Thursday, June 30, 2011

This won't surprise you...

Pam101 is headed to sunny Tampa for the 4th of July weekend! There I will swim with Lucy and my nephew, Ethan. Play on the beach and build sandcastles (all while wearing an embarrassing cover-up) and drink lots of cocktails that have umbrellas in them!

I can't wait! Happy 4th of July weekend friends!

Love these!

I am loving this hand-made ruffle rose pillows! Adorable! Buy them from Etsy!


A Dog A Day

Dog #16 Hog-Tied Cheese Dogs

Thanks, Food Network Magazine

Directions:
Score hot dogs lengthwise; stuff each with a stick of cheddar. Wrap with bacon and grill until crisp. Serve on soft buns with fried onions.

Because JenMo loves Will


Baby Will isn't a baby anymore. 
Just showing of the little guy a bit.
Cutie-Pah-Two-Tee!

On their way to North America!

The Prince and Princess are on their way to Canada! After a few days of fun with our friends of the North they make their way to California!  Where if I had an extra $4,000 I would have bought a ticket to meet the Princess and tell her we should totally be BFF's!

Fruit-Tart Flag

Thanks, Food Network Magazine

Directions:
Fill premade miniature tart shells or phyllo cups with sweet mascarpone cream (recipe below), then arrange on a tray and top with blueberries and halved strawberry slices to create stars and stripes.

Mascarpone Cream:
Beat an 8-ounce container of mascarpone cheese and 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar with a mixer until smooth. Gently fold in 1/2 cup freshly whipped cream.

What's On Your Mind

AM Edition of the Hotness

Today's AM Hotness I love so much but I openly hate.  Today's AM Hotness is the Pittsburgh real estate market. The homes are AMAZING and so are the prices. Now, maybe it is because I have lived in DC for a while now and I know how much these homes would cost on my street.  The home I love (and posted photos of) would easily me a minimum of $750,000 in NW DC.  In a cool part of Pittsburgh this awesome 4 bedroom home (with outdoor space) is listed at $239,900!
Beautifully restored gem in the South Side flats with many historic architectural details, 4 decorative fireplaces, original pine and hardwood floors, skylights, charming courtyard, tons of space, close to everything!



First time for everything

This has nothing to do with my wrecked meal but it did make me laugh.
Last night was the first time I completely wrecked a meal. I mean...there was no way to save it. I won't go into the specifics but it was a hot mess. A funny hot mess. Thankfully Lils sent me back with some of her Dad's homemade English Muffins so I quickly defrosted one of those babies and had that for dinner.

You know what I wish...

I wish that linen didn't wrinkle.  You work so hard to steam your blazer and then you get to work and it looks like you dug it out of the backseat of your car.  Someone invent wrinkle free linen!

I am sure The National Enquirer has been right before....

The National Enquirer is reporting that they've caught the "To Catch A Predator" host cheating on his wife with Kristyn Caddell, a Florida NBC affiliate news reporter twenty one years his junior, with a hidden camera. Hansen is married with two children and lives in Connecticut.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Twilight better DO THIS!


This is so fantastic! If Pam101 was around the weekend HP hits theaters I would totally make LaBomb do this with me! DC friends it is showing in Georgetown! Pittsburgh friends it is showing at the Waterfront!

A handful of AMC Theaters are showing ALL of the Harry Potter movies!! Not all in one day but breaking it town over the course of a week:
Harry Potter: 8 movies. 4 nights. The Legendary Adventure.

Revisit the entire Harry Potter epic and be among the first to witness the final film, shown in RealD® 3D.

See two of the films each night, Monday, July 11 through Wednesday July 13 at 6 p.m. Then, on Thursday, July 14, see Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at 9 p.m. right before catching the premiere of Part 2 at 12:01.

$45 ticket includes admission to all eight films, a commemorative lanyard, a retrospective booklet, and commemorative Harry Potter 3D glasses.

JagrWatch 2011

Pittsburgh hockey fans/sports fans are so obsessed with #JagrWatch and I am loving every tweet that comes through!  I know many of you are not hockey or even Pittsburgh fans but I had to post this image I found.



A Dog A Day

Dog #15 Frito Dogs (Pam101 must make these)


Thanks,Food Network Magazine

Directions:
Serve grilled hot dogs on crusty buns with bean chili, shredded cheddar, pickled jalapenos and crushed Fritos.

Diana is going to have to wait....

Pam101 can't get into The Diana Chronicles so I was super happy with the library emailed me to say that my reseved copy of Blood, Bones & Butter was available! You know it is a good book when you have it sitting on your desk and keep flipping it open.  I'll have it done soon!

Really good movie!

Last night JenMo and I met up for dinner and a movie. Well, I ate dinner and she had some wine.  Anyway, we saw Conan O'Brien's Can't Stop and it was really good.  It's funny, smart and really surprisingly touching.  Pam101 recommends this one. 

