Monday, May 31, 2010

PM Edition of the Hotness


Pam101 is trying to transition back to blond. It looks like it is going to be a timely and expensive project. Today's PM Hotness is ...platinum. I only wish I was brave enough to pull it off.

Dropping a Knowledge Bomb


Here are some KB's about the incredible edible egg:

History of Egg Production: Today

In the major egg producing states, flocks of 100,000 laying hens are not unusual and some flocks number more than 1 million. Each of the roughly 280 million laying birds in the U.S. produces from 250 to 300 eggs a year. In total, the U.S. produces about 75 billion eggs a year, about 10% of the world supply.

Each year, about 60% of the eggs produced are used by consumers, about 9% are used by the foodservice industry and the rest are turned into egg products which are used mostly by foodservice operators to make the meals we eat in restaurants and by food manufacturers to make foods like mayonnaise and cakes mixes.

Using highly sophisticated technology, egg producers have kept prices low. While other food costs have skyrocketed, eggs continue to be one of nature’s best bargains among high-quality protein foods.

Eggs Baked With Spinach And Feta In Tomato Shell


This is one of my favorite breakfasts. It is quick, healthy and delicious. If you slice through the middle, you will see the red of the tomato, green of the spinach and white and yellow from the egg all piled on top of one another. It is great for entertaining or even a multitasking morning: Finish getting ready as they bake away in the oven.
Eve Turow for NPR

Ingredents:
Makes 4 servings

4 large ripe tomatoes
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 medium eggs
4 tablespoons feta cheese
1 pound spinach

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut off tomato tops and set aside (may be used later as garnish). Run a paring knife around the inside edge of the tomato and scoop out insides, creating a tomato shell. Sprinkle the insides with salt and pepper and turn the tomatoes upside down on a towel to dry and drain out any excess liquids.

In the meantime, steam or sautee the spinach. To steam, fill a pan with a thin layer of water and bring to a boil. Turn off the burner, add the spinach and cover the pan until the spinach wilts. Drain out excess water once the spinach is cooked. Stand the tomatoes right side up in a pan, and place approximately 1/4 cup spinach into the bottom of each, pressing down to make room for other ingredients. Break an egg inside each tomato shell. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and feta cheese. Place in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Do not let the yolks become too firm. Serve immediately.

Happy Birthday Dad


Pam101 fans...today is Papa P's 60th Birthday! I am sure he will be celebrating by working on his tan in his garden. Have a good one Dad!

Song of the Day



Happy Memorial Day Everyone! Let's remember what this day is all about.

AM Edition of the Hotness


Today's AM Hotness isn't an item. It isn't something you can buy or hold. It's...my favorite kitchen colors! Orange and Green! More specifically the great orange and green colors of the 70's. Hotness!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

InStyle brings us some summer hairstyles


Fishtail Braid

WHAT MAKES IT COOL The intricacy of the fishtail is a fun twist on the side-braid trend, says Lewis's stylist Ben Cooke.

GET IT (DON'T SWEAT IT!) 1. Pull hair to one side, but don’t secure. 2. Divide into two even pieces. 3. Take a small section of hair from under one of the pieces and wrap it over that section and under the other. 4. Repeat, alternating sides through the length of the ponytail. 5. Secure with a clear band, then gently massage braid to pull out stray strands.


Ballerina Bun

WHAT MAKES IT COOL Sleek in the front, texured in the back—and a lot easier than it looks. “It's a sophisticated updo that emphasizes the cheekbones,” says Tresseme stylist Craig Gangi, who created the look.

GET IT (DON'T SWEAT IT!) 1. Apply anti-frizz cream to damp strands and blow dry straight. 2. Pull hair into a high ponytail, secure with an elastic. 3. Twist strands around the base of the ponytail, pinning as you go. 4. Tease along the bottom of the bun to keep it from feeling too prim.


Undone Pony

WHAT MAKES IT COOL Volume at the crown combined with loose, face-framing layers give this ponytail a sexy '60s-bombshell feel. “It has a modern shape that’s chic but effortless-looking,” says Jessica Biel’s stylist, Adir Abergel.

