Thursday, April 30, 2009
1.Respond and rework: answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.
2. tag other un-tagged people.
What is your current obsession? getting back into shape after law school
Do you like your name? sometimes, but it can get confusing because I'm just Katie, not Katherine
Who was the last person you hugged? If you have to count a person - the BF, but I just gave the dog a big good morning hug!
What’s your favorite dinner? Lamb Chops with mashed potatoes
What was the last thing you bought? A calculator for my Partnership Tax exame
What are you listening to right now? Passport to Europe w/ Samantha Brown
What is your favorite weather? I like snow
What is your least favorite season? Spring (it's pretty but my allergies are insane right now)
What's in your bathroom cabinet? Bathroom cleaner and 4 unopened boxes of Proactive (I just recently figured out how to stop the bi-monthly shipments, now I get it every 4 months)
Say something to the person/s who tagged you. Katie Lake, can't wait to see you tomorrow, will be in route on the way home as soon as the HVAC guy returns to finish fixing the AC
What is your favorite tea flavor? Mint (in the summer my mom adds fresh mint from her herb garden to sweet tea, so refreshing)
What did you want to become as a child? A lawyer (I haven't changed that much)
What do you miss? Having a life outside of school
What's your favorite brand of jeans? Seven for All Mankind or Hudson
What designer piece of clothing would you most like to own (new or vintage)? I'd love to have either a LV Speedy (graduation perhaps?) or a Chanel bag (but I don't know which one)
If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? Prague (I didn't get enough time there when I went)
Who do you want to meet in person? Justice Scalia, I bet he'd be a trip
What is your most challenging goal right now? Passing the bar exam and getting a job
What’s your 5 year plan? Um, getting a job so I won't be living in a cardboard box underneath a bridge.
What is my favourite sport to watch? To play? College football; snow/water skiing or running
What is your favorite piece of jewelry that you own? I have three: my black pearls, the Tiffany earings that the bf got me for Valentine's Day, and my watch (my ultimate favorite piece, I think it's so classic)
What is your favorite charity or cause? any one that has some sort of road race to raise money (because I'll actually get my booty out of bed on a Saturday morning to go run the race)
What color do you feel looks best on you? Green
Favorite pair of shoes? My silver Chanel ballet flats that I got at a used shoe store. I've worn them out
And I tag:
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
This professor was one of our favorite professors and he and his wife (a former dean at the law school) were always so great to open up their home to students like the bf and I. The memorial service was wonderful -- it definitely illustrated what a special person she was.
The bf and I asked our professor when would be a convenient time to stop by and bring some food and he made a really interesting comment that I can definitely identify with because I felt the same way when my dad passed away. He said that his house was full of food and people at the moment but that he'd love to have some company next week when the house is empty. I couldn't agree more, I think that once the wake, and funeral are over and all of the chaos of the death has initially passed, I think that is the time when you need the visitors and food the most. Personally, that is definitely when I felt the most alone after my dad passed away.
That said, I know it is a very southern thing for people to bring food to the family of the deceased which brings me to the point of this post. Call the family and ask if they need food, or wait until that next week and bring food that freezes well with portions already packaged for the freezer. It sounds weird but I can remember throwing away tons of food after my dad passed away but thinking how nice a thoughtful meal would have been in the weeks following.
Taking my own advice, what the bf and I are going to do is go visit our professor next week at his home and I'm going to make mac and cheese and put it in individualized take out containers that can straight from the freezer to the oven (Dollar Tree has these and they even come with lids). I'm also going to make labels identifying the food and attaching reheating instructions.
Anyway, that's about all. I'm going to go enjoy a beer with a friend to celebrate the end of exams!
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Sunday, April 26, 2009
I have a ton of guacamole leftover from my birthday party so I served my sandwich with chips an guacamole and also used it as a spread on my sandwich. I'm not a mayo eater (unless it's in something) but I have read that guacamole is a good substitute for mayo because its creamy and full of the good fats. Just some food for thought. Back to studying!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
So here it is, I don't remember the name of it but I do know that its cute. Does anyone know anything else about this bag? I know some of you are LV collectors.
So that's about all for today, I need to get back to studying. I realize this post is short but all I really wanted to do was dedicate a post to my new bag.
Have a happy Saturday and think of me stuck at the library studying in spite of the beautiful and finally warm weather!
Friday, April 24, 2009
The first part of this post is dedicated to the things in the kitchen that I couldn't live without! They are what I call my kitchen powerhouses!
