Archive for December, 2011

December 30, 2011

Come Clean Friday

I had too many Golden Monkeys followed by too many glasses of wine and became the friendliest person in the bar. You know that girl. I noticed a cute couple nearby and needed an icebreaker so that I could become their new best friend. So I complimented his hideous gold iPhone case. And I didn’t drop it. He was so impressed by my good taste, clearly I am a good actress, that he gave it to me. I couldn’t decline. You see, he is Asian. Isn’t it extremely offensive to decline gifts in the Asian culture? So I accepted and gave him by simple black case to protect his own phone. Looking back, I think I kept on about the case because his accent was so thick that I couldn’t understand a word he was saying. I also think I might have actually liked the case that night. You can imagine my shock when my alarm went off the following morning and the glare of the sunlight bouncing off the shiny gold almost blinded me. I made myself use it for a week as a shameful reminder of my excessive alcohol consumption. That, and I didn’t have time to get a new case.

December 28, 2011

Christmas Favorites

The Christmas season is officially over. Our Charlie Brown tree is on the curb, and the leftover goodies are in the trash. No more temptation for me to eat crap or for Fred to drink from the tree every evening. Now it is time to share with you a few of my favorites from this holiday season.

My favorite holiday decoration. Sherman dressed up as Rudolph. If the name Sherman is causing any confusion, we renamed him when the husband pointed out that Anita was a girl’s name and girl deer do not have antlers.

My favorite gift I gave. Handmade stationary for my mom-in-law. It turned out even better than I expected. And it took longer than I expected.

My favorite gift I received. It is a close race. It was my iPad (welcome to the end of 2011, self-proclaimed Mac girl!), but I have been wearing my new Bose noise cancelling headphones all evening while the husband watches golf. They just might be a godsend.

One of my favorite moments. Watching the husband and his grandma laugh until they cried while watching talking animal videos on his phone.

Now we have one major event left; a NYE party hosted by us! We get to use all our new serving pieces and the 40 place settings we have stored from the wedding. Who wants to do dishes on Jan 1 for me?

December 27, 2011

Wedding Photos…Finally

It all came together better than I imagined with so many special touches that were just…us.  Our own vows, favorite flowers in mismatched vases, homebrew, dogs, custom shirts, vintage napkins, antique crystal and silver from family, babies, croquet, specialty cocktails, hitting golf balls into the lake (yes, golf in a wedding dress), wood fired pizza, our own playlist with our favorites, homemade photo booth, people we love and cherish.

It was a perfect day.  It was the best moment of my life.  (I stole that last sentence from my vows.)

Check out the photos on Pinterest.  The not-so professional and/or appropriate photos are on facebook.

*Photography by Paul Go of


December 10, 2011

Acorn Squash Soup Recipe

I seriously owned the kitchen this week.  Seriously.  The food blog name winner is, but it might need to be  Just saying.  I have a feeling you might agree after you try my recipe for acorn squash soup.  The husband’s reaction after his first bite…”Holy shit!”

Why acorn squash? I had them sitting in a bowl in my kitchen for 2 months.  It was time to get rid of them.  I did a little research on how to prepare the squash.  I kept reading that you should peel it and then boil it.  How the hell do you peel that thing?  I would cut a finger off.  I made the smarter decision and roasted them.  Then I used my basic soup base.  Onion, garlic, and chicken stock.  Here’s the full recipe.

Acorn Squash Soup

  • 2 acorn squash
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1.5-2 cans of chicken broth (or more depending on how it looks)
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 big pinch of sugar
  • Lemon or balsamic vinegar

Preheat the oven to 450.  Half the acorn squash and discard the seeds and strings.  Place them skin side down in a baking dish.  I put a little water in the dish too.  Not sure why, but I have always done it that way.  I also put a tiny piece of butter on each squash.  Bake squash for 30 minutes.

While the squash cools a little, saute the onion and garlic in a couple tablespoons of butter until tender.  Spoon the squash out of the shells and throw it in the pot with the onion mix.  Immediately add the chicken broth.  I eyeballed the amount and made sure it was enough to cover the squash.  Add S&P and a little thyme and sage.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes.  It won’t take long since you already cooked the squash.

Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.  Return it to the pot.  Stir in the cream now.   Don’t get crazy.  Do small amounts at first to get it where you like it.  I added a little more thyme and sage at this point.  Then I decided to throw in a large pinch of sugar to balance all the savory.  It also needed more salt.

Ladle it into bowls and squeeze lemon over it.  I have also done fig balsamic vinegar.  The vinegar bite finishes it perfectly.


December 9, 2011

Come Clean Friday

Last week I am came across a poster I really like, but I couldn’t buy it.  I didn’t know what it meant.  It said “I am going to blog the ish out of this.”  It was like I was your sweet, doe eyed grandma that laughs at jokes without understanding the punch line.  I didn’t know what ish meant, but I had a hunch it was funny as hell.  So I laughed and thought about adding it to my cart.

I read a blog this week and saw ish used in context.  I almost screamed eureka!  Ish means shit!  I knew it was funny.  Urban Dictionary then confirmed my assumption.  Keeping white girls everywhere current with street slang.

Find the poster from Yankee Hipster here:



December 5, 2011

Food Blog and Asparagus Soup Recipe

I am going to become a professional soup chef.  Yep, soup; not sous.  Now I have to give myself a pat on the back.  I am pretty damn good at creating scrumptious soups.  Because it is so cold this week, I will be featuring a few of my recent creations.  The soup du jour tonight is asparagus and leek soup because I had 2 lbs of asparagus that were about to go limp.  If you have read my recipes before, you know I am not very good at measuring, so use your best judgement on how much of each ingredient.

Before we dive into the recipe, I need your opinion.  The husband and I have talked about creating a food blog.  That means I will have a food blog and will do all the posting while he takes photos.  We are in a disagreement about the name.  I like  He hates it.  Other options are and  What do you think?  Or do I just post to TPJ since I will be doing all the damn work?  I already purchased all the urls so don’t try to beat me to it.

Asparagus and Leek Soup

  • 1 large leek chopped (white and pale green parts only and rinse well after you chop)
  • 1 chopped shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 lbs asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • Heavy whipping cream (until it looks right and tastes right and other cream substances will work)
  • Fresh grated parmesan to taste

Cook leek, shallot, and garlic in butter until the leek is softened. Add asparagus, broth, and water and simmer until asparagus is tender.  Probably about 10 minutes.  It will get pureed, so it is okay if you over cook it a bit.

Purée soup in a blender until smooth. Put it back in the pot.  Stir in cream, cheese, and add S&P to taste.  I let it simmer for a while at this point to help reduce some of the liquid.  I might have added too much water.

If you want to get fancy and French.  You can pour it through a sieve before you add the cream.  I did not do that.  I am lazy, but if someone asks me, I will say I prefer to keep my soup rustic.

December 2, 2011

Come Clean Friday

I wore a Snuggie in a bar.  Not because I was participating in a pub crawl or because I thought it was cute.   I was freezing and it was the only thing in my car that could keep me warm.  It was a white elephant gift a couple years ago that quickly became the dog blanket.  I can mentally hear everyone breathe a sigh of relief.

We were watching football in a bad ass beer bar (The Friendly Spot), and I was wearing a pink Snuggie.  Okay, the husband was watching football.  I was tweeting and deciding what team has the best uniform.  The Friendly Spot is an outdoor bar and on this chilly evening, even a beer buzz couldn’t keep me warm.  So, I shamefully put on the Snuggie.  At first I tried to wear it like a chic shawl.  Yeah right…a chic, fleece, pepto pink shawl.  I eventually wiggled it up around me and wore it like a bathrobe.  Just like they do in the commercials.  The husband was proud.  So there is my Come Clean Friday story.

PS – If you are ever in San Antonio and like beer, you must visit The Friendly Spot.

December 1, 2011

Friendly Reminder

I keep this sticky note in my desk drawer. A coworker gave it to me as a friendly reminder that my office is inconveniently located in the middle of our space and my voice carries very, very far. I have learned that all can hear what I have to say.

It also inspired me to buy, my latest business venture.

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