Thursday, September 30, 2010

OMG....BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PM Edition of the Hotness

For over 25 years Buffalo Bill's Brewery has been making Pumpkin Ale. It is only avaliable in limitied quatintes so CLICK here to purchase. And then send some to Pam101. Happy Fall Ya'll!

Oh...and Pumpkin Beer is today's PM Hotness.

Pittsburgh Fans will like Hilary Duff

Funny or Die Rocks!

One less Angel

Heidi Klum will no longer work for Victoria's Secret after their 13-year collaboration, Page six reports. She told the gossip column, "All good things have to come to an end. I will always love Victoria's Secret. It has been an absolutely amazing time."
Source

A Little Girl Talk from Pam101

The photo that slapped Pam101 across her well made up face
Pam101 has a very normal AM routine. I am all about my routine. Alarm goes off, I yell at NPR to shut the hell up...mumble something about how I hate politics...then snooze for a bit. Blackberry alarm goes off...I yell at it and then snooze for another 10 minutes.  Finally, I give into the Smarties on NPR and make the effort to get out bed. I roll out of bed only to usually fall down because I forget that at age 30 my knees always hurt and my ankle is a bitch to me now. So, after I hobble my old ass to the bathroom I am ready to start my day. I won't bore you with the usual "I have nothing to wear, I hate all my clothes, why don't I look like Gisele" topics.  I  apply the same make-up, change the perfume daily, pack my lunch and head out the door.

Skip across the street to my bus stop (this AM it was a rainy mess but I didn't let it get me down...now my tinge of a hangover had me a little ho-hum but I shook it off like a good Polish/Russian girl) and waited a few minutes to hop on a not so crowded bus.Take the S2 to Metro stop...hop on train for a few stops.  I love the metro commute. I get to read...people watch. I really am a very happy commuter. 

Like most metro stops there is a Starbucks right beside it. If the line isn't too long I will go in for a little breakfast treat. Today, the line was short. WIN!  Get in the short line and when I make it to the paper stand I like to look at the cover of the NY Times. And then it hits me.

The photo. The photo that screams at me as I stand in a line that I realize that not once this AM did I remember we are in a war. The photo was a slap of reality. Here I am going about my day, complaining about Russian Standard delicious vodka and my ankle and knees and there are men and women dying everyday in a war I need a photo to remember we are in.

And of course you know I am a crier and I tear up. I am angry at myself for not remembering but I am also so sad for all of the people involved. The soldiers, their families, the people of the countries we are fighting in. I pull it together (do some crazy amounts of blinking and the tears subside). I order my Venti Misto with extra foam and I told myself I am going to blog this. I am going to blog that I hate that I need a photo to remind me of the war our country is in. 

So, my question is...Am I the only one? Am I the only one who wakes up and doesn't remember we are in a war? I don't feel like I have sacrificed anything. I haven't donated my time to make a difference, I haven't given blood...I haven't written a solider....there has to be something I can do. There just has to be.

The Lions of Vodka

As mentioned Pam101 met up with some friends last night for some drinks, eats and some girl talk. All of which were great! We drank, we ate...we laughed. Then the next thing I know Lily and I are eating burgers at Five Guys (so so so very good) and I am downing a Root Beer. Head home...crawl into bed and think..."OMG...I am getting old!" I can't even have two martinis (old lady drink) and stay up past 11:00. I am LAME! When did this happen?

I am blaming the Russian Standard vodka I had last night. That stuff is good! You barely can taste the alcohol (well I couldn't but my friends hated it). But the stuff sneaks up on you like a lion does a gazelle. It just waits until the right moment and then BAM! You end up at Five Guys.
It was a great night!

Salami, Pepperoncini, and Chevre Sandwich

Thanks, Food52 and Someonewhobakes


In my family, we call this "The Sandwich", and it's because it's basically perfect. We have been making it for years and years, usually to take along for picnics or any kind of long traveling. They travel beautifully and they only get better with time (up to a point, of course!). Just wrap it up in foil and toss it in your bag!

Ingredients:
* 1 24-inch baguette
* 2-3 ounces chevre
* 3 ounces salami
* 3 ounces provolone
* 1 roasted red pepper, sliced
* 3-4 artichoke hearts, quartered
* 2-3 sun-dried tomatoes, julienned
* 2-3 tablespoons black or green olive tapenade
* 2-3 pepperoncini, sliced
* 2 cups arugula

Directions:

1. Slice the baguette horizontally and pull out some of the bread from inside each half and discard (or save for breadcrumbs!). Spread chevre on the bottom half of bread. Arrange meats and cheeses on top of that.

