Friday, December 30, 2011

How To Package Gift Cards

I always struggle with how to package gift cards.  Because for me, the best part of Christmas is the gift wrapping.  That's not even an exaggeration.  Hands down, my favorite part of the holiday!  But I usually give family teenagers gift cards because I just never know what to buy those boys and that's all they really want anyway.

This year I used some Chinese takeout boxes (they are new- from the craft store) and paper shred.  Very simple but I thought it really jazzed up a boring little gift card. 




Simply add some paper shred to the bottom of the box.  Place gift cards or scratch lotto tickets or movie theater tickets in the center.  Add more paper shred on top of the cards/tickets.






Tie a bow to the handle- simple for a boy and as fluffy and elaborate as you can imagine for a girl.  And there you have it.  Very easy but more fuss than a plain envelope.


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Easy Bow

OK so I threw this together when wrapping gifts a few days before Christmas and never had time to blog it.  But the idea applies to any girly gift.  So you can certainly do this with birthday gifts too.




So simple really.  I love gift toppers.  And I love beautiful bows.

I found this hair bow in the $1 section at Target a while ago and saved it.  I knew I'd find a use for it eventually.  So instead of making a big loopy bow on this one gift for a special little girl, I just tied the ribbon in a knot and clipped the hair bow on top. 




Easy peasy lemon squeezy.  And cute too!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

War Horse


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Several weeks ago I had the good fortune to attend a pre-screening of the new film, War Horse.  Having little knowledge of the film prior to viewing, I wasn't exactly sure what I was in for.  It sounded like it might be about a war or horses, neither being my cup of tea normally.  But it was directed by Stephen Spielberg, and his work is often flawless.  I was curious and do love a chance to see a pre-screening....so I went.

Let me just say here and now that I think everyone should go see this movie!  The cinematography was stunning.  The story, based on both a children's novel and a Broadway play, was powerful and emotional and just plain awesome.  I cried a lot.  It's not giving anything away to say that there are many peaks and valleys in the film.  I think that impressed me the most about the story- how there were so many surprising twists and turns.  It has a broad appeal too, as both men and women will enjoy it.  Honestly, I am not into horses at all.  It doesn't matter a smidge.  I've been praising this film to the moon and back for weeks.  My only advice is to bring a box of tissues. 

Bottom line: War Horse is phenomenal!  Emotionally exhausting but completely fabulous!  I loved it!  I cannot stop telling people to go see this film.  I mean, I've heard mediocre reviews at best about other big films out right now.  Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to War Horse.  I promise you will not be disappointed!


I was not asked to do a write up of any sort.  The post and all opinions within are my own.  I just really really loved this movie and wanted to share in case y'all were looking for a recommendation.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Most Bizarre Airport Story

I have been meaning to type this story up for more than a month now.  Nearly two months actually.  That is how far behind I am in blogging (and everything else in my life).  Eeks! 

So background.  I went to the November AJLI ODI in Orlando with one of my fellow Junior League board members.  I thought for sure I would get to meet some of y'all there but when I asked and asked on Twitter, no one spoke up that they were coming too.  Bummer.

Anyway, we flew Southwest and had a stop at BWI.  This was the Thursday before the conference. 

So we are in the Southwest terminal of BWI after getting dinner, just waiting for our flight that is still a good hour away from leaving.  We're right next to the check in stand and also next to the rocking chairs.  When we hear a commotion sort of right behind us.  Whip our heads around to see an old lady, who was not a day shy of 75, fussing at the Southwest representative.

It seems that the flight was overbooked and this lady was the last to check in (it never ceases to amaze me how many people are unaware that you need to check in online 24 hours in advance) so she was on the bump list unless/until they could find others willing to give up their seats.  And she was screaming mad about it.  The SW rep was trying to explain that they were very sorry and would ask for volunteers to give up seats but had to wait until closer to the flight.  But the old lady would not let the SW lady get a word in edge wise.  She just kept screaming "They stole my seat, they stole my seat!" at the top of her lungs and waving her fingers in the face of the SW rep.

The finger waving and up in her face became an issue though.  The SW rep must have asked her to calm down and take a step back a dozen times.  But it just fired the old lady up more.  When the SW rep warned that she would have to call security if the old lady didn't take a step back, the old lady then starting screaming "Go ahead and call them to arrest me!  You stole my seat!!  Just arrest me!"

So security was called.  Rightfully so.  You can't just act like that in an airport (or anywhere but especially an airport) these days.  However, this is where things get strange.  Er.  Stranger.

So it takes BWI security a good 10-15 minutes to appear.  Not even kidding.  So let's hope if there is ever a major concern at an airport, it's not in Baltimore.  While waiting for security, the old lady was going back and forth to her wheelchair (which she clearly did not need as evidenced by all her standing and flailing and walking about) to put her bags in the seat of the wheelchair.  Then she would take up screaming again at the SW rep.  And sometimes to anyone who would listen.  Eventually, security starting rolling in.  Literally.  Two arrived on those stand up scooter things.  And others meandered over.  Taking their sweet ole time.

Now one might think that the eventual appearance of 6-8 airport security officers would make one hush up and sit down with her tail between her legs.  One might think.  But not in this case.  Oh this only added to the drama.  Because now not only was the old lady causing a scene, but just the grouping of the crackpot security team around her make it appear like a scene.  If you know BWI, you know that this is taking place sort of at the start of the Southwest wing.  So every single flight that was going in and out of there played wittiness to this.  And when a flight down the way would let out, there would be this mass flux of people.  As soon as the increased passenger flow began, she would wail louder and louder.  "You stole my seat!"  And it got more elaborate to also include, "I need to get to Orlando for my surgery tomorrow!  I am having surgery and now I can't get there because you stole my seat."  All the while, the SW rep is still trying to explain that if she will please just calm down she will work to find her a seat. 

But this lady was off her rocker.  She then began getting in the face of not only the SW rep but also the one female security officer (The other 5-7 male officers just stood there, saying not a damn thing, in a circle, like bumps on a log, making matters worse.  Not helping at all.).  She was waving her hands in their faces and screaming at them and was completely confrontational. 

So after another dozen warnings and pleas to calm down, they put handcuffs on her!

Oh it gets worse...

This cuffing happened to take place exactly as a big flight was getting off a plane so there were maximum viewing opportunities.  Dozens of people standing there videoing it on iPhones.  Adding fuel to old lady fire.  So what does she do when handcuffed?  Well she doesn't take it lightly.  But does take it lying down.

