Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Yum yum yum. I love flavoured chocolate like orange and expecially mint. I bought some really good candy cane bark from Loblaws the other day....oh man it's tasty. I'm thinking of baking up vanilla cupcakes and then topping them with a peice of the bark.
okkkkk I gotta get ready to go to work.
Did you know I'm friends with celebrities? My friend Thomas' TV debut! Haha he's the best, this is why I love him.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
1. "The Christmas Song" begins with which of the following lyrics?
I'm dreaming of a White Christmas
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Oh, the weather outside is frightful
2. Finish these lyrics: "In the meadow we can build a snowman..."
then pretend that he is tall and brown
then pretend that he is parsley brown
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown
3. Finish these lyrics: "Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum..."
A new born King to see, pa rum pump um pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pump um pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pump um pum
4. Finish these lyrics: "Giddy-yap, giddy-yap, giddy-yap, it's grand just holding your hand..."
We're riding along with a song of a wintry wonderland
We're gliding along with a song of a wintry wonderland
We're gliding along with a song of a wintry fairy land
5. Finish these lyrics: "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, with every Christmas card I write..."
May your days be merry and white
May your days be merry and bright
May your nights be merry and bright
6. How does the song "Silver Bells" begin?
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style
City sidewalks, bustling sidewalks, dressed in holiday style
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed with holiday style
7. Finish these lyrics: "Rocking around the Christmas tree..."
At the Christmas party stop
At the Christmas party rock
At the Christmas party hop
8. Finish these lyrics: "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go..."
Take a look at the five in 10 glistening once again
Take a look in the five and 10 glistening once again
Take a look at the fighting hen listening once again
I got 8/8....just sayin'
One last thing before I call it a night and get back to my hot date with this laptop and my clinical self-assessment (which consists of having to answer - in depth - about 85 indicators...urgh):
I booked the Bad Sweater Party! Year 4...can't believe this will be the fourth year. Wow. It keeps getting better each year so here's hoping that this year trumps the success that was last year's party!Merry Christmas Wednesday! 30 days to go before the actual holiday!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I've wanted to make candles before but had trouble finding the stuff necessary.
You need beeswax sheets from a craft store as well as wicking so that you can actually light the candles. I'm going to google search the nearest Michael's to me...
Click on the link above to get the instructions. There's also a visual guide which is very helpful!
I've decided that come December 1st I am going to try and blog EVERYDAY until the 25th. It'll be my insane Christmas Countdown. My blog-vent calendar (like advent....get it?). I'll try and do a lot of recipes and maybe put up my attempts at the crafts I've been suggesting during these Christmas Wednesdays!
Well, I'm off to ogle an adorable sleeping child for a few hours.
Monday, November 16, 2009
This morning I was checking my email before heading off to school when I got my pre-migraine blindspot. It's not a nice feeling. Imagine not being able to see anything in a certain area of your peripheral vision. The only good thing about it is that I get the blindspot about 15-30 mins before the actual migraine sets in so it gives me a chance to take some serious pain killers. I put my pj's back on and lay in bed with the curtains closed. I put on Monsters Inc and tried to sleep through the migraine. Mine usually last about 1-2 hours so I figure in the time it takes me to watch (sleep through) a movie, the migraine should run its course.
- Take painkillers! Tylenol, advil, whatever you've got. Even better if you've got ones specific to migrane pain. And take 2. Don't try to suffer through it. There's no shame in medicating yourself to sleep. There IS crying in this baseball.
- Get into bed and open a window. Feeling a little bit cold is much better. Cold compresses can help too as the blood vessels in your head are quite dilated - the cold will help them to constrict.
- Lie in the dark. I like to listen to movies or tv shows because then I don't think. I keep the volume low to keep my head from pounding though and I keep my eyes shut. Tight.
- Try to sleep. The longer you can sleep through a migraine, the less time you have to spend in agony.
That's it that's all!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Anyway, it's a pretty cute cake. I was feeling lazy and I only have about a cup of flour left so I used a cherry chip cake mix. I also used the store bought icing but gave it a little twist of my own. I added red food colouring which, contrary to it's name, did not turn the cake red. Oh no, no matter how many drops I added it just kept turning a deeper shade of pink. Whatever. I also mixed in some light ricotta cheese. It made it taste sooo good. And then I tossed a few handfuls of skittles on top for good measure.
In other news, I missed the Santa Claus parade :( It was this afternoon and I really wanted to go this year. It's my own fault though. I had to get up at 8 am to drive my cousin downtown to the bus terminal after only about 5-ish hours of sleep. They had the parade route all set up and no joke there were already people out with their folding chairs securing good seats.
See? There are people more fanatical about Christmas than me.
When I got back home at around 9:30, I jumped back into bed and slept soundly till almost 12:30. At which point the parade was probably well underway and Santa had most likely blessed the parade goers with his presence. Santaaaa! Next year. Next year we'll be together.
In better news the lovely holiday cups are out in full force at Starbucks! I love the red and the designs. I bought a travel mug with the design on it last year. Actually a guy I work with bought it for me, but that's an entirely different story.
That's it for today.
Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!
3 weeks to go before I'm on holidays (minus 4 days for exams)!
