- In the Kitchen
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I just love my new Bon Appetit Cookbook! I'll admit that many of the recipes are too hard for me at this stage, however I'm excited to work up to it!
With Halloween around the corner, I've decided to bring some snacks into the office tomorrow! I typically bring cookies, cupcakes, etc. but there's one person in the office who doesn't enjoy sweets and I hate to leave her out! So last night I made Pepperoni & Parmesan Pinwheels and arranged them neatly on a little Halloween tray! They're delish! This super easy recipe yeilds 60 pieces so it's a perfect option if you're making your own hors d'oeuvres for upcoming holiday parties as it won't take you too much time and will feed loads during your cocktail hour! Also, you can prepare these the day before, wrap them and chill in the fridge, then pop them out and bake just in time to serve nice and warm! SO EASY and super tasty!!! Hubby ate like 10 of them!
1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese (use parmesan if you can't find Asiago - I did)
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed (I used Pepperidge Farm)
2 tablespoons honey-Dijon mustard
2 ounces packaged sliced pepperoni (about twenty-four 1 1/2-inch-diameter slices)
1 large egg, beaten to blend
Nonstick vegetable oil cooking spray
Mix first 4 ingredients in medium bowl. Cut puff pastry crosswise in half to form 2 rectangles. Spread 1 tablespoon mustard over 1 puff pastry rectangle, leaving 1-inch plain border at 1 long edge. Place half of pepperoni in single layer atop mustard. Top pepperoni with half of cheese mixture. Brush plain border with egg. Starting at side opposite plain border, roll up pastry, sealing at egg-coated edge. Transfer pastry roll, seam side down, to medium baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pastry rectangle, mustard, pepperoni, cheese mixture, and egg. Chill rolls until firm, about 30 minutes, or wrap and chill up to 1 day. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with foil. Lightly spray with vegetable oil spray. Cut each pastry roll into about thirty 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Transfer pinwheels to prepared sheets. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to platter; serve.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
To my Wednesday Addams!
I am such a poor eater of fruits and vegetables as well. So when I mix up one of these smoothies, it's like I've had 4 cups of coffee!!! I get such good energy, but I don't crash! NICE!!!
Want to try making smoothies? It's easy! Basically I just put in 2 to 3 tablespoons of plain non-fat yogurt, a little milk (add more later if it's too thick), a tablespoon of honey (supposedly a little honey every day increases life span) and about 1 to 2 cups of frozen fruit or berries! I like to mix and match! You can also add a table spoon of low-fat vanilla ice cream or a bananna sliced up and chilled/frozen if it's too bitter. And just blend it! YUM!!!
Also, I can say from experience, don't be afraid to experiment! Throw in some crazy things and see how it comes out! Add some wheatgrass or spiroline for energy. Or some peanutbutter to a banana smoothie for some protein!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I was delighted when hubby suggested we pick up this baby - the original Crock Pot! I love it!!! I made the most delicious beef stew yesterday!
I love that it has conversion tables and tabs. And if I print something off the internet, I just need to hole punch it and pop it in! It also includes perforated shopping lists and pockets for recipe cards!
I couldn't resist this beautiful cookbook! It has recipes from around the world and I'm pretty excited about trying some of them this week!
I'm super determined to go from being the girl who cooked the same 5 things every week to the lady with a vast repertoire of recipes at her fingertips! I could also stand to eat better than I used to and honestly, since I've started cooking from scratch, I feel better, have more energy and I've lost 4 pounds!!! YAY!!!
These are the docks... check out the faux island in the background:
On the stairwell leading up to the observation tower, there are these beautiful mosaic murals on the walls!
Monday, October 26, 2009
We also finally gave in and bought a pumpkin! I resisted at first, afraid it would rot in the heat, but it's been cool and raining a lot, so I think he'll last for a week at least.
This was the first time carving a Jack-O-Lantern ever for Mr. Julep. He said they didn't do that in Ireland when he was growing up so he particularly enjoyed doing this! I hadn't done one in probably 10 years or more so I was excited too! I think he turned out pretty good, don't you?
Saturday, October 24, 2009
But I was disappointed in most respects. It's a great story/plot. It's decently written although a little too much hip language made it sound unbelievable.
Also, pretty as she may be, Megan Fox is not talented. She is not the worst, but she's certainly not good enough to pull off that kind of dialogue. Most of the time she sounded like she couldn't even read her dialogue, much less understand what it means! She ruined this movie for me.
Amanda Seyfried is one to watch for sure. This little doll is a rising star! She is excellent in this film and a very talented little actress! She makes Megan Fox look like an over-paid douchebag! I can't wait to see Seyfried's next 10 movies!
All in all, this film was good fun, but it wasn't necessarily good. I actually enjoyed the comic relief of Sorority Row better, but it was a fun night out to the movies and a perfect choice for this time of year with Halloween right around the corner!!!
Friday, October 23, 2009
This film also offers beautiful views of London, some very funny moments and really cool music!
Happy Movie Watching!!!
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
I never thought this day would come! I finally finished Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger last night. A lot of you have been asking me about this book and the reason I haven't said much is because I couldn't ever find the time to finish it! Lame, I know, but I've seriously been reading this same book for nearly a month 1/2!
Partially, that's because to be blatantly honest, I personally didn't find this book very interesting. It's good and well-written, but I couldn't really relate to the characters. Also, I felt like nothing happened at all until the last 2 or 3 chapters... so it's a lot of wading through to get to the good stuff. That's hard to do! However, don't let this discourage you from reading it! You might love it!!! I think if I hadn't just been coming off the high of my wedding and were still a single girl in NYC, I might have loved it too, but there ya go!