So as they are cuffing her, she is WAILING at the top of her lungs that they are breaking her arms and begging onlookers to please help her.  Those just getting off planes, have not seen the 25 or more minutes leading up to this, so they are all shouting at the crackpot BWI security team to let her go. 

Chaos, y'all!

Eventually, they get her handcuffed.  But they use two sets of cuffs so that one set is on the right arm and the second set is on the left arm and the two extra cuffs are linked together.  So her arms are behind her back but not tightly behind her back. 

She is still WAILING that they have broken her arms, she is having surgery tomorrow, and of course, stolen her seat.

And that's when it goes from bad and bizarre, to worse.

She.  Lays.  Down!  Just plops down on her back and "broken" handcuffed arms.

To recap.  Old lady somewhere in the range of 70-100.  Agile.  Crazy.  Screaming and in your face mad.  25 mins later, finally handcuffed.  Now flops down on the ground.  In the middle of one of our nation's busiest airports.

But because she is now refusing to get up off the ground and claiming broken arms and much needed surgery, the crackpot security team won't touch her.  Not a finger.  Lawsuit-itis.  So they call paramedics.  Who, in the vein of the crackpot security team, also took their sweet time showing up.  A good 10 or more minutes later, two paramedics roll up with a gurney to a scene of complete chaos.

You don't think that the lady was quiet on the floor do you?  Oh no no no.  Every time the crowds would die down, she would be quiet.  But three minutes later when there were new crowds, she would get back into full swing.  Wailing and screaming. 

So one of the paramedics keeps asking her to get up but she says she can't because her arms are behind her back and now broken.  And she needs surgery tomorrow.  And they stole her seat.  And the additional, "my mother just died."  At that point I starting laughing.  There is no way her mother just died.  Unless you consider 50 years ago "just."  At this point I am lined up in my A line to board.  As we were all lining up, a lady next to me says, "you know, I was walking up to the stand to offer her my seat when the security team showed up and made everyone back up."  So if the crazy lady would have just calmed down for 30 seconds, all of this could have been solved. 

As I was walking to board, the paramedics convinced security to uncuff her so she could sit up, because she claimed she could not sit up without being uncuffed.

Now here are a few things I find curious...

First, the severe length of time it took for security and paramedics to show up.  And the mosey pace they took.  Let us all hope that no true airport emergencies occur in Baltimore!

Second, I never saw an ounce of news coverage of this event.  I checked everywhere and never found a whisper.  That shocks me.  If a politician or movie star sneezes or yawns, that image is plastered all over every possible platform.  This felt like a big story to me and it was nowhere to be found.

Third, while I think that the Southwest reps handled themselves well and had every right to call for more help, I do not think that the security team handled things well.  From the length of time it took to get there and even do anything once there, to the number of officers just standing around doing nothing and causing a bigger scene, to how they physically handled the old lady.  She had that wheelchair sitting off to the side.  Now, they didn't actually realize it was hers I suspect.  I mean, she was standing and walking just fine.  But they should have at the very least, called for another wheelchair and then cuffed her to the chair.  Then wheeled the chair off to a quiet room.  This woman was causing a fuss because she was enjoying being the center of attention.  Take away the attention and I suspect she would have quieted down and acted normal in two minutes flat.  Instead, this went on for 45 minutes that I witnessed.  And likely lasted longer given that she was still on the floor as I was boarding the plane.

Fourth, I hope this lady is now on a no fly list.  While I don't think the crackpot BWI security team did a particularly good job here, she clearly cannot handle herself in an airport.  Can you imagine if she made the flight but they ran out of peanuts?  You stole my peanuts!  Emergency landing to have a peanut crazed old lady arrested.  I do believe that this woman needs to find a new mode of transportation!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice...That's What Little Girls Are Made Of

I do promise to stop this dull show and tell of stuff I've made business soon.  Actually very soon because I think I am about out of photos. 




Sad personal news.  My computer got a virus.  And in the process I lost every.  single.  thing.  I.  had.  saved.

I have not backed up a single file in a year.  Don't scold me.  It's been a hard enough week.  It's over at this point.

Um...I lost it all.  Every document, list, file, little item, big item, invoice and saddest of all...photo.

Outside of losing my everying, including my marbles, I've had a really fun week.  That I am sure I will finally blab about on here at some point. 

Just not today.




So instead, here is another sweet outfit I made for my niece, E.  If it would at all be socially acceptable, I'd make myself one to match. 


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Puff The Magic Dragon



This, my peaches, is a dragon tail.  Doesn't everyone need a dragon tail?  No?  Well I decided my Godson, J, needed a dragon tail.  So I made him one.  As his Christmas present.  He was beyond hilarious wearing it (I gave it to him early when I was visiting a few weeks ago) and roaring around the room.  Made my year to see his cuteness. 

After I finished I wished I had made it in green and blue.  But when I started, for whatever unknown reason, I was set on red and blue.  Oh well.  I doubt J cares. 




Also, and unrelated, Puff The Magic Dragon is hands down my very favorite song.  Ever.  A combo of the memories of my Daddy letting me stay up late to watch Peter Paul and Mary on PBS and the song itself.  Just thought I'd share.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bacon Jam

No fancy title.  Because it's hard to come up with words any more spectacular than bacon and jam together.  Don't squish up your face in disbelief, dear friends, like you did years ago when I posted my crockpot cherry chicken recipe.  That is in my most searched for blog posts still today.  Always amazing me, to be honest.

I found the recipe I shared yesterday for sweet potato biscuits and immediately thought that they needed bacon jam. 

Which is odd considering I've never seen nor heard of bacon jam. 

I must have read it somewhere, at some point.  Because that's a pretty random idea.  Then again, I'm full of random ideas.  So who knows.

I googled and found lots of different recipes.  None were quite what I was looking for though.  So I just sort of went with my gut and made up my own.  And am beyond pleased with the results.  So pleased that I may or may not have eaten many a spoonful just on its own.  It's seriously roll your eyes back in your head good, y'all.  It would be fabulous on anything from biscuits to pancakes to portabella mushrooms to eggs to crackers to an old rubber tire.




Without further ado, I give you...

BACON JAM!

Ingredients:
* 1 lb. of your favorite bacon
* 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
* 3 tsp. minced garlic
* 1 cup very strong brewed black coffee
* 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
* 1/4 cup brown sugar
* 1/4 cup real maple sugar
* 1/2 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper

Directions:
* Heat large, heavy pot (I used my cast iron dutch oven) up to medium-high.  Chop bacon into 1/2 inch slices with kitchen scissors or knife.  Add to screaming hot pot.  Cook down bacon until just starting to get crispy.

