Sunday, December 26, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Ok, I love this show!! I watched it on a whim and am hooked. It is already over so I am kinda sad. But, I am glad it didn't drag on forever. Tonight is the finale and I will be rooting big-time for one of the Southern groups - Committed from AL or Streetcorner Symphony from Nashville.
So, I did some work on iTunes this weekend. It has been WAY too long and I am sure some of my choices are outdated but here you go...
1. Florence + the Machine
2. New Ryan Adams and the Cardinals (YAY)
3. Mumford and Sons
4. Cee Lo
6. Mike Posner
7. Ray LaMontagne
8. Pink and Trey Songz (guilty pleasures)
10. Christina Perri
I am looking forward to the release of Norah Jones' 'Featuring' and Adele's '21' - dropping soon. :)
Friday, December 17, 2010
What's on tap for the weekend:
1. Christmas party!
2. wrapping presents (I am done but Brad is not)
3. planning menu for New Year's Day brunch
4. watching football (no, I am not tired of it yet)
5. chilling (last weekend was busy and next will be too)
6. buying more fish!
Hope yours is great!!
We have another party to go to tonight and I am taking some pepperoni rolls. Well, also some leftover cheese. :)
Flatten half a biscuit (from canned Pillsbury) and layer mozzarella cheese and pepperoni on it. Roll it up tight and seal all the seams. Place on a greased cookie sheet and brush the tops with an egg wash. Here's the kicker - sprinkle the tops with sesame seeds! Cook at 350 until top has crusted and rolls are firm. These will not brown much and should be done in about 10 minutes. Serve with a marinara sauce and/or spicy mustard.
On Wednesday night, I hosted a supper club/ornament swap for the girls. Of course, I took NO pictures. We were having too much fun. :)
I did a nice cheese tray - one of my faves. I had tallegio, manchego and smoked gouda. I also had a cheddar with some crystalization in it - yum! Served with honey, grapes, marcona almonds and crackers/bread.
The other girls brought a salad, some bacon/cheese rolls, potstickers, a cheese ball and lots of sweets. And they contributed the poinsettas - cranberry juice and champagne. The 10 of us had a blast! We did miss the 5 girls that couldn't make it.
I made some spiced cider for them to take with them when they left because it was cold and icy. I also made some homemade dog treats for the ones that had pups. Banjo loves them!
1 3/4 c plain flour
1/4 wheat germ
1/4 peanut butter
1 tsp baking powder
This dough is very sticky so you can either chill it for a bit or add more flour. Roll it out and cut it with fun dog cookie cutters. I use these - love the hydrant...
Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet. Then turn off the oven and let them sit for an hour. Your dogs will love them!!
We had some good ornaments too! Everybody can always use another ornament right?? :)
I meant to post this earlier but I let time slip away. If you are a cheese straw fan, I HIGHLY recommend ordering some of these puppies. A friend's Dad in Thomson makes them and they are divine. Definitely the best I have ever had. If you are in Augusta, New York Butcher Shoppe in Surrey has them or you can stop by their place in Thomson, right off I-20 at the 25 exit. You can get them shipped from the website too. They freeze really well so you can stock up!
They make great presents or snacks for holiday parties!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I just got finished reading The Monster of Florence by Preston and Spezi. This nonfiction book chronicles the murders of 7 couples in Florence, Italy during the 70s and 80s. These kinds of books (a whodunit by nonauthorities) are always a little disappointing because they don't offer a true resolution. Although this one did not either, it was fascinating but in a frightening way. Basically, the local justice system was on a witch hunt and accused everyone of these murders with false evidence, trumped-up charges, etc. The reall killer is still loose despite evidence pointing to the one individual who could actually get his hand on the murder weapon.
The most disturbing fact is the tie-in with the Amanda Knox case. I have always been interested in this case and it struck me as odd that these two are connected. Unfortunately, the same prosecutor worked both of these and, it seems, once again he has gone on a witch hunt.
Wow, just wow...
If you any interest in this material or have followed Amanda's trial, I urge you to read this book.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Ok, here are a few pics of the Christmas decor.
More faves - the G (of course!), the moose from Vail. Oh, the Santa from Mexico and the hand-painted lily.
I love having my house decorated! And the smell - divine!
This is so random but it makes me really happy! Our bathroom has a high ceiling and it doesn't ventilate well. We had some crappy hooks to hang our towels on and they would not dry completely and smell musty. I don't know about you but I am not washing 14 towels every week. So, I invested in this towel warmer. MONEY WELL SPENT!! Especially this time of year, it is nice to have a dry, toasty towel!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Ali G. over at Two Onesies professed her love for this recipe a long time ago and I finally got around to making it. I have to say, it is amazing and SO simple. Brad actually grew up with Gena's husband and they have started an amazing company in Fire & Flavor. So happy for them! I have a large stack of her recipes to try but this chicken tortilla soup is a great start!
I did add some corn for a little more substance and am going to try black beans too next time. Which will be soon I am sure. Enjoy!!
Monday, December 6, 2010
I hate celery so that gets left out. We usually serve with alfafa sprouts as well.
WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEX MIX
Melt 9 oz of white chocolate chips. Mix quickly with 6 cups of Rice Chex, 2 cups of pretzel sticks and one large bag of peanut M&Ms. Spread out on wax paper to let it dry and break apart large clusters.