Friday, June 29, 2012

Pop Culture Update

Tom and Katie are going to the big D and I don't mean Dallas!


Savannah Guthrie named new Today co-host!

Can you hear McHottie giggling?

Spicecake and Pam101 are headed to the Annapolis area for a little fun weekend with McHottie. 

Did someone say Magic Mike?

I am not sure you all know this but McHot's is pretty much Channing's Number 1 fan.  

I am preparing myself a movie filled with McHottie giggling, Spice throwing dollar bills at the screen and Pam101 licking the screen. 

It's going to be so ridiculously awesome!



Thursday, June 28, 2012

In the words of Stewie

Dear Tenants Who Still Owe Me June's Rent, 


The word EVICTION has been dropped on them. 
Wish me luck.

Dude. He's rich. And I have 12 years to find him.

dollar deal.
I have 12 years to find him, giggle and walk away. 
Yea, it's pretty much exactly what I would do.

Pop Culture Update


 Princess Beatrice hits a fashion home run!

 Get this Bella and Edward ornament for your tree. 

Just adding this photo of Channing for his number #1 fan. 

Who wants to check out the Spice Girls Musical?
 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Fairy and A Vampire?!

Rumor in Celebville is that Sookie and Bill 

words to listen too

Nora Ephron,  writer of Pam101's all time favorite movie, When Harry Met Sally, passed away at 71.  

Here are some of her words to live by:
In recent years, Ephron had grown increasingly aware of her mortality. In her latest book, "I Remember Nothing: And other Reflections" (2010) she writes: "You do get to a certain point in life where you have to realistically, I think, understand that the days are getting shorter, and you can't put things off thinking you'll get to them someday. If you really want to do them, you better do them. There are simply too many people getting sick, and sooner or later you will. So I'm very much a believer in knowing what it is that you love doing so you can do a great deal of it." 
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"Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady," Ephron told Wellesley's Class of 1996 in a commencement speech. "I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women."

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Recipe for Lily

Rosemary-Lemon White Bean Dip
Yield
2 cups
Time
10 minutes using precooked or canned beans

The secret to this puree, which Lidia Bastianich taught me about 10 years ago, is grated lemon zest, which transforms it. And though its most obvious use is as a dip, it can also form the basis of a wonderful sandwich. Or serve it at the center of a plate of lightly and simply cooked vegetables.
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups cooked white beans, like cannelini, drained but moist
  • 1 to 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • Grated rind of 2 lemons
Directions:
  • 1. Put the beans in the container of a food processor with 1 clove of garlic and a healthy pinch of salt. Turn the machine on, and add the 1/4 cup olive oil in a steady stream through the feed tube; process until the mixture is smooth. Taste, and add more garlic if you like; then, puree the mixture again.
  • 2. Place the mixture in a bowl, and use a wooden spoon to beat in the rosemary, lemon zest and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Taste, and add more salt and pepper as needed. Use immediately, or refrigerate for as long as 3 days.

Things I am really into right now

1. My new vintage camper. While she is already in excellent condition...I can't help but dream that someday she looks like this on the inside and out. 

2. Learning how to cook with and maintain a cast iron skillet. 

3. HBO's new show The Newsroom. Loved it.  

4. Granny Smith Apples
5. Cheeseburgers: been craving one like crazy. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Little Girl Talk from Pam101: Try


I don't think I am in a funk.
You know me. A bad mood might happen here and there but then like most things it simply fades away.

And I can't complain about money.
I mean I did just buy a camper.
I mean my credit card bought a camper.
And I still don't have the rent from my tenants.
Don't even get me started on that. 

So, as I sit here on a Monday night...ready for bed at 915pm...I can't help but ask myself, "What am I waiting for?"

I mean.
Why aren't I out there.
On a date?
In the city?
On Match.com?
Why?

What am I waiting on?
I won't magically change overnight.
I can find a million things to kick the fault on.
But the fault is all with me.
What is the saying, "the buck stops here."
I am to blame.

I need to start trying.
Try to make an effort to meet someone.
I know I am a single girl to my core but I swear I am going to blink and be 35.
Do I want to be 35 and alone?

Am I alone?
Alone isn't the right word.
Because I never feel alone.

Sigh.
These moods come and go.

I just need to try.
Try.
It's just so hard to do.

Recipe for Lily

Roasted Eggplant Salad with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese
serves 4
Thanks, The Kitchn

Ingredients:
2 large eggplants, about 2 pounds
Kosher salt
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
4 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped
Juice of 1 lemon, about 2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 cup flat parsley leaves, roughly chopped
1/2 cup smoked almonds, roughly chopped
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled and divided
1/4 cup finely chopped scallions

Directions: 
Heat the oven to 400°F. Cut the eggplant into 1-inch cubes and put in a large bowl. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and set aside while making the marinade.

