Monday, August 31, 2009

I'm thinking there will be a wedding...

From Page Six:
THOSE rumors of an imminent Chelsea Clinton wedding have picked up steam. A Post reporter yesterday spotted preparations in full gear for a very large gathering on Chappaquiddick island. A big stage was being built and a large tent, capable of seating hundreds, was going up near the property's breathtaking water view. Martha's Vineyard has been abuzz all summer with speculation about Chelsea's supposed nuptials with her investment-banker boyfriend, Marc Mezvinsky. But so far, there have been nothing but denials from the Clinton camp, and talk that President Obama was going to attend seems to have no foundation, as he returns to work today. Still, rumors persist that Chelsea's daddy, Bill Clinton, has rented property on the island.

Will and Will make me laugh

PM Edition of the Hotness

Today's PM hotness is ....Jason Mraz! Jason has made history by having the longest song on the charts...I'm Yours...has been on the charts for 71 weeks! Click the link below for the full story.

Jason Mraz Makes Chart History With 71-Week Run

Thank you Julia Child and Ariel

The stunning Ariel’s party wouldn’t have been the success it was if Julia Child hadn’t written her boeuf bourguignon recipe. It was easy to make (just a handful of steps) and the final result was worth every pot and pan I had to wash! It was delicious! Julia suggested serving it with boiled potatoes…While Julia didn’t say to cover them in butter…I did and tossed in some parsley.

The evening had everything you need for a successful party. Great people, Champagne and Wine, Delicious food...the only not so hot part was knowing that in a week Ariel will be headed back to Chicago. Maybe I’ll throw her a party there!?

So, thank you Julia Child! Thank you for guiding me through the steps to make a delicious meal for a great friend. And Thank You, Ariel for being a great friend, a savvy journalist and a top notch fashionista!

Vintage stemware, silver and plates set the table

Boiled potatoes with butter and parsley

Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon

The plates

Looks like everyone enjoyed their meal

Creme Brulee the Final Stage

We all know I made the creme brulee in the early AM of dinner party day. Creme Brulee is a great dessert for friends! The whole torching it adds the little extra Za Za Zoo to wrap up your evening! It was delicious!

Sprinkle sugar over each brulee

Torch it baby!

Want a nice and crunchy layer of sugar.

French Press coffee

Best Brulee Ever!

Ariel's French Inspired Dinner Party

Hosted a farewell dinner party for Ariel. We are all sad she is leaving so her send off had to be a home run! With Julia Child as my guide and Paris as my inspiration I think I might have had the best dinner party yet!

The Eiffel Tower

Here is to Ariel!


J.Rose and Ariel

Creme Brulee Anyone?

Bathroom Renovation...75% done!

The best handyman in the whole world aka my Dad came down this weekend and helped me with my never ending bathroom project. We finished the tub and put up the new light (I love the light). All that is left is making a cabinet and I have to put down one more layer of grout on the floor! It is slowly coming along!

few new pieces of tile, refinished the tub, new shower knobs
and new shower head

My great art deco light

new floor and super crazy pink walls

Song of the Day

Am Edition of the Hotness

I love Le Creuset! I have one piece and I hope to add to it! It's beautiful enamelled cast iron cookware...with a classic French style! Perfect for using on the stove, in the oven and under the grill, the enamelled cast iron distributes heat evenly. Le Creuset is an investment that will last for life, each piece is individually sand cast and is appropriate for all types of cooker.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

My Beautiful Chandelier from Buenos Aires

Dad and Big Bro helped me install my favorite story and item from Buenos Aires! So pretty!

Hooking up my new light

Best Handyman is my Dad!

Phantom of the Opera in my apt!

Beef Bourguignon for Ariel's party!

Cracking open my Mastering the Art of French Cooking and attempting to make Boeuf Bourguignon. Here are some snaps!

The Book! Bacon cooking in the pot!

Adding the meat to the bacon grease

Beef cooking with the bacon

I took out the beef & bacon and then browned onions and
carrots. Added beef bacon to it.

Adding a good red to the beef, bacon, carrots and
onion mixture. Then into the over for 3 hours!

Creme Brulee Step 2

Take 6 yolks and combine with 1/2 cup sugar. Whisk!

Tempure the yolk mixutre.

Filling ramekins

Place in 325 degree oven.

