Monthly Archives: October 2010

Candy Corn Martini Bikini Fettucine Linguine.

Happy Halloween!
So far I have consumed roughly ten pounds of sugar and about 9 cups of coffee, while skipping breakfast, lunch and supper. I’m not sure whether I feel like vibrating across the room, shitting my pants, passing out or making a candy corn martini.

Today marks the day when you purchase candy and chocolate for complete fucking strangers and then close the door hoping they dont come by and smash your car or egg your windows later on.
It’s true. I’m not bitter. And I’m especially excited this year because I have a Tupperware bowl full of leftover Jersey Milk mini bars. Not including Lillienne’s haul.
This was her second Halloween but the first time we went trick or treating. She was a bumblebee and I found the costume at Old Navy (because I am completely fricken’ orignal, duh). I didn’t have any face paint (only paint that stained her face) and couldn’t find my pastels so I used my black MAC eyeliner and she was a bee with a cute black dot on her nose. We only went to about ten houses but she managed to score WAY more candy than an almost two-year old should be allowed to carry around.
AND WTF is up with all the awesome Halloween goodies? When I was a kid getting chocolate bars in your stash was like winning the lottery. I remember getting rockets and rock-hard miniature gum balls and those gross toffee/caramel/shit flavoured candies that came in the orange and black wrappers. Now people give away toys. Full chocolate bars. Miniature bags of chips. Cans of POP. Why stop there? How about socks for my kid? A new DVD? Some soup and crackers?
I enjoyed taking Lily trick or treating. I love feeling her small, warm hand in my palm or her teeny fingers clutched around my thumb.

 

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Bet you didn’t know I could get any dorkier.

I have had aquariums on and off throughout my life, I like keeping fish and watching them and blah blah blah I’m a huge dork, get over it.
Anywho I purchased 3 small cichlids a few months ago. One got MASSIVE. He still is massive, nearly 3 inches long and fat. Yesterday he ate one of my very small yellow cichlids. Now, the big fat one is even fatter. And ill. And swimming sideways looking at me like “DUDE, Seriously, I just ate a fish half the size of me and I’m gonna BLOW.”
Also, I discovered I have a few snails. They are equally disgusting and fascinating, and they come out at night with their long slim shells and creepy tentacle/eye thingies.

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Salt Dough Ornaments

So, it snowed. I’m not sure what it is about this time of year, and snow. It makes me wanna do stuff. CrAzY stuff. Like carve pumpkins and hang my outdoor Christmas lights and rearrange all my furniture and bake and make homemade  Christmas ornaments. I might have done all of these things in the past 48 hours.
Anyhow, I found a wonderful salt dough Christmas ornament recipe. You mix this goop up, use shapes to cut out “cookies”, bake for two hours and then you can paint them. Cheap, friendly, cheerful Christmas ornaments. Guess what, family! I love you all so much that everyone is getting these. Ha ha!
We made these once when I was very young and we still have a few of these homemade ornaments kicking around. Once you bake this stuff it is nearly indestructible.Keep in mind this recipe is made for teeny ornaments to go on presents next to tags. I TRIPLED it and got two sheets of various sized ornaments. Paint with paint afterwards. Hang on tree. Cherish. I remember licking these as a kid, they are saltier than salty chocolate balls.

Homemade Christmas Ornaments – Salt Dough Craft

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup water
  • Rolling pin- I used a glass. I guess I need a rolling pin.
  • Cookie sheet
  • Toothpick
  • cookie cutters:  I got a box of 101 (seriously, 101 cookie cutters) from Michaels for 17 bucks. It has the alphabet, numbers, and a bunch of different holiday designs.
  • Acrylic paints
  • Glitter glue or glitter paint
  • ribbon- I used silver elastic type stuff from the necklace making section @ Michaels. Could also use regular xmas ornament hooks.

How to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Mix together, salt, flour, and water until dough is formed.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. Do not add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.
  4. Roll out the dough to about ¼” thick with a rolling pin that has been dusted with flour.
  5. Use cookie cutters to cut out as many trees and stars as you want.
  6. Use a toothpick to make a hole toward the top of the shape. Poke the toothpick into the shape, then holding toothpick straight up and down, make a circular motion as if you were stirring something. Keep circling until the hole is the size you want.
  7. Place all shapes onto an ungreased cookie sheet and place into the preheated oven.
  8. Bake for 2 hours.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  10. Paint
  11. Use the handle end of the paint brush/toothpicks to dot on ornaments by dipping into paint then dotting onto ornament.
  12. When paint is dry, use glitter glue or glitter paint to put a sparkling cover coat on your ornaments. Use some type of clear coating when the paint is dry.
  13. When dry, thread ribbon through hole and tie in a knot in the back.Could also use regular wire hooks for holiday ornaments

Tips:

  • If your ornaments are large enough, you can make two holes in each so that you can thread ribbon through like a button, only showing a small amount of ribbon on the front.
  • These make adorable pins to wear to school. Just don’t make a hole. Glue a pin back to the back of the completed ornament instead.
  • Uncooked salt dough doesn’t keep well, so only make enough dough for the ornaments you are going to make.

