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24 November 2010 @ 11:55 am
Thanksgiving is basically here  
I've mostly been gaming. I beat Fallout New Vegas as Owen and was thrilled. I liked the ending I got. Most of it turned out well. You can interact with many different people and depending on your choices the ending for all those individuals is different. I've started over and am playing as Jonathan Cope this time. It's much easier being a good guy since the game pushes you in that direction and you really can't keep bad karma for long. If you kill fiends and ghouls you get good karma. But they always attack you first and I always kill anyone that attacks me regardless if I'm good or bad so you see playing that way the game pushes you towards good karma. So Owen was a melee fighter. He used swords and blunt objects and was very effective with them. Cope is an energy weapons specialist. Lots of cute death rays to chose from in this game. The bad thing is I suck at manual aiming so once I'm out of Vats points (cinematic fighting which is one of the thinks I love about this game) I have to fire manually which sucks. Lots of wasted shots. I go by Teddy Roosevelt's philosophy when asked if he shot well.

I don't shoot well, but I shoot often

That's me too. BUT because of this ammo has been hard come come by. When I played as Owen I had tons of ammo because I rarely used guns or energy weapons. I put barely any skill points into those attributes. I think I finished the game with a melee of 95 and 100 is the most. So I had lots of ammo and running out wasn't a concern. I could even give my followers ammo for almost any type of gun because I always pick up all ammo I find no matter what it is. But with Cope I use it as soon as I find it and I can't just buy a bunch because merchants sell limited ammounts, they can run out and not everyone sells Energy Cells and Microfusion Cells. So yeah it's harder fighting with energy weapons. But other than that I made a pretty cool Cope. I'll have to make screen caps soon. I'll probably post them tonight and I also want to make a post comparing Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas.

Right now I'm getting ready for Thanksgiving. I'm not going to the family dinner though because there's going to be too many people there. Chris will go. I had the big Thanksgiving last year when I was feeling unusually extroverted. This year I want to have a quiet one at home. BUT, I'm still going to help out for that party. I'm going to make two pumpkin pies today and some Cinnamon Pecans for Chris to take so everyone can share them.

Yesterday I made a batch of Cinnamon Peacans using earthmother45's recipe. Thank you SOOOO much for that. They turned out wonderful. Here are two pictures.



Fresh out of the oven. Notice the two cucumbers on the counter. I picked those from my little bucket garden.



And here's a funny close up. I don't know why anything in mass quantities like this just makes me laugh.

So I'm making one pound of peacans right now as I type. Chris really liked them so I hope everyone else will too. I already know my pumpkin pie is a big hit. Yes November is the eating month. I think more so than Christmas. Chris, Alex and I were joking around saying that if that Atkins fellow shows up on Thanksgiving we'll kick his butt hehe.

Oh, but what's sad is that in two days I have to take down the Fall decorations. But the good thing is I get to put up the Christmas decorations. YEay! I'll have to get the Christmas tree out of the garage.
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Cheezey: Cooking Timecheezey on November 24th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
I know, it's hard to believe that the fall decorations have to go away already. I'll miss my pumpkins too!

Those cinnamon pecans look delicious. I'm sure they'll be a hit.

Enjoy your pie-making and Happy Thanksgiving! :)
Des: Fall Is Herethagirion on November 24th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I love Christmas, but I just like all the Fall stuff better. Sad to see all the warm colors go away now.

They're really yummy. Yes, I hope everyone will be impressed with them.

Thanks. I'm baking the pumpkins right now. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Spore Zoraksilvolf on November 24th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
I'm the same with shooting. In the Tomb Raider games, Dad and I used to get unlimited ammo because he was the same too lol!

Its a shame I don't like peacans, they look yummy!
Des: Grand Theft Walrusthagirion on November 24th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Hehe, yeah I much prefer to beat someone in the head with a baseball bat. But I want to play in character and Cope uses ray guns. We just suck at guns.

Are there any kinds of nuts you do like? I bet I could probably make these with most kinds of nuts.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Silvolf Loves Cheesesilvolf on November 25th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
I like pistachios and salt roasted peanuts.
everoswentyne19 on November 24th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
This year Im not cooking a lot, Im just making a side dish and a dessert. Those pecans look really good.

Hope you have a nice and quiet Thanksgiving!