* Remove bacon from pot with slotted spoon, keeping as much bacon grease in pot as possible.  Set bacon in small dish off to the side for the moment.

* Add sliced onions to pot and grease.  Saute until just starting to caramelize.  I add the lid on and then stir to prevent burning every few minutes.

* About two minutes before the onions are completely caramelized, add the minced garlic.

* Add in coffee and vinegar and scrape up the goodness at the bottom of the pot.  Add back in the bacon too.

* Add brown sugar and real maple syrup.  (I would quit adding the word real if I trusted people to never use that fake crap masquerading around as maple syrup.  But I don't.)  Add in black pepper.  Stir well.

* Now you just need to cook this down to a texture that makes you slap happy.  Turn the temp a little lower and just let it thicken.  I cooked it waaaay down- it's rather thick and it's pure perfection in my mind. 


Please please tell me if you make this.  It's not low fat, clearly.  But it's also not an every day treat either.  It's a total crowd pleaser.  It's sweet and tangy and bacony and caramelized oniony and chewy and just completely awesome.  Trust me.  I would never lie to you about food, my friends.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sweet Potato Biscuits



For my Junior League Board holiday party last week, I brought mini sweet potato biscuits with this roll-your-eyes-back-in-your-head bacon jam.  Yes, I said bacon.  That recipe comes tomorrow though. 

Today, sweet potato biscuits.  If you don't eat gluten free, just use regular AP flour.  I use Better Batter GF flour though.  Where I went wrong is that I never thought to check the expiration date at the bottom of my baking powder.  Did you know that stuff even had an expiration date?  Well I guess I don't use it all that often because mine expired FOUR years ago.  Oh the shame.  So the result was that nothing really rose up fluffy.  Combine that with GF flours that don't rise either and mine were rather dense.  But everyone ate multiple, much to my surprise.  So it wasn't just me who liked them.

The moral of the story is to check the expiration dates of all your pantry foods.  Especially things you don't use all that often that sit in the back of the cupboard.



Sweet Potato Biscuits

Ingredients:
See here.

I used this gal's awesome posted recipe.  But I did a few things different so you can go there to find the recipe and if you are interested, read here for my changes.

Directions:
Again, see above link.

* I used Better Batter gluten free flour blend.  Do not use a baking mix (such as Pamela's)- that's for making pancakes.  Use a flour.  AP, Better Batter or whateveryouhaveonhand.

* I didn't use a ricer for my potatoes.  Instead I just dumped them in the food processor.  They need to be very mushy for this to work- not mostly cooked- but fully cooked and soft. 

* I also prepared about five times as much sweet potato mash as called for.  Because I doubled the recipe.  More on that in a minute.  Then I froze enough potato mash for a double batch later (or for a dinner).  And ate the rest for lunch with some butter and cinnamon.  Mmmm good!

* I did everything in my food processor.  This may or may not have contributed to the lack of rise I experienced too.  But since it was already out and dirty, I figured why mess up yet another bowl.  That's just how I roll and you should expect it by now.

* I wrapped the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes to get that butter to chill up a bit.  I rolled the dough out in small batches.

* I wanted mini biscuits and didn't have a mini cutter.  So I took an unused plastic liquid medicine measuring cup- you know the things that come on top of Nyquil that you never use.  I cut up the bottom to make myself a mini biscuit cutter.  Worked like a charm.  Necessity is the mother of all invention, you know!

* Before baking, I melted a little butter and maple syrup in the microwave for 40 seconds.  Then brushed the tops of each little baby biscuit with the mixture.  As My Martha would say, it's a good thing!

* Serve warm.  If you have to transport them to a party, pop them in the microwave for a minute before serving.  And serve with the bacon jam I will discuss tomorrow.  Because it's amazingly delish!




* I made a double recipe.  But instead of baking, I lined the biscuits all up on a baking sheet and popped that in the freezer.  Once frozen, I tossed them in a big zip top baggie.  I figured if I was taking the time to make it once, I might as well get several uses out of my efforts.  Now I have a ready to bake appy or side to a holiday meal. 


Monday, December 12, 2011

Monster Monday



For the last few years, forgiveness has been my big goal.  I'm not there yet.  But I'm working on it.  It turns out, as with many things in life, it's easier said than done.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Here Fishy Fishy



Another prezzie for J.  This was actually a belated birthday gift that I had to re-make to fit him now.  Oh but did you know that 24 mos and 2T are not the same size?  Because I didn't.  Thankfully I thought to ask J's momma, Florida, before I bought the shirt.  But I must say, that is about as dumb as it gets.  Why would you make those different sizes?  When you are two years old, aren't you also 24 months old?

But I digress...

I was worried I would have to explain that the J was also a fish hook but when I asked everyone if they "got it" they looked at me as if I was insane.  Of course they got it.  There wasn't much to get.  No riddle involved.  Ha.  I think I make a lot of my life more complicated and worked up than needed. 


Thursday, December 8, 2011

FREE One Year Subscription To Martha



I know, two posts in one day.  So unlike me.  But this is highly important.  Click the image above to request a FREE one year subscription to Martha Stewart Living magazine.  This is the only way I get magazines now because I know I can eventually find them all for free.  Woo hoo!  If you already have a subscription, as I do (what crafty/foody girl doesn't?!), just call in a week or two when you feel like it has all been processed and ask them to run your subscriptions back to back. 

Anyway, hurry!  These things tend to go super quickly.  You have to take a silly little survey.  Seriously takes under five minutes from start to finish.  No credit card info required.


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Help A Girl Out

Y’all, will you please do me a favor? Tell me to just do it. I have three projects in front of me and I know exactly what I need to do to start them. But I am nervous things will go awry as I have yet to figure out precisely what to do once I get going. Fear of the unknown tends to hold me back a lot in life the older I get.  A terrible trait!


And in return, sweet peaches. If you need a little encouragement too, just say the word. I am more than happy to cheer you on in your projects, goals and ventures.



XOXO,
KK

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sassy First Taste Of Lilly



This was a little outfit I made for my sugar sweet niece, E, whom I was finally able to meet and smother a few weeks back.  Please don't think I am bragging in any way when I tell you that I LOVE those jeans with pink and zebra ribbon ruffles.  Hello are they not deslih?!  Hoping her momma sends me a photo when she is finally big enough to wear them. 




The shirt fabric is actually a Lilly Pulitzer print.  Of course I had to give my E a little Lilly.  Just a given!  E looks adorable nudie tudie but I am fairly certain she will look super adorable in her sassy jeans and ruffles outfit too.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Fat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Calorie Free Cupcakes



When shared with your favorite toddler, trust me, they taste ah-maz-ing.