Friday, November 13, 2009
If you'd like to learn more about her you can visit her website here or you can go onto the food network website and look up recipes from either of her shows.
I thought that for today I would share with you a recipe for a variation on a desert close to my heart. As a young girl I loved Black Forest Cake. I asked for one for my birthday cake for a few years. They featured it in the window of the bakery near my house so it was hard not to want it. Anyway, this is Anna Olson's spin on the classic:
Black Forest Molten Cake
- Simmer 1 cup of pitted sour cherries with 1/2 cup of sugar for 30 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool.
- Preheat the oven to 375. Butter 4 ramekins and coat with sugar.
- Melt 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate in a pot over simmering water on the stove or in the microwave.
- In a seperate bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter, 2/3 cup sugar, and 3 eggs, one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Then stir in melted chocolate and 1 tsp vanilla.
- In a seperate bowl, sift together 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, and a dash of salt. Stir this into the chocolate mixture.
- Spoon the batter into the ramekins and spoon a generous amount of the cherry mixture into the center of each, leveling the top of the chocolate mixture after.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the top has lost its shine. Allow to cool. Butter a knife and run it around the rim of each ramekin to loosen the cake. Tip out of ramekin onto a plate.
- For a brandied cherry sauce, simmer 2 cups of pitted sweet cherries with 1/ 2 cup of sugar and 1 cinnamon stick. Stir in 4 tbsp brandy.
- Whisk 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch with 2 tbsp cold water and then add to the cherries.
- Sauce can be served warm or cold over cakes.
Have a fun Friday night!
Weekend! Weekend! Weekend!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Not bad, right? I mean....I think it's pretty obvious which one is mine but for a first try I give myself a pat on the back. It's easy to make but requires kind of a 2-step process as you have to make the gingerbread dough before hand for the crust. And for the decorative men. I skipped the part where she suggested doing the two different types of gingerbread dough cause I made the cake literally hours before the party so I didn't have that kind of time. But the different shaded men do look pretty on hers.
Plus that "snow" in between layers is cream cheese frosting and I loves me some cream cheese frosting.
Few things before I go help John finish dinner:
- The wreath is gone. John took one look at it, looked me straight in the eyes, and said, "what is this? What are you doing?" Apparently my 'it's-still-bare-it's-not-decorated-yet' slash 'I-have-no-where-else-to-put-it' excuses fell on deaf ears. It's now hiding in my half of the bedroom closet. John - 1, Jamie+Christmas - 0
- I put red candles on display that my grandmother gave me this past weekend. He accused me of decorating because of them. I blamed him of prejudice against red candles and the candles got to stay. John - 1, Jamie+Christmas - 1.
- My Dad handed me my December 2009 issue of Martha last night! I'm going to wait until I can savour every page and bookmark every recipe I see.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go take the red peppers out of the oven so I can stuff 'em full of risotto.
Have a good night!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I was proud of my handiwork.
Anyway that's all for today. I have to go read some chapters for my test on Tuesday.
Hope you all had a great weekend!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I mean, just look at it! ... I'll be hitting up the dollar store for supplies and maybe my parent's trees. I'll have to brainstorm some ideas for the snow....white spakles of some sort I guess and glue. I'll be sure to line the floor with newspaper so as not to get any sparkles and pine needles on the floor. John already blames me for all of the dirt on the floor... but honestly, can he conclusively say that those are my blonde hairs? And is there a strong positive correlation between the dirtiness of my unstocking-ed feet and the state of the floor? I mean it all comes down to science right? Let's get a forensic team in here. Someone call Gil Grissom. Or H for some Miami heat. Heeeeyyyyyyy
Anyway, the point is I don't want to make the floor dirty. Anymore than I already do.
I'm done school (classes anyway) in 4-ish weeks so I will get on my crafting kick December 5th.
If you want to make a wreath for yourself, here are some more ideas:
Paper Wreath (an easier craft)
Classical Column Window Frame (if you're feeling up to a more challenging task)
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Now back to November's "Good Things"
For all us Canadians, November 11th is Rememberance day. The poppy is symbolic and we wear it in rememberance of all those who gave their lives and who fought to make our world a better place. Make sure you take a moment on Nov. 11 to pay respect to those who gave their lives so we could have better ones.
2. American Thanksgiving
American's celebrate Thanksgiving in November, a month later than we do. But being a lover of all things turkey, why not celebrate it again? Without all the hoopla it'd be easy to make turkey meatballs, turkey meatloaf, or roast some turkey legs. Be thankful for turkey!
The first snowfall of the year will likely happen this month. Some of you may not agree with me including this on the "good things" list but it's my list and I personally LOVE the first real snowfall of the fall/winter. When it stays on the ground and in the trees....just beautiful. Then after New Years I no longer like snow at all.
There's nothing like cuddling up in a warm blanket in front of a fire when it's cold and windy outside. If you don't have a fireplace where you live, find a friend of family member who does and get yourself invited over! My parents have one so I will definitely be organizing a movie night at their place once the weather takes the cold plunge.
I love love love soup, no matter what the season. Soup is especially good when it's cold out. I'm going to try and make some homemade soups during the winter holidays this year. Like this one: a roasted sweet potato soup with curried apples. Looks good.
Well that's it for October. Let's hope November is as fun and exciting!