Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My Life Returns to "Normal"

Well, peeps, now that the rush and push of the summer fundraising season is over, it seems like I have a good coast until the end of the year at least. As far as work is concerned. Like I have left work ON TIME the past two days. And I can read. And cook. And see friends. You know...have a life.

Anyhoodle, I have been on a cooking jones the past week, no doubt spurred by the change of seasons. And now that I am off antibiotics (I had a bad sinus infection right before vacay....went to the minute-doc-in-a-box and they gave me a ginormous shot of steroids in the arse and some antibiotics and all was good. Steroids? Rock. Hard.), I have been taking to imbibing again. So here are a few dishes and drinks from the past few days.

Last night, I made my beloved pork steaks. If you've never tried these, go now to your local grocer and demand them. They are like pork ribeyes....slightly fatty, cut thin with a bone, and oh-so-good. I seasoned mine and just grilled them in my grill pan and they were so delish...tender and flavorful. And cheap. Like less than $2.50 per pound.

Then, I roasted some cauliflower. I have seen this so many places recently...just toss some cauliflower with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast. Very easy and yummy.

PAUSE:  I have to go break up pet fights. Hold on.
Sweet Baby Jesus. Charlie was chasing K.K. Who was kicking Charlie's ass. Which just encouraged him. And Pepsi just was sitting on the sidelines barking at the whole shenanigans. Then, Charlie gots all bitey when I tried to remove him. Oh HELL NO, boy. Don't bite the hand that (literally) feeds you. Now Charlie is in time out. Ok, back to blogging.

So this is the pork (cut from bone for my baby hubs) and cauliflower and butternut squash risotto (thanks, Target!) plated. It was yummy, if a bit bland in color.

Last night, I tried this pumpkin ale...it was ok, but nothing I would run out to buy again. That's all.

This drink is one of the things I bought at Cost Plus World Market. It is wine-tea. I was intrigued. It is...interesting. I honestly can't say if I hate it or love it. It def tastes like tea. Weirdly so. But it is REALLY. SWEET. I put a little lemon in it which helped the taste. I think it would be better on a desperately hot summer night, sitting in a screened porch. Yeah. Maybe so.

I know I haven't talked about reading in a while. And it's because, when I have had TIME to read, I've mostly been reading easy-to-digest chick lit that did not require much effort. I am actually reading a book right now I really like. If I continue to like, I will report back.

As far as music, I am loving this Maroon 5 song right now....the video is sorta sexy and sorta campy:



I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED M5's first album. It was brills. Just brills. I did not love their sophmore effort so much. But this song reminds me very much of their first album. I have this song, in particular, on repeat. Well, that's all for now. Hope you all are having a great week so far. Back soon. Loves, B.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fabulous Fall

Well, peeps, it has been a good weekend so far. Yesterday, I went on a short shopping expedition and movie excursion with one of my BFFs. First, we went to DSW, this ginormous shoe store (if they don't have them where you live). I never go there because I wear a BIG. SHOE. And they never have my size in anything. And it depresses me. Shoe shopping is even worse these days because I am an overpronater and need old lady orthotic shoes. BUT LOOK WHAT I FOUND!!! LOOK!!! LOOK!!!


 
Cute Merrell Mary Janes!! Orthotic!! And for $40 off retail!! WHEE!! If they had only had them in brown, my life would totally be complete. OK, that is a bit drastic, but I was terribly excited to find a supportive shoe that I could wear to work and is comfy and is in my size. Score!!

After we went to DSW, we went to Cost Plus World Market, which is like Pier 1 on steroids. With a food section. And a wine section. And you knows how Bunny likes her food and wine. I cannot go into that store without spending $$. It is a FABULOUS store. I bought several food items (shut up!) but I will blog about them later, as I use them. So you will just have to come back to see those surprises!

Friend and I then went to see RED, which was really good and very enjoyable. It was funny and action-packed with a few AWESOME stunts (in fact, DON'T watch the trailer because it gives away some of the best moments! GOD, I HATE WHEN TRAILERS DO THAT! Luckily, I didn't see this trailer before I saw the movie). Go see this movie in the theater before it is gone. BTW, I love that it includes "seasoned" actors--Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen "I Would Go Girl" Mirren, and John Malcovich. Very good casting. And may I say that Brucie has aged extremely well??

