Saturday, January 31, 2009

Happy Pink Saturday!

I need some opinions? Soon it will be spring here in NY and that means wet soggy grass. Since I am a preschool teacher, we go out on the playground with the little ones everyday. So, I am in desperate need of some cute rain boots. A google search of pink adult rainboots came back with am ton of hits. I narrowed it down to these 4. WDYT?

How about these rain boots from Chooka? Cute and only $55.00. :)



Or these super cute DKNY boots? They are on sale for $99.95. :)


A conservative but colorful stripe by Dirty Laundry for only $39.95???


Or should I go totally fun and get boots with a pattern? These are by Kamik and only $49.95.


And what do you think about these as a replacement for the watermelon flip flops I posted a couple of pink Saturdays ago that Tory Burch no longer makes? I kinda like these even better as they are a wedge instead of just a flat flip flop.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Five

Haven't done one of these in a long while. So, here goes...

1. If you owned a restaurant, what kind of food would you serve? Italian, der!
2. What is your favorite restaurant and why? Thai House II in No. Miami Beach. YUM!
3. What is your favorite fast food place? Mickey D's...best fries on the planet!
4. If you had to choose only one type of food to eat for a year, what would it be? Pasta!
5. What is your favorite cereal? POST, and only Post, raisin bran. :)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunday Sweet Spot

Rice Krispie Biscotti





makes about 20 - 22

3 tablespoons butter
40 large marshmallows - 1 (10 ounce) bag
6 cups Rice Krispies
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
5 - 6 tablespoon half and half
sprinkles

Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add marshmallows and stir to melt. Take pot off heat and stir in Rice Krispies. Let cool until it can be handled without burning your hands.

Scoop out about 1/3 cup of the Rice Krispie mixture and form into a biscotti shape - a thin log shape. Place on a piece of parchment paper to cool. Continue with the remaining Rice Krispie mixture until all biscotti are formed. Let cool completely.

Melt chocolate chips with the half and half in a heat proof bowl over simmering water and stirring occasionally. Dip half of each biscotti in melted chocolate and sprinkle with sprinkles. Place on parchment paper to harden. Store in airtight container.

Perfect for the kids' lunchboxes or an after school snack. Yum!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Happy Pink Saturday!

Happy Pink Saturday ALL!

A few friends of mine are posting Home Improvement Weeks on their blogs. And while I was perusing them, I noticed they had these really great iron wall plaques. I thought oh those are perfect for my family room which is in dire need of accessories. So, off to Homegoods I went. Well, I came up empty in the wall art department but got some fun pink items that are perfect for Pink Saturday. :)

A couple of weeks ago, I cleaned out my linen closet and I noticed that my makeup bag was looking a little tired. I wanted something fun and tropical. And look what I found!? Isn't it awesome!? Now while I am putting on my makeup in the cold harsh winter here in NY I can dream I am on an island somewhere. LOL!



Even tho I have a dishwasher and use it daily, there are still some things that need hand washing or just don't fit in the machine. So, while I was browing the aisles of Homegoods these pretty bright gloves caught my eye. Maybe they will help keep hands and manicure looking pretty. :)



And, as we booked our Florida trip this morning I could not pass up posting this photo my kiddos in their sombreros (notice the bright pink one on Natty) in Mexico from Epcot. :D

Monday, January 19, 2009

Dr. G!

Meet my latest obsession...Dr. G aka Dr. Jan Garvaglia, the Chief Medical Examiner for Orange County, Florida.




You can read her bio here...http://health.discovery.com/fansites/drg/bio/bio.html

I watch her show religously on Discovery Health channel. In fact a new episode is on tonight at 9 pm est. Yesterday was an entire day of Dr. G. So while the hubby was watching football I was watching autopsies. LOL! I told him I missed my calling. I think I was meant to work with dead people. :O I mean I am currently addicted to The First 48 a homicide show and Dr. G. a show about a medical examiner.
I have always been a murder mystery/true crime buff so I guess it's not really a surprise that I like these shows.

I have also been following the case of poor little Caylee Anthony from Orlando, Florida. She's the 3 yr old girl who went missing and they think her mother killed her. So, when they found the body and I saw Dr. G. at the crime scene it was like reality tv met real life. I was in awe.

So, if you've got nothing to do and you like true crime and mysteries check Dr. G out. She's pretty cool.

And, she has a new book out... http://www.hownottodie.com/ Would be it odd to ask for this instead of chocolates? LOL!!!

More Imaginisce!!

These are from the Twitterpated collection due out at CHA next month. :)


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Norwalk Maritime Center

Friday after school, Natty's girl scout troop and several other troops from our town descended on the Norwalk Maritime Center for a sleepover. I had to buy a sleeping bag for the event since I'm not a camper or anything remotely close to one. ;)

We got there at 6 pm and set up our gear with the otters which was where we were sleeping. Then they had some games for the girls to play. After the games were done, it was time for dinner which was pizza and salad and fruit and all sorts of beverages.

After dinner, began our tour of the aquarium. Our tour guide was Bruce and boy did we luck out. He was awesome! So good that he ran way over and we almost missed snack and craft. LOL!

