Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday's Feast


Who was the last person you hugged?

My kids. All of them. *sigh* So sweet!


Share a beauty or grooming trick or tip with us.

If you have trouble taming your eyebrows, use a bit of clear mascara to keep them in line.


What does the color yellow make you think of?

Sunshine, summer, and butter.

Main Course

If you were to make your living as a photographer, what subject would your pictures revolve around?

That's tough. My immediate response was the beach. There is nothing quite like it. But I am in love with the changing Seasons. So I think I would have to say the beach during different seasons!


What was the longest book you ever read?

Oh goodness. I have no idea. The Stand maybe? That was pretty long. I never was able to wade all the way through War and Peace. hmmmm.....

Thursday, February 28, 2008

That's What Wigs Are For

I, as anyone can tell you if they know me well, am an avid Project Runway watcher. I've eagerly sat through all four seasons, anticipating the challenges with the designers. On occasions, I agree with the judges decisions and on others I have to wonder if we are looking at the same outfits. On any number of episodes, I have thought to myself, Self, if fashion design was our chosen field and we were talented enough to be on this show, what would we make for this challenge. And then I wonder what the judges would say about it.

Now, if you too are a watcher of this highly entertaining show, you will know that last night there was a showdown of sorts between Chris and Rami. Chris is a costume designer while Rami loves to drape things.
While they both executed interesting designs, I thought Chis showed a bit more promise. Even if he did incorporate human hair into his clothing. Yes. Human hair. I don't think he would really design something like that for consumer use, I think he was trying for a big Pow! impact for the judges. Unfortunately, the judges did not think much of it and we had to say adieu to Chris March.

So who are we left with, you ask. What can compete against human hair as a trim? What indeed!

First up, we have the winner of last night's "showdown", Rami. As I mentioned, Rami loves to drape his clothing. In fact, all I have ever seen him do are dresses. There was one episode that involved a pair of pants, but he didn't make them. Don't get me wrong, he does do good work, beautiful in fact, but I can only take so much draping! And I had to agree with the judges that the coat he showed last night was not his best effort. I
didn't even care for the color. Ah well. Our next contender is Christian.

When the show first started I did not care for him. I found him conceited, obnoxious, and just plain irritating. As the show wore on though, he started to grow on me. Now he is conceited, obnoxious, and irritating, but I find him to be oddly amusing and even a bit refreshing in a way. When Tim Gunn stopped by to check on his collection, I had to pause. Were those feathers on those pants? Just about everything he does is very voluminous. It will be interesting to see his whole collection next week!

Finally, we have Jillian. I like Jillian. She does a fabulous job. My one complaint is that she has a ton of jackets. Jackets here, jackets there. Does one really need all of these jackets? They are meticulously done. They are gorgeous. There are a few I wouldn't mind owning. But you need to wear them with something, right? Perhaps she just hadn't gotten to that point when Tim was making his rounds. I dearly hope so.

Tune in next week when we see who wins the grand Project Runway prize!

btw-would someone please tell me who to do strikes through a word? Thank you in advance!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

What's So Routine About A Routine?

I think the time has come for me to once again revamp my routines. It seems like just when they start working out, something happens and they need to be changed. *sigh* Here's what is on board for today:

Clean the upstairs bathroom
Straighten all rooms
Laundry (still getting caught up from when I was sick)
Clean the downstairs bathroom (should have been done this morning, but I overslept slightly)
Prep dinner
Plus, the younger children and I are going to have an indoor picnic lunch!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Rain, Rain Go Away

Ugh! I am so sick of grey skies. I don't mind rain, in fact, I really enjoy it. Especially a good thunderstorm! However, when it's just grey and there is just the threat of rain...all it does is make my head hurt! Of course, when it does rain, the temperature is going to drop. I'm not sure which is worse. lol.

I am so ready for Spring!

Snickers Pie

This was delicious! I got the recipe from Paula Dean's The Lady and Sons Just Desserts cookbook. Here it is!

4 king size Snicker bars
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 tbsp half and half
4 cups cool whip
9 inch graham cracker pie crust (I used individual ones)

Melt together the Snicker bars, peanut butter, and half and half until smooth. Let cool slightly. If you happen to do as I did, and forget the half and half, you can go back and add it in :) Fold in the cool whip and pour into the pie crust. Freeze 3-4 hours or refrigerate (which is what I did). Optional: drizzle with chocolate syrup!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Weekly Menu

I know it's Sunday here, but it's Monday somewhere else. Here's what is on the lineup for this week.

Monday-BBQ ribs, creamed spinach, snickers pie
Tuesday-Cheeseburger pie, green beans, Popsicles
Wednesday-Parmesan fish, salad, jello
Thursday-Crockpot beef stroganoff, mashed potatoes, salad, crunchy choco-mallow bars (Miss R is making)
Friday-Out to dinner with mom
Saturday-Pork chop cabbage casserole, leftover potatoes, chocolate pudding parfaits
Sunday-Cheese stuffed chicken breasts, broccoli, homemade ice cream sandwiches

For more great menu ideas, go here!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

6 More Weeks Of Winter

Phil's official forecast as read 2/2/08 at sunrise at Gobbler's Knob:

Here Ye! Here Ye! Here Ye!

On Gobbler's Knob on this fabulous Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 2008
Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators,
Rose to the call of President Bill Cooper and greeted his handlers, Ben Hughes and John Griffiths.

After casting a weathered eye toward thousands of his faithful followers,
Phil consulted with President Cooper and directed him to the appropriate scroll, which proclaimed:

"As I look around me, a bright sky I see, and a shadow beside me.
Six more weeks of winter it will be!"

Go here for pictures of the phamous phil!