Tuesday, November 30, 2010
How Did You Get This Number is the second book by Sloane Crosley. It's similar to her first book in that it's a collection of essays & short stories about her life in NYC. Here's the blurb from Amazon/Publisher's Weekly:
Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
As I've mentioned, I was really excited about Thanksgiving this year. On Wednesday, I got up early & went to the grocery store before the rain & crowds hit. Then I came home & pretty much spent all day in the kitchen. I made my Granny's recipe for pumpkin pie, Delaney's recipe for 7-layer salad & baked cheese grits. I had to make everything on Wednesday because on Thursday, I was getting up to run & then going straight to my Aunt's house for Thanksgiving.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
If you are receiving this email it means that you successfully passed the MPA comprehensive exam. Congratulations!!!!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Upon a recent trip to McKay Books, I got roped into an interesting conversation while standing in line to check out. I was sandwiched between two women. One woman looked batshit crazy. She had purple streaks in her hair & had all these bizarre, unheard of CDs in her basket. The other woman looked completely normal, cute hair, cute glasses & had Atlas Shrugged & The Fountainhead in her basket. I, or rather, one of the books in my stack, was the catalyst that brought these two women together.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I circled the middle recipe on this page for sweet & spicy nuts. Brown sugar, paprika & cayenne pepper? Sign me up!
My subconscious clearly wants me to make a cheesecake as I keep flagging recipes in both magazines & in Reader. I've also been peppering Katie with how-to questions. I have a feeling there's going to be a cheesecake in my immediate future. I just have to wrap my mind around this "water bath" thing...
See! How could you walk by this cover & not buy this magazine? "Heartwarming recipes to savor & share." Indeed.
My friend Lauren told me about this Fun Girls' Lunch part of the magazine & how she wants to make everything in it. So do I! Hello, latina lasagna, green beans with garlic & Mexican chocolate pound cake!
I love this: Casual Texas Thanksgiving, or as I call it, I Wish I Lived in Dillon, Texas Thanksgiving. I also applaud Southern Living's attempt at attracting a younger demographic by including a guy with a mustache in this picture. Unfortunately, they missed the mark as this guy looks more like a pedophile than a PBR swilling hipster, but kudos for trying.
Citrus-walnut salad with cumin-dijon vinaigrette, roasted green beans with sun-dried tomatoes & chipotle smashed sweet potatoes. I'm really excited about those potatoes.
Well, if I'm going to eat an entire pie, I should probably cut back somewhere, like this recipe for a healthier version of sweet potato casserole. Duly noted.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Friday was hell day. The day started off with the comps (which I think I did well on), moved on to margaritas & then ended up with me going into work because my office was being cleaned out & driving home in tears of exhaustion & frustration.
I woke up on Saturday determined to not let my work situation ruin the whole weekend, so I gulped down a few cups of coffee & put on my running shoes. I didn't work out all last week, so it was time. I ran a good 3-4 miles in my neighborhood. At one point, a loose, yellow Lab ran up to me & ran in front of me for about 2 miles. It was kind of hilarious. I wish I knew where he lived, so I could knock on their door & tell them they're welcome for exercising their dog. By the way, I've dubbed him "I-40 Dog."
Saturday night John & I cashed in a $100 gift card at The Palm in early celebration of our anniversary. Today is our actual anniversary (2 years, baby!) & we talked about eating at Wendy's tonight because that's where we ate the night of our wedding, but I'm already thinking of other places I'd like to eat instead (it's been a rough day), so we'll see.
God, the time change yesterday really messed me up. I woke up at 4:45am. On a Sunday! It SUCKED. I drank about a pot of coffee & finished Season 1 of Friday Night Lights (see below), then I took a nap, all well before noon. What can I say, I'm a baller.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Full photostream here.
Disclaimer: some of these pictures are not for the faint of heart, or probably anyone related to me by blood.
All images © Brian Risse of Brian Risse Photography and may not be used without permission.
Monday, November 1, 2010
This is Mary Katherine's recipe. She gave it to me years ago when I was trying to convince John that I was more than a city girl with a strong propensity for vodka & 4 syllable curse words. Fast forward to six years later & you can see that my plan clearly worked, so thanks Mary Katherine!