2. Top with red peppers, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and pepperoncinis. Top with arugula, piled up to keep it in place. Smear top half of bread with tapenade and place on top of arugula, catching any stuff that fell out and stuffing it back in. Slice the whole thing in half with a serrated knife. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and again with foil, then refrigerate until needed, preferably 24-36 hours to allow flavors to meld.

Serves 2 foot-long sandwiches

The Only Exception

AM Edition of the Hotness

It's Bananas! I love today's AM Hotness. I keep looking at it and then I talk myself out of buying it. It's Rachel Zoe's belted cape! I love love love it! I want it in white!!
Click here to purchase your very own.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Reason 325,678 to love JT and Jimmy

Great...he works out all the time and doesn't eat cake....



I think my hopes of having Sid fall in love with me just got crushed. He doesn't eat junk food and he works out...like all the time. Shit. I just threw away the cupcake and am off to the gym.
xoxoxo

Pam101 is Russian

Pam101 will be out with some BFF's tonight drinking some good Russian vodka. Yes, I am going to get a martini (or two) and have a night with some great friends! Can't wait!

PM Edition of the Hotness

Today's PM Hotness is one of the Britney songs from last night's Glee!!! Enjoy!

It's almost time for one of my favorite month's.

Pam101 loves October. I love all the birthday's that I get to celelbrate (lots of friends and family), I love the fall colors, Austin City Limits and I love love love Halloween.  I took a quick trip down memory lane by looking at some old posts from October 2009.  They are fantastic! Here are few for you to sample:

 Hungry than Click Here. TwiHard....than you will love THIS. Love cute kids in Halloween costumes, then CHECK this out.  Want to make the best meal ever for Halloween then CLICK ME.

A day we all should celebrate!!!

Today is National Coffee Day!!!! Pam101 loves coffee! I love it so very much. It makes me happy. And being that my office is FREEZING right now I wish I had a big cup of Joe to make me all toasty. Happy Coffee Day Everyone!!!

A company we all should buy from!


Maglite: Shining The Light On Made In The U.S.A.

We all should be buying Maglite's for our friends and family this Christmas!!

A Little Girl Talk from Pam101



Hats. I love hats.  They are fashionable, glamorous...striking even.  All the ladies in Europe wear them. Every social event in Europe seems hat appropriate. Weddings, baby related events, funerals, etc. All call for fabulous hats. So, why aren't we Americans doing it?
I want to go to an English wedding
I mean our Founding Father's ladies all wore hats. The stylish ladies of the 1800's all the way through the Mad Men era all rocked hats. Why did the trend stop? Is it because we burned our bras?  Maybe it is because the ladies who burned their bras decided that we should stop acting like their Mothers and start new trends.  So...out when glamorous hats.


The question is ...how do we bring it back? I am all about "being your own person, having your own identity" and I wouldn't even blink twice if I saw a lady wearing a crazy hat to work (well maybe I would blink) but I would be jealous of her/his bravery. I might wear bright crazy colors in a town that is mostly gray, black and navy but I just don't think I am bold enough to rock a hat.



To those of you who are brave and fearless enough to wear stylish hats...I applaud you. I am envious and maybe I will someday follow your lead!

Boo101...Make me this drink when I visit!

A delicious cocktail I can make while visiting Boo!!

Tequila Fizz

2 oz. Milagro Silver Tequila
1.25 oz Lime Topo Chico*
1 oz. Fresh Organic Lime Juice

Pour over ice and stir.
Garnish with a organic lime wheel.

Pam101 note: I love Topo Chico! I only have it when I am in Austin!

Both Brittany S Pearce and Britney Spears killed it on Glee last night!!!

Check out Britney's cameo's on last night's awesome episode of Glee!



You should all be so lucky....

Jax at my 30th party!
Pam101 is a very lucky girl. I have an amazing family, a niece and nephew I adore, I've traveled the world and I make it a point to laugh and smile everyday (life is simply to short not too).  Basically...I am trying to say I have a great life. And what makes my life so great...is I surround myself with people who love me and who I love!

Last night as Jackie and I were having a great dinner (roasted veggies with whole wheat pasta and feta) I realized how lucky I am that she is my friend.  She makes me laugh, she is smart, she loves Vampire Diaries and she brings wine every time she visits! I wish you all could have Jackie/Jax/JRose as a friend!

DC is a tricky town. But I think that in the almost six years that I have lived here I have snagged the best people in the city to be my BFF's!