GET IT (DON'T SWEAT IT!) 1. Spritz texturizing spray on damp hair and let air-dry (this style also works well on the naturally gritty texture of hair that hasn’t been washed in a day). 2. Back-comb lightly at the crown for lift. 3. Pull into a ponytail at ear level and secure with an elastic. 4. Loosen pieces around the face.

Thanks, InStyle

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Taking Tomatoes Back To Their Tasty Roots


Thanks NPR for being awesome

The Business Of Tomatoes

Money
U.S. farm sales of tomatoes rake in more than $2 billion every year. By value, the most-sold tomato varieties in 2008 were hothouse tomatoes on the vine, grape tomatoes, and round field tomatoes, in that order. Heirloom tomatoes, or nonhybrid tomatoes, accounted for 1 percent of tomatoes sold in the U.S. in 2008.

Science
While many U.S. stores sell genetically modified products, particularly corn and soy, tomatoes in U.S. supermarkets have not been genetically engineered. Most store-bought tomatoes are hybrids, which have been naturally bred for a longer shelf life and ease of transport.

Genetically engineered foods are made by introducing DNA into a plant that wasn't there before. But naturally bred products are made by mating two plants that are reproductively compatible — much like the breeding of dogs.

Ripening
Many tomatoes bred for shipping long distances have a mutated gene that slows down their ripening process. Unripe tomatoes travel better, but once they arrive at the warehouses near their destination, they need help to ripen.

This is where ethylene gas comes in. Ethylene is a natural hormone that plants create; in tomatoes, it signals them to ripen. After tomatoes are shipped, but before they are delivered to the grocer, stacks of boxes of tomatoes go into a huge room that is pumped full of ethylene gas. After about a week, they're ready to head to the grocer.
— Rose Raymond
Sources: USDA, Produce Business, Harry Klee, professor, University of Florida, Encyclopaedia Britannica

Black Bean And Corn Salsa With Cilantro


This salsa balances sweetness with spice and acidity while showcasing a confetti of colors. Serve as an appetizer with tortilla chips, with a salad or as an accompaniment to grilled fish, poultry or meat. Thanks, Lynda Balslev

Ingredients:
2 cups cooked black beans, or 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn, thawed, or uncooked corn from the cob
4 green onions, ends trimmed, white and green parts finely sliced
1 small red pepper, stemmed, seeded, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/2 cup chopped cilantro sprigs

Combine all the ingredients except the cilantro in a bowl. Toss to combine and taste to adjust seasoning. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours.

Before serving, stir in cilantro.

Makes about 4 cups

Friday, May 28, 2010

Ben can return to practice....


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell cleared Ben Roethlisberger to return to practice, an indication that the Steelers quarterback is making the kind of progress that could get a six-game suspension in 2010 reduced to four games.

The National Football League announced Roethlisberger's reinstatement Thursday night. The two-time Super Bowl winner is expected to practice with the Steelers on Tuesday when they resume offseason drills.

Roethlisberger had been barred from the Steelers' facility since April 21, when Goodell suspended him for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy and ordered him to undergo a behavioral evaluation.

Source

PM Edition of the Hotness


Hands down today's PM Hotness is...Three Day Weekends! Enjoy your long weekend all you Pam101 fans!

Gary Coleman Passes Away


Gary Coleman is dead. He passed away after slipping into a coma at a Utah hospital.

Coleman, 42, was best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on "Diff'rent Strokes." Word got out that he was hospitalized Thursday and in critical condition.

Source

I have to HAVE TO get tickets to this!!!!!

The Pittsburgh Penguins will host the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Saturday, January 1 at Heinz Field, it was announced today by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

“The Winter Classic has become an iconic event in its four years of existence, and the opportunity to host the game here in Pittsburgh, before a packed stadium of 65,000, is a tremendous honor for our organization,” Penguins president David Morehouse said. “With the cooperation of our friends at the Pittsburgh Steelers and Heinz Field, it will give us an opportunity to showcase the city to an international audience while celebrating Pittsburgh’s reputation as one of the premier sports towns in the United States.”

The 1 p.m. game will be televised nationally by NBC in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada.

Source


Pam101 LOVES Hot dogs!!!!


