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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Post on All Things Christmas

So... I couldn't find an EXACT copy of my Christmas card - but here is a similar one - M and I had fun filling them out together this year - not done yet - he just happened to use MOST of them so now I need to find some still-cute ones tonight after my final! Jeez!

Our Federal Building had it's Christmas Party last Friday. I know lots of people have cancelled their parties this year due to the climate - but ours has always been at one of the judge's homes and mostly everyone brings one dish. This year I baked both my favorite sugar cookie recipe from a local chef who is a family friend ...

and I also did a Giada De Laurentiis recipe - although I fear I used a bit too much mint in my love of mint for the other people eating the food. However, they did go quickly - didn't sell out completely - but they were munched on by at least a dozen or more diners... PLUS, M HATES peas, but loved this one. haha

Sweet Pea Crostini:
Sweet Peas:
2 cups chicken broth or water
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen peas
1/4 cup fresh chopped mint
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup whipping cream
3 ounces finely diced prosciutto
1 baguette, sliced into 1/2-inch thick slices
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
3 to 4 cloves garlic
For the Sweet Peas: Warm the chicken broth and red pepper flakes in a medium

saucepan over medium-high heat until the broth boils. Add the frozen peas and cook until the peas are tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the peas in a mesh sieve.

Place the peas in a food processor with the mint, salt, and pepper. Puree the pea mixture. Place the pea puree in a medium bowl and refrigerate until cool, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, for the crostini: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the baguette slices on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in the oven until toasted and golden around the edges, about 10 minutes. While the crostini are still warm, drizzle the tops with extra-virgin olive oil. Using a whole clove of garlic in your fingertips, rub the top of the crostini a few times to give a hint of garlic.

I do not put the cream in - it is fluffy and dense enough as it is, and I think it just adds fat to the dish.... I DO get generous with the proscuitto though... To finish, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the pea puree. Top each of the crostini with about 1 tablespoon of pea puree. Sprinkle with a bit of the diced prosciutto. Serve immediately.

Talk about LAME - now, I love Lowes - my Daddy works there as a pre-retirement job (and he can hang out with lots of people we know and get them to buy from him, among other benefits! ha!) and so M and I wanted to go there to get a tree to support Daddy. WELL, guess what? Lowe's delivered their Christmas trees to their stores BEFORE EVEN THANKSGIVING. Soooo when people like M and I were wanting to buy a REAL tree and a cast-iron tree stand, there was NOTHING left. Whether it was a fresh tree - while there were some they were either tiny or too tall (for our lame-ass townhome)! or a nice tree stand (who the heck puts a 6.5 foot tree into a plastic tree stand)? So we sadly wandered into the building to look at fake trees - neither of us has EVER had a fake tree before - but the more expensive ones were nice. We picked out this baby:

And when we went to check out - it was only $90! 50% off! Yay! We were very excited. And you know what? It looks nice!! I will post pictures of it soon with all of the presents around it.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Perfect Place, Take 2

Some changes from the last place we looked at:
Is a townhome
In a village-country club setting
50 grand more expensive (but still affordable)
New, but still of quality construction

Front of Residence:


Great Room:

First Floor Master:


Bedroom #2:

Bedroom #3:

Bedroom #4:

Walk-out to Community Greenspace at Back of House:

Looking Back towards House from Greenspace:

Things I do not like so far:
No drive-way, and no garage.
Is a townhouse
Not a charming old estate
Closer to Charlottesville
Nonexistant acreage
Nowhere to garden
More expensive

Things I do like so far:
Hardwood Floors
Walk-in closets
4BR, 2.5 BA
Colonial Architecture
High Ceilings
Crown Molding
Mountain views
Ceiling Fans
Built-in Bookcases

Monday, December 1, 2008


Just found out a lot of bad things about the town where the house is so... we are not going to get it.

We were literally -> <- this close to getting it. We were so lucky that there was a counter-offer, otherwise we would be obligated to get the house. I am completely devastated, naturally.

So sad.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Are you for real?

Hey! I want to spend Thanksgiving with THIS guy!!! hahahaha

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Southern Home for my Southern Life!

So excited. M and I are going to see a house tomorrow. I really think this is the house. The one that I can renovate and make into my home. The one that we can start a married life together in. The one we can raise children in. It is perfect. I hope M likes it as much as I do!!