This is the most used pot in my kitchen. Of course, it is my dutch oven. Mine is Le Creuset and I've had it since I started law school. It is actually a thrifty find since my mom bought me an entire set at an antique auction for what one pot would have cost at Williams Sonoma. It may sound weird to buy used cookware, but this was gently used and Le Creuset lasts forever so it had many cooking years left in it (even with my cooking). As I have said before, everyone needs a good dutch oven and this is something that you need to buy the best you can afford. A lot of the time, high quality dutch ovens will occasionally show up at your local thrift store, and Home Goods and Tuesday Morning usually will have a good selection of top of the line cookware, so check out these places before you purchase. But again, a good dutch oven is like a nice handbag, piece of furniture, or pair of shoes, meaning that you need to buy the best you can afford, it will be worth it in the long run!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Anyway, since these items did come from an auction I don't have dust bags to store them in. I'm not carrying my Neverfull right now so it is resting in the storage bag that it came in so I can't use it. Also, all of those little bags that bed sheet sets come in that I also use as dust bags for my purses that didn't come with dust bags are either too small or already in use.
I'm a huge fan of storing my purses (all purses) in dust bags, I feel that it really extends the life by protecting it from becoming either scratched or covered in dust/dog/cat hair and need a couple for these new bags!
I realize that is a lot of build-up for a really simple question -- where can I find purse dust bags? I've checked on ebay and only found one which I am probably going to buy (assuming the risk that I'll be sued and/or arrested because I bought what is probably a knockoff dust bag and the powers that be will assume I'm either a collector or seller of LV knockoff products -- that will be fun to attach to my bar application, j/k) but I was wondering if I have any other options. Does amazon.com sell stuff like this?
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
That's all I've got folks! I realize this post is long, but hopefully it will give you all some thrifty decorating ideas! Remember -- any piece can either be (1) painted, (2) refinished, or (3) recovered. I should also note that (in honor of Earth Day) it is way greener to buy a quality piece of furniture that you can have recovered as your tastes change because fewer resources are destroyed by the recovering process than by the disposing of and buying a new piece process. To me, quality furniture is like a good pair of shoes or a good dutch oven, you should buy the best you can afford as it will be worth it in the long run because the piece will last forever! That said, don't discount your local thrift store, consignment shop, etc. in your furniture search. These places are full of good quality items at affordable prices and the money you save by buying a used piece you can put towards custom upholstery or refinishing!
I realize this post was quite long, but I really wanted to dedicate a post to my house because I'm really going to miss it! Hopefully my new home will be just as charming, which I am hopeful for b/c I hear that Chicago is full of vintage apts!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Here are the rules: These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbon of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.I'd like to pass the award on to these blogs. If you have already received it once, please forgive me. You shouldn't be so friendly! :)
I love each and every one of the blogs that I read but I pass this award on to:
- Katie Lake at A Southern Girl in the City (I will call you when I reemerge, I promise)
- Preppy 101 at All Things Southern and Preppy (I love your blog as well, it's always one of my favorite reads)
- Amy T at Let's Talk Thompsonisms (I love your blog, I feel like your house must be a lot of fun!)
- Angela Darling at 20 Something Dreams (You have an amazing way with words)
- Freck at It's Five O'Clock Somewhere (Your blog always makes me laugh, and you really seem to have a great time with life)
- USC Emily at From the land of cotton (Your blog is one of my daily must reads too,I love it)
- and finally Little Pink Magnolia (I love your blog too, your posts remind me a lot of myself)
I'm sorry if I left anyone out, or if you have already gotten this award! Also, I've got a couple of new recipes to post as well, so get excited! Happy Tuesday!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I have to admit that I did suspect that the party may be an early birthday party for me, since my actual birthday is in the middle of exams (and has been for the last 7 years!). The BF was very sly in telling me that our friends wanted to host a joint surprise birthday party for their significant others! He even had our other friends bring gifts for the boys!
He did such a good job, he even had the way that I was going to be surprised planned down to the smallest detail! He even called my BFF (Ms. Katie Lake) and had her drive down for the party so I got not one but two awesome birthday surprises!
Even though I won't be 25 until May 1, I have to say that the BF and the BFF made this one of the best birthdays I've ever had! I love you guys!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I have two questions. First which outfit do I wear? Do I go with the shorts and yellow cardigan? Or do I go with the dress?
Do we like these with the shorts/cardigan outfit?
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Now I have to admit that my bedroom only contains 1 Goodwill find and you can't really see it in this picture.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Anyway, I do have a fun new take on pot roast and potatoes but I don't have any pictures unfortunately.
