Squirrels – Ugh!

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I have many love/hate relationships with home ownership.  One thing I find to be extremely frustrating is the squirrels in my neighborhood, and more specifically, the squirrels in my trees.

Last Sunday I hung up two suet bird feeders off the back porch of my house.  These feeders are suspended mid-air and three weeks from either the porch or the tree.  But somehow, the darn squirrels in my yard figured out how to knock and/or remove the suet from the bird feeders.  Do other people have these issues?

I’d like to do something to deter the squirrels from a couple of my trees and my porch, but several of my neighbors have cats that roam the area.  Does anyone have tips about deterring squirrels?  I don’t think

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they are doing too much damage, but they aren’t doing anything to become my friends, either!

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Hosting Thanksgiving (for the 1st time)

As I finish the end of my Thanksgiving wine, I thought I would write a little blog post about the holiday.  This year’s Thanksgiving was memorable for a variety of reasons.  Last year my family spent the holiday at the hospital because my sister was having some issues.  It wasn’t the ideal place to spend Thanksgiving, but it was what needed to happen.

Fast forward one year, my parents and sister came to visit for Thanksgiving.  It was wonderful to have them here, and it was an experience to cook Thanksgiving dinner on my own for the first time.  My youngest sister Brenda had never been to my house, and since I’m about 4 hours away from her place, I was nervous about the drive going well.  Sometimes she doesn’t like riding in the car very much. But this trip it went smoothly!  She arrived at my place with a smile on her face.

So, before dinner on Wednesday night I asked my dad to help me with a quick lightbulb issue I’d been having in my kitchen.  Then, I made squash enchiladas.  As always, they were great and a nice way to ease into the Thanksgiving holiday with some squash flavoring.

We then prepped the turkey so it could marinate overnight.  My parents brought a Turkey Breast, so I did some searching online for what might be a good recipe.  And, I found a winner with this Apple Bourbon Turkey marinade.  I followed the directions exactly, marinating for 12 hours throughout the night.  We baked in a bag the next day and followed the directions.

Other items on the recipe for the holiday were crockpot garlic mashed potatoes (less cleanup, which was great), brussel sprouts with bacon and parmesan, and Trader Joe’s Cornbread Stuffing, which is a family favorite.  My mom had also brought a crustless pumpkin pie with her when they came to Mount Vernon.

It was great to have my family here and host the holidays.  There is little I would do differently if I was to do this again (and I hope I have the opportunity to have my family come visit again!)