I won't lie. It was one of those projects that I thought would be quick and ended up taking about a dozen hours. True story. I did not use a pattern and sewed it all by hand. Nothing was complicated. At all. But holy heck was this a time sucking project. And I swore up and down that I would never attempt a felt food project again.

Seeing the fun that my Godson had playing with them though... Makes it all so worth it.




Next up I want to make sushi. Because like most things in life, as time passes, so does the painful memory. And I've convinced myself 46 other projects are a life necessity.


I made the pink, green, lemon slice cupcake to remind my Godson of his Auntie KK!

I've Seen The Commercials And Other Kardashian Business

***Note: I have been trying to publish this and two other posts for days now and Blogger is just being ridiculous.  It changes my scheduled posts to drafts totally randomly and drives me batty.  Anyone else having this issue too?  For me it's been going on for close to a year now.


My father.  God bless him.  He's such a dad.  Just your typical, dorky daddy who is not at all in tune with pop culture.

So we are at a local holiday event last night and on the walk there, he starts telling me about this headline news story that he had just read online.  It went something like this...

Dad: So I was reading news updates online and the latest story (and he's super proud that he is breaking this news piece to me, by the way) is that the oldest Kardashian sister (I immediately start giggling hearing my dad reference the K family), who already has one baby with that jerk guy, is pregnant again.  And they are barely speaking.

Me: Who is barely speaking?

Dad: The oldest Kardashian sister and the father of her baby.  But it's the same father for the second baby too.

Me: How do you know they are barely speaking? (Curious as all get out because I don't even watch the show so for all I know, dad has some sort of tacky trashy Kardashian insight here.)

Dad: I've seen the commercials.

And that my friends, is how we break news up here in the North Pole.  From a sweet old man via either CNN, the local newspaper or AOL online news tickers.


But it gets better....


He also told me that the night before was the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting/music concert on TV.  I immediately quipped that I was bummed I didn't know it was on/wasn't home to watch it.  But before I could finish he went into great detail regarding why it was a horrible show. 

Tony Bennett can't sing.  (I agree.) 

Faith Hill cancelled because it was her daughter's birthday but dad suspects there is something else going on because she obviously knew the date of her daughter's birth when she booked the gig and it's all very suspicious.  (I agree it does sound fishy but it was hilarious how much it bothered him and then hearing him say that he thinks there is more to that story made me laugh so hard.) 

He complained about someone else but he couldn't remember the singer's name.  (Which is typically how these story's go with dad.) 

He said Michael Buble didn't dance and rather just stood there.  (I was like, well he's not a pop star.  He doesn't dance.  He's like a contemporary Sinatra.)  Dad didn't like my answer.  Apparently according to him, if you are going to do this big show you need more to your bit than just standing there.

But according to daddy-o, the biggest miss of the night was a duet between Justin Bieber and Usher.  (Now dad had no idea who Usher was- side note I actually love me some Usher- and was like, he seems like he has a very nice voice.)  But Usher's voice was much better than Justin's and it didn't look like they practiced whatever it was that they did.  (I explained that Justin was 15- he is right?  And Usher is my age.)

Now this story might not translate as funny but I want this memory recorded.  You see, dad is terrible with people details.  If a family member has a baby and he goes to see the baby and I ask him about it.  He will be able to (most of the time) tell me the gender.  But never the name.  Ever.  And he would never think to ask how the mother is recovering, etc.  That's just an example to note that he doesn't even think of a fraction of the questions running through my noggin every two minutes.  He's a dad.

So the fact that dad was so hot and bothered by these two pop culture situations and remembered details is so funny to me. 

And proof that everyone has an opinion when it comes to any of the Kardashian sisters!  Even if their sources are news tickers and commercials.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Waste Not, Want Not

Instead of a list of excuses why I've been absent from blogville, I'm just jumping back in with an easy little post.  I have missed y'all, though!

Ever have leftover whipped cream after holidays and family gatherings?  I do every year and end up just throwing it away.  Until this year.

Now I know that whipped cream is not a big deal.  Or it's not to me anyway.  But it is really nice to top a hot cup of cocoa or even coffee (If you've never tried it, you must!  So decadent) in the long cold winter months.  So I hate to throw away something that I might really enjoy in the coming weeks.

So after I was done using the vanilla bean whipped cream on apple pie, I re-whipped it to get it nice and stiff again.  Then scooped it into a zip top sandwich baggie and cut off a corner.  I piped little dollops onto a cookie sheet pan and popped it into the freezer for an hour or two.  Once frozen, I tossed the little frozen whipped cream puffs into another zip top baggie and back into the freezer.

I won't use these to top pie or berries as it will lose some of it's umph once defrosted.  But instead, I plan to take out a little whipped cream puff now and then to top cocoa or coffee.  Sounds like a good treat after spending an hour shoveling my car out of the snow!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

To Tide You Over...

I did not in fact fall off the face of the Earth.  I've actually had a ton of fun this month.  And been sick.  And kissed my Godson and his little sister over and over and over again.  While sick.  Don't worry, they're fine.  And cried because I had to leave them.  Like on an airplane in an aisle seat where everyone could see me bawling.  Whatever.  It's not like I will ever see those 200 fellow passengers again.  I hope.  I've also had lots of meetings and other normal stuff that manages to fill up my every waking moment.

So this month, blogging just didn't make the cut.  I will get back on here.  Really.  Next week, if not earlier.  I have some fun projects to show you. 

Until then though, here are some awesome posts that I read last night on a few of my favorite blogs.  Consider this a little intro to some new (and fantastic) reading material.  Let me know what you think...

Oh sweet Tyler!  I love this girl and wish we lived closer as I am pretty sure she would be great fun over drinks, girl talk and SEC football. 


Read this post and then do yourself a favor and read her entire blog.  Your life will be forever changed by Courtney's words and it will make you feel extra thankful for all you have this Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Dear Santa,




I need these.  You understand.  Seeing as how we both live in the frigid North Pole.

Kisses,
KK

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Is Anyone Surprised That Kim Kardashian Is Getting Divorced?



I've not watched the Kardashian's in years but I've seen countless commercials for the show.  And every time, despite my eye rolls of the the K sisters, I think that Kris guy sounds like a total jerk.  Even worse than Scott. 

My point is that even though I never watch the show and think they are all more ridiculous than the next, I totally saw this coming. 