Whisk together the olive oil, cider vinegar, honey, smoked paprika, and cumin. Dab away any extra water that has beaded up on the eggplant and toss with the marinade. Stir in the garlic. Spread the eggplant on a large baking sheet, lined with parchment and slide onto a rack placed in the center of the oven. Roast at 400°F for 40 minutes, or until very tender and slightly browned. (Stir every 15 minutes and check after 30 minutes to make sure it isn't burning.) Remove from the oven and cool slightly.

Whisk together the lemon juice and soy sauce. Return the eggplant to the bowl and toss with the lemon juice mixture. Stir in the parsley leaves, smoked almonds, and most of the goat cheese, reserving a little.

Spread the finished salad in a serving bowl and sprinkle the reserved goat cheese crumbles and scallions on top.

Good thing my folks have no neighbors

Because I now own a vintage Shasta camper...I must READ THIS!

My favorite is this line: Oddly enough, the most difficult part of the process is having many people watch you, waiting for you to screw up.

be moved this Monday

Big Brother posted a link of his Facebook page called: 
I was curious.
So, I clicked.
I LOVED it.
Of course I was tearing up by the 8th photo.
It's moving stuff.

Hope it moves you too.

 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

what did I just do!?

I OWN A CAMPER!
I AM CRAZY!
WHO IS COMING ON MY FIRST TRIP!?

Now...if only I liked the great outdoors...sike!

I've got your 4th of July covered!

The 4th of July is almost upon us!
Hopefully you have your party planning in the works. 
If not, here are some last minute ideas to get you all set. 

Pick up some fun straws for your 4th of July 
inspired cocktails.

 You need a patriotic cocktail for those straws!

Get creative with your centerpiece!

Who doesn't love
pinwheels?!


Bust out the grill!
Hot dogs, burgers, vegetables...Possibilities are endless! 

Be safe! Buy some fireworks and have fun! 
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Two Sentence Movie Review

You know when you receive a Netflix and you can't remember what the movie is about or why you put in your queue?  Well, that was me on Friday.  What was This Means War about again?  Who is in it? Oh, yea. Reese and two attractive guys.  Not to shabby. 

So, last night Spice and I decided to pop in the player and pour a drink and settle in for a movie. 

Well, here you go..here are my two sentences:

1.  Thanks to excellent casting and a funny script...we were laughing the whole time (at one point Pam101 was laughing so hard she was crying but that could have been because of Spicy's heavy hand pouring tequila cocktails).
2.  Good for gals and girls...Attractive faces are all over your screen so it is a crowd pleaser for sure.

Absolutely fantastic Oz theme party!

Thanks to Hostess with the Mostess for sharing this AWESOME Wizard of Oz themed party!
LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!






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Friday, June 22, 2012

Recipe for Lily


The French 75! 
It's cocktail time!

Food 52 Notes: Not being a big cocktail drinker there are only a few I relish, in part because of their historical provenance. The French 75 goes back to between the two World Wars and was named for a French artillery piece. I like the Negroni also, the cocktail of the Italian Futurists, but it doesn’t make for a great pool side beverage. The 75 can be served in a sturdy tumbler rather than a dainty Sex in the City martini glass. I strongly recommend using Hendrick’s gin, as it has a great blend of botanicals. After that the ingredients are simple. And this is NOT a blender drink.

Serves 2

Ingredients:
2 shots Hendrick’s gin (or other to your preference)
2 shots Cointreau
Big squeeze of lime
1-2 teaspoons sugar
Sparkling wine; Champagne or Prosecco, chilled
Ice

Directions:
Add enough ice to your cocktail shaker to fill about 1/3
Add the gin and Cointreau, lime and sugar, cover and shake well
Into tumblers chilled with ice, strain in the cocktail mix
Finish off each glass with a big splash of sparkling win
An additional lime wedge is optional
Keep pouring ‘em 

part girl scout and part gypsy

So....cross your fingers and toes that this whole vintage Shasta camper works out for Pam101.

You know me...I am already planning girls escapes for the weekends. As Spicy says, "We'll be like Gale and Oprah but without the money and assistants!"'

I looked at the camper last night and loved it!  Now...I just need to get my Dad out there for a look over, as I know nothing about brake lights, hook-ups and everything else mechinacial. 

BUT IT IS CUTE!

If it does work out and I start hitting the road in this baby...I will be needing these items for my Camper (which will need to be named...so start thinking...maybe something along the lines of Twilight meets True Blood with a dash of Christian Grey plus a side of campfires.)

 



 
OR maybe this fabric...I mean they were 
my favorite books as a kid.