Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mustache Dog

Too Cute For Words

Friday, July 22, 2011

6 New State Fair Foods On-A-Stick

I'm sooooooo excited to go home in a couple weeks!

6 New State Fair Foods On-A-Stick - Des Moines News Story - KCCI Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Food is a big part of the Iowa State Fair and the food-on-a-stick options are favorites -- this year there are six new ones to try...

1. Fried Butter on a Stick
The ultimate Butter Cow tribute, butter dipped in a honey flavored batter and fried golden brown on a stick. Fyfe Concessions located on north side of the Triangle.

2. Chocolate Covered Fried Ice Cream on a Stick
Oasis Concessions located at the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion.

3. Peanut Butter and Jelly on a Stick
A tasty skewered version of this childhood favorite. The Salad Bowl located in the upper balcony of John Deere Agriculture Building

4. BBQ Ribs at The Rib Shack
A new Fair food and a new concession. The Rib Shack located on the north side of Walnut Square.

5. Chicken Philly Sandwich
The Best Around located on the south side of the sidewalk at the Triangle, the southeast corner of the Horse Barn, and south of the Des Moines Register Service Center.

6. Red Velvet Funnel Cake
A chocolate-flavored version of a Fair favorite, complete with a cream cheese glaze. The Best Around located at the Triangle.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Photos Deleted!

Hey all,
I have become a Google+ member and it cost me my blog photos. I know some of you have commented about my blog photos not appearing well let me tell you what happened. I am now on Google+ and I was browsing around the new site when I noticed there were pictures in my album even though I hadn't uploaded any. Well, I decided to erase them because I don't like when anything on the internet or computer does things without my knowledge. To my confusion last night I was alerted to the fact my photo were no longer appearing on this site. It took me until this morning to figure out that because Blogger is a Google site it was showing me my private storage for my blog photos... and I had just deleted it.
Well, there will be no post for a couple days and I will be working to fix my site this weekend.
Thank you to everyone who takes the time to check out my blog and thank you in advance for you patience with my impatient stupidity.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My HP scarf is finally DONE!

Yes, I am a Harry Potter fan. Though I was a reluctant one at first. My mom had gotten into the books and was trying to get me to read them but I was so certain they were for kids and I wouldn't like them. Well, I was wrong. I was home from college one spring and was bored around the house. So, I decided to pick up one of the books. Needless to say I was hooked. It was around this time that the third film was being released so we made a mother daughter outing of it. It was also around this time that I decided to show my Harry Potter pride by knitting a Gryffindor scarf. After I didn't finish it for the movies I shoved it away to the land of unfinished projects... until recently. I decided to dust off the old knitting needles and finally finish this project before the last movie is released. Goal accomplished. I can now sport my maroon & gold wares with pride! Wait a minute... what's that you forgot to bring it to the movie. YES! I went to see the movie and as we went in my companion asked where my scarf was.... geez! I can't believe I laid it by the door so I wouldn't forget and I forget it. Well, We had a HP marathon at my place and I wore it then.
Mission still accomplished.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Getty Center with the Family

Well, it's been a bit since my family came to visit me but I highly wanted to recommend a place to visit. When they were here we went to the Getty Center for a nice day of cultural interest. Living in Los Angeles for the past 5 years I have said on many occasions that I wanted to go to The Getty Center Museum. Still I have not been so I thought it would be a nice family outing everyone could enjoy. And it's free...except parking.

(photo:Roman Fuchs)

(photo:Vanderven)
The views were fantastic and the structural architecture of the place was unique. It was designed by architect Richard Meier, the campus includes a central garden designed by artist Robert Irwin. Along with the various buildings for the exhibits there is a separate building called the Getty Research Institute containing a research library with over 900,000 volumes and two million photographs of art and architecture. The current exhibits we saw that were of most interest to me were: Paris Life & Luxury, A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now, Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia.

(photo:Getty Center)
As I was walking through the Paris exhibit I couldn't help but think of the people who wore the clothes and played with those games. They are all long gone but there stuff remains and thousands of people are going to look at it. I wonder if any of my possessions will ever be on display... I don't anticipate that will happen.

(photo:Getty Center)
The Cuba photographs were amazing. I highly enjoyed this one the most. My grandparents were telling me about how it looked just like the photos when they were there and telling me little tidbits about their adventure there. I like hearing personal tales they help me remember and absorb things better.

(photo:Getty Center)
The Gods of Angkor exhibit is what originally drew us to the place. My grandparents are world travelers and have been to Cambodia. This exhibit is REALLY small. It is still highly interesting though. I like learning about other spiritual paths and how they change, grow or die out over time. Seeing all these artifacts makes me want to be an archeologist or anthropologist (well, maybe that one is also for my new found love of the show Bones.)

Awe... I want to travel to far away lands so bad. One day.

Warning: the following pictures I look like such a dufus but it was really bright out and instead of trying to open my eyes more I just smiled extra cheesy I guess.

My mom & me overlooking LA.

My grandparents and me overlooking the garden.