Yawn.  Yesterday's news.  She'll probably get married to someone even taller next season.  I just hope she's learned her lesson to never wear a dangly head piece again.  That's the true tragedy here.


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Seriously, nothing good could ever come from having these three fools at your anything.  Don't you think they look like they belong on the next season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Trendy On The Cheap

So I mentioned yesterday that I was finally brave enough to wear my skinny jeans.  But I neglected to mention (again- because I did post this a loooong time ago) how I came to purchase them.  Or more specifically what I paid for them.

OK so as you all know, my style is classic and preppy.  I have clothes that don't fit due to an expanding waistline, but that are still perfectly in style circa middle school.  I own very little that is considered "in" or "cool."  I am surprised that skinny jeans are still en vogue to be honest.  They certainly do not flatter every body type.  And the ever popular combo of skinny legs with a low rise waist on a teen who isn't fully aware of what flatters her body (read: a size larger can sometimes make you look two sizes smaller when it means you will no longer have rolls hanging over the pants) is the cause of many (silent, in my head) gasps that anyone let you walk out of the house like that.

But last year I decided that this trend was clearly sticking around a bit longer than I anticipated.  I wanted to try them.  And then I found a coupon for $5 denim at Target.  I paired that coupon with a sale and snagged my jeans for just $4.99.  I have another (non skinny leg) pair that I actually got totally free as they were on sale for $4.99 before my $5 coupon!  That was about the max I was willing to pay for something that I knew good and well might never leave my closet.

This post has a point...I promise.

OK so the $5/1 denim coupon is back on the Target coupon page, y'all!  My advice is to print that puppy now and keep it with you when you pop into Target on errands.  It will likely make for a great deal on a pair of jeans- skinny, boot cut or otherwise.  And for anyone like me, who is too nervous to spend much on a trendy clothing item, this is a great way to step outside your box without breaking a budget.




I promise to post if I start seeing sales.  Though I've not been in any clothing sections in months as fall/winter clothes depress me.  Why oh why are maroon and evergreen the brightest colors available for sweaters?  I'm sorry, but no one looks cute in maroon.  I think I age 40 years just saying the word ... mah-roooon.  Blah!

Monday, October 31, 2011

It Only Took Me A Year

To wear my skinny jeans. 

I did it.  After owning them for a long long time.  I finally wore them out of the house on Friday.  With a green herringbone Vineyard Vines blazer over a white shirt and pearls and pink ballet flats.  I looked rather cute, if I do say so myself!

They are a little big in the waist though so I need to wear a belt with them next time.  I felt like I was obsessively pulling them up so no plumber crack action happened.  Gasp!

Other than that though, I was rather proud of myself.  In my skinny big girl britches!

Friday, October 28, 2011

It Snowed. In October.

Well it snowed here yesterday.  In October.

I know I kid that I live in the North Pole but y'all know that's a joke, right?  I don't actually live next door to Santa.  There's an entire country between me and the Clause family.  So we should not be getting snow this early in a season.  Especially when the season is technically fall.

But it snowed anyway.  Despite my well-organized protests and astute objections.  Heavy, wet, thick, messy white stuff fell from above.  In October.

It stopped before midnight, when we then experienced our first freeze.  New Englanders everywhere know that this is a fluke.  To have snow before your first hard freeze.  Though for the life of me I can't come up with why any of that matters.  But weather men like to make a big BIG to-do about the matter.

Today it's cold but sunny.  Which is lovely.  I can handle any temperature (within reason) as long as we see sunshine.  Until you turn on the dumb news again to see that the snowstorm that just passed through town is likely to double back this weekend.  A re-run.  Because we didn't get enough the first go-round.  In October.

And that is why I want to move. 

Snow is December is delightful.  January can be lovely too.  February is heavy but part of living up here.  March is wet and gross but also expected.  But October is completely unacceptable.  Quite frankly, Mother Nature, it's down right rude.

I miss summer so much it hurts.  My clothes are so much cuter in the warm summer months!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Very Fun Deal Today

Ah, I'm a stinky blogger lately.  I've just been in a strange mood.  The short of it is that I lost yet another friend to cancer this week.  And it's really hit me hard to think about my own life, being alone, etc.  I'll be fine.  I mean, it's not like there is any other option.  But I've not been in a very bloggy mood.

But to change the subject, this is a fun deal and I wanted to share should anyone want to take advantage.

Are you familiar with Eversave?  It's similar to Groupon and the like.  I continue to have a lot of success of these sites.




Well today on Eversave, you can purchase a $50 gift voucher to Abe's Market for just $25. And if you sign up today, you will automatically get $3 off for signing up with Eversave. But it gets better, y'all! If you use the code SPOOKY at checkout today only, you will get another $5 off. And...if you purchase $49 or more at Abe's Market, shipping is FREE.


So for $17, you should be able to get $50 worth of goods from Abe's Market via Eversave today!

Abe's Market is newer to me but I love love it! It's like an online store of goodness. Everything from gluten free foods, natural foods, baby items, toys, make-up, pet items, clothing and more. It's just completely awesome!

I plan to stock up on gluten free snacks. But the opportunities are really endless. Can you tell that I love this website?!

So sign up with Eversave or log into your existing account and take a glance at the daily sales. Today I am all about Abe's!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Let's Talk About Fall TV

PROJECT RUNWAY

So I can't stand Bee Keeper, Josh and Anya.  Bert is just annoying to me.  Josh is an ass.  He is just nasty to everyone and then gets upset when called out on it.  And Anya seems like a nice girl and she designs the heck out of things but it bugs me to no end that she gets away with stuff that no one else gets away with.

The judges are also so inconsistent.  Nina has personal grudges and just decides she doesn't like certain people.  And they will criticize one thing and then praise it two minutes later when Anya does the same thing. 

Laura was my favorite person so I was sad to see her go.  And Victor is probably my favorite designer.  I am bummed that Josh and pretends to know how to sew Anya are in the finale. 


THE GOOD WIFE

Wow, the show is steamy this season!  And does anyone else only ever think Mr. Big when they see Chris Noth? 


GLEE

So far it's disappointing this year.  Just not enough umph or ... I don't know.  I'll still watch but it's missing the magic from the first two seasons.


REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY

OK so I made a vow to not watch any RH show a long time ago and I've stayed true to that for the most part.  But I did catch the better part of the reunion show last night and was shocked.  I had no idea that besties Jacqueline, Caroline and Teressa were no longer.  What I got from that reunion was that no one likes Teressa, her cousin has giant eyes and a creepy husband, her sister in law thinks she is a singer (there is one on every show who suddenly thinks she is a singer- thinks being the key word of course), Jacqueline quit?, Ashley still needs military school and Caroline isn't on speaking terms with Dina (my hands down favorite housewife of all time- well her and Bethenny of course) because she is siding with Teressa.

