Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Grab a bag of decorative pebbles. Hint: Get them at the Dollar Tree ($1!) vs. Michael's ($2.50!). Add a small layer to the bottom of your container. This provides for drainage.
Next up, add a small layer of activated carbon (charcoal). I got mine in Walmart's aquarium section.
Then add a layer of potting soil.
Now here' s where I go technical on your ass. Plant your tiny plant in the potting soil, then manuever the moss around it. Poke your fingers in there, root around and get everything looking natural.
Now for the fun part. Add in whatever miniaturized crap you have lying around. I found these skeleton bones at a party store and thought they looked cute sticking out of the dirt.
The last step was to fill in our friends' names. Voila, you're done.
Or you could make a one huge one. This one sits on my kitchen counter. I can't wait to switch out the skeletons in a few months for some tiny snowmen or reindeer. And yeah, I'm already planning out Christmas decor, it's bad. Reallll bad.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
We all know I've got a thing for paper. And crafts. Papercrafts in general. So if I'm hosting a soiree at my crib, you know you're getting a real invite in the mail. Mail as in USPS mail. So this year, I could NOT think of any ideas, mostly because my head was wrapped up in shower planning and costume-brainstorming. So one day last week, I come up with the idea to do Ransom Note invites. I grabbed a stack of magazines from work and sat down on the couch, cutting out letters and glueing them in place. Yes John, I know there's a Ransom Note font. Nevermind you. C'mon, you know that I like to make things as difficult and labor-intensive as possible for myself.
Oh and I filled in different "preciouses" for each guest. The one pictured above is Audrey's. Her kitty's name is Atreyu. Obviously she wouldn't want Atreyu harmed. So she's coming.
So I got about 2 invites done a night. Time was ticking. These things had to get in the mail. I was running out of O's. Can you believe it? I had about 64 Entertainment Weekly's sitting in front of me and I had to go digging for frigging O's. By the time I "finished" 7 invites, I was exhausted. My back hurt & I had papercuts. And they were only half done! Sharpie to the rescue.
But my invitees were gracious & complimentary, mostly because they are not insane enough to attempt this time-sucking activity themselves.
note to self: Evite may be onto something.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The night before, Adrienne and I made cupcakes for dessert. Plus, tiny chocolate and peanut butter leaves. They were so good, I ate two.
Me and bridey
Now let's talk about my big epic camera FAIL on Saturday. My brother was nice enough to let me run around with his brand new Nikon SLR. Dude, I've never used one. Lenses? You mean, I have to change them? What? Anyway, I manage to turn it on, Kelly helps me with the lens and off I go on pic-patrol. I take about a million pics. Last night, I sit down to check out my fantastical talent. I upload to my computer. Hmmm, there's only 2 pictures from the shower, I think. I start looking at the camera funny. Where's the rest of you bastards?!?
Ohhh, he never took the memory card out that came with the camera. The memory card that doesn't have much memory. Thirty pictures to be exact. 3 - 0. And those other 28 pictures were not from the shower. Eff. I was beyond disappointed. Would anyone mind heading back to the Gables on Saturday to do a re-enactment?
Monday, October 19, 2009
1 lb boneless chicken, cooked and shredded
1 (15 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (10 ounce) can red enchilada sauce
1 medium onion, chopped, 1/2 c dry minced onion can be substituted
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies, UNdrained
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups water
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can chicken broth
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon bay leaf, crushed
1 tablespoon dried cilantro
1. Combine all ingredients in greased 4 1/2 to 6 quart slow cooker
2. Cover and cook on low heat 6-8 hrs or on high 3-4 hrs (everyone's crockpot is different, adjust accordingly).
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The zucchini cakes just needed something. I don't know what because I'm clueless when it comes to that sort of thing. If you decide to make them and add something and they turn out awesome, let me know. I'm not opposed to trying it again. The real star of the meal was the roasted cauliflower though. A packet of onion soup mix, lil bit of oil and a head of cauliflower in the oven for a half hour...delicious. Oh and don't make fun of my leftover pasta wheels. They were for my niece and nephew and on their way out so I threw some oil and garlic on them and ate them up.