NPR- Memorial Day weekend is here — and the season for hot dogs and cookouts has begun. We asked a group of experts how to make the perfect hot dog — without getting fancy.

Their responses lay out the fundamental rules an amateur cook can follow to impress their guests:

Natural Casing: The best hot dogs look a bit like a sausage — with a natural casing made of pork or lamb. "So when you bite into it, it snaps," says Barry Nemerow, co-owner of The Weiner's Circle in Chicago. "You get a real burst of flavor with all the seasonings and everything in there."

Johnny Depp...biggest movie star in the world?


When Alice in Wonderland became only the sixth film to cross the $1 billion gross mark this week, it certainly bolstered Johnny Depp's case for being the biggest movie star in the world. He's the only guy who has reached the $1 billion mark with two films. The other, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, is the fourth highest grossing film ever. While Will Smith usually leads the world's biggest star discussion, he has yet to reach the $1 billion mark. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. haven't hit it either. Leonardo DiCaprio hit it once with Titanic, but you could say the boat was the star in that enterprise. In fact, most of the billion dollar films are not star-driven spectacles, but Depp's two entries certainly were. James Cameron is the only director to hit the billion dollar mark twice. He did it with Avatar and Titanic, the top grossing films of all time.
Deadline.com

2 sentence movie review

Last night Pam101 watched It's Complicated. Here is my two sentence review.

1. I love love love Meryl Streep's character's house.
2. Alec Baldwin is a sexy man.

If I were rich I would dress like this...


Halston Heritage gown: $895. Rodrigo Otazu bracelet: $383.
Total: $1,278.



Zac Posen blouse: $790. Zac Posen skirt: $10,000. JAdore Dior shirt: $200. Pamel Love for Zac Posen belt: $5,000. Manolo Blahnik buckle sandal: $1,059. Chanel sunglasses: $510. Total: $17,559.


Halston Heritage dress: $525. Chanel clutch: $3,295. Solange Azagury-Partridge necklace: $225,000. Mykita sunglasses: $525. Christian Louboutin pumps: $3,135.
Total: $232,480.


Thanks, Vanity Fair for being awesome!

In case you wanted more SATC fan videos!

Bring. It. On!



Totally going to kick Big Brother's Ass at Mortal Kombat this weekend!

Check one book off the summer read list


Pam101 has just finished Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I loved this book. It was sweet, bittersweet, funny, smart, warm...a fantastic read. I loved the characters and each of their stories. It had some great lines...here is one I tagged "It's no good. Even when I look straight into the milky blue eyes, I can't find myself anymore. When did I stop being me?" So good.

Not sure which one I will read next...probably Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris. That will make McHottie happy.

A real balloon boy!

(AP) LONDON — In a goofy yet mesmerizing stunt, an American adventurer crossed the English Channel on Friday carried by a bundle of helium balloons, ending a quiet and serene flight by touching down in a French cabbage patch.

Jonathan Trappe, 36, of Raleigh, North Carolina, was strapped in a specially equipped chair below a bright cluster of balloons when he lifted off early Friday from Kent, in southeast England.

About five hours later, he lowered himself into a French field by cutting some of the balloons away.

"It was just an exceptional, quiet, peaceful experience," Trappe told Sky News television, which covered the adventure.

Dropping a Knowledge Bomb



In honor of Memorial Day...here are some KB's all about it.

Memorial Day is a patriotic holiday in the United States of America, usually celebrated on the last Monday in May.

It is a celebration of remembrance for the brave service of men and women who gave their lives for their country. Originally, Memorial Day honored those who had died in the Civil War. Now, it honors those who died in the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and Desert Storm.

Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971. We now, designate this day to remember loved ones who have passed on, as well as remembering our service men and women. Flowers and flags are placed on graves in remembrance of them. Parades and dedications of memorials usually are part of the day's activities. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, local marching bands, members of the armed service, fire departments, police departments, and fraternal orders often march in parades and attend ceremonies to commemorate the day.

Waterloo, N.Y. is considered the birthplace of this holiday because the people of Waterloo were the first people to proclaim a day on May 5, 1866 to honor the soldiers who died in the Civil War. They closed their businesses and placed flowers and flags on the graves of their soldiers. Flags were flown at half-mast.