I am actually most shocked at the Dina/Caroline fall out.  But I assume they will make up.  I'm still not watching though.  It's just better for my mental well-being.  But I sincerely hope Caroline and Dina make nicey nice.


THE SING OFF

This is the only show of any kind with judges that I will watch.  Because I love it so much!  Love love love it!  Could live without the judges, but I can overlook them for the pure amazing talent on that show. 


SISTER WIVES

I should first point out that I think the vastness of theology beyond fascinating.  Hands down my favorite topic.  If I could go back to school, I would at the very least pick up a minor in religious studies. 

But I love this show less for my fascination in extreme religions and more because they are just the sweetest family.  I can't get my mind around that lifestyle but there are lots of pretty mainstream lifestyles I can't get my mind around.  Life choices and beliefs that some of y'all might think are totally the norm and what you have done for generations.  So I don't think it's any different to be entertained by the Brown family.  I still don't quite understand why they would move to Vegas of all places, but whatever.  Their honesty and genuine nature have totally won me over.  I'd be friends with them. 


THE BIG BANG THEORY

OK so I have not watched this show from the beginning.  I watched a bunch of re-runs this summer and am only now watching the proper season.  But it's so hilarious.  It's like Friends in that you don't need to remember to watch every week to follow along.  Which is good because there are very few shows I will remember to watch every single week.  The writing and acting are all awesome but it's also so fun to see favorite faces from the early 90's on there. 


PAN AM and REVENGE

I am trying to watch both as they have a lot of potential.  But jury is still out.  Both have awesome costuming though!


OPRAH"S LIFE CLASS

Don't judge me but I think this series is completely amazing!  I never expected to love it so much but I've seen every episode (thanks to OWN running them every time I turn the TV on) and have cried during half of them.  She's kind of funny too- the bit about the Tina wig makes me laugh every time.  If you are looking for something less Housewives and more Ah-ha, I completely recommend this show.  Honestly, it's really really great.


So what are your favorite shows on TV this season?  Any new, fun shows that you think I might like?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Need Wine?



I have only recently discovered that you can get great deals, often nearly free, on wine when you buy online from a deal site. There really is a website for everything, y'all!


So here's the skinny...

It's similar to Rue.  Click the link above to Lot 18 and sign up (just your name and email). When you sign up right now, you automatically get a $15 credit. But don't buy anything yet. The key is to wait for a week when they are offering free shipping. It should make for some very inexpensive wine!

Even if you don't drink, wine makes a timeless hostess or holiday gift. It lasts forever so it won't go bad if you don't need to use it for a while. And it's a fun way to enjoy a little treat on a very budget friendly plan.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Rosie Show : Brilliant or Schizophrenic? Eh...Fine Line.

So I am a big BIG Rosie O'Donnell fan.  Big!  Huge!  I think she is so smart and funny and such a true do-gooder. 

She doesn't just put her name behind a campaign and have some company write a check on her behalf.  She doesn't even just write a check herself.  She shows up.  She actually interacts with people.  She is such a great example of "just do it" and I love and respect that.  And she follows through.  I could go on and on about how in awe I am of her personal convictions to do wonderful things in this world and to continually help others gain a better life.

And I used to love her talk show.  Bestie and I were big fans and had big dreams of going to see the show. 

So I had great expectations for her new show on OWN.  The promos for it with Oprah were pretty cute - they set the bar rather high.

But I am not sure how I feel about the show so far.  Here's why...

There's a lot going on in a one hour show.  Stand up comedy, audience questions/participation, Broadway style songs, David Letterman style songs (which I loathe by the way) with the song-writer from SNL who won an Emmy for Bleep In A Box, game show style games (also super annoying), sometimes giveaways and somewhere in the middle there's the talk show part.  Oh and sometimes there's a reality element too.  All of that in one show, y'all. 

It's just too much.  Too all over the place.  Too hard to follow.  A little bit Schizophrenic.

.....
So Rosie, let's talk.  Just us girls.  A heart to heart between old friends. 

You know I love you.  And I very much want to like your new show.  But I have some suggestions to make it better.

First, if you insist on doing the games (which I don't think you should but you clearly love them and I do believe in following one's bliss and if they are your bliss who am I to deny that to you), pick one day to do them.  Maybe do a game on Friday.  But not everyday.  They are annoying.  Not a little bit, but a lot bit.  I say that with love though.

The Letterman style songs have just got to go.  That sucks up time you could be talking to guests or doing stand up.  The songs don't translate to a TV audience as funny, Ro.  They just don't.  A DJ or just no music at all would be better. 

Focus on the strengths and do more of that.  The stand up and the talking to guests, specifically.  Lisa Kudrow was a great.  Have more guests like her, please.

Like the games that we've now decided (because I am so sure you are reading this and are nodding in agreement) to move to just one day a week, let's perhaps also move the reality behind the scenes element to one day a week too.  I get why you want in as a part of your show.  We all loved the Oprah behind the scenes show.  That was just so much fun to watch.  But maybe just do that on say, Mondays.  Or maybe a summer series when your show is on vaca. 

So here's a tweak on what you are already doing regarding the Broadway style numbers.  Maybe just do those one day a week too but get local high school kids to do them with you.  How fun for a high school kid to be on your big, fancy Rosie show with Oprah's long coveted hard wood floors!  See ... I watch.

And last (for now), why is your show on at 7PM?  Move it to 8 or 9 and I swear you will get more viewers.  At 7PM I am cooking dinner or walking the dog or sitting in a League meeting.  Thankfully you're on cable and OWN, like Bravo, tends to run in a loop.  So you are sort of always on.  But if you moved the show an hour or two later, you would likely get more viewers at the time the show first airs. 

Oh and how does one get the job as your announcer?  I'd love that gig.  How fun to answer when asked the question of what I do for a living, "Oh I am the announcer at The Rosie Show."  So much more interesting to say than the typical "I'm in consulting" blabber that everyone else says.

So there you go.  You are going to get rid of the Letterman style songs with the SNL gal (who is awesome- just not for this show format) because they are not funny and a waste of time, you are going to tailor down the games, and focus more on the talk show element.  Oh and if your current announcer gal doesn't work out, you'll call me because I think that looks like the most fun job ever.

Glad we had this chat, friend.