He has acquired a ruggedness with age that, combined with his baldness and smirky-smugness thingy, it quite attractive. Yeah. I would totally tap that. And I bet he would keep you laughing too.

Sadly, an unbearable headache landed me home early for a nap. If I didn't know better, I would think I had a brain tumor. But I think it is just from overworking in the yard on Friday which led to tight shoulders/neck and resulting headache. Anyhoodle, I decided to make my favorite SUPER EASY Publix chili for dinner and have a beer...you know, self-medicate.

And I made my own tortilla chips! Which were really good! I just cut up some corn tortillas, sprayed them with olive oil spray and sprinkled them with this before baking:

I bought this at the Williams-Sonoma outlet a while back and had not really used yet, but it was really good on the chips. Here are the chips up close:

Yum! I want some now! It was really just a way to use up the HUGE STACK of fresh tortillas I bought at Wally World for like $1. Honestly, these were super-easy and tasty. Try it! This morning, the hubs made Pumpkin Waffles from Bo's Bowl:


We served them with Cow Wine (that is what I am now calling milk since the hubs has taken a liking to serving milk in my new stemless wine glasses). These waffles were really tasty. Give them a try, too! And I have enough pumpkin left to make my favorite pumpkin pasta later in the week. For now, I need to get a few more chores done today (plant pansies, clean out TBR pile, clean out office) and, maybe, read and relax a little. Hope you are all having a great weekend! XO, B.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Current Addictions

I haven't done one of these posts in a while, so I thought I would give it a whirl. Enjoy the randomness of the things I currently enjoying.

 
Ricotta Salata, a wonderful cheese I want to use in more recipes. Haven't heard of it? Me neither until about a month ago. Here's some info I found online about this amazing cheese: Ricotta Salata is one of Italy's most unusual and least understood sheep's milk cheeses. The milk curds and whey used to make this cheese are pressed and dried even before the cheese is aged, giving this pure white cheese a dense but slightly spongy texture and a salty, milky flavor, like a dry Italian feta. Must investigate more recipes.


 
My new stemless wine glasses I bought at Walmart. Yes. Walmart. Because they were $5 and I have wanted some forever and for $5 I will try just about anything. I am drinking out of one RIGHT NOW. And the wine tastes fine.


 Lay's Kettle Crack chips. Which, BTW, are BOGO this week at the Publix. But ONLY THE PEPPER ones! I loves these totes. Sweet Baby Jesus, that pepper is SO good! I think I will go eat some now. I think Kettle Crack chips and cheap Riesling would pair in a lovely way, no??


Those mother-effin' cupcakes from that local bakery I waxed on about earlier. Hot damn, these things are addictive. Like crack cupcakes. Do you see a pattern here of crackness? I'm just sayin'.



This damn Olay eye roller thingy. I won't say it's the best eye moisturizer I've ever used, but I love the cool, tingly sensation when I use it and rolling it around under my eye. I do think it makes me less puffy, esp. after a night of drinking cheap wine and eating crack chips.

Okay, I've been very upfront about my liquid creamer addiction for a while. And I am lovin' the fact that all the "seasonal" flavors are coming out now. Pumpkin Spice. Sugar & Spice. Gingerbread. Really, they are the only damn reason I drink coffee.

And, of course, with the seasonal creamer comes the seasonal coffees! Hellz, yes, bitches! 
And I lurves me some DD coffees!

This song. Is so beautiful. Enjoy.

Hope you all are well and enjoying life. Kisses & Hugs, B.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Life's a Beach

OK, so that IS a lame-o blog title, but sorry! We just returned from a little sojourn to South GA and the beaches of St. Simons. Which explains why I have been MIA for about a week and a half. Anyhoodle, we spent several glorious days sleeping, relaxing, walking on the beach, eating and sleeping. Oh, yeah, and eating. Here are some pics.

