Sunday, January 30, 2011

Same Old, Same Old

Peeps, I know I have fallen off the face of the Earth. I guess, like some of my other bloggy friends, I have been hibernating. I really don't have much new to tell about my life. I have been cooking (and eating), but the same old things. I have been drinking, but the same old things. I have been watching movies and TV and listening to music, but the same old things. Just not a whole lot of new here at Casa Bunny. There are, however, a few things of note I have enjoyed over the past two weeks:



I have been watching American Idol's new season. I LURVE me some Steven Tyler, BTW. I have never been a hater or lover of Aerosmith, but he is reinvigorating this show as far as I am concerned. Regardless, the video above is so wonderful (mascara alert!!) and I love what Steven Tyler says to Julie at the end.

I also went and saw The King's Speech and Blue Valentine last weekend. Blue Valentine was "meh" but The King's Speech is so, so good. Go see it. Wonderful. And I LURVE me some Colin Firth. Yum.

I also "rediscovered" Jane Monheit, a very talented but not well known jazz artist. And beautiful. Oh, so beautiful. Here is one of my favorites by her:



I also have watched Temple Grandin (very good), Secretariat (not bad), The September Issue (very interesting) and The Kids are All Right (wished it was better). I also saw this online last week and thought it hysterical:



If you don't know the reference, this won't be so funny, but if you do, it's awesome. Simply awesome.

Well, I am off to finish watching the SAG awards and the season finale of Real Housewives of Atlanta. Oh, Hellz, yes! Have a great week! XO, Bunch

Saturday, January 15, 2011

What A Week!

Wowza, peeps! It's been an INTERESTING week. Weird and fun and glorious and...wow. The week started with a blizzard by southern standards. Here's some pics:

 It started around 11 p.m. Sunday night. And it didn't stop. ALL. NIGHT. LONG. It snowed RIGHTUPTO the front door. When I opened the door and saw this, I was like "Holy Shit. We're fucked."

 Six inches. In some areas of life, a good thing. For snow in GA, a nightmare.

 
Snowed right up to the damn back door too.Yeah. We WERE fucked.

This photo is my fave though....a little snow dunce hat on the cherub. Ha.

So, yeah, after waking up at 3 a.m. Monday and seeing the copious amounts of snowfall, I was just wrought. I prayed for hours for the dear Lord to please keep the electricity on. And, bless the Lord, we never lost electricity. We also did not leave our house for three days. The temps stayed below freezing, a coat of icy slush came through the next day and coated the snow, and it was a hot mess. Well, not hot, but you get me. Anyhoodle, it's still melting and probably will be still melting in June. We are just ill equipped to handle this much snow here. However, the shitty weather did give me time to cook.

This recipe is a Publix Apron recipe, Country Garden Chicken with Cheesy Grits. Yummers. Very easy and hearty and tasty and comfort-type food. I served it with roasted cauliflower. I am having a love affair with cauliflower right now. It is so good roasted...just toss with a little EVOO, salt and pepper, and bake on 400 for about 20 minutes, until gets brown around edges. Wish I had a plate now.

This awesome looking dish is skillet lasagna. What a revelation! I love lasagna, but it is SO labor intensive. This dish has all the flavor, with a LOT less work. But plenty to eat, share and keep for leftovers.
Here it is plated. Yes, I couldn't resist "taste testing" the bread. I have a passion for that frozen garlic Texas toast. It's so awful and yet so good. It's all Bobs fault. He served me some several months ago and made me have a big jones for it.

 
I also made snow ice cream, which I had never done before (because we haven't had this much snow here since ever). 

Vanilla Frosties ain't got nothing on Bunny Snow Creme. 

 
Top with dark chocolate syrup = heaven in a bowl.

 As you saw from the previous post, Tuesday was the Charlester's B-Day and, of course, we gots him a doggie cake.

What's dat' Daddy??

 First tentative bites, quickly turned to....

 Gobbling it down!

 After his hard partying, Charlie was only interested in burrowing down for a long winter's nap.

The rest of the week was pretty uneventful. Since I am one of those "lucky" people who can work from home, I did (the downside of our electricity never going out). I made it back to work for a few hours on Thursday and then all day Friday. Today, I ran around like a fiend trying to prepare for the family b-day celebration I am hosting tomorrow. I did, however, make time for a manicure.

I cannot TELL you the last time I had polish on my fingernails. I use my hands too much. I am sure this manicure will be marred in a day (esp. since I am planning heavy cooking tomorrow morning) however, I have loved this short, dark look for awhile and really wanted to try it. I thought, "why the Hell not??" That may be my new mantra for 2011. Next up....shocking highlights, a piercing in an unusual place and maybe a tattoo! ;) Lastly, here's my favorite song of the week:



Loves this song totes, though it is very "summer" song and I wish it had come out about June. Well, that's all peeps, I hope you all had a great week! With love, B.

PS, the dudes in the liquor store and I made a bet today about how many babies will be born in October from all the "Snow Screwing." Just sayin.'


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Happy Birthday to My Boy!

 Today, 1-11-11, is the first birthday of my baby boy, Charlie.

Here is the first photo I took of Charlie, at 8 weeks old, the day after he was surrendered to the shelter. Oh, lordy, did we AGONIZE over adopting him. But we are so glad we did.