In the morning, we were treated to a special seal feeding and an IMAX movie followed by a trip to the gift shop where Natty got a stuffed seal and a stingray mood necklace. :)

I barely slept so I'll be paying for it for days to come but it was most definitely worth it. If you ever have an opportunity to do something like this, do it!

I took a ton of photos. Here is just a sampling. Enjoy! :)

We were the first ones to arrive. We were so excited.



At the stingray tank. They let them pet them. As you can see, Natty practically dove into the tank. See the ends of her pink sweatshirt? They were soaking wet. :O But at least she had fun. :)






Aren't these pretty? I thought so that is why I took a photo. I don't remember the name of this type of fish. I'll have to look it up.



They had a cute little craft for the girls to create...a crab pin. :) Here is Natty with her friend Lizzie ready to get down to the business of crafting. :)





Natty and Christina at the shark tank. We got a cool behind the scenes tour after dinner. We went behind the shark tank and in the fish kitchen to see all the fish they feed to the other members of the aquarium. It was mostly herring and shrimp.





In front of a turtle cut out. I love these corny photo ops. LOL!

Feeding the Seals

For me, the highlight of the trip to the Norwalk Maritime Center was most definitely feeding the seals. On the morning of our departure, the aquarium staff set up a special feeding at 8:30 am. The seals were absolutely adorable. They waved and flapped their fins. They swam and flipped over. And they were rewarded with this extra feeding.

The maritime center has 5 seals and they are all harbor seals. The oldest one is named Susie and she can only see shadows because she has cataracts. Poor thing. :(

I learned that seals are voluntary breathers which means they have to think about breathing. So, Susie canot get an operation to fix her cataracts beacuse if she is under anesthesia then she will not remember that she has to breathe and then she will die. :(

Who knows? Maybe one day one of the girls there will come up with a new drug that will allow for seals and dolphins to be operated on without going under. :)

Enjoy the photos. :)









Sunday Sweet Spot

Mudslide Cookies




Ingredients
Makes about 4 dozen cookies
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 pound semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 large eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 pound milk chocolate, coarsely chopped

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper; set aside. In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In a heatproof bowl, or in the top of a double boiler, set over a pot of simmering water, melt together unsweetened and semisweet chocolates and butter; set aside to cool.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add cooled, melted chocolate mixture, and combine on low speed. Add flour mixture, and continue to beat on low speed until almost combined, about 1 minute. Remove bowl from mixer; stir in milk chocolate by hand.

Using a 1/2-ounce ice-cream scoop, drop dough onto prepared baking sheets about 3 inches apart. Bake until set, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cookies cool completely on baking sheets.

Burrito Pie

Thought I'd give this a try this week. Looks good, no?




1. Ingredients2 pounds ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 (2 ounce) can black olives, sliced
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chili peppers
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers
1 (16 ounce) jar taco sauce
2 (16 ounce) cans refried beans
12 (8 inch) flour tortillas
9 ounces shredded Colby cheese

Nutrition InfoPer Serving

Calories: 431 kcal
Carbohydrates: 33 g
Dietary Fiber: 4 g
Fat: 23 g
Protein: 19 g
Sugars: 2 g


2. Cooking Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the ground beef for 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic, and saute for 5 more minutes. Drain any excess fat, if desired. Mix in the olives, green chile peppers, tomatoes with green chile peppers, taco sauce and refried beans. Stir mixture thoroughly, reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
Spread a thin layer of the meat mixture in the bottom of a 4 quart casserole dish. Cover with a layer of tortillas followed by more meat mixture, then a layer of cheese. Repeat tortilla, meat, cheese pattern until all the tortillas are used, topping off with a layer of meat mixture and cheese.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is slightly brown and bubbly.
Yield: 16 servings

Friday, January 09, 2009

Summer Cool Imaginisce

Don Lambson at Imaginisce has been very good to us Blue Crew girls over at Scrapjazz. A couple of months ago we received a package of Christmas goodies in the mail. And now a new package of soon to be released product has found its way to my door. In there were the new Twitterpated and Summer Cool lines. Gorgeous papers, rub ons, brads, stickers, stamps and tons of flowers. I am beside myself with joy. I got right to work and created this layout with the Summer Cool collection...6 Pillars. TFL!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Happy Pink Saturday Night!

I got her! I got her! Leah is in the house. My Mom got it for me for my birthday which is just 6 days before Christmas. I owe my shoe and purse addiction to my Mom so I can always count on her to feed my habit. LOL! I cannot wait til it gets warmer here in NY so I can show Leah off. ;)



And, this wristlet was a complete surprise. My Mom snuck it in there under the tree. I am in pink patent leather Heaven. EEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!



I am on a manhunt for these gorgeous Tory Burch watermelon flip flops in a size 7 but they are nowhere to be found. I hope to hit the outlet mall in the next couple of weeks and land a pair of these. I think my pink toes will look so cute in them this summer. ;)


I hope you have thee most pinkalicious Saturday night! :D