Sunday, July 31, 2011

$200 in groceries for the week

The most expensive grocery item, Lucy.
The plan tonight is to have dinner in every night this week! Proof the Pam101 family doesn't shop like Europeans, we drop a little over $200 on groceries for the week.
But here is our menu:
Monday: Spaghetti and Meatball night
Tuesday: Pork Chops
Wednesday: Mama's Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes
Thursday: TACO THURSDAY and Margs
Friday: TBD (Leftovers)

I should also mention every meal is going to have tomatoes and cucumbers because we have SO MANY!

Is it hockey season yet?

Lucy enjoying her Fleury Flakes.

"Mom, bring me some produce"

Check out ONE DAY's Picking of veggies from the Pam101 family garden. INSANE! Here is hoping my neighbors take it!




Saturday, July 30, 2011

Another Royal Wedding

The Queen's first granddaughter, Zara Phillips, got married this weekend to English Rugby Star Mike Kindall.  I tell you what...those Brits know how to dress for a wedding.









Tackiest wreath ever ...


Lucy arrives today. Hope she likes her wreath.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Mom and Lucy are coming to DC

Mom and Lucy at the Zoo a while back.
Lucy has her camp at the National Zoo next week. Both of us are beyond excited. Me to spend a whole week with her and her for her week at camp.  And of course Lucy picked Extreme Animals Camp:
Animals are built for survival. They can live deep in the sea, buried in the snow, or in the driest desert. Get answers to your extreme animal questions and make your own illustrated book of the roughest, toughest, fastest, and strongest animals alive.
And what makes next week ever better (seriously, what is better than spending a week with you 4yr old niece?) Pam101's Mom is tagging along. Girls week! This basically means I am going to get daily sewing help on Lucy's quilt.

I am crazy excited to spend time with my girls. But this also means next week's posts will be few and far between. But I will do my best.

Found my wedding venue...next up...find a husband.

I found the MOST PERFECT place to have a wedding in the Pittsburgh area! And the kicker, I can't find a website for this place! It's called the Farm and you can read all about it (thanks to the NY Times) HERE! 
AT the Farm, iron chairs wear mink coats, candelabras sprout from picnic tables and crystals hang from the trees. Despite these bedazzlements, the property — 150 rolling acres 15 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh — is not exactly Pennsylvania’s version of the Petit Hameau. Yes, some of the rocks are spray-painted silver, but the filmy white curtains framing a rough-hewn sofa in the woods overlooking a stream are rot-resistant and will flutter there in all weather.




A little JT and Mila to bring your Friday around 3rd base into your weekend...

Lunchtime Funny





It's official. I totally want to be friends with Jimmy Fallon. Everything he does is funny.

Prepping for a fun front door wreath


Yea, making a fun wreath for Lucy's upcoming week at Zoo Camp. Who gets the Aunt of the Year award?

Rocking the Red (not talking to Caps fans)

I am totally rocking Revlon Red Lipstick today. Loving it! It is usually the tube I give to Lucy when she is playing "beauty shop at Aunt Pam's" but today I am rocking it!

Add "buy red lipstick" to your To-Do list this weekend. You'll thank me.

Totally want to see this!

A Little Girl Talk from Pam101



Pam101 doesn't talk about politics all that much. Mainly because they annoy me. My grandfather used to say, "PJ, they're all crooks". And I think I totally believe him. Maybe politicians start out with the best of intentions for us but for some reason it seems to fade away the minute they arrive on the Capitol steps.

You all know I live and work in DC. And if fact I bet if Sidney Crosby were here he probably could hit a puck from my building and almost hit the Capitol (well, maybe not, it is probably 2 football fields away). So, I live and breath the political working environment on a daily basis.

My point (if there is one) why can't our Congress come up with a compromise? If President Obama is saying, "I won't sign a bill that includes Big Mac's in it" THEN DON'T SEND HIM A BILL WITH BIG MAC'S! Even Lucy understands that.

Republicans get your shit together. Come up with a deal that is a wait for it-key word COMPROMISE! Stop looking out only for your parties interest. Your being the mean kid on the playground. And no one likes him except for the other mean kids.

Pam101 Note: This is in regards to the Debt Ceiling Bill that has been consuming Washington and ultimately the USA for the past few weeks. And keep in mind...President Obama lives down my street.

Date Night with McHottie



Let me just say every time I watch this trailer I fall more in love with this movie and I haven't seen it! But that will change! Date Night with McHottie tonight! Dinner/drinks at Clyde's before and then a little Ryan Gosling for dessert.

It's FRIDDDDAAAAYYYY!!!! Make it a good one, friends!

Ritzy Chicken Nuggets

Thanks, Nigella Lawson

Ingredients:
2 (each weighing approximately 8 ounces with the peg bone, less without) chicken breasts
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oil (if you are frying the nuggets)
1 3/4 cups cracker crumbs (recommended: Ritz crackers)


Directions:
Cut off the chicken peg bone if there is 1, and put the chicken breasts one at a time into a freezer bag so that it lies flat. Bash with a rolling pin until the chicken is quite thin, and then take it out and slice into about 6 to 8 slices. Repeat with the other chicken breast. This is easiest done with scissors.

Put the slices into a freezer bag with the buttermilk and leave in the refrigerator to marinade for up to 2 days.

When you are ready to cook them, heat the oil in a large frying pan, or preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Tip the cracker crumbs into a wide shallow bowl, and then shake off the excess buttermilk from the nuggets and dip them in the crumbs. Coat them well before lying gently in the hot oil, and cooking for about 2 minutes or so a side until they are golden brown. Transfer to a kitchen towel on a plate to blot the excess oil.