Sirloin Roast (or whatever looks good)
3 carrots sliced into strips (or whole baby carrots)
1 onion quartered
3 stalks celery cut into strips
2 sprigs rosemary
1/2 to 3/4 shiner bock beer
1 tablespoon each: pepper, salt, steak seasoning
Preheat oven to 350. Place a large dutch oven on the stove over medium heat. Add olive oil to coat bottom of pan. Mix about 1/4 cup flour with the pepper, salt and steak seasoning. Place the roast in the dutch oven and brown on all sides. Remove from heat. Add the vegetables, rosemary and beer. Bake for 1.5 to 2 hours. Serve with scalloped potatoes (below).
2 - 4 baking potatoes peeled and sliced
1 cup milk
1 cup Cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 teaspoons flour
1 tablespoon butter
Preheat oven to 350. Place sliced potatoes in a greased casserole dish. In a saucepan saute the onions in the butter until soft. Add the flour and stir well. Add the milk and cook for a couple of minutes to dissolve the flour. Do not allow the mixture to thicken too much. Add the white sauce to the potatoes. Top with cheese and bake until the potatoes are soft, about 45 min.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Since this year both Easter and Passover are at the same time, the bf and I have a lot to celebrate. We had a great time in my hometown spending Easter with my family, especially since that also included having a fantastic birthday celebration with my bff Katie.
Since the bf's family isn't in driving distance for a weekend, we were not able to celebrate Passover with his family, but since we will be living in Chicago starting May 25 we will definitely be able to celebrate it next year -- but I may try and make a Passover dinner this year!
In honor of both holidays I am going to dedicate two posts this week to holiday dinners. I'm thinking a lamb dinner as my Easter recipe and brisket for my Passover recipe. What are your thoughts? Any suggestions?
I hope everyone had a great holiday!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Baby Back Ribs:
1 large package of pork baby back ribs (I recommend Costco for this)
1 tablespoon of each: salt, pepper, Emeril's Essence, Steak Seasoning, granulated garlic
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
2 sprigs of rosemary
1 beer (we used Shiner Bock)
BBQ sauce (any brand you like)
First of all, I have to thank the bf for this recipe! Line a sheet pan with sides (I use a jelly roll pan) with foil. Mix all of the dry spices (except for the rosemary) in a small bowl. Place the ribs on the pan bone side up. Sprinkle with the spice mixture. Turn the ribs over and season the meaty side with the remaining spice mixture (season this side more b/c this is where the meat is). Pour the beer (you'll need 1/2 to 3/4 of the beer) into the pan until the ribs are just sitting in the mixture (don't cover the ribs with the beer - that would make a mess). Place the rosemary on top of the ribs. Cover with foil and bake for 2 hours and 30 minutes at 170. Remove the ribs from the oven and place on a heated outdoor grill. Brush with bbq sauce. After 5 to 10 minutes turn and brush other side with bbq sauce. Allow to cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until done.
Grilled Flank Steak (we made 2)
1 piece of flank steak (get a pretty large one)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (or a little less)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon of each: steak seasoning, granulated garlic, pepper
2 teaspoons of each: lemon pepper seasoning, salt, dried Italian Seasoning
Mix dried ingredients in a small bowl. Add the vinegar and olive oil. Whisk well. Add flank steak to a Ziploc bag. Add the olive oil mixture. Coat the steak well and allow to marinade while the ribs bake. Once the ribs have finished place the flank steak on the grill. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium to medium rare. Longer if you like a more well done piece of meat. Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Slice against the grain of the meat and serve.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
MASHED POTATO CANDY #1:
1/2 c. mashed potatoes (without butter or milk added) - plain
1 lb. confectionery sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Put mashed potatoes into a bowl, slowly add 1 pound confectionery sugar. Keep beating and add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Beat good. Place half of the mixture onto a sheet of plastic wrap sprinkled with a little confectionery sugar. Do the same with the other half. Roll out to a circle.
Spread creamy peanut butter over each half and roll up carefully and cover tightly with the plastic wrap you rolled it out on. Keep in refrigerator overnight, then slice after unrolling the paper off. Keep what you are not eating right away tightly covered and in refrigerator.
MASHED POTATO CANDY #2
4 c. coconut
3/4 c. cooked, cold mashed potatoes
1 lb. powdered sugar
6 oz. chocolate chips
A small piece of paraffin
Mix the first 3 ingredients together. Shape into balls the size of a walnut. Let dry on wax paper. Melt chips and paraffin on low heat. Dip balls into chocolate. Taste like Mounds candy bars.
MASHED POTATO CANDY #3
1/2 cup mashed potatoes
Combine 1/2 cup mashed potatoes and power sugar till is firm enough to roll. The mixture will become very wet; just keep adding powdered sugar. roll out on powdered sugar like noodles. Cover with peanut butter. Roll into jelly roll cut into small pieces. Very rich!