Thursday, February 25, 2010
Age: 1 year (approx.)
Breed: Pointer mixed with fireball (she's got LOADS of energy)
Birthday: February 14, 2009 (I got to pick the date)
Favorite activity: sneaking onto the Hopkins Lacrosse field at night and chasing after lacrosse balls; pursuing the occassional rabbit or squirrel
Favorite foods: Organic treats from Trader Joe's! (yes, they do exist.)
Virtues: Knows almost every command in the book (sit, stay, paw, down...)
Not-so-much virtues: she likes to jump on the couch when no one's looking; can destroy any toy you give her
Does anybody know of some "indestructible" toys on the market? I gave her a Nylabone yesterday and she's already wearing it down to the bitter end.
Any training tips out there for keeping a doggy off the couch? I'm not a fan of the whole, "slap her on the nose" or "smack her bottom" tactics. We're going for non-violent, especially since she's adopted and you never know if she'd been hurt in the past.
All-in-all, she's a sweetheart and loves to be loved!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
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Friday, February 12, 2010
NPR ran this story this afternoon and it made my mouth water...check out the complimentary recipe for the cute french confections. Once this snow clears up, I am outta here and at the grocery store to pick up these ingredients!
Make sure to also check out a recipe that I posted on my blog earlier last year by Tartlette's Helen Dujardin. I am in love with her photographs, as well as her delicious desserts.
p.s. does anybody have some fool-proof tips on making these little guys? The recipe seems a bit complicated, but I am determined to make these on my own...
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I feel like maps can provide such inspiration to transport yourself around the world to new and exciting places. In my opinion, people sometimes stay in one place for so long that they do not realize how important it is to experience new people, places and things. I hope you take the time to go out and explore a bit!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Despite the lack of work that I have been experiencing lately (the thought of losing two days worth of pay due to this snow is a bit crippling), it has been a breath of fresh air to walk around in the snow with my Boo and get kinda crazy. We even managed to go sledding with a few friends down the street at Wyman Park. Some people were going ubber fast down the hill and wiping out as they toppled over their heads, which made me nervous at times for their neurological health. Nonetheless, it was a fun weekend, and what made it moreso was the amount of cooking/baking I let myself get into! Here's a recipe that is a must for those cold, snowy days. Quick! Get to the supermarket and grab these ingredients before the weather strikes again!
Roasted Tomato Basil Soup (by ina garten, Barefoot Contessa Cookbook)
- 3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good olive oil
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 (28-ounce) canned plum tomatoes, with their juice
- 4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 quart chicken stock or water
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss together the tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes.
In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken stock. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Pass through a food mill fitted with the coarsest blade. Taste for seasonings. Serve hot or cold.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Last weekend we found ourselves in Boston on one of the coldest weekends of the season! Nonetheless, we managed to bundle ourselves up and brave the weather in order to see a few sights around the hotel.
We also got to meet up with some good friends of ours, one of who lives right near Harvard Square and is receiving her master's in education. Her fiance was up for the weekend from NYC, so we got to double date while exploring the city! They were lovely hosts- Thank you Alex and Candido!