Thanksgiving is exactly one week away and if you haven’t started to think about preparations for the biggest food holiday of the year, NOW would be a good time to start. Every night for the past two weeks I’ve been drifting off to sleep thinking about which dishes I plan on serving then waking with food on my mind – I have a bad case of Thanksgivingitus. This week in particular I’ve been focusing on my food shopping strategy making sure I don’t buy too much “regular” food in order to clear space in the fridge to brine two turkeys (20 lbs. each) and stock up on everything I need to prepare enough food for two large Thanksgiving gatherings we are hosting. You wouldn’t believe how challenging it is to play real life Tetris with bottles and jars of food, adjusting them while stacking them on top of one another ever so perfectly hoping nothing breaks every time I open the fridge door.
Meal planning and shopping during this time of year can be stressful if you wait until the last minute to buy all the ingredients you need especially the closer you get to Thanksgiving. Although I know some grocery and drug stores will be opened on Thanksgiving Day, do you even want to risk the chance you will be caught off guard buying a fruit cake that has been collecting dust for who knows how long from a shelf that shares an aisle with athlete’s foot cream? Take a minute to soak in that visual. I’m talking to you, bro. [click to continue…]
Every time I see crème brûlée being offered on a dessert menu I order it. The silky vanilla custard hidden under the top caramel candy shell makes this dessert irresistibly good yet perceivably too complicated to make at home which is why I always order it when dining out. But the truth is, it’s so easy to make – and don’t let that whole thing with cooking sugar with a torch intimidate you. If you can spray paint anything, you can certainly cook a miniscule amount of sugar on top of a small cup of cold custard.
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It was literally 3 days ago I was coming off the high of helping to decide and award the winner of the 46th $1,000,000 Pillsbury Bake-Off in Las Vegas. How quickly things changed when I arrived home. With my cocktail dresses still packed in my red suitcase, yesterday morning I headed to the hospital in nothing but a black loose cotton zip-front dress, no bra, just underwear, and some plastic flip flops. With no make-up on and my crazy short bed hair out of control, I changed into a sexy beautiful back tying hospital gown waiting to undergo shoulder surgery.
The only thing I remember from yesterday morning is the anesthesiologist explaining to me that I wouldn’t remember anything from the procedure. This was good because after he explained that he would give me an anesthetic block via a needle in my neck, I was a little freaked out. One time I woke up during root canal surgery and the traumatic experience from that has stayed with me. [click to continue…]
If you haven’t already started to seriously plan your Thanksgiving menu, you better start now because T-Day is exactly 2 weeks away. Seriously, two weeks away and you know Costco is going to be crazy next week. This year Thanksgiving is going to be very interesting here. Unlike previous years where I do most of the cooking, this year I am going to be heavily relying on others, especially my husband.
As you’re ready this, I am having my right shoulder surgically repaired because aging + playing sports aggressively + aging (again) = my body is not getting younger and I better treat it right. Earlier this year I dislocated my right shoulder while working out and an MRI revealed that I tore my labrum which is the ligament in my shoulder which holds the ball in my upper arm in the shoulder socket. Because it’s torn, my shoulder easily pops out and dislocates itself which is extremely painful. There are days when opening up the refrigerator hurts so bad it paralyzes me momentarily. After months of physical therapy my shoulder was not getting better and because I would like to continue playing and competing in sports I am having it surgically repaired. Because my physical therapist reads SSL and has probably been wondering what happened to me, all I can say is, “Hi Chris, I’ll be seeing you again very soon.” So as you’re reading this I am probably in surgery or just out of surgery on heavy medication sipping grape juice and eating saltine crackers in a beautiful hospital gown. [click to continue…]
In my impressionable yet determined teenage years I often fantasized about what it would be like to live in a home decorated as beautifully as they are in the pages of popular home furnishing catalogs. I used to sign up for at least a dozen catalog mailing lists just so I could spend hours imagining myself living in one of these perfectly styled decorated homes. The holiday issues were definitely the best. They always featured the most elaborate table center pieces and settings with everything magically matching and coordinated. Little did I know these catalogs and similar magazines were planting seeds that would someday bloom into a way I could express myself but in a more simplistic way.
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