January 30, 2009
Here's another interesting article on the topic, from the NY Times
January 29, 2009
Enjoy...and be happy!
3 tbsp butter
1 1/2 cups minced green onions, white and pale green parts
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup chicken/vegetable stock
2 tsp minced fresh tarragon (I often use 1 tsp of dried instead)
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen green peas
1 lb dried farfalle (bow-tie pasta)
2 oz proscuitto di parma, finely minced
1/2 cup parmesan
Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add green onions, saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Add cream, stock, tarragon, and salt/pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and lower heat. Cook until reduced to a saucelike consistency. (The cheese will thicken it further.) Keep warm. Cook peas. Cook pasta (al delte). Add proscuitto to sauce just before pasta is done. Drain pasta, save a little water to thin sauce if necessary. Mix pasta with other ingredients. Serve immediately.
January 28, 2009
My current story of good customer service is Patagonia. My husband recently returned a kayaking jacket he purchased from them at least 10 years ago. It was well worn and the material was coming apart, but he knew it had a lifetime warranty, so he returned it to see what they'd give him for it. They very promptly gave him a credit of the full cost to buy a replacement coat - $260! Now, my husband hasn't been kayaking very much lately and didn't really want a replacement, but he could use the credit for anything. Lucky for me, he let me use it! He knew I have been wanting a puffy coat just like this for years:
It arrived today, and I can't believe how long I waited. It is fabulous and so warm and so comfy.
January 27, 2009
January 21, 2009
Inspired by this post, I decided to buy some flowers for myself. I let the little boy pick them out, and he chose these pretty and very fragrant purple hyacinth. I probably wouldn't have chosen them, so it's good that I left it up to him. This little splash of purple and the lovely scent I smell every time I walk through the dining room helped brighten up an otherwise dreary and snowy (yet again!) weekend.
I sent these to a few family members yesterday, but since they make me smile every time I see them, I figured I'd post them here too. They are from a couple weekends ago - Kevin and Aaron built a fort in the living room, and the little boy kept standing up into the blanket, causing hilarious things to happen with his hair.
January 16, 2009
(Oh, and I love the spanish sub-titles too!)
January 15, 2009
January 14, 2009
January 13, 2009
I didn't want to clutter up the sides again with recipes, but I decided to create specific posts - by category - that capture some of my favorites. This should make it easier for you to find what you're looking for. (Of course, if all else fails, just ask me!)
The first link - Easy Weeknight Dinners - is available now in the right column. I'll add a few others (Special Occasions, Desserts, Breads/etc...) when I can.
Hope this helps!
January 12, 2009
Here were some of my favorites from the red carpet:
Okay, there's nothing that particularly stands out about their outfits. I just adore Kate. And somewhere between Catch Me If You Can and Blood Diamond, Leo became a man. A really. sexy. man.
1. I woke up Saturday morning to the sound of my two-year-old singing "I'm bringing home my baby bumblebee".
2. Yet another weekend snowfall meant shoveling to do on Sunday, but it also meant easy toddler entertainment, especially when the snowplow made an appearance.
3. I took advantage of naptime by doing a little yoga in my living room. It felt good and reminded me that I need to do it more often.
I learned that I am doing pretty well in some areas, but there are other things I could consider as well. I know some of the things I will rarely do, such as making my own broth or bread crumbs. Who has the time? But there are other ideas in here that I simply hadn't considered or didn't know. Who knew tomato paste comes in a tube? I have gotten better about freezing my leftover paste, but a tube would be great! And I'll give sherry vinegar a try.
Anyway, check it out and see if you come away with a couple ideas to take with you into this new year.
January 8, 2009
In the spirit of the New Year, it's time for another list update:
4. Visit Barcelona to meet my new nephew (Going next month. Can't wait!)
5. Write letters to 3 friends (Christmas cards don't count!)
6. Sign up for a yoga class (this one may not happen, but I did do a couple yoga videos at home.)
8. Organize our office desk at home
10. Get rid of my wedding dress (if no takers on Craig's List, then donate) (Update: Okay, now my sister and SIL insist that I give it to someone in the family instead. So family - any takers?)
15. Watch Fantasia again
17. Do some lessons in my Spanish instruction book - work towards doing one per week
20. Host a brunch for some friends and little ones (This continues to be postponed due to our next phase of house renovations. It may not make the deadline, but I am determined to do it.)
21. Eat dinner at Blue Ginger, or maybe No. 9 Park if I'm really good (We had lunch at Blue Ginger, but I think we'll do dinner later this month.)
22. Go sledding with my boys (I need to figure out how to talk the little boy into wearing snow pants and boots first.)
24. Surprise my husband with homemade chocolate pudding (I got the ramekins for Christmas, so I can do this soon.)
25. Organize my CDs (Will this ever actually happen?)
27. Organize drawers in the little boy's room (No idea what stops me from doing this one.)
30. Pick out window treatments for our new downstairs windows
January 7, 2009
*The little boy, his grandma, two lovely aunties, and Pooh.
January 6, 2009
This Chunky Vegetarian Chili may be my new favorite chili. I've posted my standard go-to chili recipe (the easiest chili recipe ever!), and it's still very good, but seriously, I think this vegetarian version is just as easy and even tops it in taste.
The tablespoon of brown sugar gives it just a little bit of sweetness that blends so well with the usual chili spices. It still mostly uses pantry items - just need a couple peppers and onions. And it doesn't take long to make. Once you get it simmering in the pot, you have just enough time to tidy up and throw in a batch of corn bread.
Oh, and a bonus for all the moms out there: My son adores this chili! We ate it a couple nights ago, and he kept saying "Mmm! Nummy beans!"
This is now permanently in our dinner rotation. You should seriously think about adding it to yours.
January 5, 2009
We took advantage of our holiday vacation time to get to the movie theater. It felt very freeing, sipping an orange Fanta and watching a movie with a crowd. (Since the little boy was born, I can count the number of movies I've seen in the theater on one hand.)
We saw Slumdog Millionaire. If it's playing in your area, I highly recommend it. There were a couple other movies I wouldn't have minded seeing, but I'm very happy we chose this one. Tragic and extremely brutal at times, it is ultimately uplifting, and we left the movie with smiles on our faces.