Major General John A. Logan declared May 30, 1868 as a special day for honoring Union soldiers killed in battle. He was Commander in Chief of an organization of Union Civil War Veterans called the Grand Army of the Republic. They took charge of Memorial Day celebrations in the Northern States. The American Legion took over these duties after World War I.

The Southern States of Alabama and Mississippi observe the last Monday in April as Confederate Memorial Day. Georgia observes April 26th, North and South Carolina observe May 10th, Virginia observes the last day of May. Louisiana and Tennessee observe June 3 and Texas celebrates Confederate Heroes Day, January 19th.


Full details on Memorial Day

My favorite feature on NPR...StoryCorps


NPR- As teenagers in 1946, identical twin sisters Hunny and Bunny Feller landed summer jobs as waitresses at the Laurel Park Hotel in New York's Catskill Mountains. There, they met another set of identical twins, musicians Elliot and Danny Reiken.

And so began a love story — or twin love stories — that included a double marriage.

Recently, Hunny and Elliot Reiken remembered what happened when the twins met the twins.

"When we met, you and your sister couldn't tell us apart, and we couldn't tell you two apart," Elliot says.

"We had a double wedding," Hunny says. "And it was two brides, two grooms, one set of parents for each. The gowns were identical gowns, the flowers were identical."

How SATC changed NYC


So much has been said about Sex and the City: The Neverending Story, so we’ll keep it short and sweet. Whether you’re mixing up cosmos and shining up your Manolos for the SATC 2 premiere this Friday or writing off the whole enterprise as a bloated parade of materialistic caricatures, you’ve got to admit that the exploits of these four fictional females have deeply affected the social and cultural landscape of New York. Let’s take a look back at how the show has changed life in Manhattan for the better—or worse.

Label Worship
The series introduced the masses to names like Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Herm├Ęs—designers that had previously outfitted only the elite, yacht-lounging few. Meanwhile, the rise of diffusion lines in the early 2000s made these coveted fashion names available to every New Yorker with a Discover Card and a dream. Now, recession be damned, we all live in labels. Even the hot-dog-cart guy!

Specialty Cocktails
In the not-so-distant past, people used to order alcohol in a relatively straightforward manner: A gin and tonic. A whiskey and soda. If you were feeling sort of crazy, a margarita. Then Carrie and Co. tossed back their first round of Cosmopolitans and changed bar culture forever. Now there’s a rainbow of specialty drinks, infusions, and flavored spirits to choose from—many ending with the suffix “-tini” despite bearing no resemblance to the original, dignified martini.

Restaurants as Brands
A certain type of grandiose, calculatedly cool New York restaurant served as a backdrop for the series and the first film, and subsequently flourished: SushiSamba, Tao, Pastis, Buddakan. The rise of these post-millennial mega-eateries turned dining out in Manhattan into a theme-park experience, and spawned sister restaurants from the Las Vegas Strip to the Galleria Dallas and beyond.

Gay Marriage
Give credit to the series for positioning gay culture as utterly, unaffectedly mainstream. The girls go to gay clubs, Carrie and Charlotte have gay best friends, Samantha befriends transvestite hookers. Further, gay people are portrayed in the same status-obsessed, lovelorn, and quip-happy light as straights: equality through double entendre. The gay-marriage issue has gained momentum in recent years—and there’s a gay marriage in the film sequel. Seize the Zeitgeist!

Post-9/11 Retail Binges
There’s a war on, everybody shop! The great orgy of post-9/11 spending was heartily encouraged by the show. The girls took advantage of any excuse for a retail opportunity, whether it be heartbreak, unexpected pregnancy, or, yes, terrorism.

Smoking
When Sex and the City launched in 1998, cigarettes were shown to be a vital part of a glamorous New York existence, from Mr. Big’s Cuban cigars to Carrie’s ubiquitous Marlboro Lights. While Carrie eventually kicked the habit, and New York City’s smoking ban took effect in 2003, you’ll still find slurry quadrants of smoking girls talking loudly outside Manhattan’s many watering holes. I’m no social scientist, but there’s probably a correlation.

