Sunday, January 31, 2010
Here is a rough outline of our weekend:
4:30am- Mason wakes up everyone to announce he needs to pee
4:40am- Finally bundle up enough to take pets out in the blizzard
5:30am- Dogs are fed. Mason wakes everyone up to announce he needs to poop
5:40 am- NT bundled up to take out pups who now refuse to pee or poop in snow
9:00 am- Oh Joy! I get to shovel snow to create a small grassy area for pets to "go" in
10am-NT makes his famous Waffles!! Yum!
11am- NT watches Braveheart for the 10th time and I finally finish wedding album
12n, 1p, 2p, 3p, 4p, 5p, 6p, and so on---stand in sub zero temps while dogs use the aforementioned 4' x 4' grassy area
3p NT makes brownies ( we apparently eat a lot when it snows)
4p- We watch "The Island"-crazy movie but I kind of liked it
7p- Rachael Ray's Neopolitan Baked Ziti (pretty good & I got to use my new Bubble & Brown dishes!)
9p- Bible Reading, a little basketball watchin', check out some blogs and bed early
4:30am-Repeat up above pattern with mason this time substitute blizzard for" ice skating rink"
8:00am- Realize we are out of milk and want to cry. I knew I should have followed the standard list of three--Milk, Bread and Eggs
10am- Devise Escape plan. Must be by foot-roads are too icy.
10:30am- Slip and Slide around the neighborhood trying to take fun winterland photos
12noon- NT and I risk the drive in order to maintain sanity by getting out of the house. We go to the bagel shop where the heat is broke! and then to Food Lion to get some milk (Yay!)
2pm- Play every Wii game we own
4pm- make lots of list ("Things to buy at Pottery Barn Outlet" list, "Work to-do" list, grocery list, "Things to get for the house" list, "Things to blog about" list, a list of things that you can make list for)
6pm -leftovers for dinner
7pm - Bloggin, Pro-Bowl and countdown to the Grammy's
Tomorrow-Please go away snow.
CURRENT POINT OF CONTENTION BETWEEN NT AND I-NEED YOUR HELP:
We each took a picture of Hines and we are arguing who took the better pic--which do you think is better? PICTURE A or PICTURE B....you can comment anonymously to keep your identity safe....
Friday, January 29, 2010
So now the issue is which wall art shall I choose?? Check out etsy if you need something fun for your home as well, click here for one of my favorite wall decal shops. And click here for my cousin's etsy shop.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
All that being said, the dinner was great. NT said it was the BEST thing I had EVER made--hallelujah! I had all my little ramekins ready to go-filled with onions, garlic, flour, cumin, etc. Honestly I felt like Rachel Ray (well pre-poblano pepper). So the dish is really good and I recommend you make it. Here is the recipe:
- 4 poblano peppers
- 1 pound farfalle (bow-tie pasta) or whole-wheat penne
- 1 tablespoon EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, grated or finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 2 cups milk
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons (half a palmful) ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons (half a palmful) ground coriander
- 2 1/2 cups grated Mexican cheese blend or mix of cheddar and queso fresco
- 1 firm avocado, diced
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 small vine-ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 4 scallions, green and white parts, chopped
Bring a large pot of water to a boil for pasta. Add salt and the pasta and cook al dente.
Heat a saucepot over medium heat; add the EVOO, onions, and garlic and cook until tender, 6-7 minutes. Add the butter to the pan and when it melts, stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the stock and milk and bring to a simmer. Season with salt, pepper, the cumin, and the coriander and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cheese with a wooden spoon in a figure-eight pattern until the cheese melts.Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce and the chopped poblano peppers. Toss the avocado with the lime juice. Serve the mac-n-cheese in shallow bowls and top with the tomatoes, avocados and scallions.
And here is a video of how Rachel did it on the show. NOTE: Notice how she doesn't show how she chars, deseeds and peels the peppers. They just magically are ready to be tossed in the pasta.
And here are a few pics to show my effort (sorry for the bad lighting_)
One other thing--I am typing this 3 hours later after charring the pepper--and I just touched my lips and they are burning, stinging.
