Whew! Can you believe that the weekend is finally here? I felt like it would never come. This weekend is going to be full of bear attacks, run ins with crazy red neck hunters, and falls off cliffs. Thats, right ladies and gents….we are going on a 12 mile hike up in the mountains. While I was starting to doze off last night, I was compiling a list of survival gear we need to pack for our hike, even though this is just a day trip. This may sound a little crazy, but my list goes a little something like this:
1. A gun, good enough to knock a bear off its feet if it starts charging, and good enough to get a red neck hunter to back off if he wants to steal The Bike Man’s wife (um, that would be me)
2. Enough food to last a week, maybe 2 in the event we become lost, disoriented, or catch the swine flu
3. Blankets, and pillows because leaves and pine needles just don’t do it for me, and if we get lost and have to spend the night I am sure the news reporters will be there in the morning and I have to look my best
4. Water and diet coke, water for survival and showers, and diet coke because I cant take a coffee pot, hmmmm, on second thought…
5. My pj’s, because I cant sleep in jeans (see # 3)
6. Matches, and a duraflame log, enough said, it gets cold at night
7. A camera, because if anything crazy happens I have to post it on my blog upon my arrival back home
This may sound extreme, and mind you I aint no girly girl, but I do have needs.
So, I leave you with pictures of what my trip will be like…..
Photos from Eye Shutter To Think Photography
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Luckily we have trusty Ridley come with us, with a dog that size you could scare a red neck, and feed a bear (total joke, The Bike Man would be the first to go)!
Country Bliss October 29, 2009
Just wanted to share a few fabulous photos of a 18th Century Farmhouse, located in Connecticut.
Photos from Country Living
I have one true love. Besides the Lord, The Bike Man, my family, Ridley, bike riding and macaroni and cheese. His name is Dexter Morgan. The Bike Man, and I have never really “had” a must-see television show, besides America’s Funniest Home Videos, that is until we were introduced to the full effect of On Demand Cable. We (I) found Showtime, and not the dirty Showtime, the real Emmy winning, full-blown, super-duper awesome television shows. Now, it took awhile, but eventually Dexter ended up in our lives, and now we are hooked (like LiLo on drugs kinda hooked). Currently Showtime is on season 4, so at first we had a LOT of catching up to do, but we did it. If you have time to waste spare, I recommend picking up the seasons, they are as addicting as coke candy.
This, my blog friends, is Dexter. He is a blood splatter analysis in Miami by day, and a serial killer (only bad people die, he has a code) by night….and yes my loves, he will grow on you.
This is Dexter, his wife- Rita (season 3), and baby (season 4). In season 2 there is another lady in his life (Lila)- and you yourself will want to kill her from the moment her character is introduced.
This is our beloved Dexter, and his adopted sister Deb. She will annoy the you know what out of you, she is high maintenance, emotional and always ALWAYS sheds a tear. Despite her flaws, she to will grow on you, and eventually will become endearing (plus she hates Lila too).
From left to right: Detective Quinn, Lieutenant LaGuerta and Detective Batista. This is just a few of the great cast Showtime has chosen for Dexter, there a few others to love too.
I am thinking knowing you will love this show too, at least head over to the website to hear the music.
Hump Day Bliss October 28, 2009
Wednesdays always seem to be the worst. Only half way through the week till the weekend, and less than week away from the next Monday. Wednesdays are hard for me to excercise, wake up, and even get through my day. Besides a glass of wine, dessert is the only thing to look forward to on Hump Day! I always indulge a little extra on Wednesday nights so, from here on out, we are going to make the best out of the mid-week, and have a dessert exchange! To have a true dessert exchange, you as my readers need to provide your favorite dessert recipes too (just leave it in the comments)!
Seeing how October is nearly over, I want to share my favorite fall cookie recipe, that I have made for several years now. This recipe is near and dear to my heart because it is probably the only Martha Stewart recipe I have ever conquered. I have always felt so proud to bring these cookies to any fall occasion, and especially excited when asked to make them. This year I have not had a chance to prepare them myself, however my mother made them for the first time this year, and I was proud of her. You can eat these with a cup of coffee, or a glass of milk, and be sure to know that one is never enough! I hope you give ’em a whirl, I am sure they will give your family as much joy as they have given mine.
Makes about 6 dozen
- FOR THE COOKIES
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
- 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups canned solid-pack pumpkin (14 ounces)
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- FOR THE ICING
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon evaporated milk,
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Make cookies: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a medium bowl; set aside.
- Put butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in eggs. Reduce speed to low. Add pumpkin, evaporated milk, and vanilla; mix until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add flour mixture; mix until combined.
- Transfer 1 1/2 cups batter to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip (such as Ateco #806). Pipe 1 1/2-inch rounds onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until tops spring back, about 12 minutes. Cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks; let cool completely.
- Make icing: Put confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl; set aside. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling pan occasionally, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Immediately add butter to confectioners’ sugar, scraping any browned bits from sides and bottom of pan. Add evaporated milk and vanilla; stir until smooth. Spread about 1 teaspoon icing onto each cookie. If icing stiffens, stir in more evaporated milk, a little at a time. Cookies can be stored in single layers in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.
A note from yours truly: These cookies are super delicious (if you like pumpkin), and easy to make. They are very soft (not normal cookie soft-softer), and not easy to transport right after baking.
So what is your favorite fall dessert?
recipe and photo curtsey of Martha Stewart!
Birthday Bliss October 27, 2009
I wont lie, I love birthdays, especially my own. Even now as an adult my family still gathers to celebrate the joyous occasion whether the birthday person is there or not. So yesterday when I posted about emailing The Bike Man my birthday/Christmas list, my cousin inquired about my wants. For those who don’t know my birthday is November 28th, I was originally born on the day of thanks (Thanksgiving…duh), and thats why it is my favorite forgotten holiday!
As a disclosure statement I must add that I am no typically someone with the “gimmes”, I am actually one who is usually content with very little. It just so happens The Bike Man and I can afford to give me a good Birthday present this year. I am also not a shopper, therefore I do not regularly fall into the temptations of buying all my wants year-round.
Another Disclosure statement, I am not expecting all these items, just one or two….but a girl can dream right?!?
Sweater Dress from Anthropoligie , this is my #1 present that I would like to have
Necklace and earings from Figs and Ginger
Flats from Old Navy
Boots from Old Navy
Ridley and I had a conversation last night (it was mainly me doing the conversing, and him listening). I was explaining to him that as much as I love to cuddle with his 100 lb furry body all night, he is ruining my duvet cover, and white sheets. He gets his hair all over it, he brings dirt from the trails to bed with him, and lets not talk about his chewing problem. Now, I know it is my fault for allowing him up there in the first place. The first day we brought him home he couldn’t even jump up on the bed, therefore we lifted him up and started the bad habit. So I was thinking about getting the Rid-ster a bed of his own. There is this great website called All Modern Pet, that carries some of the coolest stuff for our furry family members.
Ridley did not exactly agree to spending his nights on a dog bed, however he did take interest in another item that he could get his chew on…but straight from the horses (dogs) mouth…All Modern Pet is cool enough for Ridley, cool enough for me, and cool enough for your pup too!! Tell me what you think? Are puppy beds the way to go, or do you let your bedding go to the wayside all for your pooch?