PS:
Thanks for posting the icons ;)
Des: Thanksgivingthagirion on November 24th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we shouldn't have to kill ourselves over this. Same here, just the peacans which are done now and the two pies. They are very yummy. Hum, Perhaps I'll send some to those here on my LJ list for Christmas.

Thanks. I think it should be a nice one.

Hehe, no problem. Grab as many icons as you like.
actipton80actipton80 on November 24th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
I'm actually kind of glad we don't have to go anywhere for Thanksgiving this year. I'll actually get to watch the Macy's Parade on TV in its entirety, instead of missing half of it or not seeing it at all. Usually our Christmas tree would go up today or would have been up yesterday because we travel, but this year it's going up on Friday.
Des: Thanksgivingthagirion on November 24th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
I'll bet! Glad you might have a relaxing one too. My tradition was to watch the parade in the morning. Once Santa came out it was officially Christmas then I'd start to put the tree up. Then we'd have company over for the big dinner. I agree that trees should start to go up the day after Thanksgiving. Enjoy your Thanksgiving.
rhodielady_47 on November 24th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
Those cinnamon pecans sure look good!
:^9
Desthagirion on November 24th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks. They did turn out yummy.
rhodielady_47 on November 24th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Would you please give me a copy of the recipe?
:9

Desthagirion on November 24th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
I have to ask Earthmother if it's ok with her first.
rhodielady_47 on November 25th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
Yes, please do!
I visited her LJ today and enjoyed it but didn't find where she'd posted her recipe. You do know some neat people.
:)
Desthagirion on November 25th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
She didn't. It was a conversation we had in a private email months ago.
Yeah she has nice photos.
earthmother45earthmother45 on November 30th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Hi there. Glad you want the recipe for the pecans. Warning, they are addictive!

Here's when I first posted about them November 4, 2007. Recipe is in one of the comments.

http://earthmother45.livejournal.com/67007.html

Enjoy!

rhodielady_47 on November 30th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks a bunch!
I'm going to enjoy eating these!
;)
earthmother45earthmother45 on November 30th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
Sure, it is fine with me to share the recipe with whomever you want! It was nice to read all the nice comments you got about them. I have found over the years that when I distribute them, it's always a good idea to have copies of the recipe at hand, because most want to know how they are made. I'm just thrilled that you like them so much. Seeing yours, I guess I'd better get started pretty soon on mine.

I love that first picture, something healthy beside something so decadent.
earthmother45earthmother45 on November 30th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
http://earthmother45.livejournal.com/67007.html

Here's when I first posted about them November 4, 2007. Recipe is in one of the comments.
Des: Christmas Tree Bluethagirion on November 30th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
That's good to know. I didn't know if it was a secret formula or anything hehe. We finally finished ours this morning. I bought an extra bag for the Thanksgiving party but kept the original batch to myself. It turned out better for some reason. Last night we went to Wal-Mart and got more peacans. I think they have these very high quality ones that come in this black styrofoam. The ones I made for Thanksgiving were from a generic looking bag and that may have made a difference. Also the wal-mart ones aren't exactly one pound but 12 ounces. So they tasted extra sweet.

Hehe, yeah we just finished that first cucumber and will start on the second one. I'm going to buy some pretty tins from Michael's and send these off as Christmas gifts.
earthmother45earthmother45 on November 30th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
No, no, not a secret formula. Ha! :) That's funny that you thought that. Just make sure to never forget the salt. One batch I forgot and you could really . . . REALLY tell the difference. It's that combo of the salt and sugar that makes them so good, I think. I got some super nice airtight Christmasy containers from Dollar General or one of the Dollar stores. That's where I usually get my pecan containers each year. I have always gotten my pecans from Sam's Club (which I think is a branch of WalMart). The brand I buy is called Young Pecan, based in Florence, SC. They come in 2 pound bags and maybe cost under $10 a bag, I think. They may go up in price each year. They are a good idea for Christmas gifts, since they travel and keep so well.
Desthagirion on November 30th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
Oh I hadn't thought about going to a dollar store. There's one close by so I'll have to check them out.
earthmother45earthmother45 on November 30th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
They usually have a new type of container each year. When I make mine I'll post a picture, too.
Btw, I just got my pecans this afternoon and they have gone up in price. Wow, did they ever! Almost $14 for a two pound bag.
kabuldurkabuldur on November 25th, 2010 09:39 am (UTC)
Those pecans look delicious! I'll bet your pumpkin pies were yummy, too.

I love those cucumbers, too :)