These are some trees made of re-barb and climbing flowers. My grandpa wants to recreate a slightly smaller version in Haiti.
It was great to have my family in my new home. I miss them so much everyday!

Mac n Cheese Soup w/ Buffalo Chicken Fries

Here is a good recipe we made the other night. I know it says "soup" but it was more of creamy than liquidy. It was delicious. Try it.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos again so these pictures are not of the meal I prepared but it looks the same minus the bleu cheese crumbles.


Mac N Cheese Soup
7 cups / 40 mins
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups dry elbow macaroni
1/2 cup minced onion
1/4 cup minced celery
2 Tbs. unsalted butter
1/3 cup all-purpose four
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 cups whole milk
4 cups shredded sharp cheddar
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
salt to taste
I did not add as a garnish the:
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 Tbsp. minced fresh chives

Preparation:
1.) Cook macaroni in a pot of salted water according to package directions; drain and set aside.

2.) Sweat onion and celery in butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes.

3.) Stir in flour to coat and cook 1 minute. De-glaze with wine and simmer until nearly evaporated. Stir in broth, mustard, nutmeg, and cayenne. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes, then whisk in milk and warm through. Do not let boil or base may become grainy.

4.) Add cheddar, 1 cup at a time, allowing it to melt completely before adding the next cup. Stir in macaroni, lemon juice, and salt; remove from heat.

475 cal per cup
From: Cuisine at Home


Buffalo Chicken "Fries"
4 servings / 20 mins
Ingredients:
1/3 cup hot sauce (such as Frank's)
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 Tbsp. honey
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, slice length-wise into 1/2 inch wide strips, seasoned with salt and pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour (I just throw some in a ziplock)
1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided (Again I just throw some in the pan)

Preparation:
1.) Whisk together hot sauce, butter, and honey in a large bowl.

2.) Toss chicken strips with flour in a large resealable plastic bag until coated; shake off excess four.

3.) Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large saute pan over medium-high; add half the chicken strips, saute until browned, about 2 minutes per side, then transfer to hot sauce mixture and toss to coat. Repeat with remaining oil and chicken strips.

339 calories per serving
From: Cuisine at Home

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Architecture I like today...7.13


Paulo Mendes da Rocha - Pinacoteca do Estado Museum renovation, São Paulo 1998


Richard Meier - Douglas House


Music building located in Huainan City, An Hui Province, China. The Piano House was built by the local government to draw interest to the newly developed area. It’s also a place where music students from the local college can practice and perform.


In Spires by MM Goode


The Bridge by Armin Marte


The Empire State Building, 1943 taken by Andreas Feininger

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hide yo kids. Hide yo wife.

This made me laugh this morning. (The play on words not the actual crimes themselves)


Then I had to re-watch the video and laugh some more.


Here's the original news footage if you haven't seen it.

Friday, July 1, 2011

I'm a Jeans and T-shirt Kind of Girl

Since mid April I have been on a challenge to get myself back into shape. My motivation was to wear a pair of jeans I bought 3 years ago by July 1st. So, did I accomplish it... Yes!

I know I said that I didn't have a goal weight in mind but there are always numbers floating around in the back of my head. So, I may not have reached my goal weight but I dropped 18 lbs (yes, I gained more than 20 lbs in 3 years) and about 2-3 pant sizes. I feel very accomplished today. If only I could be this motivated about other things in my life. That is part of my summer goal... to be more motivated in other areas of my life.

When I moved back to Cali after my short stint back in the midwest I kinda got relaxed on my working out and totally had no diet control. I really just ate whatever I wanted when I wanted. I mean isn't that what you dream about when your a kid, living by your own rules. Lol. I went from training for a marathon to running maybe once a week. Well, my body was begging me to get healthy again. I felt so icky, sluggish and worn out.

That took me about 2 1/2 months now for the next two months my fitness goal is to get toned. I want to be six pack toned. I've never been into strength training. Only when I was in track in high school. I mostly just stick to cardio. This summer I'm going to be a little vain. I want to see what I can morph my bod into. I'm rather excited to see what the next 2 months will bring. I'll keep the blog community updated (because it's oh so interesting.)

Father's Day Card

I forgot to share the Father's Day Card I made for my grandpa when my family was here to visit. I love how it turned out so I wanted to share.

Tools and Materials
* Pocket-Square Template (Click Here)
* 8 1/2-by-11-inch white and colored card stock
* scissors
*exacto knife (to make slit for pocket square)
* Ruler
* Double-sided tape
* gel-ink pen
* Pocket square (I just cut some a fabric swatch and used double sided tape to "hem" the edges)

Father's Day Pocket Square Card
Step 1
Print and cut out the template, and tape it onto the colored stock. Cut a 1/8-inch-wide slit for the pocket. Cut around the outline. Using ruler, score along dotted line; remove template. Flip card stock over.

Step 2
Fold down lapel; secure with double-sided tape. Draw "stitching" along lapel edges and on pocket with gel-ink pen. Write a message. Flip jacket over. Place double-sided tape along edges.

Step 3
Flip over again, and tape the jacket to a piece of white card stock that has been folded in half widthwise.

Step 4
Insert pocket square.

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