Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Best. Christmas. Ever.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tis the Week Before Christmas
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Pointy Ears, Penguins & Buttercream Snow!
For more information on Ashley and her cupcakes, you can find her on Facebook! Group Name is "Custom Cupcakes by Ashley"
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The Best Looking 80 Year Old I Know...
Monday, December 14, 2009
The Bean is a Dream!
I just enjoyed an extra long weekend with Mark and dare I say the highlight of our Christmas-y time together was introducing him to the Bean in downtown Chicago's Millennium Park!! My second trip to the windy city at Christmas time did not disappoint...there is something so magical about Chicago, especially lit up with twinkle lights. Of course I am biased, but how cute do we look standing in front of this metal masterpiece!? Despite Jack Frost doing more than nipping at my nose, I survived the North Pole like conditions and spread pixie dust all around!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Jack Frost nipping at my nose
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Not too hot. Extra chocolate. Shaken, not stirred.
- 1 mug of cozy hot chocolate
- A quick pour of Peppermint Schnapps (optional)
- Garnish with mini marshmallows and a candy cane!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Smells Like Christmas
- The peelings of one grapefruit
- The peelings of one orange
- A few cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon of whole allspice
- 1 tablespoon of whole cloves
Friday, December 4, 2009
If I Was a Storybook Character...
Monday, November 23, 2009
*photo courtesy of musingsofamuse.com
Monday, November 16, 2009
Red Cup Day!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday Night Pizza with my Blonde Twin
- Whole wheat pizza crust (I use Trader Joe's)
- Olive oil
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- Artichoke hearts
- Sundried tomatoes
- Shredded mozzarella
- Fresh cracked pepper
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The Law of the Garbage Truck
The Law of the Garbage Truck
One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxidriver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driverof the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!' This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.' He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home or on the streets. The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so..... 'Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.' Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!
Peace & Love
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Pumpkin Pie Dip
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 8 oz. cream cheese (I used fat free)
- 8 oz. solid packed pumpkin
- 2- 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 jar of marshamellow fluff
We Don't do Tricks- Only Treats
The caution tape was put up once the jack-o-lanterns came to life.
Monday, November 2, 2009
It's Red Again!
I am no frills coffee drinker as I prefer a well roasted and brewed bean with some nonfat flavored creamer, but Starbucks sees a lot of Nina when the sleigh bells start to jingle. The little red cups also mean the addition of friendly holiday beverages like eggnog cappucinos, gingersnap lattes and the one that tugs at my heartstrings the most- peppermint mochas delicately kissed with red sprinkles atop the playful puff of whipped cream.
The weather outside it about to get frightful so frolick to Starbucks and pick up something delightful!
*Photo courtesy of flickr.com
Sunday, November 1, 2009
This is Fall Bliss
- Lightly sprinkle each side of the chop with salt & pepper
- Dip each side in egg
- Cover in bread crumbs
- Drizzle a pan with a bit of olive oil
- Brown each side for 2-3 minutes
- Nestle all pork chops in a baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes on 350 degrees
Friday, October 30, 2009
Nuts for Nutella
Friday, October 23, 2009
A Sweet Guest Appearance
By: Lindsey "Sweet" Brewer
Ladies and Gents… If you have not already you need to Google Dean and Deluca, and find the closest one to you right away. I ventured over to the lovely little complex of Stonecrest this afternoon to grab a yummy bite of lunch with who you all know as Nina, but to me is Sweet Nitro. Upon entering the quaint sandwich bar/coffee house/gourmet grocery store, we were greeted with little bites of heaven known to most as Candy Corn… The deluxe version of course. As we made our way to the salad/sandwich bar, we passed little cocktail size tables, just big enough for a salad, a drink, and a lovely magazine or book. (what a great way to spend an afternoon!) I was greeted by the sandwich maker with, “Hi Welcome to Dean and Deluca, what can I get for you today?” I requested a tomato, basil, and mozzarella sandwich, and please add onions. I was not prepared for the lovely little gift that the sandwich maker would soon present me with. It was on the perfect baguette, crunchy on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside. The extra virgin olive oil saturated the bread that made it even more savory that it had ventured out to be. The basil was fresh, and had just enough crunch to make it lettuce like, but with much more to offer in the flavor department. The tomatoes were large, thick cut, and lightly brushed with salt and pepper. To top it all off, the caramelized onions on top gave the sandwich a tangy yet sweet little kick, in the middle of all the warmth of the bread and creamy mozzarella. As a side I chose to test out the Dean and Deluca Spicy Potato Chips,that claimed to be made from, “The largest and most flavorful potatoes we could find.” And yes, they delivered! They had just enough spice to make them interesting without overpowering. I finished the meal off with Sparkling Clementine Izze beverage. Perfect little mix of sparkling water with a light orange flavor that is sweet without being sugary. If I have not sparked your interest with this meal, I encourage you strongly to go see what little treasures Dean and Deluca has in store for you.