Hugs,
KK

Monday, October 17, 2011

Carrot Slaw

A few weeks ago I scored a great deal on carrots at the grocery store and then sort of forgot to do something with them. Typical. So this past weekend I decided they needed to be used and made a little slaw-ish salad out of them that is sooo yummy.





CARROT SALAD


Ingredients:

* Carrots
* Raisins
* Apple cider vinegar
* Maple syrup (real and only real) or honey
* EVOO
* Salt and pepper

Directions:

* Shred carrots in food processor.
* In a bowl, mix vinegar, oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper. I'm not giving measurements because it depends on how many carrots you're using. This is essentially a salad dressing though so you really can't go wrong. Just eyeball it.
* Add in carrots and raisins. Mix to incorporate. Taste to be sure you have enough seasoning and dressing. It does not need to be wet as the carrots will give off some moisture as they sit too. Just enough to coat everything.
* It's yummy right away but best if you let it sit in the fridge at least an hour.
Optional additions:
* Garlic or onion powder
* Chopped scallions
* Dried cranberries
* Raspberry vinegar (I actually used a splash or two in my salad)


I'm linked up here!

Update On Apple Contest

So I don't think I won.  Well, I know I didn't win the first round.  I was third.  Out of eight.  Don't try to sugar coat it.  Ha.  I lost that round.  Now they take the top five (So yes, the top five out of eight.  Pathetic, I know.) and some team from the news votes.  But I can't imagine they would give the win to anyone other than the top two as they had sooo many more votes than the rest of us. 

I'm bummed because I just think it would have been so fun to get to go share my recipe on the air.  But alas, it doesn't look like that's going to be in my future.  I'll live. 

And I am SOOO grateful to those of you who voted for me.  That was beyond kind!  Thank you thank you!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Favor?



I know it's so silly, but do you see that "Vote For Me" link over on the right?  It's to my local NBC affiliate website.  Would you mind voting for my Cutie Pies?  You are allowed to vote once each day, but I would be ever so grateful if you would just vote once and help me out.  At the moment, I'm totally losing.  And the voting ends on Friday.  Ha- it's really just so pathetic.  But I promise my little pies were super delish!  Worthy of a little vote.


Did Your Target Goodies Come Too?



Did you get your goody bag from Target that we all requested a month or two ago?  This was so much more fun than a stack of bills.  I am so excited about all the treats! 

* A super cute pink and purple cosmetic case
* Ponds Towelettes
* Tresemme Shampoo and Conditioner
* Garnier Pure Clean Shampoo and Conditioner
* John Frieda Shampoo and Conditioner (my new fav!)
* L'oreal Youth Code Night Cream
* Burt's Bees Lotion
* And LOTS and LOTS of coupons!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Dear Little Me

My back was turned to the TV last night but I heard some commercial where one woman asked another what advice she would give to her teenage self.  She (I believe a celebrity but again, my back was turned to the TV.) said that she would tell her teenage self not to be afraid to say no.

And I immediately in that same breath knew what advice I would give my teenage self.  And my 20-something self.  And the self who just looked at me in the mirror an hour ago.

Don't be afraid to say YES.

While I have a complete inability to say no in regards to volunteering, I do not live the rest of my life that way.  I think in some ways I live in fear of the yes.

What if I say yes and then I fail?  What if I say yes and everyone thinks I am insane?  I am generally considered to be left of center.  Just not the norm.  Unique.  And while I embrace my "specialness" on most days, I don't like the idea of being thought of as weirder, nerdier or crazier than I already am. 

But in the process to be, what in my little head I have always referred to as a C (not as in C grade, but as in average), I tend to sit while others stand and run and bounce.  I don't take risks that come so easily to others.  I am stiff.  I am manicured (not my nails though because I don't like my fingernails to be painted). 

I absolutely know the root of this part of my personality.  It stems 100% from my childhood.  Which was a hot mess of yuck and abuse.  My life goal was to just blend in and go unnoticed.  My daily life already made me stand out in unpleasant ways.  And I have forever been both creative and academic.  Kids don't generally dig being different though and I was no exception.  I wanted to be like everyone else.  I wanted to be a C.

So this post sort of took a strange turn because all I meant to tell you was that if I could give my teenage self one piece of advice, it would be to stop fearing the yes.  Take chances.  Live your life BIG.  Follow your gut every day, even if others might think you to be crazy.

Admitting you have a problem is the first step, right?  Well my problem is that I have lived my entire life in the "no thank you." 

New goal.  Live in the "YES!"

If you could give your little self a piece of advice, what would it be? 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Time Out




I don't have kids but I would buy this in a skinny minute if I did.  How genius!  And it's so cute that it's not obnoxious in your living room. 

Like sands through the hour glass, so are the days of our lives...


Friday, October 7, 2011

A Week Without A Post...A Long Overdue Update

Wow, I don't even have a good excuse beyond my head just has not been in this blog lately.  Sometimes you feel like a preppy blogger and sometimes you don't.  I've totally fallen out of love with Facebook and slowly in love (or maybe strong like) with Twitter.

But to bring you up to date...

* I colored my own hair. 

Oh boy, where do I start?  My hairdresser is fabulous but about 80 minutes away in VT.  I blame Laura for mentioning her to me.  But that's a loooong way to drive in the winter.  And hello, it's winter like 11 months out of the year up here.  So I tried coloring it myself just to stretch out the time between my visits.

There were two problems. 

First the color turned out what I feel is a little too strawberry blonde.  However I think I am the only person who sees the strawberry.  People keep complimenting me on my hair.  Even without knowing I colored it myself or any of the drama surrounding it.  I will say I did a good job as far as coverage.  I don't have any roots (that I can see anyway) or splotches.  And because I had highlights, it still looks like I still have those highlights. 

The second issue was that my hair was soooo dry.  I normally have silky soft hair.  So silky soft that it has zero ability to hold any sort of body or curl.  And then, suddenly, my hair was like straw.  It scared me if I am being honest.  I was conditioning twice and still...hay bales on my head.  Bad!  I was worried that my hair would fall out or something tragic and dramatic like that.  I found a sample in my bag of freebies of a leave in conditioner.  That really helped.  Then I bought a small bottle of John Freida conditioner and that has made a world of difference.  So I am thankful that I found a solution to that problem. 


* I don't yet have a plan for my life but as this is potentially my last year in this city, I am making a conscious effort to really enjoy myself more.  I am trying to complain less and praise more.  So far it's working.  I feel happier for the most part.


