My school is absolutely breathtaking when covered in snow. Our elegant brick buildings are suddenly layered with a thick, untouched coat of snow. Our evergreen trees are powdered white and friends are shaking branches on top of friends’ heads. Our slippery brick-paved roads become hot spots for slipping and sliding, both intentionally and unintentionally. Baristas are churning out eggnog lattes and peppermint mochas at an exponentially higher rate.
Then, the bus routes are changed and delayed. Dudes are still walking around in basketball shorts in the freezing cold. And your dear blogger forgot her hat, her scarf, and her gloves. This is what snow is like in Seattle. It’s really something. If you ever want to have an amazing holiday break, come to Seattle. You won’t be disappointed. (No, the Washington Department of Tourism did not pay me to say that. I actually meant it.)
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I just wanted to write a little bit about…thankfulness.
I am thankful for my all the awesome people in my family. My mom who has recently taken up watching Glee with my sister and me and is now a fan of Mike Chang. My dad who tries to increase his tolerance of spicy foods by ordering a few stars above the amount he can tolerate and keeps us laughing through our meals at Thai restaurants as he empties glasses of water every minute. My sister who shares her Halloween candy with me. And my pug Didi whose wet doggy sneezes in my face are a perfect way to start my day.
I am thankful for every single one of my friends who always make me laugh or smile or roll over guffawing. And yes, I am very thankful for laughter. If you have ever made me laugh, I am thankful for you.
I am thankful for cookie dough, flaky pie crust, and spoonfuls of cake batter, without which I cannot imagine how I would survive.
I am thankful for the people who read my blog and leave comments that make me feel like a million bucks. You know who you are and I adore you.
I am thankful for the Husky Football Team winning against UCLA (one of our only football games that is broadcast nation-wide on ESPN). Thank you for making the U of Washington an awesome school to people across America.
Man I can go on with this. I guess I’m one of those people who has to write out twenty pages for an acceptance speech because there is just so much to mention! But because of a time crunch, I am going to stop and present you with one final thing I am thankful for.
I am thankful for almond crisps.
My Mom’s Best Almond Crisps
- 3 egg whites
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 2 tbsp of oil
- 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
Preheat the oven to 250F. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites, flour, sugar, and oil together until mixed (you don’t have to beat until soft peaks form, just mixed). Pour it onto a standard cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil (do not grease it). Spread the mixture on the cookie sheet until there is a very thin layer of batter covering most of the sheet. Sprinkle the almonds evenly over the batter. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown (do NOT underbake. This will leave you with soggy almond crisps.)
These are incredible. You might as well just reserve 6 egg whites to make a double batch instead of a single since I can guarantee that you will want to make more.
And not just for yourself, for everybody. It’s Thanksgiving! And these almond crisps are the easiest treat to bring to a potluck, or to wrap in little goodie bags to give to your friends as “Friendsgiving” Gifts or to your parents as “Mom/Dadsgiving” gifts. And now, as promised, some Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas.
Happy Turkey Day, everyone!