My other complaint is one of personal choice. I think I'm much more fond of a story that's about one person and told from his or her point of view. I tend to get a little A.D.D. and disinterested when every chapter is told by and about a different person. Hence why I loved the Twilight series sooo much! You could go on Bella's journey with her. In Chasing Harry Winston, I personally constantly felt like my journey was interrupted. But that's just a matter of preference and choice.
If you've already read this book, but haven't read Lauren Weisberger's other books The Devil Wears Prada and one of my my favorites, Peoople Worth Knowing, then I highly suggest you do! They're great! I think Chasing Harry Winston, though cute and funny at times, is the worst of the 3 she's churned out so far, but I'll be first in line to read her next book since her other two have been so great!
Did any of you read it? What did you think?
Now, I'm not so dillusional that I don't realize that I'm a little too fat for this costume and that the skirt is so short that I'll have to wear bike shorts under it if I don't want peeps to see my bum, but believe it or not, this is as much coverage as I'm gonna get from the slim pickins on this island! So I just won't eat for the rest of the month! hahahaha (JUST KIDDING - I DON'T AGREE WITH STARVATION!!!)
My past costumes have been pink or cute (aside from last year's Amy Winehouse) and this year I kinda wanted to be gothy or scary. This is as scary as Pink Julep gets... I'm super psyched about the wig though!!!
What are you gonna be for Halloween???
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I somehow managed to miss my 300th post, but this is post 301!!! Who knew I had so much to say and share? I certainly didn't!, but I'm so glad I started this blog about 10 months ago!
With the holidays round the corner and the cold weather settling in (in some places) I know everyone will be shopping like mad for the next couple of months, for themselves or for others! So to celebrate my 300th post, I'm giving away a $30 gift card to Macy's!!! Use it, gift it, or sell it, but first you gotta win it!!!
Here are the entry rules:
1 entry for commenting on this post
2 entries for commenting and being or becoming a follower
4 entries for all of the above and if you post about this giveaway on your blog!
When you comment, be sure to let me know if you're a follower and/or posting about the giveaway! The drawing will be done on Monday, November 2nd and the lucky winner will be announced shortly after!
A great big heart-felt thanks to everyone who reads and super hugs to all the great pals I've made through blogging! You gals know who you are and I'm so glad to have met you... well, kind of... you know what I mean!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Go check out My Blonde Reality (only like, one of my favorite blogger/tweeters ever!!! She's got a great giveaway to celebrate her first year as a citizen of Blogville!
I'm not normally a fan of Russell Crowe, but he's excellent in this film. And though I like Rachel McAdams, she's not my favorite, but she's perfect against Crowe and they work well together on screen!
And after seeing this film, I can honestly say that I think Ben Affleck is turning into a force to be reckoned with! He's excellent as Senator Collins in State of Play. He's one to watch for sure as he seems to be really growing into his craft, becoming a top-notch actor in my opinion.
Robin Wright Penn has a fairly small part as the Senator's wife, but she's perfect for the role. And she's gorgeous in this movie (as usual).
Monday, October 19, 2009
OPI Base Coat - Of course it works in the salon, but I've had the worst problem forever... every time I base & top coat, I end up making a goopy mess of the nail situation! Not with this! This base coat is great and even with dark colors, it prevents nail staining! A must for fall if you're using blacks, maroons, deep reds or purples, etc.
OPI Top Coat - IT DRIES FAST!!! A bonus! Pink Julep loves it!!!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Except there's one problem... It's Roberto Cavalli dressed up as Karl Lagerfeld for Halloween a few years ago! How funny is that? He looks just like him!
Getting excited for Halloween... can ya tell!?!?
I also loved her in the Aerosmith videos - so carefree and sprited with a then relatively unknown Liv Tyler:
And now I hear she's written a book about dieting and eating healthy:
She looks AMAZING!!! Did anyone else read this yet? I'm dying to know if it's good... I'm a little concerned that it might be all vegetarian. If anyone knows much about this book, please comment and fill me in. We won't get it on island for a while, I'm sure.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
It also comes with a step-by-step lesson, which is great for a young girl who's just learning and getting interested! And it's appropriate. I found other sets that were the good colors or really cute, but they had colors like "Fame Whore" or the fabulous Nars blush in "Orgasm" but I can't give that to a 14 year old?!?!?! ICK!!! And it caused me to notice that I won't be able to share my favorite blush with my nieces till they're 60 and old enough to learn what Orgasm means... sad!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tonight I'm making beef stroganoff with Key Lime Pie for desert and we'll watch some movies we rented, after Ghost Whisperer and Medium of course!
Can't wait to see this one:
Will have to go to bed early so I can get up for the gym, shower and be very well rested for my appointment with a make-up artist from the Dior Runway Team!!! AHHHHHHHHHH So excited!!!! Maybe he's responsible for these looks:
Either way, I'm sure it is going to be super fun and I'm bound to learn a few tricks and pick up a few new treats for my face!!!
Also this weekend, I'd like to finally (it's been going on way too long) finish reading this:
So I can start reading this:
And tomorrow night, after dining on most like Lemon Mustard Chicken (though I haven't completely decided on tomorrow's dinner - we might go out) we're going to see this (hubby is well excited and I suppose I'd have to worry about his orientation if he weren't):
I'm a huge fan of Diablo Cody so I'm looking forward to it too!!! And it's a vampire movie so it's perfect for the HALLOWEEN season!!!
On Sunday I plan to do some hefty cleaning.
Attempt to make home-made white bread from scratch (having never tried this before, I don't have super high expectations for this first attempt).