Monthly Archives: January 2011

you know why

my dear friend bought me What Happens in Vegas. Pretty much for this scene alone. Hilarious, yes…would she do this for me? Absolutely. I’m not a violent person so I would never let her do this…but it is funny to think about, enjoy 🙂

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Happy Sunday 1.30.11

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coping.

In case you have not figured it out, recently my life has taken a strict turn in a direction I never thought it would. I never thought that it would be an accomplishment to make it though a week of work without crying (mind you I have not made it there yet, but I am hopeful that I will). My grief began as most people’s do: in total denial, and I still frequently feel that and ask “is this really my life?”. Well this is my life and though I may not be ready to embrace change I am doing my best to cope with the reality of it all…every single day.

My coping methods have varied over the weeks.

keeping busy.

making goals.

getting out of town when I can.

leaning on great friends.

shopping.

praying.

cooking.

drinking wine.

and watching TV dramas mostly Grey’s Anatomy, Weeds, Mad Men, a little Gossip Girl and my favorite reality dramas The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and the new season of Teen Mom. It is a full drama buffet! On a good day the thrill of the fake drama is enough to distract me from my real life actual drama.

But there are days when I still feel like this….

(yes I realize the clip will direct you to YouTube to watch, sorry :()

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happy sunday 1.23.11

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for the love of soup.

yes. I love soup. Even in the summer. My 2011 goal to try two new recipes a month has started with soup. Cooking soup for one means I have plenty of left-overs for lunches which is quite convenient to grab as I run out the door in the morning praying that I don’t have to scrape my windshield.

This is the recipe I tried out. Except I forgot the parsley and I used some dry raviolis from Trader Joes instead of frozen ones oh and I used Italian sausage instead of ground beef (because I forgot ground beef however — I think Italian sausage has a better flavor anyways).

Ravioli Soup

1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup soft bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon onion salt
2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
1 – 28 oz can of crushes tomatoes in puree
1 – 6 ounce can of tomato paste
1 – 14.5 ounce can beef broth or bouillon
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1 – 12 ounce bag of frozen ravioli

Brown ground beef. Combine all ingredients except ravioli. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes. Cook ravioli according to package directions and add to soup. Sprinkle with some extra parmesan cheese.  Serves 6.

It turned out quite delicious, next time I may do a 14 oz can of tomatoes in puree and a 14 oz can of normal tomatoes to have a soup that is a little thicker.

I am sure this would have been delicious with some home-made bagel bread fresh from the bread machine but, unfortunately it smelled good but turned out burnt and rock hard on the bottom. Yikes.

So there you have it 2 recipes tried one fantastic and one that was not stellar. Oh and I used my bread machine so check that one off the list. But maybe I should change my goal to “Use bread machine once a month”. I found a recipe for herb focaccia that I hope will be more successful.

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about that goal.

What did the Pink Lady say to the Pineapple?

I have no idea, but I have some pretty fruit hanging out in my kitchen. I still have not decided on my photography goal for the year. I am debating purchasing the UNmanual, but it is geared towards those with Canon cameras and I have a Nikon.

I did purchase a perfect bag to carry my camera in. Because that is the first step to taking photos right…bringing your camera with you.

Cute right? It’s from the Mulberry for Target line and I scored in on clearance for $25. I will be making some adjustments to make it camera safe.

I will also be consulting with my girlfriend Dano on some photography lessons. I love my camera but at the same time I feel like I know little about it. It is currently being used as a glorified point and shoot camera and I know she has so much more potential.

I also do have my new point and shoot nikon that I will be carrying for those times when my DSLR is just not appropriate.

In an unrelated note if you have not tried a Pink Lady apple you should. I’ve found them at my favorite Trader Joes. Yum.

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Happy Sunday 1.16.11

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