Archive for September, 2008

30
Sep
08

Champagne-Maraschino Punch

A friend suggested this one to me. I haven’t tried it yet, but I thought it would make a great girlie drink!

Champagne-Maraschino Punch

INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp. Orange Bitters
6 oz. Brandy
48.0 oz. Champagne
6 oz. Cherry Liqueur
1 Lemon Slice
2 Orange Slices

Put all ingredients except the champagne in a punch bowl. Refrigerate this mix for about one hour. When the punch is to be served, add a block of ice and then pour in the champagne, stir gently.

27
Sep
08

Nails

I don’t bother painting my fingernails except for special occasions anymore. I’m always amazed by moms who can keep manicures. I’m just not talented enough. Mine chip or peel or I chew them. My toes are a different story, though. I’m a sucker for a pedicure! It just feels so good and looks so pretty! Especially on those days when I barely get a shower in, I like to have pretty toes. Reminds me that I was a wife before I was a mommy.

Last January when I visited Abbea, she introduced me to Creative Sticky Start and Super Shiney Finish. They are about $6 – $7 for a half ounce and worth every penny! I apply a coat of Sticky Start right before my polish. I usually wait until the next day to apply the Super Shiney Finish on top, simply because I want to make sure the 2 foundational coats dry through before putting on the last one….and because I don’t have the time to sit still for more then 10 minutes. Having a quality bottom and top coat has allowed me to quit investing in expensive nail polishes. I just use BonBons (you know, the cheap kind from Walmart for 88 cents a bottle!) now and the color lasts on my toes for 2+ weeks looking glossy and fabulously chip-less!

26
Sep
08

late september at the cutting gardens

If you were to go to the cutting gardens now, these are the flowers you would find. If you go next week, Jane will have her big pumpkin display with all the perfect little gourds for your fall table.

This picture shows two of my favorite little ‘weird’ flowers for bouquets. That fuzzy brainy looking thing in the middle-ish is called cockscomb, and I first saw it used in a bridal bouquet a little over two years ago, and it was amazing (they used the hot pink, which is also in this bouquet). It gives just enough odd texture to really round out a traditional bouquet. The other flower I love is the little red clover-like flowers a little higher in the bouquet. Group three of them together like I did here, and they make a nice little detail on a smaller scale. My mom and I also used these two flowers in what I think is the most beautiful bridal bouquet she’s ever done (and she’s probably done thirty or so). This was the bouquet for my friend Emily, who incidentally will be celebrating her 2nd Anniversary in about two weeks! Happy (early) Anniversary to Emily and Toby!

26
Sep
08

finished bag!

Well here it is, all complete. Could do with some tweaking if I were to make it again, but all in all a decent success. It’s got one pocket on the outside for my phone/keys, an elasticized pocket along one side inside, and an elasticized pocket on one end on the inside for sippy cups or whatever. And I think I’m more in love with the fabric than ever.

24
Sep
08

A&D disaster

So the other day, my little angel of a daughter found her tube of A&D ointment and decided to have a heyday with it while I was in the shower. It was on the filing cabinet, the leather chair, the Bible, the door knob, and most importantly, her hair, face, hands, and arms. When I say it was in her hair, I mean it was John-Travolta-Greased-Lightning in her hair. Slicked all the way through. After five or six shampooings, I began searching for tricks online for getting the ointment out of her hair. The best (and most effective) tip I found was to douse her hair with cornstarch to absorb all the oil. It worked pretty well, and made her look hilarious.

Now, nearly a week later, the oil is completely gone and she’s searching out new ways to get into mischief.

24
Sep
08

bag progress

So this is what the bag looked like about a week ago (it’s actually finished now, but I thought I’d keep the suspense and keep posting “in-progress” photos). The outside is together, the inside is together, now I just have to put in the zipper and attach the handle (that oughta be easy, right?!?).

22
Sep
08

chicken pepperonata

I’ll start off by saying that this is not my favorite kind of dish. Recipes that involve chicken, a can of tomato anything, and simmering covered on my stove usually do not do it for me (I’ve just never been impressed with the flavors). This one wasn’t stunning either, but it was pretty healthy and I think it has some potential for tweaking, and so I’m posting it. The part that we loved was the way the chicken turned out – flavorful and moist. So in the future I’ll try using carrots and broccoli instead of the peppers, or something along those lines (just to get the general steaming effect on the chicken).

Chicken Pepperonata

2 chicken breasts, cut in half (or thirds)
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 each of red, yellow, and green peppers, sliced thinly
1 can (14 oz or so) diced tomatoes
a few dashes of oregano

Mix the flour and salt together and toss with the chicken. Heat the oil and sear the chicken quickly until lightly browned on all sides, then remove from the pan.

Saute the onion until soft, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, peppers, tomatoes, and oregano and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and place the chicken on top and then salt and pepper to taste. Cover and let simmer for 20-25 minutes.




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