“It” Shoes
For 12 years, viewers have been bludgeoned with shoe puns and shoe close-up shots and endless montages of shoe shopping. This has slowly seeped into the cultural consciousness: If you’re a certain type of woman in New York today—the type of person who thinks of herself as “fashion forward”—shoes are the status symbol of choice. Not handbags, not wristwatches, not even engagement rings—it’s all about the Loubs.

The Hamptons
This posh, pastoral coastal getaway used to be reasonably exclusive, but as fast as you could say, “Nina G.’s Hamptons Hoedown,” every New Yorker was jumping in a rented Benz and heading out to a summer share. Over the course of the early 2000s, the Hamptons became less country club and more “up in da club,” influenced, no doubt, by the flashy antics of our Jitney-hopping heroines.

Giant Brooches, Designer Fanny Packs, and the “Carrie” Necklace
At one time or another, all of the above could be spotted on women all over the streets of New York. The concept of the “statement accessory,” passionately championed by mass-market fashion magazines and style-makeover shows, was pioneered by SATC’s costume designer Patricia Field and her, um, distinctive vision.

Brunch
Brunch is huge. It’s an unstoppable, mimosa-drenched force of nature in New York. And we have to tip our feather-bedecked mini-hats to Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte for convening so regularly to discuss their orgasms or lack thereof during the late-morning hour that they single-handedly created a new institution for enjoying the overpriced eateries of our fair metropolis. Cheers!

Thanks Heather Wagner with Vanity Fair

Hope to make Ina proud


The whole family is here this weekend...I mean all of us! Aunt's, Uncle's, Cousin's, etc. Can't wait to spend time with everyone! I am going to make them all love me even more when I show up with Ina's Peanut Butter Brownies! Here is hoping they turn out just as good as if the legend herself was making them.

Peanut Swirl Brownies

Ingredients
* 1 pound unsalted butter
* 1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided
* 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
* 6 extra-large eggs
* 3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
* 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
* 2 1/4 cups sugar
* 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon kosher salt
* 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 12 by 18 by 1 1/2-inch sheet pan.

Melt together the butter, 1 pound of chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate in a medium bowl over simmering water. Allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee granules, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.

In a medium bowl, sift together 1 cup of flour, the baking powder, and salt. Add to the cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the remaining 12 ounces of chocolate chips in a medium bowl with 1/4 cup of flour, then add them to the chocolate batter. Pour into the prepared sheet pan. Spoon the peanut butter over the top of the chocolate mixture and using a knife, swirl it through the chocolate mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes, then rap the baking sheet against the oven shelf to force the air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes more or until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake! Allow to cool thoroughly, refrigerate, and cut into large squares.

Vanity Fair is Brilliant!

Check out this page on VF's site called "How Guys Doing Stuff". It is fantastic! Pam101 wishes she would have thought of it...here are two examples:


Hot Guys Breathing. Soccer stud David Beckham.


Hot Guys Who Appear to Have Lost Their Minds. Renaissance man James Franco.

What will Pam101 be doing this Memorial Day Weekend?!


Ethan and Baby Will at last years Memorial Day Family Fest.

Pam101 is super excited about this weekend! I am calling it Family Fun Fest 2010! Cousin is in from Nepal, Cousin is in from Florida...the kids are siked to play outside (Pam101 is included in the kid category), hot dogs have been purchased...CAN'T WAIT! It has been a year since the whole family has been together! As I get older (gulp...30!) I realize everyday how extra special my family is. Tear. Can't wait to see everyone!

Mini Pork Cheeseburgers


Thanks, Food Network
Ingredients

* 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
* 2 large onions, thinly sliced
* Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
* 1 pound ground pork
* 1 clove garlic, chopped
* 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
* 10 small rolls, halved lengthwise
* 10 slices chipotle gouda or pepper jack cheese

Directions
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions; cook until soft and golden, about 10 minutes. Raise the heat to medium-high and continue cooking, stirring, until uniformly brown, 5 to 10 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Mix the pork, garlic and parsley in a bowl. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and form into 10 small patties, being careful not to pack them too tightly.

Heat a grill pan over medium heat; grill the patties until medium-rare, about 4 minutes per side. Place a cheese slice on the bottom half of each roll; top with a burger, some caramelized onions and the roll top.

