30 November 2009

My Outdoor Christmas Cheer

In addition to lights, I've made these two porch planters out of fake pines, branches, gold beaded stems, ornaments, pine cones and bows. I've been so inspired by the decorative winter planters with berries and tree trimmings. You also surprised as to how well they turned out on a shoe string budget? Not sure how I pulled this one off with only $25.

I still need to do something for a larger planter I have in front. Maybe something with pine cones...

Colorful Reuse Christmas Wreath

Getting in the Christmas Spirit

Kate Spade

25 November 2009

Most Thankful

I am most thankful for family. I created this last year for a family thanksgiving card. Hoping you and yours have a wonderful thanksgiving and holiday weekend.
found via flickr

This week is really week 1 but for record keeping I'm keeping it is week 2... amazing start. 4lbs. lost! Working out and eat right. Last week: 3 workouts and kept active in between. As for the diet... no chocolate and better food choices without counting calories. Nice.

Calling Air-traffic Control

24 November 2009

Target 2 Day Sale TV Spots

I'm really not one to put up other advertisers spots but I just love them and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
I am so the "perfect sister".

Thanksgiving Brooch

Found Via: Mr. Stones

Rebranding 6 Toes

Love this idea by nat to rebrand mr. kitty.

Or the many logos of Gary by Aaron Draplin

Oh my goodness I soon to will join the ranks of pet owner and do weird stuff like this to show my love of my 4 legged kid. Excited.

Christmas Card Typography Inspiration

I am working on my Christmas card and here is some holy joly x-mas typography to help get me started. Without revealing to much... these maybe good moods for inspiration.

Allen Peters: Nice!

Allen Peters twitpic

The one.

I think I found the one. I originally set out to find more info on fostering a cat... that idea went right out the window when I met...well i'm not sure what i'm going to name him but he is a lover. Last night I visited Feline Rescue. Highly recommend if you are looking for a great cat.

Today I thought I would try the new pizza place across the street. (no worries I had a veggie wrap! tomorrow is weigh-in: week 2) And met two great ladies at Cool International. They said this cat was a Hemingway! 6 toes! I should know that being a floridian.

(Cat lover? Check out Hemingway's Cats, An Illustrated Biography.)

He is 8 years old. Exactly what I think my family needs... a professional. The husbee isn't a huge fan of cats but he doesn't hate them either. So with a "It's up to you" blessing from the husbee, I taking this kitty home!

Naming: My dad always made us wait a few days to see what kind of personality the animal had. Following family tradition... here are a few names i'm thinking of based on our meet-n-greet yesterday.

1. Giacomo Casanova: great lover and adventure... this was the first name that came to mind.
2. Marcus Antonius: he is greek (i'm half greek), a great lover and general and my husbee is a Mark.
3. Ernest Miller Hemingway: a contemplative man who loved cats! (that happened to have 6 toes) and his protagonists where men who had grace under pressure.

But we will see after this weekend! (I hope)

23 November 2009

Fostering a Cat?

I've been thinking about owing some animals for a while now, but my M isn't all that excited about 4 legged kids just yet. He likes the idea of having a dog. Just not right now... ummhhh this isn't cutting the mustard.

I'm thinking the best way for us to really tip our toe in the water of pet owning would be to foster a cat! I've made the call to get more info. At least it is a start.

Female cats that need a homes today: (i would get both of them if i could)

Merry Christmas & Black Friday

The Target Ads this year are so funny! I'm am the perfect sister of course. (at least in my head)
Sneak Peak to Ads

This just makes me laugh. Via:fffound

19 November 2009

Hotdish Hump Day: 11.18 | Cook: Tina

See them all... 7 weeks of delicious hotdishes. Last up to plate, Tina. Super yum. I've had it for lunch yesterday, dinner last night and a little corner today. So good. And it looks like it's easy to prep and cook!

Abby: All done.
Michelle: The secret is in the sauce... so good I saw an italian lady waving a wooden spoon in the left over smears on my plate.
Tina: Enjoy!
Nick: Love'n the noodles.


Serves 8 to 10. Published March 1, 2009. From Cook's Illustrated.



pound whole milk cottage cheese or 1 percent cottage cheese (see note)


large eggs , lightly beaten


ounces grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 1/2 cups)

Table salt


pound ziti or other short, tubular pasta


tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


medium garlic cloves , minced or pressed through garlic press (about 5 teaspoons)


(28-ounce) can tomato sauce (use a 2nd can if you want this more tomato saucy!)


(14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes (again, use another can or a half of a can if you want this more tomato-y)


teaspoon dried oregano


cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves


teaspoon sugar

Ground black pepper


teaspoon cornstarch


cup heavy cream (see note)


ounces low-moisture whole-milk mozzarella cheese , cut into 1/4-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups) (do NOT substitute for skim or part skim mozzarella - use the whole-milk, and don't use shredded - buy a block and cut into cubes)


1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk cottage cheese, eggs, and 1 cup Parmesan together in medium bowl; set aside. Bring 4 quarts of water to boil in large Dutch oven over high heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon salt and pasta; cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta begins to soften but is not yet cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. (If making this ahead of time, then baking the next day, do not cook pasta more than 5 minutes.) Drain pasta and leave in colander (do not wash Dutch oven).

2. Meanwhile, heat oil and garlic in 12-inch skillet over medium heat until garlic is fragrant but not brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and oregano; simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Off heat, stir in ½ cup basil and sugar, then season with salt and pepper.

3. Stir cornstarch into heavy cream in small bowl; transfer mixture to now-empty Dutch oven set over medium heat. Bring to simmer and cook until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove pot from heat and add cottage cheese mixture, 1 cup tomato sauce, and ¾ cup mozzarella, then stir to combine. Add pasta and stir to coat thoroughly with sauce.

4. Transfer pasta mixture to 13- by 9-inch baking dish and spread remaining tomato sauce evenly over pasta. Sprinkle remaining ¾ cup mozzarella and remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan over top. Cover baking dish tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

5. Remove foil and continue to cook until cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown, about 30 minutes longer. Cool for 20 minutes (or less). Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons basil and serve.


18 November 2009

Illustration: Mister Rob

I hope to see the site soon.

Week 1

one via ffffound

I am back in the gym and kicking, well my ass. I won the Periscope challenge in 2007 and took home a sweet $720 prize. Without money to motivate, it is now for my health. I would like to be old and not have to take lots of pills or be to sick too enjoy the "golden years". It's time to change it up again. While I love food, I don't want my choices to hold me back.
12 weeks. This is week 1. I am hoping this blog will keep me honest. I plan to do a post a pic at each weigh-in to archive my progress and to keep me honest. Wish me luck!

Oh and if you see or hear me eating candy... rip it out of my hands, slap me and give me the evil eye!
Proof of My Lowest

11 November 2009

Hotdish Hump Day: 11.11 | Cook: Peter

Up to plate, Peter, severing up a doubly delicish Twin Cities Hotdish. Details to recipe.
Truly reflective of the Twin Cities, this "you bettcha" warm and hearty dish on a cold Minnesota afternoon will surely hit the spot. Peter added a little, oh-yeah to this dish with a few dashes of cayenne pepper.

Peter: Get it while it's hot.

Lynn: A mouthful.

Nick: Diet Coke goes with every meal.

Abby: So good!

Peter: Labor of Love.

Michelle: Ahhrrggg.