Mexican Street Fair Corn

Thanks, Food52 


Nothing new, been done countless ways and yet if you get, grow or steal perfect sweet corn and make this dish you will continually come back to it again, and again, and again thoughout the summer.

Ingredients:

8 ears of the tastiest sweet corn, still in the husk, you can lay you hands on
mayonnaise
2 cups grated hard cheese, Manchego, Asiago or Cotija
2 tablespoons Ancho Chile Powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
3 tablespoons cilantro, minced
lime wedges

Directions:
Soak the corn in a water filled sink for 2 to 4 hours.

Fire up your grill for direct heat grilling. While the grill is heating peel back the husks leaving them attached to the ear of corn making a handle. Remove the bulk of the silks but you are going to be grilling the corn so any remaining threads will burn off, this is one of the pluses of grilling corn. Combine the cheese and cilantro on a large plate. Combine the ancho and garlic powder.

When the grill is hot add the corn and cook it until tender. It should get splotches of brown caramelization if the grill is hot enough.

When it is done use a pastry brush to paint the ears with mayonnaise. Roll them in the cheese and cilantro crust. Then sprinkle with chile garlic powder combo and salt and pepper. Serve with a squeeze of lime.

Can't Keep

AM Edition of the Hotness

So, it seems that the Royal Wedding hat that I (and Cams) loved was the straw that broke the fashion camels back for Princess Beatrice.  Since the brew-haha of her hat choice, she has now hired fashion stylist Charlie Anderson, who's client list includes Harry Potter actress, Emma Watson. What does it cost to have her dress you? $2,400 a day.

If you're rich, it might just be worth it. Today's AM Hotness is how stunning Princess Beatrice looked in this Elie Saab gown. Stunning!
 

This should make McHottie crazy happy!

Two of McHot's favorite ladies seem to be related!!! 

Kate Middleton and Jane Austen Are Related, Historian Reveals
The famed romance author (1775-1817) and the newly-minted royal, 29, have family ties, according to findings from Ancestry.com.

The ladies are eleventh cousins, six times removed, according to the site, and they are linked through Henry Percy, the second Earl of Northumberland, who was born in 1392.

"Finding this connection between the Duchess of Cambridge and Jane Austen is very exciting since, in many ways, Catherine is the modern Jane Austen heroine: a middle-class girl marrying the future King of England," says lead historian Anastasia Harman.

"Jane Austen may have written about happily-ever-after, but it seems Catherine has found a nonfiction hero to spend her life with – far past the epilogue."

Ever since Top Gun...


When I was just a wee little girl I knew I loved Tom Cruise. Like Katie Holmes I thought I would marry him (but she eventually did). And yes, today he does do some odd shit but the bottom line is he's a super actor.

Pam101 will totally be down for Mission Impossible 4.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Dog A Day

Dog #14 BLT Dogs

Thanks, Food Network Magazine

Directions:
Fry thick bacon strips until crisp, then fry hot dogs in the drippings. Serve on toasted buns with mayonnaise, shredded lettuce, diced tomato and the bacon.

Brilliant Birthday Party Idea!

Thanks, Hostess with the Mostess for being awesome and sharing these fab ideas!




Details from the lady who threw the party:
The great thing about this party theme is that it can be done on a very small budget. Colorful fruit was a large part of the table display and the food labels were made by scanning the characters directly from my daughters book and creating simple tags using toothpicks to hold them in place! Whole pieces of fruit made the perfect stands for the tags, which narrated the caterpillars food choices across the party table.
The tablecloth was simply a 2 1/2 yard cut of fabric with serged edges. I bought the lemonade dispenser at my local Hobby Lobby and the colorful cardboard straws were an etsy find.

Each child was given a tin of Caterpillar Food (aka M&M's) to take home. The tins were actually leftover from my own baby shower (the same ones can be found here), and I created the labels by printing the Caterpillar on card stock and punching the circles out with a circle punch that can be found at any craft store.

The yellow paper lanterns above the party table were purchased at Hobby Lobby and the green ones were found at Amazon. The incredible cake was made by a friend of mine!

Creepy ....


This week's Newsweek is running a piece on "Diana at 50". 
The cover sorta creeps me out...

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Serve this at your 4th of July Party!
Thanks, Brown Eyed Baker (via The Country Kitchen)

Ingredients:
6 medium baking potatoes (about 2 pounds)
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup mayonnaise
8 slices bacon, crisply cooked, drained and chopped
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Thinly sliced green onions (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Scrub potatoes thoroughly and pat dry. Prick potatoes. Bake 50-60 minutes or until tender. Remove potatoes from oven; cool completely.

2. Combine sour cream and mayonnaise in a small bowl. Chop bacon and red onion; add to sour cream mixture with the shredded cheddar. Stir in salt and pepper; cover and refrigerate.