Looking for a super fun canvas grocery bag?


Then your search is over! Again thanks to Etsy (and Laura) I present a super cool canvas tote!

Description:
Our new State-By-Food Tote Bag features illustrations of food from each great United State. Ranging from the classic New York Bagel to Kuchen (what's that?) from South Dakota, we've hand picked a true diversity of edibles to represent each locale.

This 10 oz. organic cotton tote bag is 15.5 " tall x 16" wide and has a 5" gusseted bottom, making it perfectly sturdy for grocery shopping or other everyday use. Illustrations are silk-screened in black ink.

Katherine gets emotional on Leno



Katherine Heigl's voice cracked as she remembered her late brother on Thursday's 'Tonight Show.'

After talking about daughter Naleigh and becoming a mother herself, Heigl described how, until she became a mom, she never understood how horrible it was for her own mother to lose Heigl's brother 20 years ago in a car wreck.

"This is so awful, I'm sorry," Heigl apologized, choking up as she recounted the story and talked about "the overwhelming need to keep her [Naleigh] safe."

Keys becoming a Mommy and a Bride



Alicia Keys's rep confirmed that she is indeed knocked up and engaged!

Song of the Day


My awesome friend Meagan told me about this great artist! Thanks for sharing! A new Pam101 fave!

AM Edition of the Hotness


AAA is today's AM Edition of the Hotness! You never know when you will need them!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cocktails in shoes! love it!

PM Edition of the Hotness

How super fab are these Diane von Furstenberg shoes! As Rachel Zoe says "I die"! Love these! Hands down PM Hotness worthy! And for only $295 they could be yours!

I wish Bill Nye could explain everything!



Bill Nye Explains How 'Top Kill' Oil Leak Plug Works

From Green Day To Broadway


NPR- In 2004, Green Day, the punk-pop band fronted by Billie Joe Armstrong, released a Grammy-winning album called American Idiot. Instead of looking inward for his material — as Armstrong had done when he wrote songs about his anxiety, relationships and panic attacks on the albums Dookie and Nimrod — he decided to write about politics: specifically, the alienation and anger he felt during the presidency of George W. Bush.

"In the beginning, right after 9/11 and watching the sort of tanks going into Iraq and these embedded journalists going in live, it felt like a cross between war and reality television," Armstrong tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "So I just felt this great sort of confusion, like, someone needs to say something. ... For me, I felt this moment of rage and patriotism, I guess, if you'd want to call it that. So that wrote itself in probably 30 seconds."

The punk-rock opera, as the album was called, was recently turned into a Broadway show with virtually no dialogue — and with the actors telling the story largely through movements on stage. Armstrong says that watching his musical vision come the stage was a transformative experience.

"It goes from a three-piece band to a 20-piece vocal ensemble," he says. "When we did the album the first time around, it was me, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool doing everything. Then, this time, it was dealing with the string section and all the characters and how all the characters were coming out in the musical."

YYYEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS



OMG! BRING IT ON!

OMG! Pam101 is in love...with someone else's blog!


Pam101 fans...I've found it! I found the perfect Pittsburgh blog! She is everything I wish my blog could be (wait...I don't mean that. I love my blog I just wish I were a better writer). That's Church is smart, funny and all about Pittsburgh! I think I am in love! Special thanks to Big Brother for seeing one of That's Church's tweets and sending it to me. It might be a stretch to say this...but it's life changing! I have a little bit of Pittsburgh everyday via That's Church. Overjoyed!

This makes Pam101 want to get a dog!


Dog looks scared...or maybe he is napping?


I LOVE THIS DOG!


Cute!

Huff Post- More than 60 dogs showed up for the fifth annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog competition in Imperial Beach, CA this week to compete for an adorable, if odd, honor. The pups got 10 minutes to prove their physical prowess to the judges who are looking for confidence and length of ride.

A dog owner spoke to Reuters about his pup Buddy saying, "He's really passionate about it. He sees this as a game and he wants to play. I'm sure he's ridden more waves than any other dogs...My job is to get him into the critical part of the wave."

