Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!!


Happy Halloween Everyone!!!
Pictures to come, I promise.....unless of course i get lost in a cemetary on the way home and am overrun with vampires and ghosts...then i might not post pictures. but i'll still try.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Uh-Oh Boredom....



I cut bangs.

I was bored.

This shouldn't happen.




So then i decided to blog about it. and in my attempts to photograph myself, my husband lovingly showed me the Photo Booth application on the new iMac. It's so fun. You get to pick all these different effects for your photo. So instead of trying to pick one, i picked five. So here are five different ways of looking at my new haircut.



Knowing me though, these new found bangs will only last about 4 days, then i'll start pinning them back and combing them to the side until they grow out. Or at least until I decide at another time of boredom to cut them again.





Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Save The Planet, Save The World

Bloggers Unite - Blog Action Day



Mike and I try to save the planet by:

-Not using plastic grocery bags
-Setting the water on medium/low when washing dishes (as opposed to full power)
-Recycling (Mike now rinses out food containers so they can be recycled. our goal is to not have any garbage)
-Turning the lights off when we're not in the room (this is a hard one for me)
-Shorter Showers

What do you do to save the world?

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Pumpkin Cupcakes

So, to tie over some Sunday boredom I decided to get domestic and bake some cupcakes. And not just any cupcakes, pumpkin cupcakes. One of my favorite vegetables! (probably because it's usually in the form of desserts and pies)
So in case your in the Fall spirit, here's the recipe. It's from Martha Stewart .com. And the frosting recipe's just one that's known I guess.

Pumpkin Cupcakes
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp groung dinger
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unslaed butter, melted and cooled
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree



1. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice, set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and eggs. Add dry ingredients, and whisk until smooth. Whisk in pumpkin puree.
3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about halfway. Bake until tops spring back when touched and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, let cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 8 oz block 1/3 Reduced Fat cream cheese (feel free to use full strenth if desired)
3 cups sifted powdered sugar

1. Beat vanilla and cream cheese with a mixer at hight speed until fluffy
2. Add powdered sugar and beat at low speed just until blended.


Mike and I have already had 5, so I'm taking the rest to work tomorrow so our teeth don't fall out by the end of the week.
Oh yeah, and I substitute Pumpkin Pie spice for all the spices except Allspice. Enjoy!!

The Golfs-mans



Mike and I went golfing yesterday...and we were so good we thought we should change our last name to Golfsman.
Well, it wasn't real golfing to some. We played at Peter Hay Golf Course, which is a Par-3 9-hole course. But...it's right by the first tee of the Pebble Beach course, and it's free to walk on any time. So it's much more convenient then this whole tee time business.

It was pretty funny...we showed up with our golf bags and gloves, ready to show what we've got. Then we realized that only about 4 people on the course actually had a bag full of clubs, most people just carried the 3 they brought with them. That should give you an idea of the level of playing this course demands.
It was pretty much like a putt-putt course, you just had to hit it 75 yards to start the putt putt part.
But we had a great time, we even had a whole family of deer with us on the 8th whole. Friendly.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

My First BLT

Okay. Seriously...I've had sandwiches before, and I'm not so sheltered that I've never come into contact with a BLT. It's just, I've always created my own variations of the sandwich like a BLC or a BCM. (bacon lettuce cheese or bacon cheese mustard)
You see, I've never been a fan of tomatoes. And growing up there were lots of different foods i didn't enjoy, bleu cheese, vegetables, etc. And most of them I have grown to enjoy if not love. But tomaotes have been one i've just had trouble enjoying...but every 6 months or so i try again and still don't like them.
Now that we live in Central California, land of produce (i really think 50% of the country's produce is grown here if not more) but here i've been trying harder. A few weeks ago we had BLT's (i of course had my own version) and Mike forced me to eat a bit of his sandwich with the tomato. well, it wasn't all bad. now i'm not going to go so far as to say that i really loved it, but i didn't want to vomit when i ate it. And that's a big step.
So today, mike and I had BLT's for lunch and I officially had a traditional BLT with Bacon, lettuce and tomato. nothing less, nothing more. and i enjoyed it.
It's one more step to being a grown-up I guess.

 
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