Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
New to our line is a Monogram necklace
Inspired by Victorian love token worn on a watch fob, this sterling silver pendant has a center shield for a monogram.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
As I said , I loved Gillian Bates' work. When I decided to contact her with an idea for a custom piece.
Simon Donikian who painted "Under the Bliss St Station" is one of my favorite queens artist. As luck would have it I met him at the Sunnyside Art Fair the weekend I contacted Gillian.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Rewind a few more years before that....
fender bender they said no. Never had physical therapy. Have no idea what the where taking about. Yesterday I woke up with sore ribs by the end of the night I couldn’t turn with out winching.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
D, my friend, is afraid of squirrels. I love D. She is funny, even when she doesn't mean to be.
"When I was a baby a squirrel tried to kidnap me."
I must have looked doubting because she explained it was true. Her father told her so. She was out with her mother and father, sleeping in her baby carriage when a squirrel tried to take her away. No type of "well maybe the squirrel..." had any affect on her. Her father told her and that was it. A reasonable woman in a medical profession decided that squirrels freak her out because of a story her father told her as a child. The story doesn't freak her out. The truth to her is a squirrel did try to take her away.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I hope this finds each of you well and happy.
I really need help with something.
My mother is terminally ill. We don't know how long she has left...could be a few weeks or if we are lucky, she might be with us for a few months.
My mother has always LOVED clouds and watches out of her hospital window for them.
A couple of days ago, when she was able to speak about it a bit, she said that she would be able to do what she has wanted to do since she was a child...be a cloud and travel all over the world.
I am putting together photos of clouds from all over the world to bring her joy now.
Could you please, please, please either email me (or post them on my FB wall) a photo or a few of clouds in your part
of the world or that you have taken on your travels? Please tell me where they were taken.
It would mean so much to her and to me.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ♥
Monday, May 10, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Love Austen love the mug! but even if you don't love Pride and Prejudice how loving and wonderful to read each time you take a sip.
personal pet peeve: I like mugs that I can fit 4 fingers in. ( ok I'm strange) but it's not stopping me from buying this one soon.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Both – when your date arrives don’t keep them waiting, Don’t dress in front of them and Smile.
Men don’t like women borrowing their hankerchiefs, brushes, or other grooming items when you first meet them. Handle grooming including make up and perfume in private.
Women don’t like it either. Men groom in private and please light on the cologne.
Women, sit in a relaxed position. with your legs closed or crossed . Don’t look bored. Don’t chew with your moth open no one needs to hear or see your gum or dinner.
Woman- when a man dances he sometimes just want to dance. If you talk leave it light on the dance floor and then only if it does not interfere with the dancing.
Women- where a bra if you need one. Don’t wear clothes that are too low cut or too low riding. Wear clothes in your size not two sizes too small. Wear sexy and comfortable shoes. (yes there are such a thing)
Men -If you need a belt wear one. Do not show your ass crack, scratch your crotch or butt. Wear clothes in your size not two sizes too big.
Both – Don’t use the car mirror to fix your hair, contacts or adjust yourself. The driver need it to drive along with turning for blind spots. Use the mirror that’s attached to the passenger side sun visor. there is always one there. why the hell would you need to screw with the driver?
Both – Don’t be overly familiar with date. Touching them may not be appropriate. holding hands is fine. Light touches on the arms and shoulders is fine. adjusting their clothes? no. Cleaning something off of their face is only ok if they say so. It is never ok to use spit to clean someone else.
Women - Don't be sentimental.....(above)....
Men – Don’t be pushy. Or give too much advice. If she doesn’t want to talk about her work, then drop it. Some women don’t want to work on their career when they are on a date. Most don’t want their date to fix them. women don’t like their men crying in public places either.
Both – Don’t be overly familiar with the waiter or waitress. Don’t talk about how much fun you had with someone else. Your date deserves your full attention.
Both – Don’t drink too much.