Lily and I are going to attempt to paint these over the next few weeks. MMMMmmmm  non toxic Crayola paint. Couldn’t they at least add some vitamins? This is a great craft for younger babies or toddlers since you can give them a bowl of paint and let them decorate these on their own.

 

Recipe By: Amanda Formaro at Kaboose.com

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SeaSalt Parmesean Seashells with Garlic, Sausage and Green Onion.

I have to admit, usually when I cook supper it’s from a recipe. Unless it’s something I have made a million times, I am horrible at thinking of flavor combinations and I’m not usually brave enough to toss random ingredients together and hope it’s edible.
BUT I MADE THIS! All on my own. I created it, invented it, and it was tasty.

SeaSalt Parmesan Seashells with Garlic, Sausage and Green Onion.

Ingredients:

Sea shell pasta
1/4 tsp sea salt
pepper to taste
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
breakfast sized pork sausages, casing removed, cut up into bite sized chunks
3 cloves fresh pressed garlic (I used 5-Mmmm) – garlic powder/salt would work too
Butter
3 green onions chopped
fresh/dried parsley

Pasta:
Boil sea shell pasta (I used the small ones) until cooked. Drain. Stir in fresh parsley, butter, parmesan, sea salt and pepper.

Sausages:
Remove meat from casing (I used some original pork breakfast sausages). Cut up in chunks, fry. Remove from greasy pan/drain sausage. Put in new/washed pan with bit of butter, fresh garlic ( I love my new garlic press! ). Add green onions. Toss on top of pasta.

YUM.

 

Rating – I give this recipe 7/10.

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The Most Beautiful Creature.

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Ten Things I Am Loving This Minute!

Van Houtte Raspberry Chocolate Truffle coffee!! This tastes so yummy! I ordered a massive box and there are only a few left. Mmm.

 

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Autumn is my favourite time of year! The leaves are so bright (before they fall and we all have to clean our yards) and it’s chilly enough now the majority of the bugs are gone, but still nice enough to enjoy a few evenings in sandals.

 

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Having a BIG, CLEAN office. Well, cleaner than how it was, anyway. We still need more shelves (my dream? Built in shelving someday for my library/office) and a change of wall color would be nice but I am content for now.

 

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Lillienne is still sleeping – and it’s almost 10am.

 

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The gym. I signed up about 2 weeks ago and so far so good. I just turn on my mp3 player to maximum volume and go. And yes that is me. I love carbs.

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Green Smoke by MAC. Somehow on me it looks a little more gun metal-ish but the green element is still there. LOVE it!

 

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Making supper. Since I’m the only one who ever cooks, it’s always up to me as far as what we are having. Dustin is picky and Lillienne tends to be, so some nights I saw screw it and we eat Kraft dinner. Or belly button lint. Or garbage. Lately I have been finding yummy recipes and meal planning and actually enjoying making supper again.

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My bling I bought myself!  I’m pretty sure I found it at The Bay in Regina. It’s not real but it sure is pretty and makes me happy!

 

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This photo. Because it never gets old. Ever.

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These two. I love them more than anything. And look, Lillienne and I are pretty much carb loving twinsies. She’s eating a rice cake and holding bagels.

 

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Internet, we have an office.

September was definitely one of the busiest months I’ve had yet. I think I was averaging something like 5 shoots a week, and with three weddings tossed in the mix, plus a few birthdays and regular tasks like housework/raising my child,  I am SO ready for a break. And maybe a few shooters. Or a tranquilizer.
I shot my last wedding for the year a couple of weeks ago and what a way to end the wedding season – it was a gorgeous, amazing fall wedding and the foliage was incredible. The bride and groom were blessed with an amazingly warm autumn day and it was all around nothing short of spectacular.
Enter October. Hurray! Things are slowing down a little bit – though not much but it’s alright because I have twelve hundred pounds of leaves to rake up. Editing (as always) to do. Getting this house into shape (we moved at the end of June and there are still boxes of clothes in our bedroom). Although yesterday I did complete my office – it’s now a functional, useable space and I’m THRILLED. Before it was a desk shoved in a corner surrounded by leaning boxes. Except for the five tubs of photography equipment and props that need to go in the closet which I have not cleared out yet –  I am so happy with my little office. I should probably go get some wine or something and celebrate the fact I’ve been in business for over a year and just NOW have a place I can really call an office – I can even SHUT THE DOOR (unfortunately I can’t lock it – yet) and work in peace, not having to worry about boxes crushing me or wondering if I will be able to find my out to the hallway this time amidst all the boxes and stuff everywhere.
Excuse the putrid paint/wallpaper border combination on the walls. It’s not their by choice, and I sure didn’t pick it. Eventually, when we own our own home, I’ve decided I want my office to be my fortress of solitude/ass kicking station.  This is a temporary home and a temporary office, butat least I can move around in it now!

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