Creme Brulee Anyone!? Step 1

Main ingredents: Sugar, Cream and Vanilla

Scrapping pulp out of vanilla bean.

Putting pulp into cream.

Heavy cream, bean and pulp.

Getting the yolks.
Today is the Stunning Ariel's farewell dinner party. It is Julia Child inspired. The first thing I conquered was the creme brulee's. Here are a few of the snaps of the steps.
Take the main ingredients: 1 qt Heavy cream, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 vanilla bean.
Scrape bean and remove the pulp out of the quart of cream and and bean pulp and the bean into a saucepan. Bring to boil...let sit for 15 min while you work on the egg yolk mixture. Take 6 yolks mix them with 1/2 cup sugar. Take the hot cream mixture and temper it into the eggs. Once all of the mixture has been combined...pour into ramekins and place baking dish. Pour hot water around ramekins...making a water bath. Place in 325 degree oven. Bake for 40-45 min, they will be wobbly. Take out of baking dish and place in fridge.
30 minutes prior to service pour sugar on each one and then torch it! The burning of the sugar creates a delicious crunchy layer. Delicious!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Weekend Edition of the Hotness

Our weekend hotness has been selected by Big Brother. Why did Big Brother pick Wow Wow Wubbzy? Because Big Bro says, "it is the only thing that keeps Lucy from tearing up the house". So here it is...Wow Wow Wubbzy.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Shocking News! DJ AM found dead in NYC

NEW YORK, New York -- Adam Goldstein, also known as DJ AM, has been found dead in New York City at the age of 36, Access Hollywood has confirmed.
Goldstein's body was found on the seventh floor of an apartment building on Lafayette Street, according to New York station WNBC.
Police sources told Access Hollywood that Goldstein is believed to have died of a drug overdose.
Additionally, WNBC reported that drug paraphernalia was found near his body.
Friends reportedly went to check on the celebrity DJ after not hearing from him for several days, but contacted authorities when they could not get a response from knocking on his door, law enforcement officials told WNBC. Police were reportedly called and eventually broke down the door only to discover Goldstein's body.

PM Edition of the Hotness

My fave sneakers are today's PM hotness! Go get a pair!

Fast Food Tour of Austin

Boo lives in Austin. I love Boo and I love Austin. Throw in fast food and you have the best day ever!
Read What About Blog's recent post re: my upcoming trip to Austin.
Boo's Blog can be found here.

Michael Jackson's Death Ruled a Homicide

The Los Angeles County coroner announced on Friday that Michael Jackson's death has been ruled a homicide.

According to the coroner's report, the singer suffered from "acute propofol intoxication." Other drugs detected in his system included midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine, and ephedrine.

The homicide finding – meaning death at the hands of another – is only one of five rulings a coroner can make in a death investigation. Among the others: natural, suicide, accident, and "could not be determined."

Jackson, who was 50, died June 25

Did you hear that? My heart just broke!

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt will soon be husband and wife.

The Office star, 29, and actress, 26, who have been dating since November 2008, are engaged, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

"We can confirm that John and Emily are engaged," says the rep.

Thanks, Angelo

WEST VIEW, Pa. — Only minutes after Prohibition died in 1933, Angelo Cammarata, 19, served a 10-cent bottle of Fort Pitt beer to a customer in his father's neighborhood grocery.

Ever since, except for a 30-month hitch during World War II, the son of Italian immigrants has been tending bar and serving drinks. Guinness World Records dubbed him the longest-serving bartender a decade ago, and he's earned induction into Jim Beam's Bartender Hall of Fame and numerous other honors.

Now 95, he's calling it quits.

Full Story

Love this party favor!

I love love LOVE this party favor! I might use this for Boo's baby shower.

Pink and Green Party

Check out this great 5th birthday party with a pink and green theme! Love it!

Take that skinny models!

NEW YORK — Crystal Renn was miserable as a super-thin model who had heart palpitations when she'd worry that there might be calories in Diet Coke.

Her moment of epiphany came when "I couldn't walk another step without being exhausted, or having hair clumps falling out." She knew she needed to live in the body she was supposed to have – specifically a curvy size 12.

In a new memoir "Hungry," Renn, now a plus-size model, exposes her struggles with weight, health and self-esteem, fueled by the industry she says she still loves.

That is, she loves it now that she has been accepted – even embraced – by the fashion world.