1 large egg
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon italian seasoning
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1 tablespoon onion (chopped)
2 cups zucchini (shredded)
1 cup breadcrumbs
1. Combine egg, mayonnaise, Italian seasoning, Old Bay seasoning and onion with a whisk and blend until smooth.
2. Add the zucchini first and bread crumbs on top of the zucchini.
3. Combine by lifting from the bottom with a stiff plastic spatula. Do this in the same fashion as blending a pie dough in a bowl.
4. Warm a large fry pan on low heat. Use a vegetable spray when the pan is hot.
5. Use of an ice cream scoop to make the patties. Slightly flatten them to shape as you lay them in the warm pan. Add them around the outside circle of the pan first, before using the center spot for even browning.
6. Allow to cook for five minutes on each side and refrigerator before freezing or Allow extra browning if using them right away.
ETA: High fives to everyone who wants to make the cauliflower. It's bangin. Take a head of cauliflower, break it into pieces and dump it into a gallon ziplock bag. Pour some oil on it...I don't know how much, be liberal. Dump a packet of onion soup mix into the bag, then shake the crap out of it, coating the cauliflower in all the onion-oil goodness. Line a cookie sheet with foil then empty the bag onto the foil. Move your oven rack the highest it can go, 400 degrees, 30 mins or so. Let me know how it turns out, mmmkay?
Monday, October 12, 2009
Me & my pals
Ok, so let me explain this picture a little bit. We all brought a pair of underwear (yes, that's what I call them, don't call them anything else) that had something to do with our relationship with Katie. Some were storebought, others handmade, all were awesome. I made mine with Katie's future hub in mind. He is a notorious line-stepper. He says awesomely inappropriate things on a regular basis and has an off-color, also awesome, sense of humor. I picked out a pair of plain white unmentionables and attached a fun little iron-on.
Attn: Mom and Those Easily Offended, please don't read the next part. And while we're at it, if you're easily offended, I can't believe you actually read this blog anyway. Hmmm...
Ok, so the iron-on I picked out & placed on the crotch were big orange flames and it said "On Fire for Jesus". This was, to me, absolutely hysterical. Luckily, Andy, the fiance, thought so too.
We strung them all up on twine across the hotel window and Katie had to go through each pair and guess who they came from. Laughs ensued.
We then gave Katie her ensemble for the night & let her in our accessory for the evening: Wigs. Every bach we do gets their own attention-seeking accessory that all party go-ers are forced to wear. Hey, it's better than male genitalia paraphernalia, right?
This girl looks cute in anything...jealous.
So we hit up Ri-Ra, Planet Rose Kareoke bar, where Katie did an impressive "Super Freak" then did it up at Dusk at Caesars where Kelly arranged for our champagne bottle service. We all wore our wigs, got pictures with cute old men, checked things off of the scavenger hunt list, danced a little, then ended our night at the piece de resistance, the Irish Pub.
I wish i had more engaged friends just so that we could keep doing these. Maybe I should place an ad. 29 y/o MWF seeks EngagedF's for insane bach parties and other assorted shennanigans. Lame-o's need not apply.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
1. Mod Cloth.com – I have several more dress-wearing occasions coming up soon and honestly, I’ve tired of the mall. I can’t walk into Loft, Express, Limited or Macys one more time in search of a dress. I’ve seen it all before. Therefore, when I came across ModCloth.com, I was slightly intrigued. A lot of the dresses totally aren’t my style but there are definitely some gems. Four gems to be precise. So I ordered all of them with promises to return 2 or 3 out of 4. Pinkie swear.
2. Ugly Babies – I know, it’s something you only talk about in hushed tones and whispers. But they’re out there. And my friends are Magnum PI’s when it comes to finding them and sharing their hideousness with the rest of us. Yes, all of our babies will be born with tails and/or one large eye a’la Lela from Futurama in retaliation for finding enjoyment in other’s unspoken pain…so we’re prepared.
3. Wigs – No, I’m not talking bout Halloween costume wigs, I’m talking wearing wigs for no other reason than to get attention. Blue wigs, pink wigs, afro wigs, they’ve all been part of my October. Pictures to come.
4. Miller Lite – Oh summer of margaritas, we had such a good time. But summer is over and all I have left of you are the calories you left behind. So this is the Autumn of the light beer. Miller light, Coors light, Amstel light, I don’t care, they’re all mom-beers to me and I’ll drink em down with pride thus saving me the calories and dinero of those fancy cocktails.
