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Friday, July 22, 2011

A Little Something Sweet

Awhile back, a friend of mine was traveling in the Midwest and ended up at the Ghyslain Chocolatier.  She was so sweet to bring me back a sampling of their goodies. Now, I've never been one of those "I need chocolate" or "Chocolate fixes everything people".  Personally, I'd rather have a plate of cheese fries on a bad day, but that's me, and I do march to my own drum.  However, the small blue box she brought me contained six little pieces of beauty.  Each was a different flavor and shape, and the remarkable thing to me is that each was HAND PAINTED.  They were little tiny works of art.  I have to be honest, they sat untouched in the box for a couple of days before I could bring myself to eat one.  The were so pretty!  Were being the operative word...they were also tasty!!

To find the image this morning, I found their website.  Their story is interesting, the things that they can do with chocolate are amazing, and there are pastries....

Day 6: Anything that tickles your fancy

To Laugh Often and Much

http://emerson.tamu.edu/ephemera/success.html

Favorite Quote (day 5).

The Book is Better Than the Movie...and the Movie Rocks



Day 4: (I know I'm a few days behind. I'll post this weekend as to why I've been so out of pocket, so to speak)

This should be no surprise. Favorite book: Lonesome Dove.

If you have NEVER seen the movie, stop what you are doing and devote 6 hours to watching it. If you have NEVER read the book (even if you have seen the movie), STOP RIGHT NOW, go to amazon.com, and buy the book!!! As soon as UPS drops it off, STOP, tear into that box and get to reading. It will consume you, wear comfy sweats, make a pot of great coffee, curl up. DO IT.

Monday, July 18, 2011

You Make a Better Door than a Window

Day 3: Favorite TV Show

This like the favorite song goes in waves...

Shows I really, really like...This by the way is like admitting to guilty pleasures...(in no particular order)

Beverly Hills 90210 (the original, not the remake)

M*A*S*H

Dallas (love the theme song!!)

Sex and the City (I will have the little pink box of DVDs, someday)

I've also been known to tune into Little House on the Prairie from time to time...

Lately, I've really gotten into Army Wives, The Good Wife, Grays Anatomy, Private Practice, Bones, and Castle. I'm also REALLY, into Food Network this summer. The Next Food Network Star and Diners, Drive Inns, & Dives are topping the charts there.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Complete No Brainer

Day 2 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge is "Your favorite movie".  Unlike yesterday's terrible post about my inability to pick one favorite song, my favorite movie can be summed up in 2 words: LONESOME DOVE.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

2 New Dip Recipes

I recently found 2 new dip recipes.  One is road tested and crowd approved.  It will be made again! The other is low in WW points and is on the "things to try" list.

Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip
1 16 oz carton of sour cream
1 packet of ranch dressing mix
2 jalapenos seeded and diced
Cilantro
Garlic powder

Mix all ingredients together and dive in!!

There were both pita chips and tortilla chips present when I served this dip.  It was great with either.  It was also tasty on celery sticks.  This dip is fabulous, fast, and terribly easy.  It's a great spin on the traditional go-to ranch dip.  Make it! And then, make it again.


Spinach and Artichoke Dip
I found this dip on the WW web site and have yet to try it, but it's going to happen soon!  According to the recipe it makes 12 servings that are 2 WW PP each.

2 sprays of cooking spray
1/2 lb of spinach, baby leaves, washed and dried (I would use frozen!! It would be easier!!)
1 1/2 c canned artichoke hearts, without oil, drained
1 clove of garlic, minced (how handy, I use minced garlic in the jar ALL OF THE TIME!)
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c reduced-fat sour cream
4 oz low fat cream cheese, at room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Coat a 7 1/2 inch deep dish glass or ceramic pie plate (or oven-proof dish) with cooking spray.

In a food processor, combine spinach, artichokes, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, Parmesan, sour cream and cream cheese.  Puree until smooth.  Scrape dip into prepared dish; smooth top into an even layer. Bake until golden brown on tip, about 20-30 minutes.  Serve warm. Yields about 1/4 c per serving.

Good luck with this second one! Sounds good to me.  Let me know how it is!

30 Day Blog Challenge

I had a great blogging streak going there for a while, and then, I fell of the wagon.  Well, this girl is picking herself up off of the blogging trail and getting back on that wagon.  I have several ideas up my sleeve to share, I just hope I can keep up!  I found this "30 Day Blog Challenge" at www.robynbeazley.com. (A site I stumbled upon through www.crystalcattle.com.) Her site is titled "Live An Amazing Life".  She's wrote a book with the same title.  I've bought it.  I started reading it and cannot find where I laid it down...that doesn't mean it isn't good, it is. I enjoy reading it.  I think that it's helped jump start me back to my old self.  Trust me, I have strayed away from her, and I've missed her.  Don't worry, she's on a come back!!


The 30-Day Challenge TOPICS:

•Day 01 — Your favorite song
•Day 02 — Your favorite movie
•Day 03 — Your favorite television program
•Day 04 — Your favorite book
•Day 05 — Your favorite quote
•Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
•Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
•Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
•Day 09 — A photo you took
•Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
•Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
•Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
•Day 13 — A fictional book
•Day 14 — A non-fictional book
•Day 15 — A fanfic
•Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
•Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
•Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
•Day 19 — A talent of yours
•Day 20 — A hobby of yours
•Day 21 — A recipe
•Day 22 — A website
•Day 23 — A YouTube video
•Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
•Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
•Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
•Day 27 — This month, in great detail
•Day 28 — This year, in great detail
•Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
•Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy


Day 1-- My favorite song....
Really? Just one? Um, I don't know if I can.  Favorite "getcha up and getcha going" song: "Don't Stop Belivin'" by Journey. Favorite Christmas song: "Christmas to Remember" by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (don't judge).  Favorite Hymns: "I'll Fly Away", "On Eagle's Wings", "Amazing Grace".  Favorite George Strait tune(s): "The Chair", "Ocean Front Property", "Baby Blue".  I have lots of songs. Its a day to day thing, heck, it may change by lunch time! I love "Proud Souls" by Jason Boland, " Tennessee Whiskey" by George Jones, "Silver Wings" by Merle Haggard, "Rock Springs to Cheyenne" by Micky & the Motorcars...I like the Dallas theme song. 

Again, Fern has made the easy thing hard.