Friday, May 26, 2006

The Awesome Night We Had Eating & Knitting...

I sometimes wonder why people knowing what a challenge they will have ahead of them ever take drugs ~I am told they think things are either so bad it doesn't matter or they are tough enough to take it.
I started a new hobby and well I thought I would be tough enough to take it ~I can't imagine right now what rehab will cost me. Last night in a casual attempt to get out of Utah County I decided to go to Salt Lake and visit my friend Erin "the girl who knits" and try knitting again. Let me tell you right now the self taught are the most amazing people I know ~I am the talent stolen, I make others share their talents with me and then I will later claim them for my own. A good example of this is "my" brownie recipe ~thank you Kay Dubbs!
So Erin got me started she taught me the slickest way to cast on and now I am working on the scarf ~i am about 12 rows into it and have only added a stitch twice ~Erin had to fix the first one and I had to fix the second one all by myself ~I figure if I can finish this scarf and maybe a couple more with something awesome like a cable in it I will try for socks ~I have a huge crush on some of Erin's sock yarn. Also the baby hats with things like peas or cherries on them are just too cute not to try. ~eek it is taking over I feel it ~tonight videos and knitting I am so excited.
Besides learning how to Cast On, Knit & Pearl. Erin and I also did dinner and dessert. Dinner was nice enough at Pagoda in the Avenues ~but dessert was truly a worship service. We just decided to grab something at Hatch's Chocolates I got a Chocolate Pots de Creme ~it was this love rich chocolate custard with dark chocolate flecks in it ~they are genius! and yes I plan on figuring out this recipe and claim it as my own soon.
Thanks for the lovely evening Erin and soon I will post a picture of my scarf.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Home again Home again...

I made it home this last weekend ~I love going home especially when I am headed home for no particular reason. I was headed home to celebrate my Birthday but that isn't a real reason.
When I got home on Thursday night I had presents waiting for me ~I love that. I got two t-shirts from Nollie and a new wallet from Jason's Gang I also had wedding announcements from two friends and a card from my Granny.
When I woke up on Friday morning and made my mom french braid my hair and put on one of my new tee's I got to go to quilt group and then Mom Dad and I went to the movies.
I really liked the Da Vinci Code I thought it was entertaining and well I think the actors were fun to listen to ~Tom Hanks not who I see as a Harvard Prof but I still can't think of who I would have cast in the part ~but the hair I consider a necessary evil ~it makes it almost believable that he teaches at a college. After the movie I headed out to Whit's house to hang out and baby sit for the evening. The two older girls decided that playing at a friends house all evening instead of hanging out with me so it was just me and the baby. We had dinner and a bath and she let me put her hair in ponies and we didn't have to share our kissables her mom had bought for us knowing that both of us love them. ~we played hide & seek and watched tv ~well I watched tv she played with her fisher price bubble gum machine. The one really cute thing was her love of my t-shirt it has a picture of Buddha on it and said "shake your Buddha" she thought it was hilarious and when I said to her "shake your Buddha" she would show me her tummy and she would point at my tee again and I would say "shake your Buddha" and she would show me her tummy once more ~man I love messing with the baby.
On Saturday morning we celebrated my birthday with ice cream pie ~my favorite and a trip to the farmers market. We also ate at the beanery and went shopping ~mom got new jeans & I got a skirt. I also worked on some sewing projects and well I even got two of them done ~well sort of I might take the skirt I made apart and remake it.
All I can say is that weekend passed by way to fast but good times always do.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!

Thanks to all of you who wished me well on the 31st celebration of my Birth any one who missed it ~don't worry about it I wasn't really that into this year anyways. I still have to report on the celebration of my birth regardless.
I started the day out by going into my yard and cutting all of the blooming peonies and making an arrangement. I then went to breakfast with Annie & Brent at Brian’s deli ~I had the polo grounds, Brent made the sandwich. After breakfast I came out to my car that had a big Happy Birthday sticker on it complements of Annie. Annie and I then made a Target run so she could buy me my favorite Target Tees ~I now own one in every available color but mustard yellow. Annie also made a big batch of chocolate chip cookies for me to take to work ~it reminded me of grade school when you got to take a treat on your birthday for all of the kids.
Soon it was time for lunch and I got to keep my usual lunch date with Brad this week on my Birthday ~we went to the Training Table ~I love the cheese fries and dipping sauce. At work I had more peonies waiting for me Susan had made a love arrangement from those blooming in her yard for me and promised when her good ones came in I could come and cut them also. Mom & Dad sent a cookie bouquet to work for me too. I definitely felt special and very full when Marsha brought the homemade raspberry ice cream for me ~I don't like cake but I love ice cream. At work I got 10 fat quarters and I bought all of mine in the Flea Market Line ~it is oh so cute! I also bought some fabric to make a skirt out of from work.
After work I decided to go shopping ~I got new mascara ~once a year weather or not I need it. I also picked up a pair of sunglasses and looked at some shoes but couldn't decide between this pair and that pair ~any opinions?
It was a good birthday and the parting will continue on this weekend when I head home and it started on Tuesday night when I went to the movies with Goo and Tam-ma-fique I highly recommend "She's the Man" it was a good adaptation of 12th Night in my opinion and I would like to state for the record that Duke is 26 in real life so it is legal to oggle him ~on Tuesday night we also got some ice cream with Jonafin and Eden ~who loved watching cars zoom by with me.
I hope everyone has a day as nice as mine was for their birthday!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I am Like a Star Shinning Brightly

