You know, here we are in the thrust of the holidays, and as happy as many people are, there are some families who can't get into the holiday spirit.
I'm writing because I just received some fairly dark news, and it took me back to a place when the holidays were very difficult for my family.
I am not comfortable with sharing our story, but several years ago I lost two family members on Thanksgiving weekend. It was sudden and could have been prevented. It shook our family so much that many of us don't speak anymore. Our glue was gone.
So, while I'd love to write a long post today about feelings, I'm just going to hold off and remind others that everyone is going through something. Help a loved one, a co-worker, or even a stranger... if they have appear to be having a hard time dealing with all of this holiday cheer. And, try to spread some understanding this holiday season. You never know what's going on with folks behind closed doors.
That said, have a great Thanksgiving. I'm really looking forward to just resting with my family and being grateful.
PHOTOS: The Fashion Experience
What a great fashion show! Ann Marie Martin of Reve Madison put on a brilliant event at Memorial Union's Great Hall! The lighting was beautiful, the music was awesome and the clothing was awe inspiring. I loved watching some of the models show some attitude, too.
Look for the tag #TheFashionExperience on social media - I posted some great moments and video on Instagram.
We're so excited to welcome Dave Delozier to WISC.
Dave is incredibly impressive. If you're a news junkie, you may already be familiar with the amazing work he's done at KUSA in Denver.
He's got so many accolades, it's really hard to mention them all. He's earned at least 32 Emmys. In 2012, he was named the Broadcaster of the Year in Colorado. The National Press Photographers Association named him the National Solo Video Journalist in 2009 and the News Photographer of the Year in 1987. The list goes on...
Dave is scheduled to start on the 20th. He will now be closer to family, and we're so thrilled to have him in our News3 Family, as well. Aside from being an outstanding journalist, his colleagues say he's a wonderful mentor and life coach.
Welcome Dave! Watch what his co-workers have to say:
My ravioli version of Paul's Pel'meni
I am obsessed with Paul's Pel'meni. I mean, obsessed. That place is so delicious! I could eat pel'menis everyday! So, one day I made my own version - not to take anything away from the downtown dumpling shop - because there's just no replacing that!
But, here's my homemade and quick version of a PP. Frozen pierogies would be great, too, but my grocery store doesn't carry them. So, I'll have to go somewhere else to buy them OR buy the frozen bags at the restaurant.
The flavors work really well with potatoes and ravioli. I'm sure any starch would work well!
I used Hyvee's store brand mushroom ravioli. I parboiled it and then pan fried it with a pat of real butter. When it was done, I added a dab of yellow curry powder, a squeeze-or-two of sriracha sauce, and a bunch of cilantro. We really like cilantro, so we put a lot on.
Then, we used a dollop of sour cream!
Super easy! But, again, it's hard to beat the restaurant's version of those potato dumplings. They are just too good!
PIC of the day: My pet squirrel
Honestly, this is one, fat, sassy squirrel. He torments my dogs everyday! Do you think I can do anything special for him if he lives there? I want him to live there forever!