Some women are clever but most get silly. Some men get fun, most get loud and sloppy.
Both – Don’t flirt with other people or have long drawn out conversations with others. It’s rude to your date.
Women - don’t pass out
Men -Don’t pass out. You are too damn heavy to carry home.
Both- If you see the man all the way on the right. Avoid him. He is off of his meds.
Friday, February 12, 2010
|Snow just getting started|
Sunday, January 31, 2010
You can make rum buttered scallops over any pasta but lemon pepper makes a great contrast to the sweet buttery taste.
What you need to buy -
Lemon pepper pasta. :
I like Trader Joes. Pappardelle you can’t miss the lemon or pepper it makes a wonderful surface of the butter. or Ronzoni makes a lemon pepper angel hair which gives a more subtle flavor. Either is fine
of course real butter, good butter is best, while you can use margarine it will make your pasta and scallops oily instead of the buttery goodness we are looking for. as much as you would like.
Make sure they are as fresh as possible (of course). Scallops can be eaten when cooked to medium, some even eat them raw (I wouldn't) but to not get sick the the rawer the scallops the fresher they need to be. 1 1/2 pounds to 2 pounds.
When cooking with liquor always choose a quality that you can drink. It makes the food taste better. Cooking a bad quality liquor will not make it taste any better. Choose what ever rum you would like. I like bacardi but that’s just me. 151 is just because that's what I had in the house but any unflavored rum will do. Later you can experiment with other flavors.
Optional – Bacon:
I don’t use measurements. I will include approx amounts for 4 , adjust to your own tastes
Ok start preparing the pasta as the package indicates. I use 1 package of the TJ pasta or 1/2 of the ronzini box. Al Dente preferred or Med please.
opt – If you have chosen to add bacon this is a good time to cook it. Take a large frying pan and brown 4-5 slices of bacon. cut into 1 in pieces. If your bacon is frozen don’t worry just cook it first then cut. Remove bacon from pan. let drain. You can now cook the scallops in the bacon grease or clean the pan and add butter. don’t add butter to the bacon grease. While it will be tasty it is just too much grease. It will also make it more likely that the butter will burn.
After the pasta is done- drain the water. I know that many people like to rinse their pasta but this makes no sense unless you are making salad. Now that your pot is empty put 2 pats of butter in the pot (burner should be off). The heat of the already hot pot should melt the butter. add pasta back to the pot and mix until the pasta is coated in the butter. This will keep the pasta separated and warm while you cook the scallops.Its also the reason to make it al dente or med. because pasta will continue to cook with it’s internal heat.
If you haven’t chosen bacon then heat up a large frying pan. add 2 pats of butter or enough to coat the bottom of the pan. The butter should be very hot. sizzling and add scallops. Once you put the scallops in. Scallops take no time at all
to cook. if they are over cooked then they will get rubbery. Their thickness determines how long they should cook.
note: if you have never cooked scallops. leave lots of space in between the scallops and DO NOT stir or mix. Just place them in the pan and let them sit. you can lift one to check the bottoms after 1 min (for large) and keep checking periodically. If you stir them or they are too close together then instead of searing they will steam. Increasing chances of over cooking.
The scallops should look just change color before turning them to the other side. (DO NOT turn golden brown) cook the other side the same then remove scallops from the pan. It is easy to over cook scallops that’s why you have to remove the scallops before reducing the rum.
keep the pan hot and add 2 shot glasses of rum or just enough to coat the bottom of the pan. you want the rum to start reducing
Plate buttered pasta.
Rum should be sizzling and steaming. once the rum is reduced add the partly cooked scallops to the hot pan. (bacon too) let the scallops sear on each side in the rum now you are looking for that golden brown color. scallops should be springy if they are firm they are over cooked. Once you get that nice golden brown color you can put scallops (and bacon) on top of pasta. you can also add the buttery rum liquid. Serve immediately.
This recipe should take about 45 min in total. that includes waiting for the water to boil.