 Now, I am NOT going to lie....raising a puppy was new to me. And hard. Very hard. The chewing and biting and midnight poops almost broke me.

Oh, and the pee pad shredding. That was pretty damn crappy, no pun intended.

 But then we would see this FACE....this cute little old man face....and our hearts would melt.

And then he started to grow....

And grow.....

And grow some more.

And though he STILL tortures K.K. (though she quickly puts him in his place!)....

And is a toy hoarder (but plays VERY well by himself )....

And chews the rugs (which drives Mr. Martha CRAZY)....

And eats bras, socks and anything made from paper including and especially dryer sheets....

 He also is a very good boy, and treats his older sister pretty well....

Has made good friends at doggie day care....

 Loves his daddy something awful (the feeling is mutual)....

 Loves to ride in his car seat in mama's truck....

 "Endures" extended belly rubs....

 And also endures silly sweaters....

And hoodies....

And photos with Santa....

 And naps on daddy's lap....

 And snuggling with mama on movie night.

 Yep, he's taken over our house and our hearts.

And we couldn't be happier about it. Happy Birthday, Charlie! Love, Mama.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sunday on Monday: The 2011 Blizzard Edition

Well, peeps, I am stranded inside today due to 6+ inches of snow that fell in GA last night (and more bad weather on the way today in the form of icy mix). I know everyone makes fun of Southerners when it snows and all comes to a standstill but, really, we just ain't PREPARED for this stuff. Even knowing this was coming for days, our DOT and power companies just can only be so prepared because we get this type of weather so infrequently.

Anyhoodle, while I have power, I thought I would work a little and blog a little and do a lot of praying that the power stays ON. I actually brought work home with me....and there is plenty of chores around the house....if the power stays ON. Say it with me....ON. Stay ON. However, if it goes off, we have one LED candles and 15 bottles of wine. By the time they reach us and restore power, my liver will be pickled.

Lots has been going on here the past week so I will try to catch you up. It has been full steam ahead since the holidays ended. I feel like I am caught in a whirlwind. Last weekend, I decided to do a little bargin shopping at the outlets near my home and look what I gots:

 First, I went to the Bath & Body Works outlet and, due to their Big Sale and holiday markdowns, scored all this for like $30. Five wallflowers, three lip glosses, three lotions, one body cream, two sprays, a Sweet Pea gift set (for my niece's bday!) and two poofs. One of the sets also is for a gift. The rest is selfishly mine. All mine.

 This coconut summer vanilla lip gloss was like $1. It's like a pina colada for your lips. Mmmm.

 I also went to the Williams-Sonoma outlet because I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket and made out like a bandit there, too. I FINALLY bought me one of these Oxo "from the top" measuring cup. Great to use. Sorta a bitch to store.

In foodstuffs, I bought $10 salt (which is actually now $12 but was 1/2 price so I gots it for $6), my fave chili-lime rub (great for nachos!) and a new rub, Buttermilk Ranch. Cannot WAIT to try.

 Also bought a roasted red pepper pasta sauce and a pepper & corn "topper" for cheapo. But here it is folks....my purchase of the day:

HELLZ, yes, it IS an All Clad saute pan/skillet. FINALLY. After talking about it more than a year. And it was worth the wait because it was discounted for the outlet, then 50% MORE off, and then I had a $50 gift card, so I was able to buy it for like $15. Seriously.

It's the deep 4-qt. with lid. Here's a side view. I have not used it yet (I am hoarding it for something special!) but I will report back when I do. The hubs also gots a good steal deal:

 Beautiful 500 thread count, 100% cotton Ralph Lauren sheets that look like they were made to go with our current comforter set. We are sleeping on them now. Silky! I also bought a few other things last weekend on super sale:
Cool purse mirror and bejeweled file at Ulta for .49 and .99, respectfully. I also bought a few out-of-season China Glaze nail polishes for $1.99 each. Score!

I also went to Sam's and Walmart for general grocery and household shopping and purchased this book at Sam's. We are trying to do better about eating at my house (both of us!) and this book gives a reasonable look at portion control and calorie counting. 

 In other news, I made this gnocchi mac & cheese on New Year's Day and, while goldeny brown delicious looking, it was a taste fail. I am not even going to link to the recipe. Sad day when any kind of mac & cheese sucks.

However, we did have a traditional meal of pork steaks, peas & green salad and cornbread, all which made up for the yucky gnocchi.

I am on a bender in regards to scarfs right now....look at this lovely, lovely orange and gold pashmina my moms bought me for $4. SO PRETTY. LOVES! I also have one in a plummy pink and have been wearing them to death.

Because it is so nasty here, we've been letting K.K., our long suffering and neglected cat, come indoors. We do, however, let her outside to potty. Here she is yesterday, apres potting, awaiting us to open the door and let her back in.

She's all hunkered down, tucked up, head down, on a bed of leaves.

 And here she is, safely inside again. "Damn right, bitches. This is more like it." Finally, I am not going to post any photos of the snow (I think you've all seen snow....it's white, it's fluffy) but after going out this morning to clear the stoop and a place for the fur kids to go potty, I was HUNGRY, so I made Big Southern Snow Day Breakfast:

 Bacon, biscuits, grits and scrambled eggs. Bunny don't play when it comes to snow days! Hope you all are warm and safe wherever you are. I am off to work, if I can unfreeze my fingers!. XO, B.