Now, that's a nice picture.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Meanwhile, at the husband's family Hanukkah party...they do this Dirty Santa gift swap (I know the irony.) He got the "neck snuggie." I think it's called a neckie. It's a snuggie for the neck. And it has pockets. It has to be the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen and to me, one of the dumbest inventions. Has this conversation ever happened to you?
Wife: Honey, my neck is cold, and I need a place to put my keys. Any thoughts?
Husband: Use the neckie.
I thought not.
Next the amazing brownie pan. Now that I could use.
Monday, December 21, 2009
- Pirouette cookies
- One bag Wilton candy melts. I used the vanilla with sparkles.
- Can of vanilla frosting (will only use about a 1/4 of it.)
- Mini orange slices cut in half, or just regular orange slices cut small.
- Any flower "ring" type cookie with a hole in it. I found these adorable sprinkled ones in the kosher section of our grocery.
1) Melt the candy melts over a double boiler. Spoon candy melts halfway down cookie. Lay on wax paper on tray and then chill about ten minutes till set. 2) When set, at the top, ad a dollop of icing and affix the orange slice to look like a flame. 3) With more icing, glue base of cookie to flower cookie. Note: You might want to do this part "at" the spot you plan to serve them as keeping them upright was a little challenging and I would think transporting even more so.
Flame? What flame?
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Some of this lunacy comes from the strange goings on in my house. Weird things disappear and then show up again. Recently, an entire box of cookies was gone (chocolate covered Ritz, but I digress) I never touched them, I was saving them for Christmas. Who would take a whole box of cookies? The husband wouldn't take them because he doesn't eat such things; my baby sitter wouldn't have taken them without telling me (trust me, she follows the letter of the law with the Ten Commandments and "though shall not steal" is one of them). The cleaning lady or ax man? My husband found a diamond ring a few months ago (nothing too outrageous, but still a diamond) that appeared in a bathroom cabinet. For the life of us, we have no idea who this ring belongs to or why it showed up in a cabinet that's been opened/closed a thousand times. We just assume that the toddler found it randomly and put it there. But still...weird!
Third, I plan to bake up a frenzy when I'm off and I'm so excited because I rarely have time to bake any more. A delightful blog reader (yes, I have fans believe it or not) sent me a Martha Stewart cupcake book and I plan to throw-down on that. And someone sent me the Interim mac-n-cheese recipe. I can't wait till Christmas.
Monday, December 14, 2009
I first heard of this place when I saw it on Food Network and the Bobby Flay "Throw-down" show. They are famous for these exotic flavors (tres leches, gingerbread, cranberry) but they make them naturally with high quality ingredients, with no trans fats, etc. etc.
I'm more of a traditionalist. I got the chocolate and the "vanilla bean" glazed. OMG. The best donuts I've ever had in my life. I went to this place twice. These were the freshest and the flavors were so pronounced and the best part? No greasy after taste like the ones you get here in Memphis--not sure if our donut shops use a cheap oil or just never change it--this place had no oil taste whatsoever. It's been so long since I had a "no oily taste" donut, I didn't know what to do with myself. Address: 379 Grand. Closest subway: Delancey Essex. Can't wait to visit them again and take a batch home next time I have a two-year-old that will go crazy with delight.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Somehow, and I don't even remember when or how, I got on the email address roster of the district manager for Lane Bryant. Don emails me from time to time with "special sales" and the like. I usually ignore the emails. But the last time he emailed I responded. I described how I hate to shop but am in desperate need for clothes, especially pants, which is the biggest drama for me. I asked if they offered a personal shopping service. One where I could send in my sizes, my color preferences, what I needed and then just have it all waiting for me when I got there to try on. That way, I could do all the try-on at once, and not that running back and forth for sizes to a dressing room that locks behind you each time you leave. So inefficient and frustrating for a time crunched working mom.
He never said if they offered that service, but he told me he'd do it for me. And not only that, they would open the store an hour early...just for me! So yesterday was the day. I arrived at 9 a.m. sharp, and one of the managers, Eugenia, was waiting for me. I went to the fitting room and behold no less than 8 coordinated outfits in my sizes awaited. First one, good sign, fit and was perfect. I loved it. I'm now the owner of five pairs of pants and several tops and an awesome work blazer and a holiday party outfit for a work event. Took only about an hour and a half. Normally, such an outing would be no less than 5 hours, three stores, and mass frustration and self loathing. I don't think I'm going to be able to shop any other way any more. Thank you Don and of course Eugenia. You guys made me feel (and look) like a star.