This year's contest raised money for the San Diego Police Department's canine unit

Cherry Tomato Necklace


If I had $600 I think I would buy this necklace. It is of course from Etsy...hand-made and one of a kind. Am I crazy to love it so much?

Dropping a Knowledge Bomb


Here are some KB's about Pam101's Mom's birthstone...Opal's!

Opal is the modern October birthstone and the accepted gem for the 13th wedding anniversary.

Most opal is 50-65 million years old, dating back to the Cretaceous period when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Opal formed as silica from decomposing rocks mixed with ground water which formed a silica gel that collected and hardened in underground cavities and fissures. Opal's chemical formula is SiO2 .nH2O.

There are two distinct types of opal, common and precious. The way the silica particles form determines which type. In precious opal, silica particles are packed in regular rows and layers. Moving the stone causes light to diffract, or split, as it grazes the opal surface. This light diffusion shows iridescent flashes of green, blue, aqua and sometimes yellowish or red colors which are referred to as "fire".
Color and Varieties:

Black Opal comes from the Lightning Ridge region of Northern New South Wales. It is the most rare and valuable opal. Fine quality black opals often cost more per carat than diamonds. The term black opal is misleading because the opal is not actually black, but instead has a very dark base. This dark base enhances the brilliant colors known as "fire".

Boulder opal occurs in the boulder opal belt, an area between the New South Wales border and northwest Queensland. Boulder opal forms on a dark ironstone base (the host rock) and occurs as a thin uneven layer adhering to the ironstone. Because of the uneven layers, sometimes part of the ironstone is visible on the surface of the stone. Queensland Boulder Opal accounts for a small percent of the world market, and because of its brilliance and rarity can bring up to $1000 a carat.

My high school mascot was a Pioneer!


My good friend JenMo has raved about the Pioneer Woman. Now, Pam101 considers herself many things...a pop culture guru, a foodie, common-sense genius, food photographer and a fantastic party thrower! I really believe that the Pioneer Woman and I would be fast friends! She is a great foodie, photographer and the lady has a ranch! Today my sister in law sent me a note about she wants to try this one particular recipe...I thought it was worth sharing because it looks damn delicious!

I think the Pioneer Woman is quickly becoming a Pam101 fave!

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Thingies


Ingredients

* 20 whole Fresh Jalapenos, 2-3 Inches In Size
* 2 cubes Cream Cheese, softened
* 1 pound Thin(regular) Bacon, Sliced Into Thirds

Preparation Instructions


If you have them, slip on some latex gloves for the pepper prep… Cut jalapenos in half, length-wise. With a spoon, remove the seeds and white membrane (the source of the heat; leave a little if you like things HOT). Smear softened cream cheese into each jalapeno half. Wrap jalapeno with bacon pieces (1/3 slice). Secure by sticking toothpick through the middle. (At this point, you can freeze them, uncooked, in a Ziploc bag for later use).

Bake on a pan with a rack in a 375-degree oven for 20-25 minutes. You don’t want the bacon to shrink so much it starts to the squeeze the jalapeno. If, after 20 minutes, the bacon doesn’t look brown enough, just turn on the broiler for a couple of minutes to finish it off. These are best when the jalapeno still has a bit of bite to it.

Serve immediately, or they’re also great at room temperature.

A fantastic picnic themed birthday party!

Click the photos for a bigger image

The adorable invitation!


This is a great idea! Basket for the bathroom and for baby bathroom needs


Adorable Party Favors!


A CD of the birthday boy's favorite music!


It is all about the details!

Picnic-themed first birthday for Tomas from love-ink. I have no idea what the captions say because they are in Portuguese but you'll still be in awe of this fantastic Birthday Party!!

Diapers have never looked so good...



Spicy101 sent me this email, "So I thought this was totally blog worthy. Saw these w/ all my coupons and thought gesh every baby's tush needs to covered in denim, right!"

If Mr.and Mrs. Spicy decide to have children someday I have no doubt they will be the most stylish on the block!

