Archive for the ‘feed me’ category

Happy Christmas!

December 24, 2008

My Christmas Eve will be spent in the way that has become tradition over the past few years… gorging myself on lasagna (sausage and pepperoni! this is no time for diets!) and drinking copious amounts of Delirium Noel (look! pink elephants on the label- you know this stuff is good…) and Bailey’s while exchanging gifts with the husband and dog. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Tomorrow will be spent running all over creation, visiting relatives and trying not to say anything that will get me in (too) much trouble (with my family this can be an amazing feat) and picking at food that is substantially less delicious.

To my dear friends, I wish you a holiday filled with laughter, warmth, and returnable gifts.

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Let’s Make Croissants!

December 20, 2008

I apologize for taking so long to post this. I meant to post it a lot sooner, but life (namely winter and the grey sky that comes with it and makes me lose my motivation for doign anything) got in the way. But better late than never, right?

A word of warning: this recipe does require some advance planning. It takes a few days to make the dough. Don’t let that stave you off though! They are SUPER easy to make, and each step only takes a few minutes. It just means that if you want to eat croissants on Sunday, you need to start on Friday night (I’m experimenting with freezing the dough though, so if that works out I’ll let you know!). Also, if you have a stand mixer or food processor with a bread hook, I highly recommend that you use it. And if you want to flavor these at all, you can add a flavoring in with the original flour. I added orange zest to the batch I’m making this weekend.

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Quiet Mornings

November 30, 2008

Is there anything better than a quiet morning spent with your husband and dog, a cup of coffee, and a fresh out of the oven croissant (made by moi)? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

I’m still alive

October 5, 2008

If anyone’s been missing me, I’m still alive… just been working my ass off on a campaign. A few quick observations before I crash for the night…

-Sometimes I really hate being a woman in politics. I went to a fundraiser the other night, and the lobbyists were all being so freaking obnoxious to me. They weren’t trying to be dicks, but when you get a few drinks into middle aged men and then a young, somewhat attractive (if I do say so myself) woman walks into the room, they tend to get a little…inappropriate. Its sexual harassment, and unfortunately in this line of work I feel like I sometimes do have to take it,

-I am more of a hopeless romantic than I thought I was, or than I’d like to admit. Its been 2 weeks and I miss the hubby like whoa. Like, to the point of almost wanting to up and quit just so I can go home. I’ve done this whole campaign thing before, and I don’t remember it beign this bad. He’s coming to visit next weekend though, so hopefully that helps. If I can survive the next week.

-The city that I’m in is weird. The bar I went to the other day had no kitchen…they served cold sandwiches though. Everywhere seems obsessed with sandwiches. Especially egg salad and tuna…even nicer places have egg salad on the menu. So weird. I feel like I’m in a time warp to the 50s. Soup choices are also weird…it was cold out today and I wanted nothing more than a bowl of potato soup. Of course, all I could find was beef or turkey. We apparently don’t do vegetarians soups here. I did have an awesome pulled pork sandwich the other day, but that’s really not the kind of thing I normally eat. I would kill for soem nice fall squash.

-If McCain ends up winning this election and actually takes Palin to DC with him, I have to rethink my life plans. I refuse to live in the same city as that woman, and I was plannign on moving back in the nest 5 or so years. Nuh uh, not happening. Maybe I’ll brush up on my French and move ot Quebec. I love Quebec.

Smitten

June 22, 2008

So after weeks and weeks of going to the Saturday morning farmers market only to be disappointed, yesterday they actually had stuff! We bought some of the most delicious baby strawberries ever, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, some amazing cheese with a super sexy Italian name that I can’t remember, and beets. And a bunch of peonies.

OMG, I am obsessed. Are these not the most beautiful flowers? They’re so fluffy! Mine are a combination of this color and a super soft baby pink that’s almost white. Love. I think I may have finally made a landscaping decision- my yard will not be complete without at least a few of these.

Plus when you say the plural, it sounds like penes. Yes, I am a 7 year old boy.

Transformation

April 30, 2008

When we bought out house last year, the kitchen was the first thing that I tackled. And by first thing, I mean we closed on a Friday and I had about half of the wallpaper pulled down by Sunday.

This was what I started with. RIP. I won’t miss you.

Pulling the paper down and painting helped a lot, but I still wasn’t thrilled. Everything in there just screams “cheap” and something about the cabinets looks very unfinished to me.

For the past year-ish, I’ve been living with this. Not horrible, but not fabulous either. (I also hung a curtain on th window)

This weekend, I decided that I just can’t stand to look at the cabinets anymore. But I also have a long list of projects to get to before I start a full on kitchen remodel. I wondered about just filling in the inset cabinet panels with some fabric. I found some that I thought might work on sale for $3 a year and figured it was worth a try. (I just stuck it up there with some spray starch) Well, I love it! It really adds something to the kitchen, and it helps a lot with that unfinished look. Oh, I also stuck up some of those “press on, press off” lights under the cabinets.

Anyway, here’s the most recent “after.” Crazy what a difference $3 worth of fabric can make!! (If only there was some way to cover up the counter top…)

I’m also going to combine my stimulous rebate with soem cashed in amex points to buy a new oven and fridge. that should help a ton too. Oh, and one of these days I’ll get around to taking those boxes that the husband stuck up on top of the cabinets and storing them in the basement.

*please forgive the constant messiness of my kitchen. I cook. A lot. And as hard as I try to keep it neat and clean, it somehow never stays that way for long.

beans, beans the musical fruit….

March 13, 2008

This seriously give new meaning to “playing with your food.” Amazing! Although something about blowing into a carrot look kind of dirty to me (and whoa- look at the size of some of those veggies! Its like they’re on steroids!)