And another thing--I bought these ever so cute Bubble and Brown dishes from the Rachel Ray Store. Cute, huh? She uses them for everything. Sorry NT- I should have told you about these.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Here is where we are:
-Take a trip per quarter (bugger-no plans yet)
-Entertain/Go Out with friends twice per month (check and check)
-This is probably boring to most of you but basically it involves a lot of torture by cold calling multiple hours each week. It also involves the very painful act of going to networking events. Networking does not have to be painful--it can be fun even--but in the beginning I feel a bit of a wallflower.
-Read one book per month (check for NT)
-Cook 3-4 days per week (Done-fire and all)
-Volunteer once per quarter (We need to get going on this one)
-Be Active/Work Out (Done-Denver Health & Fitness 4 life)
-Start and update Blog (Done)
-NT: 3 fly fishing trips and play 4 new golf courses (this probably does not include me)
-Find, Attend and Get Involved in a Church (Lake Norman Baptist--we "heart" you)
-Read Bible Daily (see below)
I have often had the New Year's resolution to read my bible daily and I normally make it to the end of Genesis. However this year is different. NT and I are taking a Voyage through the Bible-a one year voyage. Lake Norman Baptist started this program by having the church commit to a daily reading plan. We are reading in chronological order the events of the bible from the beginning of time...and honestly it is very exciting. In case you want to follow along, here is this week (I will update each week).
Monday (1/25) Genesis 31:1-32:32
Tuesday (1/26) Genesis 33:1-35:29, 1 Chronicles 2:1-2
Wednesday (1/27) Genesis 37:1-39:23
Thursday (1/28) Genesis 40:1-41:57
Friday (1/29) Genesis 42:1-44:34
Saturday (1/20) Genesis 45:1-46:9, Chronicles 5:1-6, Genesis 46:10-12
So in conclusion--we are doing pretty good on our resolutions. I am proud of us.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Every Sunday,I sit down and plan the menu for the week. I bring out the Rachel Ray archives, the cook books, recipe clippings and favorites. From there I make my grocery list. And then I TRY to find coupons that match up. I am new to this coupon stuff but I did save $30 last week at the store with my coupons. I do not have the amazing stories where you get $100 of groceries for free--but you get the idea.
And then, to be totally like a Pottery Barn Catalog--I write it on the chalkboard in the kitchen.
I always look in the PB Catalog and see those ever so staged office and kitchen settings thinking who keeps their life that organized. This is my one contribution.
So I still have a way to go to make my wall look like this--
So here we go:
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Red: Excitement, energy, passion, desire, speed and strength
Yellow: Joy, happiness, optimism, idealism, imagination, hope and sunshine
Blue: Peace, tranquility, calm, stability, harmony, unity and trust
Orange: Energy, balance, warmth, enthusiasm and vibrant
Green: Nature, environment, healthy, good luck, renewal, youth, spring and generosity
Purple Royalty, nobility, spirituality, mysterious, transformation and wisdom
Gray : Security, reliability, intelligence, dignity, maturity, conservative andpractical
Brown: hearth, home, outdoors, reliability, comfort, endurance, simplicity, and comfort.
White: purity, simplicity, cleanliness, peace, precision, innocence and good
Black: Power, sophistication, formality, elegance, wealth and style
Then I found this website that has a color test. First choose the box below that you are attracted to. Then when you click on the link (and the color block again you will find out what it means)
Here is the link:
My color came back as this:
Extroverted Personality Style (EPS) means that your preferred role is "life of the party." You actively seek out other people, and are at your best in social situations in which you can meet new people and bring other people together. People who know you are drawn to your genuine interest in other people. In that way, you are probably the ultimate "people person."
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
Fanta, Fanta...want a Fanta? Just a few of the beverage choices at Dad's Garage.
Most people know about Johnnys One Stop in Kannapolis. It is the best inspection station in the WORLD and I am not just saying that because it is my Dads. For one thing, you receive a soda and a pack of nabs just for visiting. You can expect to hear jammin' oldies playing when you arrive and of course you will be greeted my sheltie, Tucker. Here are a few pictures from a day out in my dad's shop. If you want to visit, go to www.johnnysonestop.net to get the address
This blog will be about...This. That. and Everything in Between. It will feature stories about our crazy pets, highlight my struggles in trying to become the domestic diva I dream of being and my random photography. So to our friends and family check in often and hopefully this is not on of those resolutions that last one week.