Whole-Wheat Pasta with Broccolini and Feta

Thanks, Food Network Kitchens

Ingredients

* 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
* 1 bunch broccolini (about 10 ounces), stems cut into 2-inch stems, and florets
* 1 medium bunch radishes, trimmed and very thinly sliced
* 12 ounces whole-wheat rigatoni
* 1 tablespoon sherry wine vinegar
* 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
* 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
* Freshly ground black pepper
* 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
* 7 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Directions
Put the shallots in a bowl and cover with cold water. Soak for about 10 minutes; drain.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it generously. Fill a medium bowl with ice water and salt it as well. Add the broccolini to the boiling water and cook until crisp-tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the radish slices, and cook 30 seconds, more. Use a slotted spoon or strainer to scoop out the vegetables and plunge them immediately into the ice water. Drain the vegetables, pat them very dry.

Add the pasta to the same pot of boiling water, and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 8 to 9 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Whisk the sherry vinegar, orange zest, the 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, to taste, in a large serving bowl. Gradually whisk in the oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a steady stream, to make a dressing.

Toss the rigatoni, broccolini, radish and shallot with the dressing. Add the feta cheese and toss lightly. Serve warm or room temperature.

Dancing With Myself

AM Edition of the Hotness

I know what you are thinking...why in the world would Pam101 pick collapsible lawn chairs as today's AM Hotness?! Well, I will tell you why! Because in 8 days I will be in Austin. And then I will working with Boo to see how much we can sneak into ACL inside these chairs! Yes, Pam101 and Boo101 are working on perfecting "the art of sneaking things into music festivals". See, last year Boo101 was knocked up so we got away with sneaking food in (you know prego chicks have to eat) but this year we have to be super sneaky. Wish us luck!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

VD nights are back!!!

Jackie is coming over this evening for not one but TWO episodes of Vampire Diaries! Dinner will be ready at 6:30 and then we have 2 episodes to catch up on! So happy fall shows are back!!!!

I want to go to their housewarming party!


One of my fave couples reportely just bought a place in NYC. Looks like Pam101 has a couch to crash on the next time I am in the big apple! Go to HollywoodLife for all the details on their new $2.7 million digs!

I am embarrased I even watched this....so I had to share!!



Wow...I am a TWI LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PM Edition of the Hotness

Set of 8- Vintage 60s Silver Rimmed Roly Poly Glasses
You all know I am fan of all things Mad Men! Well today's PM Hotness looks like they are right out of Don Draper's world! Should Pam101 get these for her office??? You can go to ETSY to purchase!! Love em!!

A moment with Conan

Pam101 made a mistake....

Not to toot my own horn but I am a really good cook. I hardly make a bad meal and I very very rarely mess up a recipe. But last night...I totally botched a meal.  I knew it as soon as I did it. I was trying to make lentil soup and I knew that I should have followed the recipe but I didn't. And the minute I added more lentils than called for I said, "ohhh...shitttttt". 
My lentil soup is more a lentil blob of yuckiness. And being that I was raised to never waste food I will  make myself eat it probably for the next four days.  Oh, well. I will redeem myself tonight!

Some Breaking Dawn News....

Here is some news for all you Twilight fans:

Maggie Grace will play a new vampire threat to Kristen Stewart's Bella in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Grace, who played Liam Neeson's in-distress daughter in Taken, will play the role of Irina in the final installments of the Stephenie Meyer novel, which director Bill Condon is directing in two separate films.


Irina is a member of the Denali coven, considered cousins to the Cullen clan as the only other "vegetarian" vampire group. When Irina blames the Cullens for the death of her lover, her actions set in motion a terrifying chain of events.

9-year old Mackenzie Foy is inches away from signing on to play Renesmee, Edward and Bella’s vampire/human love child that’s a central role in the final installment ofThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.


It’s not yet clear how the diminutive actress will portray the character who ages a full 17 years in only seven. Sources have suggested that director Bill Condon will employ similar digital effects to those used by David Fincher in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, where Foy’s face would be digitally transferred onto the face of a younger child. It’s also probable that the studio will hire a younger child in some capacity, too.

The first of two pictures will be released by Summit Entertainment on November 18, 2011, followed by the finale on November 16, 2012.

Chex Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies

Thanks, Chex®
Another popular name for this favorite mix is "puppy food". Chow down; it's doggone good!

Ingredients
9 cups Rice Chex®, Corn Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal (or combination)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions
1. Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
3. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Pam101 Note- JenMo made this for Winery Day...SO GOOOOOD!!!! 