 
As soon as we arrived and unloaded the car, we went to the beach. 
We took the Charlester with us only to see him on the beach. He lurved it!
So many things to smell! And chase! And bark at!

 We were terribly excited about Charlie + beach because our girls? Do/did not love the beach. At all. 

Evidence? Here is Pepsi walking AS FAR AWAY from the water as her leash will allow.
Yes, that tiny dot to the FAR right is Pepsi.

 
And here is Charlie, running into a wave.

 
And digging in the sand.

 
And rolling around on the sand in doggy ecstasy.

 
And still rolling on the sand, while Mama tries to take a photo.

 
Ok, I will act right now, Mama!

 
The hubs and I sitting in the "arm" of one of the hundreds and hundreds of 
old oak trees the cover the island. They are very beautiful.

On Monday, we picnicked in the new waterfront park with a friend (we know a couple who live there and we used to rent their home before they retired to the island full time three years ago)...these crazy crows/ravens were everywhere. I felt like Tippy Herndon.

Monday afternoon we went to Jekyll Island and walked around the historic area 
including the posh Club Hotel, former vacation spot for the wealthy of the late 1800's 
such as the Goodyears and Rockefellers.

 
Faith Chapel on Jekyll....we arrived too late and 
missed the tour which showcases a signed Tiffany window. :(
 
We hit all our old fave food spots....Barbara Jean's (mmmm, chocolate stuff!) and CrabDaddy's (mmmmm, bread pudding!) and Monday night, had dinner somewhere new...tramici. I know it seems weird we chose Italian, but after four straight nights of seafood, I was ready for something different.

 The homemade gnocchi was TO DIE FOR.

Bobs, this is for you....they made their iceberg wedge with a side of pancetta! 
 
 And the chocolate on the rocks dessert was sinfully good.

 And we all went happily home, full and rested.

Except Charlie, who gots the poops his final day and was put on rice and chicken. That's what eating seaweed and who-knows-what-else from the beach will do to a land-loving boy. But I will say he was 
remarkably good on the ride down and back, staying in his car seat the ENTIRE time, both ways.

We also went to St. Mary's on Saturday, however, I forgots to take photos. In fact, I forgots to take photos many times. We have just been to SSI so many times, it was hard to remember to take pics. But we had a nice time and were glad to see our friends and spend some time chillaxin'. Now, we are home and back to reality...I am spending the next few days cleaning the house, inside and out, while the hubs returns to school this evening. Whee. And now we countdown to the holidays! Be back soon! Loves, B.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pride in Pictures: The Bunny Edition

So Bobs and I went to the Atlanta Gay Pride Festival & Parade today. It was the first time for both of us, and we really enjoyed it. I only wish it 1) had been cooler and 2) we could have stayed longer. It was a lot of fun to be in a crowd of such accepting people. Here are my photos from the day. Link over to Bobs' blog for more pics.

 The Atlanta Gay Men's Rugby Team

 Pretty!

 Ms. Atlanta Cotillion 2010....a drag Cotillion that raises money for AID Atlanta.

 The Atlanta Gay Marching Band....

 ....who played "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga!

The flag corp for the Gay Marching Band

The giant Chipotle burrito balloon

 Digging Dykes of Decatur, a new twist on the ladies' garden club

 PFLAG, Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays.....
this group received one of the biggest cheers from the crowd

 Have to give props to this guy who was dancing on top of a moving vehicle!

 Yeah, Atlanta Humane Society!

 So fabulous!
 
 I was very encouraged at the large showing from area churches
in the parade, from Ellijay to Athens, GA!

 Go Macy's!

 Loved this float and the "headdresses"

 Gotta drink more Smirnoff

 The GIGANTIC Pride flag which covered BLOCKS... people threw donations inside...
and look at the HUGE crowd in the background

 40 Years of Pride...Wow....And hats off to Delta for being THE parade sponsor

 Ok, I was a little "WTF?" with this one

Gay Veterans....this group also received a loud round of cheers from the crowd

In all it was a fun day, but more importantly, inspiring and encouraging. It was good to see such a large crowd of all ages, genders and races come to support the festival. And I was glad to be a part of it. Straight but not narrow, B.