November 14, 2009

Tardy Blog

Oh jeez. I promised myself that I'd try to update this blog at least twice a week. Not even a month has gone by and I've failed. My upcoming New Years resolutions don't look so good at this point.

Not too much has been going on. We are still filling out forms and making sure paperwork is done. I'm taking yet another test for school. Little things. Oh!, We have a house guest.
It's been pretty interesting. This girl is a friend's fiancee and she's been with us for just over a week now.
But other than that, it's just the same old stuff. A week ago I made some white chili, which as become a favorite of my hubby. Last night my mom asked me if I could give her the recipe some time soon. Overhearing my mother, my husband thought she was asking so that she could make it for dinner last night. (We had dinner with them last night). Sadly though, that's not what we ate... He was even a little sad, too. I guess that means my cooking is getting good!

November 1, 2009

Harvest Pumpkin

Most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. They enjoy lots of food and fellowship, dressing up, giving thanks. Some go about things very traditionally while some don't. But we Americans, if asked, can tell you when we celebrate Thanksgiving and why it was started.

Where we live, people don't celebrate the harvest, much less Thanksgiving. It was odd to me when we first moved here but only because I had forgotten that only Americans have Thanksgiving.In order to keep with our traditions, we have decided to celebrate turkey day each year. People come and eat and we all have loads of fun. But sadly, people from other cultures or other countries tend to associate pumpkins [along with a few other things] with Halloween.
My family doesn't celebrate Halloween and us kids were taught at a young age the meaning of Halloween. We never put up spooky decorations or carved anything related to Halloween on our pumpkins. It was all about the baking, making scare crows, and visiting the orchards. Everything we did at that time of year was to celebrate the harvest. The changing of the leaves. The autumn.
So when we moved away and continued our traditions, many people thought that our pumpkins, even the un-carved ones, meant that we celebrated Halloween.
Now that we've shared many stories about Thanksgiving and the history behind it all, many of our friends and especially my husband now understand. And now we can continue to carry on some of my family's traditions.

With that said, we carved our first pumpkin!!!

Can you guess what it is?