Thursday, November 29, 2007
...... can I tell you a secret? Are you ready? Do you think you can handle it? Okay, here it goes...
it was my birthday yesterday :) I spent a very nice low key night watching Jim play softball after a day of relaxing and shopping! I think we are going to head out at some point this weekend to do a little celebrating with friends! :) It was very nice turning 21 this year!!!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
We were able to get a picture of the kids being really cute. They normal don't lie so close to each other mostly because Taylor doesn't care for Chewie laying near her. But while watching a movie, we noticed that they were really close to each other so Jim jumped up to take a picture.
We had a cold spell last weekend, so I thought i would try to keep the dogs warm with a sweatshirt. Taylor wasn't to keen on the sweatshirt idea, she kept running around trying to get it off.
Our great feast!
The hubby and I
This is Jace, Lori and Charles third child. He wasn't quite ready to wake up from a nap :)
This was a very cool cat. He seemed like he actually liked being held upside down. I want a cat like that!!!
They also had rabbits! They were so cool and very soft!
Who is that crazy lady in the mirror!!?!?!
The kids were playing in the back of their land.
Lori, Charles, Julie, Jim and I
Playing around on the kiddie chair. Thank gawd I didn't break it :)
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The big goal these days is to pack so little that you can carry on your bag. That means doing more with fewer clothes -- in other words, it's a question of style. Who better to help than Clinton Kelly, cohost of TLC's "What Not to Wear"? Budget Travel asked him to teach our editorial production manager, Lauren Feuer, how to pack for a long weekend in the Berkshires.
Clinton Kelly, co host of TLC's "What Not to Wear" coaches Lauren Feuer on what to pack for a long weekend.
"I'm the master of the three-day weekend," says Clinton. "I haven't checked a bag in four years!" (With all the traveling he does, he says, the time involved with checking bags was adding up to at least one day a year.)
Enough about Clinton: Let's get to packing. "Well, the good news is, I don't see anything that I immediately want to throw out," he said, looking into Lauren's closet.
Packing with Clinton
The big rule: "Nothing gets packed unless it goes with at least two other pieces. In fact, be careful whenever you buy something that only goes with one thing. You get stuck."
Commit to neutrals on half the body: "Let's do neutral bottoms. We're going to bring one pair of jeans, one skirt and one pair of trousers." Clinton bails on the skirt when the one he likes doesn't go with anything else, opting for cropped black pants instead. "Gray is the easiest neutral to make work for day and evening. Brown is OK, but it can end up being too casual, especially for men."
Darker jeans are better: He chooses darker jeans because they can be dressed up for dinner. "Straight-leg jeans are preferable to wide-leg ones, for the same reason."
The other half gets patterns: "A shirt with a pattern goes well with a neutral bottom. I'm no big fan of jeans and a solid -- even though I'm wearing it now." You can mix prints if they're in the same color family and you vary the patterns' sizes.
Keep secondary colors consistent: He throws in an extra knit (a pink top), because it'll go with the jeans and the trousers. "The fewer colors you have, the more likely it is that different pairings will work."
Accessorize strategically: "The right shoes and jewelry can take an outfit up or down." It's fine to mix gold and silver, but when you're traveling, it's easier to stick to one. "Dramatic earrings like these will make this outfit dressier."
On the actual packing: "Wear bulkier items on the plane, so you have more space inside the bag." He puts the jewelry in Ziploc bags to protect it, then stuffs the bags inside the shoes. Next he packs the shoes, in shoe bags, in the bottom of the suitcase.
An excuse to go shopping: "A cotton or poly jersey dress, like a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress, is great for traveling. You just roll it up in a ball." Finally, Clinton says V-necks are better than crewnecks. "They elongate the neckline, which makes you look taller. And that makes you look thinner. I've never met a woman who didn't want to look thinner!"
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I thought you might get a kick to see what I was wearing while out front holding Christmas lights and taking pictures. My dog print flannel pants and my red house shoes. I wonder what the neighbors think of me.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
5 tomatoes (I only had three tomatoes)
Monday, November 19, 2007
I had the great pleasure of taking pictures of Kenzie (16 months) and CD (7 months). They were so cute and did quite well while I was taking pictures of them. We took a few photos in Krista's house (Kenzie's mom and my friend) and then we headed out to a park near their house.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I met up with some friends for dinner and drinks last night. We headed to Berryhill Grill...hmmm, was that the name? I know at least part of the name is Berryhill. I had a tasty fish taco along with a strawberry margarita. As we finished our dinners, we decided to head over to Erin's house since she lived really close to the restaurant. Her house is gorgeous! They are still in the middle of renovating it, so they don't have all of their furniture in it. We got a little crazy, laughed a ton, and talked about everything!!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
(Bon Appétit, July 2007)
1 tablespoon peanut oil
2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
11/2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon (or more or less, to your taste) hot chili oil (next time I'll use more, cause we couldn't taste it)
11/2 teaspoons salt
1 pound fresh Chinese egg noodles (about 1/16 inch in diameter) or fresh angel hair pasta (I used the fresh pasta)
12 green onions (white and pale green parts only), thinly sliced (only used 4 green onions)
1 medium carrot thinly slivered
1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted peanuts (oops.. forgot the peanuts)
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh Thai basil leaves (or sweet basil, if Thai isn't available)
Note: If your grocery store doesn't carry hot chili oil, try using chili paste, which is usually available.
Heat peanut oil in small skillet over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Transfer to large bowl. Add next 6 ingredients; whisk to blend.Place noodles in sieve over sink. Separate noodles with fingers and shake to remove excess starch. Cook in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool. Drain thoroughly and transfer to bowl with sauce. Add sliced green onions and carrots, toss to coat noodles. Let stand at room temperature until noodles have absorbed dressing, tossing occasionally, about 1 hour. Stir in peanuts and basil; toss again. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature
I also sauteed some chicken and a half of an onion to add to the noodles. We really liked this dish, and will have it again. I was a little worried because I'm not a huge ginger fan, but it was mild enough that it wasn't a dominate taste. I think I might even add some cucumbers next time for a different texture.