5. Ok, NOW I’m talking Halloween Costumes. Did you realize yet that this is my favorite time of year and I Fa-Reak out about my costumes every year? I love dressing up and am determined this year to propose another costume-wearing holiday. It will happen.
6. Terrariums – Ever since I saw a group of these babies sitting in the windowsill of National Mechanics (bar in Philly), I was smitten. I love them. I love the tiny scenes you can create in these tiny gardens. I love that they require little to no maintenance. Look for them on my blog this season.
7. David Sedaris – I went to see you the other night after a very lonnnnng weekend. I was sleepy and hungover. You let me lay back, close my eyes and you read to me. In your adorable little voice, you made me laugh. I want to come see you again and bring everyone I know.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monkeys can cook better than I can.
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon asian chili-garlic sauce
1 tablespoon chili oil or sesame oil and 1/2 teaspoon Asian chili sauce
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons fresh ginger
3 cups broccoli florets (12 oz.)
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cups sliced green onions (1-inch)
1/2 cup chopped cashews
1. Combine all sauce ingredients in small bowl. Mix well.
2. Cook chicken in 1 tablespoon olive oil, in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat 4 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken.
3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet. Cook and stir garlic and ginger 30 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in broccoli, increase heat to high. Add broth, cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender, adding green onions during last minute of cooking. Add chicken and sauce, cook 30 seconds or until warm. Sprinkle with cashews.
*Oh and many many apologies to my mother who doesn't like when I use terms like "knocked up" on my blog and probably won't like me using the word "bitch" in my title. Sorry Ma, that's just kinda how I talk, remember?
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I mean, who wouldn't want to dress up as Sloane? She's pretty much the model girlfriend in life. And the outfit is not only fun, it's comfy...as opposed to last year's where I cursed the damn thing as soon as I began walking. I was the guy from the Operation game FYI.
I didn't really know when to stop looking for the parts for these costumes and make myself choose another. I mean, now that I've officially made up my mind, I'm sure a vintage 80's colorblock leather jacket size Men's large will pop up on ebay for $9.99. And I'd be kicking myself. But alas, I've put the idea to bed and come up with another. A quick call to John for his approval was all I needed to start scouring the internets for this new costume. Wish me luck, I can't go through this heartache again.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Speaking of buying new outfits, I’ve had to get two for this weekend because I’ve got big, big plans. Tonight is the annual dinner/dancing/open bar event I attend as my mom’s date for my uncle’s charity, the Blind Relief Fund which provides financial, medical, material and emotional assistance to the needy blind of Philadelphia. This is a fancy-schmance event that requires an adorable cocktail dress that I can’t sit down in. I will spend the evening looking at the items up for auction that extremely rich people will bid on, while downing chardonnays trying to forget the fact that I can’t afford any of it. Good times.
Next up this weekend is yet another trip to Atlantic City. Again, you ask? Yup, I say. This weekend is Katie’s bachelorette party and like usual, we plan on tearing up the place. Stay tuned next week for pictorial evidence of the debauchery. Oh and I couldn’t decide what to wear out for these shenanigans so I bought 2 dresses and 2 shirts. Three out of four will be returned as soon as I decide. You know…those lack of funds I was speaking of earlier.
To round out the weekend, Sunday afternoon will either be spent napping or at a ginormous Irish bar downtown for our friend’s benefit. I’m assuming this is a Beef n’ Beer. Oh and I found out not too long ago that people not from this area have never heard of Beef n’ Beers. Do you guys from far away have those? You know, you pay $30 for a ticket for a buffet ( of beef) and an open bar (of beer) hence we call them Beef n’ Beers. Again, I’m tangent-ing. So Sunday night I get go see David Sedaris live. Do you know how much I love him? You guys read him right? Well John had given me tix for Christmas last year and the day has finally come. I am beyond excited for this.
And because I’ve been neglecting my little Flashback Fridays, let’s flashback magically to 2006 to my own bachelorette party…one of the greatest nights ever. And since it’s Katie’s big weekend, it’s her time to shine. And yes, this is what we do at bachelorette parties. I told you my friends should be rented out.