Thursday, April 22, 2010
But, Steph (we already established that I can call you Steph, right?), I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that you really need to FINISH MIDNIGHT SUN!! Either accidentally or on purpose! (See?? We aren't unreasonable.)
Also, if Edward turned out to be a real person and you had him chained up in your basement, I wouldn't be mad at you. Just sayin.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Anyway, Spring birthday + Outdoor party (please Idaho weather don't suck) = Ina Garten's fresh and delicious-looking Mixed Berry Pavlova.
I have been wanting to try my hand at a pavlova for the last year, and I think that this is the perfect occasion! Avery is a berry nut (like her mama) and meringue is like crunchy marshmallows (Which totally = PERFECT kid food. They LOVE marshmallows). My nieces beg me to make them meringue cookies all of the time, so I think all of the kids will enjoy this (as well as the adults). Plus it's super simple and fancy-looking.
So, what do you think? Pretentious toddler food? Or perfect birthday cake?
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
For me Twilight has been a huge source of that wonderful feeling for the last few of years, and I am honestly grateful to Stephanie Meyer for having written something that is so delicious. And I feel like I, alone, have probably bought her a vacation home in Majorca from the many copies of her books that I own, all of the movie tickets I've purchased, the t-shirts, the dolls (yes, I have an Edward doll. What's your point?), the games, even the (awesome) Twilight Graphic Novel (Volume ONE! As in, I will soon be forking over 15.50 for each future Japanimated volume!!) that just came out. So, Steph, I'd say we're even at this point. haha
Anyway, here's what I'm wondering this evening. I wonder if anyone else is as annoyed as I am by the announcement of the release of this "novella" by Steph coming this June. Seriously? Let me take just a moment to address Stephanie directly. Ahem.
Steph (I can call you Steph, right?), really. You said you were done with Twilight and its characters for a bit. I'm trying to respect your (insane. selfish. obnoxious.) feelings about not finishing Midnight Sun right now. I get it. You aren't worried about the millions that finishing that book would rake in. You have Majorca. There's food on the table. I get that. You want a Twilight break. I probably need one. Perhaps this is a healthy thing for both of us. But then you turn around and write a short story about THE MOST POINTLESS character you have ever created (besides Jacob. OOOOhhh Team-Edward-Twilight-nerd burn!!! haha)???!!! I mean, I love Eclipse. Every word. But do I want to read about Bree Tanner? No. Did I ever take my laser-focus off of Edward to feel sorry for her? Not really. I think you are an amazing author. I will read (and purchase) anything you write, including this. You've got me. Really, you do. But this whole thing is so dumb. I'll probably eat these words later and really enjoy your novella (Which, by the way, is a pretentious word. You and I both know that this is just a short story. What's wrong with just saying short story?), but let's get real. Finish a different story. Or a sequel to The Host. Or extend your break from writing. Whatever, it's your life. But I was a huge Harry Potter fan before I found you (I still love ya, Harry), and I still haven't purchased or read any of the spin-off junk little books that J.K. wrote to collect a few extra billion from her intensely loyal fan base. It has always just seemed like picking your fan's pockets to me. It's downright abusive. So, I'm just asking you, is that what this is? Seems an awful lot like The Tales of Beedle the Bard to me. We don't need it. Harry Potter still defeats Voldemort without Beedle's book, okay? And, though you have given the world a lot (namely Edward), do you really want to take advantage of all of the poor saps out there like me? Think about it.
Monday, April 5, 2010
**I was asked to post this recipe so I thought I'd add it in here. I got it from The Domestic Diva's Party Cookbook by Patricia F. Hemming and Keely J. Hemming. It's a great little cookbook to check out if you haven't already! Okay, here it is:
Croissant French Toast
Several Croissant halves per person
6 to 8 eggs, beaten
Prepare vanilla sauce first (below). It can be made up to a day ahead and refrigerated. Warm before serving. To prepare croissant French Toast, cut the croissants in half and dip in beaten egg. Cook on an electric griddle or in a fry pan until both sides are set. Top with berries if desired and serve with vanilla sauce.
Vanilla Sauce (hey, I never said this was good for you, only that it was REALLY good :D)
1 Tbs flour
4 egg yolks
1 Tbs vanilla
2 c whipping cream
1/2 c sugar
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
In a small bowl combine flour, egg yolks and vanilla; set aside. In a saucepan combine cream and sugar; bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir a small amount of cream mixture into the egg mixture. Return all to pan. Stirring constantly, bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for two minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla ice cream until melted. Serve warm.
It's definitely special occasion/company food. I'd go for the company scenario so you don't eat it all like we did this weekend! Hope you enjoy!**
Dinner: Broiled asparagus with lemon pepper and cedar plank-grilled salmon.
Easter/Conference Sunday: Delicious.