Come As You Are

AM Edition of the Hotness

Lily and I were shopping in Georgetown this past weekend. We popped into Kate Spade and I fell in love with the bangle bracelet's. The skinny one's were $28.00 and I loved them! I bought a few and have already worn them twice! Def AM Hotness worthy!!
Click HERE to buy some for yourself!

Monday, September 27, 2010

So...what is the difference?!

What's the difference between white eggs and brown eggs?

At one of the wineries this past weekend they had some chickens just roaming around. Which made me think, what is the difference between brown and white eggs?

Here is what Straight Dope told me:

There is one major, MAJOR difference between brown eggs and white eggs.

Brown eggs are brown and white eggs are white.

According to the Egg Nutrition Board (and who should know better?), "White shelled eggs are produced by hens with white feathers and ear lobes. Brown shelled eggs are produced by hens with red feathers and red ear lobes. There is no difference in taste or nutrition between white and brown eggs."

PM Edition of the Hotness

Pam101 is loving today's PM Hotness!!! How cool is this MoMA lunch box!

Box Appetit Lunch Container

This cleverly designed lunch box has a lockable clear lid with integrated dipping well, a sauce pot for salad dressing or condiments, a removable food compartment, and a fork. Made of polypropylene and BPA-free copolyester. Microwave- and dishwasher-safe.


Click HERE to purchase

Now we don't have to drink it all in one sitting

One of the ladies at the winery told me that red wine can last at least three weeks in the fridge! This is good to know...as Pam101 felt the need to finish off a bottle in a sitting because she thought it was going to go bad.

In just a handful of days....


In just a few days I will be in Austin for the Austin City Limits music festival. Me, Boo and a few of our fantastic friends! Can't wait!!!

I miss Jimmy, Tina and Amy!!



JT needs to be on SNL every week!!!

White Bean Turkey Chili

Thanks,Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes

A delicious white bean chili recipe made with beans, turkey, and other ingredients. This can be made on the stove or in a crock pot. Makes great leftovers and tastes even better the next day for lunch!
Servings: 12 servings • Time: 45 minutes • Points: 4 ww points • Yields: 1 cup


Ingredients:
* cooking spray
* 2 small onions, chopped
* 5 garlic cloves
* 2 tsp chili powder, to your taste
* 1 bay leaf
* 1/2 tbsp cumin
* 1/2 tbsp oregano
* 2 tsp red pepper flakes (to taste)
* 3 lbs lean ground turkey
* 4 16 oz cans of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
* 2 cups of fat free chicken broth
* 1/2 cup of fat free sour cream or half and half (I prefer sour cream)
* salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat a large heavy bottomed pot over medium flame. When hot, spray oil. Add onions, garlic, saute about 5 min. Add meat and cook, breaking it up until white, about 5 minutes. Add salt, chili powder, cumin, oregano, red pepper flakes and cook for 2 minutes. Add beans, broth, cook uncovered about 10 minutes.

Lower heat and cover, simmer about 45 minutes mixing occasionally. Add sour cream and cook 5 more minutes. Adjust seasoning and salt to taste.

Top with chopped red onion, chopped fresh cilantro, light sour cream, jalapeƱos and reduced fat cheddar if desired.

Rehab by Rhianna



JenMo said to me yesterday that she had never seen this video! I said "WHHHHAAATTT!!!!!!!!". Def one of the sexiest videos ever!!!

AM Edition of the Hotness



This is going to be awesome!!! Hands down AM Hotness!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sneak peak of this week's Glee!

Pam101 loves a good picnic

I made us stuffed tomatoes for today's picnic. DELICIOUS. You can find the recipe here.


The ingredients!

Chopping the artichoke hearts

Mixing the tuna, parsley, red onions, olives and artichokes

The tomatoes from the Farmers Market. So expensive but so delicious!

Stuff it!

Shouldn't this be in a food magazine!

I think the girls will LOVE it!

My picnic plate. (I really need to take the bar code off that knife)

Delicious!

Jen got the red tomato!

A great day to visit wineries

So, today was a great day for a wine tour! JenMo, Cams and I packed up a great lunch and hopped on a bus and headed to the Maryland countryside. Here are some fun pics from our day!! Enjoy!

I love this photo of Jen.

Storing the wine

Rundown

Pam101...i need to start doing my hair...

Black Ankle Winery was fantastic!

Cams enjoying the lovely day

Grapes!

A cow with flies on his face

Barn

Always stop and smell the roses