Exterior, front door: faces South with views of the James River:

Northern-facing back yard with fully-screened in porch:

Backyard - house comes with Swing Set!!:

Perfection, right?

Friday, September 26, 2008


Another cold and rainy day! Jeez!

Miu Miu cardigan, Coach watch, JCrew shoes, JCrew jewelry, Nordstrom faux pearls, ann taylor loft shirt (I really do love it), my new pair of Seven jeans, and my cute and comfy Delia's trench (almost too light, now)... all in a days work.

Have I been wearing too much grey lately? I am just in love with it this season with all of the brights! What do you ladies think?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


My luscious outfit for today.

My blouse isn't Chloe, it is from Doncaster, but it is like this and is a silk tie-front. I have my double-strand of Nordies pearls on, Coach Watch, and my Claddagh for accesories. My beloved black stilettos are in some comfy dark charcoal grey Hue hose (not tights, surprise, surprise).


Wednesday, September 10, 2008


I am always grateful when Playboy Bunnies/Hef's GF's can remain nude in the pages of a magazine and then go to lunch at the Ivy in a mostly-covered and cute getup like this:

Look at Holly Madison go! Peep-toe heels, Wide belt, high-waist skirt, and a button-down. Notches for Holly! You good, shug!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Shameless Promotion

Hey all - Happy Friday! Some shameless promotion here - would LOVE for all of you faboo friends to check out my Aunt Gail's website - she does jewelry, art, manuscripts, and glass pieces. Very talented! Check it out at:


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

That's hot

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Good for her! I would be pissed if my family gave thousands upon thousands of dollars to a candidate who then insulted me in an ad!

Friday, August 1, 2008

from my brother

I don't know how my brother finds these things - but I got this email from him last night. I already forwarded it to my artsy friends and wanted to share it on here too - this is pretty groovy/freaky. In an arthouse-meets-Guggenheim digital media mural art exhibit sort of way. This was done by the guy who vandalized the Tate Modern in London earlier this year []

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

My Grandmama's family recipe

Southern Baking Powder Biscuits by Mrs. Eunice Worthington Brandt Jones (Boots)

2cups of sifted all purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
7 tablespoons of all veggie shortening
3/4 cup of whole milk

sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. with pastry blender work shortening into flour until it looks like coarse cornmeal. make a well in center of mixture. pour in HALF of milk. mix thoroughly and lightly with a fork. add more milk and mix until dough clings to fork and forms a ball (like if you were making bread dough). turn dough onto a floured surface (i use floured wax paper as I have a tiled counter) and roll with floured rolling pin or hands to a 1/4 inch thickness. cut into circles with floured biscuit cutter or a small drinking class. place on greased pans - sides lightly touching. they will not expand across so much as up. bake in 450 degree oven. my grandmama's recipe says 15-18 minutes but my oven was jiffy quick in about 10-12 minutes. i would watch them/smell them. i wait until they are a little brown on top and slightly crunch-dark on the bottom, otherwise they just fall apart because they are so soft but still dense. the recipe should make between 15-20 biscuits depending on how big your biscuit cutter is. with leftovers, I normally put them in the convection/toaster oven at 325 for 5+ minutes, watching them to monitor them.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pretty things...

UPDATE: My favorite rings are the 1st one and the last (4th) one. Both look incredible on. the other two are less-expensive, but very pretty as well. M would make me a happy woman with any of these --- he is just such a perfect guy, and a gentleman!! Plus, he makes me feel safer than I've ever felt. Which is the kind of guy I need to settle down with...

Tried on so many rings yesterday with Libby at Finks that I got a blister on the knuckle of THAT finger. I am definitely a size 7, wish more rings came in that size and not a flipping 6!!!

Regardless, it was good to start fresh and really be looking at rings. After Adam and I broke things off last year I wasn't really sure that looking at rings would be that fun, but this was way better. Plus, having a best friend around doesn't hurt, either!

I'll tell you what each of these rings are, but not the price, as a lady doesn't discuss prices of her finest jewelry...

This one is my favorite. This ring is the Ashoka-cut Anastasia ring, with pave diamonds:

This is the Ashoka trilogy ring:

This is from the Endless Love collection by Ritani. It is an Aschler-cut diamond ring:

This is a lovely Finks custom-made, pre-made Cushion-cut double-band ring. They can tweak these if you want, but I think the pre-made is just as beautiful: