. IF SOMEONE TELLS YOU THEY DO NOT LIKE TO HAVE THEIR PICTURE TAKEN, DO NOT TAKE THEIR PICTURE!!!!!!

Humph.  Anywhoo, I survived.  One holiday down, one to go.  :]



Felicia said...

HAHAHAHA!! Firstly, that nut recipe sounds delicious!! Where would I find those pumpkin seeds? Secondly, your Thanksgiving sounded great! 6'5"????? That is just freakish. And then a choking kid???? How exciting!! Thirdly, gorgeous exes are bad but it's even worse when you're the one getting dumped for the hot girl. Although, I've been dumped for doggish looking girls and that feels almost worse.

Morgan said...

All in all - not bad! Crazy about his ex showing up but don't worry about her being pretty....she's probably heinous on the inside...hence the divorce!

Improbable Joe said...

I'm not sure about spicy nuts, but if you're interested in some salty balls... HAHAHAHAHA!!!

Dancing Branflake said...

Oh my goodness I have so much to say about this post I can barely type (I just spelled type tupesfa).

1. If she's gorgeous that just makes me believe he has good taste and you therefore are gorgeous also. If A = b, and B=C, then A=c. See?

2. I love that his mom tried to take you picture. That means that she likes you and wants you to be a part of the family.

3. I just need a photo. I can't not have a photo- of you and him. Mostly him though because I am just sooo intrigued now! As Drollgirl's number one fan I think I deserve more than the others. Just sayin.

nicole said...
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nicole said...

i love the honesty in your personal stories, no sugar coating and fairy dusting- could we seriously have a beer next time your in SF!!!

Libbeh said...

Sounds like you had a fun time, despite the run-in with the "hot" ex and the awkward/weird moments with his family. (I concur - kids are weird... and I probably sound like a crazy female for saying this, but they are NOT for me. I so do not want to have kids. Ever.)

I can relate about the "hot ex" and the one family member that doesn't want to stop taking pics of you, despite your protest (my BF's uncle kept on taking pictures of me the 1st time I ever met him and his wife. Wonder why his wife wasn't friendly with me. Super awkward.) I used to think my dude's ex-gf was so hot (she was Norwegian-Jewish/American with light brown hair, hazel eyes, fair skinned that was flawless, and slim - I totally felt like a fat and ugly cow whenever I was around her, and it didn't help that he said not-purposely-douchebag-way I was "larger" than her) until she revealed how ugly of a person she was underneath. She nearly ran my dude over after an argument with him (one of the few "tamer" things she did to him when him & I were first dating), so don't feel bad that his ex-wife is attractive. Who knows - maybe she's secretly a crazy? :-D

Must see pic of your manfriend, esp. since one of his sister is 6'5"!!!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

your thanksgiving was much more interesting than mine- glad you survived.

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

This is the same mother who sat and listened to you two get it on. Mhhh I do not like the woman and exes are exes for a reason so don't dwell on her. I bet your foxy anyway plus in all the really important ways *waggles eyebrows* :)

cerebral e said...

You're no PLAIN are JANE DROLL.

The plus-size model's wishing she was thinner, the tall one's wishing she was shorter and the ex is probably worried about her stretch marks from those child-bearing days. They were probably all thinking how jealous they are that you're so gorgeous. We women are like that.

Annabelle said...

Yummmm, your nuts look delicious! (that's what she said)

So glad the family thing went mostly well.

melifaif said...

Spicy nuts usually aren't MY THANG....but your nuts look very drool worthy. And you are just as smile!!!! *snap*

blueviolet said...

I LOVE spice, so I have to try this! I just have to!

Kitty Stampede said...

heehee...what a dinner! it sounds like such a movie. i felt your pangs of envy or whatever they are. i feel them when i see my husband's ex gf even though it's been like freaking 15 years since they were together. and she is nice and i like her, but i can't help but feel insecure. i think it's pretty natural. sucks though.
you have the full package guaranteed. no need to worry. it sounds like quite the family. at least that first initial get together is over with, the next one will be SOOO much easier!!! :DDDD

GFS said...

I swear I want to be your friend in real life. (Is that creepy?)

I, too, would have been shocked at her beauty. I would've been like "You left that!?!" LOL

But you know...the hella hot chicks are always crazy. Halle Berry anyone?

I'm glad that you survived the holiday! And as far as the picture taking mama...I guess listening to you and Man friend get it on a few weeks ago intrigues her!

Kristine said...

I totally want all the exes to have full on goatees and unbearable body odor. I am beyond shallow with those things. Regardless of how pretty she is you are absolutely right, exes are exes for a reason. I bet Manfriend is totally smitten. You are beyond hilarious and charming and I am sure he only has eyes for you. I get the worst bouts of nervous laughter at inappropriate times so I would have been laughing hysterically while that poor kid was choking and would be banned from all other dinners. Sounds like you were grace incarnate!

bananas. said...

"because I am shallow like that and i was hoping she was a troll" <-- LOL!!!

i love that you admit that cuz you know we've all thought it before. thankfully dave's ex is a troll. a bleach blonde troll with a butter face. hahaa! i'm mean. k she's not that bad...ANYWAY.

sounds like a pretty interesting thanksgiving. i would've gone just for the spiced pecans and pepitas. mmm!!!

Jen: Sunsets and Swimming Pools said...

OMG- I feel for you all that! I must admit, the first time I met my ex's new girlfriend (the one he cheated with) and she was not "all-that?" I was SUPER HAPPY. I'm totally shallow like that too. I was going to see them over Thanksgiving and when my brothers girlfriend asked why I was more dressed up then just jeans and a hoodie I told her I was seeing them later and needed to be extra cute for that reason only.

Kathryn said...

Think it is a kid thing to find anything gross and disgusting totally hilarious and entertaining.

As for the ex being gorgeous, consider it a compliment to you being in the same league. I think it is worse if the ex (or new girlfriend) is a hideous troll...then it makes you wonder if they consider you in that league.

I am one of those annoying people that goes around taking pictures of people and them telling me that they hate having their picture taken only makes it more of an enticing challenge to try to get a great shot that captures their personality - sort of like trying to discover Bigfoot. I have to agree with one of the above posters that it shows she likes you enough to include you in their family outing photos.

The recipe sounds delicious - will have to try it some time.

Lorena said...

This post sounds like a sequel to the Fockers.
You poor thing ! I don't know how you survived.
I too hope for all exes to be alien looking, hair bearing creatures - but then when they are ugly you start wondering if they are good in bed and how smart they are and what they talk about.... i know because I am like that too.
Now, about the mom, let me break it to you... she has a blog and it's called drollgirlsmotherinlaw.blogspot and she posted your pictures !

Diana said...

i gotta try this recipe!! I'm glad you found humor in that scary incident, I would probably freak out and freeze from fear!

chloe said...

toootally agree with dancing branflake, she's so wise! and just my two cents about the gorgeous ex: as long as there's no emotional connection between them, don't let her looks bother you. i once had a bf with a dog-of-an-ex but she still had a hold over him and he let her meddle in our relationship the whole 2 years we were together. im pretty chilled and easygoing, i don't hate many people but I HATE HER AND ALWAYS WILL!
so, as long as there's none of that, you'll be fine, for reals. his mom sound like a typical mother-in-law haha, cannot wait to see what family adventures you have over xmas!