3. Coarsely chop potatoes into 1/2-inch pieces. Place in a large bowl; fold in sour cream mixture. Cover and refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight. Garnish with sliced green onions and shredded cheddar cheese, if desired.

Sunscreen Song



Thanks to McHottie for blogging about this. READ IT HERE!

AM Edition of the Hotness

Vampire Eric wearing v-necks is today's AM Hotness. 
Schwing!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Afternoon Funny

A Dog A Day

Dog #13 BBQ Dogs

Thanks, Food Network Magazine

Directions:
Grill hot dogs, brushing with barbecue sauce. Serve on toasted buns with coleslaw and more sauce.

Hey...all you single ladies...

Harry has set the record straight, telling reporters at the Hard Rock Calling concert in London on Friday night that he's unattached, the Daily Mail writes.

Prince Charming said, "Pippa? Ha! No, I am not seeing anyone at the moment. I'm 100 percent single." Hold the phone -- 100 percent single...what about Chelsy Davy? You know what: not even going to go there.

He added, "I'm working a lot at the moment, so dating and watching TV are the last things I have time for....I am hoping to get a holiday in August. I haven't been to South Africa in a long time, so maybe I'll go there."

Ugh, I think I am dissapointed....

Ugh. I don't know how i feel about last night's episode of True Blood. I am pretty sure I wasn't a big fan.  I know I am one of the few people who read the book and I think that is why I am bummed. So many of the new stories aren't in the book. Sigh. Maybe it'll be better the 2nd time.  (that was a hint I am watching it again tonight).
I will say...Bill looks pretty hot. And you all know I am Team Eric. 

Red, White and Blueberry Trifle


In honor of 4th of July (which is just around the corner).

Thanks, Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes

Ingredients:
10 oz angel food cake, cut into 1-inch cubes*
2 pints strawberries, sliced
2 pints blueberries

For the cream filling:
6 tbsp fat-free sweetened condensed milk (I used Borden Eagle)
1 1/2 cups cold water
1 package sugar-free white chocolate instant pudding mix
12 oz fat-free frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions:
Whisk the condensed milk and water in a bowl. Whisk in the pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set; fold in the whipped topping.

Arrange half of the cake in the bottom of a 14-cup trifle dish. Sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries. Spread half of the cream mixture over the blueberries and gently spread (I piped it using a plastic bag and cut the corner off). Top with a layer of strawberries. Layer the remaining cake cubes on top of the strawberries, then add more blueberries and top with the remaining cream mixture. Finish with the remaining strawberries and blueberries, arranging them in a pretty pattern. Cover and refrigerate at least one 1 hour.

*I only used 10 oz of a 16 oz cake.

Servings: 14 • Serving Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 169.1 • Fat: 0.4 g • Protein: 2.5 g • Carb: 38 g • Fiber: 3.0 g • Sugar: 16.5 g Sodium: 102.8 mg

Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

AM Edition of the Hotness


Joan Cusack's hair and make-up in Working Girl is today's AM Hotness. 
So, fabulously 80's!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Now the tough part begins...


Ok, pattern cut. Fabric cut. Now...I must start sewing.
God Speed Pam101, God Speed.

Couldn't tell you the last time I had cereal...

Sunday's is my favorite day of the week. Why? Because it is my day to do whatever I want. Today's Sunday started out with an early wake up call telling me my Veggie Crate was here, throwing in some laundry, pouring some iced coffee and then...making myself an AMAZING Breakfast.

Inspired by Ina's herbed baked eggs I whipped up some baked eggs with last night's left over marinara sauce. The only think missing from my "smack your mama it's so good" breakfast was Ryan Reynolds.

A splash of cream and butter goes under the boiler first...
How I operate in my kitchen.
The cream and butter is brown and bubbly...time for the eggs, herbs and sauce.
Back under the boiler goes the dish...
DELICIOUS!
Now, this is a breakfast!
Baked eggs covered in delicious herbs, sauce and a little cheese.

Wonder what I will make with this?


The past few Sunday's I have been receiving my Veggie Crate from Arganica Farm Club. For $25.00 I get an assortment of local and organic veggies and fruits. This morning's crate had a few peaches, plums, rainbow chard, red onions, few potatoes and tomatoes. Not to shabby.

Could it be?!

Could it be that I think I have cracked the Iced Coffee challenge?! I think so! The key? Use a French Press and lots of coffee!  Mix 2/3 cups coffee, a little over 3 cups of water and a dash of cinnamon (just a dash), stir and let sit over night (unpressed in your French Press) in the fridge. I used this recipe for guidance but came up with the French Press idea on my own...

Wake up. Press it baby, add ice to a cute glass, splash of milk...ENJOY!

Pre-press. Press it baby...

This AM I was a lion :)