Thursday, November 26, 2009
to a marathon of cooking. After eagerly anticipating watching "Julie & Julia" on my last
flight, I can not help but think it was more than a coincidence the "En Route" magazine in
the seat pocket in front of me was 'The Food Issue'!
Until now, the closest I've come to my own "Julie & Julia" experience was prepping for my
last Pampered Chef Open House. I frantically made recipe after recipe- whipping, chopping,
baking and simmering, sampling, tossing, adjusting and redoing. Making my way through the
new cookbook, though significantly smaller than "Mastering the Art of French Cooking", I
mentally noted the keepers, what to tweak for next time, and what to forget. Having never
before forced myself to make a selection of recipes in this manner, it was truly a unique
experience. There was this drive that I MUST finish, or I MUST get it right that caused me
to try, try and try again until I was proud of my dish.
Have you ever had the desire to cook your way through a cookbook? Does flipping through a
new Rachel Ray magazine trigger a desire to rush out and buy every ingredient you need to
lock yourself in your kithen for the rest of the day?
For me, reality sets in shortly after. Can I afford all those ingredients? When do I really
have time to make all this? Who will eat all this food? Perhaps, it is time my friends and I
started to throw dinner parties, rather than heading out for Tuesday Tapas!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
· Make a fall wreathe
· Change the weather stripping on the side door - I can SEE the light from outside, that can't be good for the heating bill!
· Clean the eaves - still some shingles to be removed
· Bring in my geranium and pull up my dahlias · Pull up the rest of my carrots
· Paint my porch lights (the hose chipped some paint off them)
· Touch up paint and seal around windows where its needed
· Put away the patio furniture
- Lacquer crab apples - is this even possible???!
- Rake leaves (I've collected 4 bags so far, there's probably 14 left...)
- Heating ducts completed for bathroom
- Final roof caps
Sunday, November 1, 2009
- white glue (like the kind you had in kindergarten)
- tissue or toilet paper
- foam brushes and sponges
- corn syrup
- red food colouring - you can also add some green and yellow to darken the 'blood'
- red & black tempera paint
- white face paint - bought at a party store
- black eyeshadow - for dark hollows around your eyes
- hairspray & comb - tease and spray your hair 'messy'