Sunday Matters: It’s Been Real

Sunday Matters

My week was going along pretty well but towards the end, heading into Thursday and Friday I just felt like I was being tested. One thing after another came up. Including four dozen macaroons that I baked for a bake sale that just fell apart when I took them out of the oven.

What happened?? I am thinking something was wrong with the egg whites or something was wrong with the organic coconut. I don’t usually use organic. It was so dry. Then my son’s car broke down, it was repaired and then the very same day a new issue caused the car to break down again. I was ready to throw shredded coconut at the wall.

I know this is all real life. Things happen but I honestly did not handle the night well.

Right Now:

I am okay but I sort of feel like I should just stay in bed. I’ve got things to do but it’s a nice thought.

This Week:

I have no pressing appointments this week. Some volunteering but all manageable.


Still reading Murakami’s new book which is why there have been no reviews. It’s over 600 pages and I am taking my time with it.


I need to watch The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix. I have heard from several of you that it’s pretty darn good.

I recorded Charlie Brown so I’ll be enjoying that soon. I just love Charlie Brown!

Still watching American Horror Story and The Walking Dead.

New Things I’ve Tried:

I tried to go “healthy” by switching out my regular coffee creamer for organic coconut creamer but it was bleh. Not good. Not creamy. Not tasty at all.

On a personal care note, I used to buy expensive hair spray. Did so for years but then all of a sudden they stopped making it. So I tried a cheap drugstore spray out of desperation and it’s the best spray ever. No flaking. Totally controls my frizz. It’s cheap enough to keep multiple bottles around the house too.

Grateful for:

Chance interactions. Sometimes I have the best conversations with people who just step into my life for a split second.

My question for you this weekend:

For those who celebrate Thanksgiving, what is the one food you must have or it’s not Thanksgiving? For me, it’s the gluten-free cornbread dressing I make.

33 thoughts on “Sunday Matters: It’s Been Real”

  1. Oh my…you were tested this week. Coconut stuff isn’t what I thought it would be either…we use organic half and half. I need my sister’s stuffing at Thanksgiving. I do not make good stuffing. She says I don’t use enough butter. Why not just toss the day and stay in bed?

  2. I totally understand what you mean by not handling life’s little annoyances well. Sometimes I feel like too many small things happen and I don’t want to deal with it. Other times, big things happen and I am ok. Odd. For me, Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without my mom’s mashed potatoes and braised onions. Yum!

      1. My mom does it, but here’s the gist of it (I can get you details if you want). Buy the onions that are about the size of a walnut (they come in a little net bag). Drop in boiling water for 30 seconds, then peel. Saute with olive oil and/or butter. Add liquid (stock of choice) and cook on really low heat for 40 minutes.

  3. I swear it seems like troubles like that come in bunches. When they do, it’s hard not to throw something at the wall. We’ve all been there and reacted that way. I’ve got a week full of appointments – a couple of them medical. Ugh.

  4. Sorry about your issues this week. Some are like that, right? I don’t always handle them well either. Creamer – well, I just use milk, but I use quite a bit of it. I like my coffee the way I like it – dark roast and fixed up just so. Don’t drink all that much of it these days – 2 cups in the mornings. Hope this week is better for you, Ti!

    1. Yep. My coffee has to be just so, too. I only drink about a cup and a half so it needs to be pretty good to carry me through. This week has to be better.

  5. I do not handle any annoyance out of the norm well at all. It seems the older I get the less patience I have to cope with things like that. Hope this week is better.

    Glad the cheap hair spray was a hit. Anytime we find a cheaper – go to product- is a good thing.

    1. Yeah, annoyances are bugging me more than usual but I’m sure it’s because I had a super busy week. Maybe a little bit of age. No patience for stuff going wrong when I have so much to do. Plus, I am a perfectionist by nature so if I am not going to do it right then I don’t want to do it at all.

    1. So Haunting of Hill House is not that scary? Here, they are posting warnings that it could make you vomit and extremely ill. Of course that makes me want to see it more.

  6. Oh gosh, sorry about your week… seems like everything happens at once. Hope this one will be better.

    I’ve been buying an expensive hairspray for years, but will give this one a try. Always on the hunt for a cheaper alternative!

    1. Yes! Give the spray a try.

      I do hope this week is better. I am just so tired from the previous week but by tomorrow I’ll be good.

  7. Ugh. I hate weeks like that! May this upcoming week be stress-free for you!

    The one thing I have to have for Thanksgiving? Mashed potatoes and gravy. Forget the turkey. I can pass on the stuffing. I don’t need the rest of the sides. Gimme all the mashed taters and gravy!!!

    1. I make a mean gluten free gravy from scratch so now I, too, can bask in the glory of mashed potatoes and gravy. Hot, buttery potatoes and gravy. Yum!

  8. Sorry you had such a tough ending to your week! For me, if there isn’t turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, it just isn’t Thanksgiving.

    1. Yes. There has to be turkey. A lot of my friends do Chinese or a roast on Thanksgiving and I am like, um, what is wrong with you? LOL. Nothing beats the smell of a slow roasting turkey.

      1. I put my turkey in the oven the night before Thanksgiving and let it slow roast all night. My mom did that so I do too. The turkey is so tender and the house smells wonderful for hours.

        1. I know a few who prepare it this way. What temp do you leave it on and how long do you end up cooking it for? I cook mine in a cooking bag and for a stuffed, 23 lbs bird it takes 4 hours and it is very tender. I like that the bag catches all the good stuff so my gravy making is much easier afterward.

          1. I usually buy a 20-25 lb. turkey and cook it between 175 to 200 degrees depending on how long I want to cook it, between 9-11 hours. I put it on the rack of a roasting pan and pour some chicken broth in the bottom.

              1. Me too Tina, I can’t wait. I love turkey so much that we’ve had it a few times a year until the last few years. It’s only me and my son now and he’s not a big turkey fan. I usually made both a turkey and ham for Thanksgiving.

                1. I love ham and when I attend a holiday buffet and both ham and turkey are present, I take a little of both. But for cooking, ham is more of a Christmas or Easter meal thing for me. Actually, for Christmas I can do anything good. Even enchiladas sound good. Last year someone on here posted about Prime Rib and Lobster on Christmas and I was like, I need to go to that house.

                  1. I love ham too but I want turkey for Thanksgiving and might eat a piece ham too. We did have Chinese one year though. It was good but felt weird to have it on Thanksgiving.

  9. Sounds like you needed a day of no appointments! I wish I had one of those but alas, not with all this kid’s activities.

    Thanksgiving…the one thing I must have is apple pie with melted cheddar cheese

    1. In college, I had a 2nd job at Marie Callender’s and it was there that I learned all about cheddar cheese on apple pie. I also learned about mincemeat pies. I have been eating apples and cheese for years but when my first customer asked me for that combo, I just about died. This husband and wife then went on to tell me that it’s a thing! I did not believe them until I went back to the kitchen and all the other servers and cooks confirmed it. I then had to have a piece. That was before I knew about my Celiac and it was of course delish.

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