* My volunteer seasons are in full swing.  Full of drama of course.  As always.  But I'm managing.  I am thankful that a dear friend took one of those dramas off my plate.  I was seriously having trouble sleeping and having anxiety.  I take things too personally in life.  I let things get to me.  It makes me this super attentive friend but at the same time, I can't just let things go. 

I am on the JL board this year and it has taken me a few months to get my feet on solid ground.  I really struggled the first few months with feeling like I had any clue what I was doing.  Ironically, now that I have more on my plate (compliments of one of those above mentioned dramas), I am feeling more like I know what I am doing.  Story of my life.  I am loving that I get to know my fellow leaguers better as we have such a fun group.


* I was in a sad sad frame of mind last week.  I lost a very dear family friend to cancer.  She fought for nearly six years when doctors told her she had only two months.  She saved her own life when countless doctors told her that she was not worth their time and energy.  She is such a hero in my life for the fight she battled up stream with such passion and dignity.  I prayed for weeks that God would take her home and give her peace.  She deserved it.  But I am still so sad to know I can't just send her an email or chat on the phone.  We all miss you so much, Beverly!  And dammit...I just totally hate cancer!


* I need to make a new duvet for my bed.  But I am feeling uninspired.  Or I guess I could buy one but I've not found one that I like.  I'm picky because I need the fabric to be very soft.  Like I love Anthropology but I think their bed fabrics are too stiff for my taste.  Not that we have an Anthro around here.  But as an example.  Plus I really think it would be fun to have something more plain on one side and fru fru on the other side.  But I need a heavy dose of inspiration mixed with motivation.  Actually, I probably need more motivation than anything else.  I need to figure something out because my one duvet has a big bleach stain on it and the second (favorite) now has a big hole in it that I waited way too long to repair.


* I am happy to have the humidity leave the area but am so sad that it's time to wear fall/winter clothing.  I like the seasons but loathe the clothes.  Or let me clarify, I loathe me in the clothes.  A chubby girl only looks chubbier in a sweater.  I feel cuter in summer clothes.  Even if no one else thinks I look better, I feel better.  And that's really the biggest battle for any girl.  I do not feel cute in fall/winter clothes.  Ever.  So I go 8 months feeling blah.  See why I need to move to a state that does not require my clothing to make me feel like blah for this many months?


* I glutened myself.  I knew I was eating it but I ate it anyway.  And it's official.  I cannot tolerate gluten.  And as strange as it sounds, I feel such a release to realize this.  I like clarity.  I'm missing a lot of that in my life.  But it's clear as day that I need to avoid gluten.  Thankfully, I've found flours and recipes and blogs and various other resources.  For a year I swore that I could be GF save for pie crust.  Y'all know that pie is sacred in the Crocodile family.  Pie is to my family what cupcakes are to the rest of the world.  But I've even perfected GF pie crust finally.  Now to deal with the next two days of getting this icky gluten through my system... 


* I am nearly finished my my Christmas shopping.  That doesn't mean things are all put together but the plans are laid.  A few cousins and my dad are left to figure out and then I will be done.  I will be out of town a lot in November but my goal is still set to be completed by December 01.  That's my goal every year mind you, but I swear this year I am on track!


* We must chat about TV and Hollywood but that will have to wait another day or three....  What are our feelings about gLee so far?  Is anyone else watching Project Runway?  Oooh The Good Wife is steamy sexy this year.  So much to gossip about, girls!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Easy Eggplant Dip

2 Japanese white eggplants, 1 GIANT purple eggplant, 1 black tomato, 2 green t'mater that fell early and will ripen in a window, and lots of yummy red t'maters that have already been turned into salsa.


It's been so rainy and dreary here lately that I've just sort of let my garden go.  And by garden, I mean two eggplant plants (do I say eggplants or eggplant plants?), three tomato plants and on acorn squash that died a few weeks ago. 

So imagine my surprise the other evening when I was out picking t'mater and spied this giant purple eggplant!  All hidden under the big fuzzy eggplant leaves.  This sucker is heavy as all get out.   I was afraid it wouldn't be very tasty this overgrown.  Oh but I just hate waste.  So I chopped it up and tossed it in some EVOO, Kosher salt and pepper.  And roasted it for about 30 mins (until soft).


Easy peasy.



I added plenty of EVOO when roasting so didn't need to add extra when in the FP.


Then I buzzed it thorough the food processor with a dash or three of chili powder.  You might need to add a little more EVOO too depending on how much you added before roasting.  And if you find a jar of roasted red peppers in your pantry, I bet that would be yummy too.


OK it's not beautiful.  But I promise it is a very yummy dip!


This dip has no actual name.  But it's really really yummy.  Like addicting.  Great on chips, crackers, veggies, crusty bread, or a spoon.

So should you find yourself with a giant purple eggplant or a bunch of normal sized eggplants, you totally need to make this little eggplant dip.  Because it's really really good!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cutie Pies : Please Help Me Pick The Photo

Once again, Blogger stinks.  Does anyone have a solution to getting scheduled posts to actually remain scheduled instead of magically changing to Draft?  This was scheduled to post earlier but alas, Blogger has a mind of its own...


OK so I am entering a local apple contest on our local NBC affiliate website.  I have no earthly idea why it is suddenly important to me as I am not at all a competitive person.  But I saw the announcement for it a few weeks ago and I can't seem to let it go.  Dumb, I know.  But I am entering all the same. 

Oh and to explain, I made little gluten free apple pies (though they could of course just as easily be regular gluten full) in tiny ball canning jars.  Single serve apple pies.  Or as I am calling them, cutie pies.  And you can freeze them before cooking if you want to have them on hand to just bake a pie or two at a time on a cold fall evening. (Which we have yet to have around here- it's been hot and humid.  But I must assume fall will actually come so a girl is getting herself prepared.  With pie.)

But it seems I can only submit one photo.  My camera is still broken so I only ever use my blackberry.  And I didn't spend much time fussing over these pies as is clear from the images.  I did throw a piece of fabric under them- that's about as fancy as I get these days.  But they are darn tootin tasty. 

So please tell me which photo looks the best of the three below.  I again admit this is silly but I am entering the contest anyway so I might as well put forth a bit of effort, right?


Photo 1


Photo 2


Photo 3

UPDATE...

OK so I decided I liked photo #3 but that fabric jar not having a ribbon around it was driving me nuts.  Yes, my friends, I am a grosgrain-aholic.  So I took two seconds to re-stage this little photo shoot and this is what I cam up with and submitted.  Thanks for all of your sweet comments!  Don't be offended that I changed my mind.  I'm a girl and it's my right to add ribbons!


See...everything is better with a little ribbon detail!

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