Alternatively, you can lay the crumb-coated chicken nuggets on a lined baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. They can also be frozen once marinated and crumbed. If cooking from frozen, add 5 minutes to the oven cooking time.

Valerie



Love it.

AM Edition of the Hotness

Mr.Wonderful came over last night for Thursday Tacos ...we thought we would change it up a bit.  Well, the tacos were delicious. And in fact I am thinking we are doing Tacos again next Thursday so he can finally meet Lucy.  Anyway, Mr. Wonderful made us Moscow Mules for cocktail time.  All I knew about these drinks were Oprah loves them.  Vodka, ginger beer and some lime.  DELICIOUS!!  Moscow Mules are totally today's AM Hotness! 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Is it too early to start planning my 32nd Birthday Party?

Pam101 Note: I had typed 31st Birthday party...then it dawned on me. HOLY SHIT I will be 32.  Everyday I get older...Sid seems to get younger.  Just call me Cougar Pam101.

LOVE the idea of a Candy Land Birthday Party!




 

Attempting to plan a Cali road trip

I have a good friend getting married in Northern California in early October. I am super excited. This...of course means...I am trying to get Boo to take a road trip with me. Here is what I (we) are thinking.
Planning is still in the very early stages:
Few days in Northern Cali: San Fran and wedding is in Monterey.
Drive down the Pacific Coast Highway to the LA area. Hang out with some celebs.
Spend a few days in Joshua Tree with friends and sleep in the most amazing place I have ever heard about...HICKSVILLE TRAILER PALACE!

Thanks to Jared for telling me about Hicksville. Looks so fantastic, I can't stand it!






Fashionista before that was a term

Fashion icon and Former First Lady, Jackie O would have turned 82 today. In honor of her Birthday let's take a look at some of her greatest fashion moments. She was a trend setter before we even knew what trend setting was.



 




Who knew poker paid so well?

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Still looking good, Han Solo.

Try to wipe the drool off your keyboard


CLICK HERE for a recipe on how to make a Pittsburgh Primanti Sandwich at HOME. Easy and oh so Delicious! Thanks, Brown Eyed Baker for rocking! Thanks, to Pam101 reader and smokin hottie, Jackie for sending my way!

Two very pretty people are now single...

Because I keep forgetting if I don't post it...you don' t know it.  Kate and Pam101 fan fave, the Viking broke up.  Think he likes chubby, funny girls? Probably not, right.

You're Welcome

I should have been there...

So, Spicy and I had tickets to go see U2's last stop in good ol USA, Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.  I was stoked.  But...the concert was on a Tuesday night (this past Tuesday) and being that I have been a bit MIA from work this month I didn't think it was a great idea to go home to see a show.

So, I told Spice...take Mr.Spice!  They had a super time! And then get this...THEY GOT THEIR SEATS UPGRADED!!! They went from way up high...to way down low.  Like a fat lady eating a cake. Really high to really low.  The Spice's had a great time!  Wish I could have been there...next time Bono, next time.

The Spice's got a Sweet Upgrade in seats!

Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream


Thanks, Food52

We love the simple, rustic quality of this dish -- and its ability to inspire endless adaptations: you use a different herb for the pesto, dab with ricotta instead of lemon cream, or, as fiveandspice illustrates in her blog, top with a fried egg. Grilled bread is so much better than toasted, and the heady perfume of the thyme pesto seduces you before you can even get the toast to your mouth. The preserved lemon cream softens any rough edges and adds richness. Unless you have many people to feed -- and to help you strip the thyme leaves from their stems -- we recommend halving the pesto recipe. - A&M

Ingredients:
2 cups baby spinach, cleaned and torn into small pieces
1/2 cup fresh thyme leaves (stems removed)
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup olive oil plus more for brushing
1/2 cup creme fraiche
2 teaspoons minced preserved lemon
6 thick slices of good Italian country bread

Directions:
In a food processor, combine the spinach, thyme, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan, and salt. Process until the ingredients are roughly chopped. With the processor running, gradually drizzle in the olive oil until you have a chunky pesto. Set aside. (This will make more pesto than needed; the rest can be kept refrigerated for about a week and used in other dishes like pasta, chicken, and fish.)

In a small bowl, combine creme fraiche and preserved lemon. Allow to stand in the refrigerator for about a half hour for the flavors to combine.

Heat the grill. Lightly brush each slice of bread with olive oil on both sides. Grill the slices a minute or two per side until they are crusty and have charred grill marks but are still soft in the middle.

Spread each slice of bread with the pesto, and top with a generous smear of preserved lemon cream. Enjoy!

No One Mourns The Wicked



This song is stuck in my head. Wicked rocked!

AM Edition of the Hotness

GothamBurgh! When the next Batman movies comes out...check out the shots from Pittsburgh! Hopefully we will see this one! Filming started this week in the burgh!

Thanks, KenRicekdka for sharing!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Just a little Gucci Bomber jacket

A Fun Afternoon Treat

Egh? I'll probably want to see it...

Totally seeing it!



Zac Efron ....damn.

Big Ben Gets The Girl To Say YES!

When I marry Sid our wedding will kick this wedding's ass. And I am making a note...if I ever start dating Sid this post will be deleted. I don't want him to think I am already planning our wedding. That just makes me sound cray cray.
On paper, Ben Roethlisberger's wedding reception in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center looked like a movie production, with a Hollywood-sized budget and a cast of hundreds.


The Steelers quarterback paid $113,265 to rent the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom, 10 meeting rooms, a convention hall and every parking spot in the center's 750-space garage, according to a copy of a contract the Tribune-Review obtained through a public information request. The cost doesn't include catering, floral decorations, additional security or transportation.


Black and Gold reception?

 James Harrison and Big Ben put that Men's Journal article behind them.

Who knew Big Ben was friends with wrestler Triple H.