Today I am wearing my ittsy bittsy star earring that Tatum gave me for Christmas years ago. I really do love the little star earring ~everyone knows stars are my signature shape. ~I am sure you are asking your self though "~Why on a Tuesday isn't Ann wearing her usual ladybug earrings?" Once again I have lost one of them ~I don't loose things I have a very sharp mind and I just don't loose things I can remember what my friend Lisa Marie's favorite outfit in the ninth grade was I certainly can remember where my earrings are. Unfortunately the ladybug earrings have a tendency to jump ship ~I lost one about 18 months ago while shopping and well I believe I lost this one playing volleyball ~further proof that I should never have to play that game. ~So now once again my mother the sweetheart that she is is getting not just a replacement made for me but two spares and she is having a clasping back put on them.
Lately I have been feeling like I am a complete disaster and well loosing the earring is proof of that ~I just have to remember also that when I am at my worst others seem to do their very best for me and I will always be grateful for that.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Fake Bake...

Yesterday I got to celebrate a birthday ~not my birthday just to clear things up but an other May birthday. ~My friend Britt turned all of 23~ I made the cake oh and it took the cake. If you have never made a flourless chocolate cake you are missing out ~so easy to make and so good to eat. Plus my recipe is basically sugar free so you can feed it to all of your friends that don't eat sugar or flour. It was also so pretty with the whipped cream on top and all of the candles. ~I would like to mention here that the whipped cream would not have been possible with out my dear friend Marce. Also Eric was in charge of lighting the candles and did an excellent job with the fire.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

8 Eggs
1 lb Bitter or Semi Sweet Chocolate
1 Cup Butter

Prepare an 8' spring form pan with parchment paper on the bottom ~don't use wax it doesn't work I found out the hard way. Also secure the outside of the spring form with tinfoil so the water from the water bath doesn't ruin it.
In a double boiler melt chocolate and butter together until a smooth consistency.
In a mixer mix all eight eggs together until they triple in volume and are very fluffy.
Fold eggs in to chocolate mixture 1/3 at a time until they are just incorporated.
Pour mixture into the spring form pan and place spring form pan in water bath.
Bake at 325' for 25 - 30 minutes or until it smells very chocolately and the middle is almost set.

Best of luck with this one and may you have the happiest birthday ever with this one.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

It finally got here...

So Spring has finally sprung in Utah ~it has been a long hard wait but quite worth it. My friends with allergies would say that Spring came to Utah about a month ago and they can't wait for it leave ~but for me it isn't spring until you start to eat out of doors ~and well this weekend I ate out~
On Saturday I was invited up to Salt Lake to take in an early matinee with my friend Aimes ~and after words we went to the Blue Plate and ate on the Patio. I had the buffalo burger and Aimes she had cranberry pancakes ~I am not a huge fan of pancakes or cranberries but I had a bite of hers and well I almost became a believer ~next time I have every intention of getting the pancakes ~most likely the chocolate chip ones though. Lunch was really fabulous more for the company than for the food and the food was good. I also luckily was wearing my swirlie shirt so I got a little bit of tan on my chest.
On Sunday there was even more eating out side ~unfortunately the company this time was the exact opposite of the company last time aka "not awesome." It was a large pot luck dinner with the luck of the pot being wether or not people actually brought something ~and I am even bending my rule of a two liter of coke is not something here and people still didn't bring anything. Don't get me wrong some of the kids brought things, there was really amazing guacamole, and strawberry shortcake and a fruit dip that is the definition of lovely ~but still a lot of the crowd wasn't cool and didn't bring anything cool. This is were I am going to admit to bringing something impressive even though I knew this crowd ~I was just hoping one of the boys I am currently crushing on was going to be there and well I have a reputation to uphold. ~The secret to this impressive dish is that it is easy and awesome so I am going to tell you right now if you have a pot luck to go to this summer and there might be someone worth impressing at said pot luck take this dish.

Fruit Salsa

1 Bag Frozen Raspberries
1 Bag Frozen Strawberries
3 Kiwi
2 Green Apples
3 Tbls Jam
2 Tbls Granulated Sugar
1 Tbls Brown Sugar

In a large bowl pour in frozen raspberries. Dice frozen strawberries and add to bowl. Peel and dice Kiwi add to bowl. Dice apples with peels still on for color and add to bowl. In a small bowl mix jam, sugar and sugar, when combined pour over fruit in the large bowl. I usually put a lid on the large bowl at this point and just shake it all together but if you don't have a lid you can just stir to mix.
It now needs to sit in the fridge for about an hour to get really juicy and for all of the flavors to mix together.
To serve you can use corn chips or you can make your own cinnamon and sugar chips.

Cinnamon & Sugar Chips
24 8" Flour Tortillas
1 Cup Cinnamon and Sugar mixture
1 Cube Butter Melted

On each tortilla lightly butter and sprinkle C&S on both sides. Cut into ten wedges, 12 if there is a double dipping issue ~these are too small to double dip. Place on a baking sheet and Bake in a 350' oven for about 8 to 10 minutes.