Tuesday, May 31, 2011

$14,000 vs taking a chance...

To freeze or not to freeze? That is the new big question!!

NPR- Egg Freezing Puts The Biological Clock On Hold
One 40-year-old says she wishes she'd learned about egg freezing earlier. Esther Montoro, a 37-year-old photographer, looks a little stunned.

"I think it's fantastic," she says, "but I think it's so incredibly expensive."

The whole process — a week of hormones, plus the procedure to collect the eggs — runs $12,000 to $14,000. And because it takes 10 to 20 eggs for a reasonable shot at success, some may need to do this several times. Plus, there are annual storage fees. Then, when you're ready to use your eggs, you'll need in vitro fertilization, another pricey procedure. All told, costs can easily exceed $40,000, money Montoro doesn't have.

"I guess there's a big assumption that most women that need to do this [are] career, successful, rich women," she says. "And I'm not!"

Perfectly Hidden Cottage

Lily's family has the most perfect house (I called it a country cottage but it is bigger than a cottage). It is so peaceful. It is hidden in the woods and completely surrounded by trees, ferns, moss and a babbling brook is right in front. It is the perfect escape. I feel in love with it!

Lils walking through her woods.

Perfect Escape

Hug a tree.

The Hills Are Alive!

Tucked up in the mountains of Stowe, Vermont you will find The Trapp Family Lodge. For you Sound of Music fans it is heaven. This beautiful resort is where the Trapp family settled after they left Austria. It is so breathtaking. Must put this on "Places Dana needs to visit list."

Picked this up.

The Hills are alive...with the sound of cattle...

The lodge

Pam101 (and a gift I bought Dana).

Need to rewatch Season 3 before this starts...

The Green Mountain State

Majorly good Yahtzee!

Beer tasting at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT
I love coffee.

Flour on the board at Lily's family bakery.

Motto at bakery.

Wonder how they were?
Hot puppy.


Bring on the cheese.


Birch Bark.
Baird Farm.

I bought some.

Bust out your decoder

This photo isn't the best but this is something else I had to buy when I was antique shopping with Lils. I loved this print. It has all these symbols that you have to figure out to read the print. I am making up some story that it is from the 1700's. I need Big Brother to read it for me.

Also, I loved the corn vase. I had to have it.

I have a thing for old things

Pam101 has a thing for vintage enamel brooches. I was shopping in Last Time Around with Lils this past weekend and fell in love with five crazy, bright, flower enamel brooches (bottom row of new jewelry box) and of course a jewelry box that can hold them all. So, yes I left with them all. It's how I roll.

Pam101 note- the prices were fantastic.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Muscle Shirts never looked so good!

Hey there Jason Stackhouse! We'll be seeing you soon, June 26 @ 9pm.

CLICK HERE to see the other photos released by HBO to promote the upcoming season!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Headed to Vermont....

I'm off to Vermont this afternoon for the weekend.  Can't wait to see Lily and run all over the state!  I bet we will get lots of cheese!  In fact, you can buy a book all about Vermont Cheeses! CLICK HERE to purchase.

I really don't want to wish for time to go faster but...

I can't wait till the end of June! True Blood will be back!!! YES!!!


Kim Kardashian's Engagement Ring
PEOPLE-  Kim gushed, “It’s the most beautiful thing I have ever seen,” says Kardashian of the ring. “It’s perfect.” The 16.5-carat emerald cut center stone is flanked by a pair of 2-carat trapezoids, for a total weight of 20.5 carats! Humphries even managed to work out the design without Kim knowing. Kardashian explains, “[Lorraine] always listened to what I would want and the shapes I love. I had said I loved an emerald cut and they were scheming and plotting for a while.” Humphries confided his plans in his parents, but felt confident in his decision. “I knew she’d love it–she better!”

Good news hockey fans!

So, word on the street is that HBO is putting out a DVD of the 24/7 series. Pam101 will be buying this (especially since my DVR was so full it deleted my 24/7 episodes). CLICK HERE for info.

Stunning First Lady

Seriously, how fantastic is the First Lady?! She is stunning in a black Ralph Lauren gown and also rocked a white Tom Ford. ADORE!
The President and First Lady have been in London the past 2 days.

Hamburger with Double Cheddar Cheese, Grilled Vidalia Onion and Horseradish Mustard

Make these burgers for your Memorial Day Picnic!

Thanks, Bobby Flay

2 pounds freshly ground chuck
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 slices white Cheddar, sliced 1/4-inch thick
8 slices yellow Cheddar, sliced 1/4-inch thick
8 hamburger buns
Horseradish Mustard, recipe follows
8 leaves Romaine Lettuce
Grilled Vidalia Onions, recipe follows
Dill pickles, sliced

Preheat grill or a cast iron skillet to high.

Divide the beef into 8 (4-ounce) burgers. Season on both sides with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill or cook in the skillet for 3 to 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare doneness. During last minutes of cooking add 2 slices of cheese to each burger, cover grill and let melt, approximately 1 minute. Place burger on bun and top with Horseradish Mustard, lettuce, Grilled Vidalia Onions, pickles and ketchup.

Horseradish Mustard:
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained

Whisk mustard and horseradish together in a small bowl.

Grilled Vidalia Onions:
2 Vidalia onions, sliced crosswise, 1/4-inch thick slices
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Brush olive oil on both sides of the onions and season with salt and pepper. Grill the onion slices for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Money Grabber

Thanks to Spicy for picking out today's Song of the Day.

AM Edition of the Hotness

Today's AM Hotness is iced coffee! It's just another sign of summer time...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

We'll see you on OWN, Oprah

Today is Oprah's finale episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show. No guests are on the show today. Just Mama O and her audience.  Thanks for a great 25 years, Oprah! I'll be tuning into OWN.

Click HERE for a fun look-back on O through the years.

Thank You...Jimmy Fallon!

NPR- Every single day of Jimmy Fallon's life is like Thanksgiving. The comedian and host of Late Night tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that he is appreciative of the word moist — for being the "worst word ever." He's thankful, too, for taco shells that have survived their long journey from factory to supermarket to his plate — and then break the moment he fills them. And he's grateful that the name Lloyd starts with two L's. Otherwise, he says, it would just sound like "Loyd."

Fallon collects more than 100 nuggets of gratitude in his book, Thank You Notes. The book is based on a recurring segment on Late Night, when Fallon and his staff round up mundane things that don't get enough attention and give them each the praise they deserve.

Super Duper Excited!!!

I leave tomorrow afternoon to head up to Vermont to see Lily! I am so excited! Mainly to see Lily (she's been in VT for over six months already) but also because I have never been to Vermont! I am envisioning...lots of men in flannel, everyone eating ice cream and tons of syrup. I can't wait!!!