Friday, November 09, 2007

Painting the Town Yellow...

So one of the many fabulous things about getting married as far as I can tell is that mostly you really get a day that is all about you ~so if your favorite color is yellow ~that's what your day is about.The buffet is yellow with lovely fabric and nesting birds ~and yellow treats. My favorites were the lemon mouse the mango gelato and the chicken salad sandwiches.

Of coarse the cake is yellow and let me just say the flowers were amazing every kind of yellow flower under the sun was in the arrangements is an amazing way with just the right accents of color.

The tables were of coarse decorated in yellow with amazing scherenschnitte designs and trifle bowls brimming with take home bags of yellow treats. ~I took home lemonheads.

It can't all be about yellow some of it was about the amazing bride and groom who are so very in love in that lovely way.

Of coarse my favorite part though is the fact that you just get to keep sharing in each others joy. ~I met Kara in graduate school where we relished in each others successes both in and out of the classroom and though time keeps us moving some things like our success, our joys, our triumphs, they keep us coming back together.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

A little vampire in all of us...

So tonight I got to give blood ~yeah I did it my count was at 39 way above the 38 you need ~okay so not way above but still I got to donate. I am throwing down the gauntlet though I filled the bag in 4:56 minutes. Yeah Daniel my phlebotomist was super impressed. So I dare any of the two of you that read my blog to donate and do it faster.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Talent for talent...

Last week for the holiday a friend needed a little help to make his costume spectacular. So I shared my talent with him. The best part though was in return he shared his talent with me ~he's an artist. It kind of makes me wish people could trade talents more often ~but then I remember that I love cheeseburgers and I am not sure how that would work.

Monday, November 05, 2007

For a good time...

Go on a mini-break! Okay so not this last weekend but the weekend before I finally made it on a mini-break and I was so over due a vacation.
I went to Denver. My friend Erin moved there this summer and well I find nothing really helps you settle into a city quite like playing tourist and well the best way to be a tourist is to have visitors. It was the least I could do for a friend. I have got to say that city made a great impression on me, the fall colors, the friendly people, the good food and well of coarse the crazy tourist things. The really crazy tourist thing we did really wasn't in Denver it was in Manitou Springs ~but it was only a quick day trip so it counts. If you are ever near Manitou Springs the weekend before Halloween do what ever you must but make it to the Emma Crawford Coffin Races. The parade with the hearse, the themed coffin racing teams, it is all not to be missed.
You might think that coffin races alone would make my weekend but when you are on a roll one should not stop. If you are in Denver near Halloween make sure you stop into the Molly Brown House for their Victorian Horror Story readings. Edgar was amazing and Nathaniel was captivating but nothing beat having to walk by the poorly lit room with all the china dolls looking at you ~ so creepy like child of glass creepy.
As I said the food was also good we tried Smashburger for dinner, Pete's Kitchen for breakfast and had dinner at Maggiano's ~are waiter was great and had all the right recommendations, lucky us.
I just have to say it was a great mini-break ~thanks Erin for hosting!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Breakfast is done...

Just because something doesn't work out the first time I have never been one to give up ~well at least not where recipes are concerned. The carrot bread french toast was amazing if you have the time you really must try~

Carrot Bread
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup finely shredded carrots

Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon & salt together. In a mixer beat sugar and eggs adding oil slowly. Add dry ingredients until blended. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Pour into a well greased 1 1/2 pound bread loaf ~leave at least an inch at the top of the pan. Bake at 350' for about 60 minutes ~you will know it is done when you can no longer hear the bubbles baking in it. ~do not put a toothpick in it, it will fall and make you sad.

When the bread is done and cooled it is time to make it into the french toast. For enough batter for three slices ~ take one egg add a pinch of salt and beat them then add about two tablespoons of milk and a two shakes of cinnamon. Soak the bread until it is good and saturated. Toast over medium heat until golden and lovely.

Serve with a crisp sweet apple slices ~syrup is a little much for the carrot bread. I hope you love it as much as I do~

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Truely Haunted...

I am not one to dress up for Halloween ~it has a little to do with some trauma and guilt I gave myself when I was 13. My mom made me this fabulous mermaid costume that I begged for and took forever for her to make ~and then I wouldn't wear it because I thought it was too over the top and I didn't want to be noticed. Anyways I don't think I have really dressed up since.
Not this year though~ work had a contest and part of the fun of being in HR is supporting all the fun so here is my best effort at joining the fun.

Scarecrow Ann