Roasted Lemon Cilantro Chicken


Cilantro, lemon and garlic infuse the meat with flavor while it roasts. The paste may be doubled, reserving half to serve as an accompaniment to the chicken. Requires some advance preparation.
Thanks, Lynda Balslev

Ingredents:
2 large garlic cloves
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro sprigs
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 teaspoons sea salt, divided
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 whole 3- to 4-pound chicken
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
For the paste, combine garlic, cilantro, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons salt, lemon zest and saffron in a mortar with pestle or bowl of a food processor. Smash or grind to a paste. Stir or pulse in 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Gently slide your fingers between the breast meat and skin and rub the paste all over the meat, carefully reaching the upper thighs without tearing the skin. Rub additional paste inside the cavity. Brush the outside of the skin with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Place on tray or platter, breast-side up and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 6 hours. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before roasting.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place chicken, breast-side up, in a roasting pan. Roast for 20 minutes. Carefully turn chicken over with tongs. Roast another 20 minutes. Turn chicken over once more, breast-side up. Continue roasting 20 minutes.

Check to see if chicken is done by carefully cutting skin between breast and thigh. If meat is pink, return to oven for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Chicken is cooked when meat is no longer pink, and clear juices run from the thigh when pierced with a knife. Remove from oven, cover loosely with foil and let rest 15 minutes before carving.

Makes 4 to 5 servings

If it weren't for a 4 year old fashionista I wouldn't even know what Silly Bandz are...

Yahoo!- The Bandz are now contraband. Schools in several states, including New York, Texas, Florida and Massachusetts, have blacklisted Silly Bandz, those stretchy, colorful bracelets that are creeping up the forearms of school kids across the U.S. And starting this week, all 800-some kids at my son's elementary school in Raleigh, N.C., were commanded to leave at home their collections of rubber band–like bracelets, which retail for about $5 per pack of 24. What could possibly be so insidious about a cheap silicone bracelet?

"It's a distraction," says Jill Wolborsky, a fourth-grade teacher at my son's school, who banned them from her classroom before the principal implemented a schoolwide ban. One student stole some confiscated Bandz from her desk, choosing them over the cash in her drawer.

Students fiddle with them during class and arrange swaps - trading, say, a bracelet with a mermaid for one with a dragon - when they should be concentrating on schoolwork, teachers say. Sometimes a trade goes bad - kids get buyer's remorse too - and hard feelings, maybe even scuffles, ensue.

That's what prompted Karen White, principal of Snow Rogers Elementary School in Gardendale, Ala., in October to become one of the first administrators to forbid students their Bandz. "We try not to limit their freedom of expression and what they wear, but when this became a problem, I knew we had to nip it in the bud pretty quickly," says White, who has since extended an olive branch in the form of monthly Silly Bandz days.

Oil From Spill Threatens Louisiana's Marshes


NPR- The oil spill from the blown-out well is beginning to destroy critical habitat for birds, mammals and marine wildlife, as it seeps deeper into Louisiana's fragile marshes.

The marshes are an important buffer to absorb surges from violent storms. Cleaning that oil out of the marshes won't be easy.

Officials are considering a range of options — one is burning out the oil and the marshes with them, but that and other cleanup options may do more harm than good.

I think Gwyneth is my fashion fave!


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Here is Gwyneth at The National Movie Awards in London Wednesday night. She was there to present Tom Cruise the screen icon award. She rocks every look! Love this one!

This is your American Idol......


LOS ANGELES — Lee DeWyze, a paint store clerk who overcame his shyness to impress "American Idol" judges and viewers with his spirit and soulful voice, triumphed Wednesday over bluesy musician Crystal Bowersox in the contest's ninth season.

When asked by host Ryan Seacrest how he felt, an emotional DeWyze said, "I don't know. It's amazing, thank you, guys, so much ... I love you. Crystal, I love you."

The finalists had closely matched fan bases, with just a 2 percent voting gap between them coming into the finale, Seacrest said. DeWyze's victory was based on votes cast after Tuesday's performance show, which drew more judges' compliments for Bowersox, 24, of Toledo, Ohio, than for DeWyze, also 24, of Mount Prospect, Ill.

All in the name of the arts...


50 Cent has lost a shocking amount of weight for his upcoming movie 'Things Fall Apart,' in which he plays a cancer-ridden football player.

According to ThisIs50.com, he dropped from 214 pounds to 160 over the course of just nine weeks with a liquid diet and working out three hours a day.