Thursday, January 29, 2009

Turns out, Husband likes beans!:)

my Navy beans with carrots

At least he liked the Navy beans I made. Then I made black-eyed peas with cut up ham (from a slice that I bought at the store - no picture). He ate that and thought I did a good job, however, he liked the Navy beans better. I'm making them soon again in the crockpot.:)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Forgive me, but sometimes so few things make me laugh...

The writer(s) at MSN talking about the 'Worst Dressed' at the Golden Globes admit to being 'grumpy' and even catty. Which they surely are, but nobody ever said that wasn't 'entertaining,' at least not me. I must share this, because well, it did make me laugh. This person's writing is a hoot. The picture is truly even funnier after you read the caption.

Golden Globes Undressed! The Worst
By Kat Giantis
Special to MSN Entertainment

Cathouse Call: There are many exclamations a star in haute couture hopes to hear as she arrives on the red carpet, but "Holy cats, has Renée Zellweger been rummaging around in Sharon Stone's medicine cabinet?" isn't one of them. That is, unless she was trying to look like Miss Kitty from "Gunsmoke" after she quietly branched out into the brothel business. The puckered-lipped Oscar winner suffers an epic failure in a crackpot outfit from her longtime go-to designer Carolina Herrara, who definitively proves that sheer black organza over one's unmentionables does not a top make (see Gwyneth "Granny Panties" Paltrow for additional evidence). While Zellweger's trumpet skirt might have been tolerable if paired with something (anything) other than a see-through overlay and a creepy, flesh-colored corset, there's nothing that can overcome her screwball corkscrew updo, which appears to have been styled with an industrial strength bottle of Super Glue and an electric cattle prod. (

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Bono's take on Frank Sinatra ~ from the NYT

See here for an article by Opinion editor Bono (of U2 and the advocacy group One fame) about Frank Sinatra.
The highlight of the article is:

'There’s a voice on the speakers that wakes everyone out of the moment: it’s Frank Sinatra singing “My Way.” His ode to defiance is four decades old this year and everyone sings along for a lifetime of reasons. I am struck by the one
quality his voice lacks: Sentimentality.

Is this knotted fist of a voice a clue to the next year? In the mist of uncertainty in your business life, your love life, your life life, why is Sinatra’s voice such a foghorn — such confidence in nervous times allowing you romance but knocking your rose-tinted glasses off your nose, if you get too carried away.

A call to believability.

A voice that says, “Don’t lie to me now.”

That says, “Baby, if there’s someone else, tell me now.”

Fabulous, not fabulist. Honesty to hang your hat on.'

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Simple Meat Loaf

My meat loaf before going into the oven

After an hour in the oven. Yum!

I made a meat loaf yesterday. It turned out pretty good. I followed the recipe off a box of Lipton Onion soup mix. I think what made it so good was less meat (I didn't have the full 2 pounds) and 1/4 cup extra ketchup. I also make a 'trough' on the top of the loaf before cooking it and fill it with ketchup, as you can see.
Off the back of Lipton soup box:
1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix
2 lbs. ground beef
3/4 plain dry bread crumbs
2 eggs
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine all ingredients.
In 13x9-inch baking or roasting pan, shape into loaf.
Bake 1 hour or until done. Let stand 10 minutes.
8 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour

Saturday, January 3, 2009

How to make Tangerine Sherbet in the 'Tiny Kitchen'

See this video of the 'Tiny Kitchen' from the NYT online magazine.
'Tiny Kitchen: Tangerine Sherbet
Jill Santopietro, recipe tester for the New York Times, creates a tangerine sherbet recipe from this week's magazine in her tiny 11.5 square foot kitchen, and explains why it isn't "sorbet."'

Never too late to share the story of O Holy Night!

Friday, January 2, 2009

The Baby cross-stitch is done!

I gave it to the Mom, Dad & Baby Elizabeth on Christmas Eve. They loved it!

Happy New Year!! Welcome 2009!!

Taquitos from our party
We had a wonderful new year's celebration spent with a friend over. We decorated with a sign, balloons and even streamers, just to be festive ~ and had pizza, shrimp, taquitos, and potato chips to feast on and celebrated the New Year with Martinelli's Sparkling Cider.

I made scrambled eggs and chopped summer sausage for brunch New Year's day.:)

Later that day, we stopped at Cracker Barrel and I had my 'good luck' black-eyed peas to start the New Year right. (my friend told me about this tradition, and wouldn't you know it one of Cracker Barrel's specials was black-eyed peas!)

I wish everyone a safe, wonderful, and peaceful New Year.:)
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