Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
- Mate Vana and Rooibos Chai
- Queen of Babylon and Rooibos Rose Garden
- Blueberry Bliss and Rooibos Peach
It was also good news to discover Houston has two more Teavanas at Baybrook and Willowbrook Malls. We first learned about Teavana when in Boston with Camber -- While the Houston and Boston have a tea bar to get drinks to go, the Shops at Prudential Center actually has an area to sit and enjoy a cuppa! In Houston you grab your tea and wander about. Right now The Galleria has their Primavera exhibit. I like how they have free samples and combinations I never would have put together. Though if you like a particular tea, the sales staff seems very knowledgeable about what it would go with nicely. Last year's suggested favorite was Pina Colada and Rooibos Peach.
Here are the combo descriptions from their catalog --
Mate' - Cardiovascular aid, hunger suppressant, mental and physcial stimulant. Mate' contains several different Xanthines, besides caffeine, which when blended create a different kind of energy, one that will not cause jitters.
Mate' Vana - a combinated of Yerba Mate', almond bits, cactus blossoms, cornflower and sunflower petals, crushed cocoa beans, chocolate bits and Rooibos tea
Rooibos Chai - cinnamon, vanilla, ginger and lemongrass. Blend with Mate' Vana for an extraordinary uplifting chocolate Chai latte
Queen of Babylon -whimsical white tea blended with immunity boosting pomegrante seeds, sour cherries, sweet carrot bits, apple, pineapple pieces and rosebuds
Rooibos Rose Garden - green Rooibos, rhubarb pieces, red currants, citrus peel and red rose petals
Blueberry Bliss - blueberries and green Rooibos
Rooibos Peach - green Rooibos, peach pieces and safflower petals
Check out their website for more teas and combinations - http://www.teavana.com/
Friday, April 25, 2008
- The container pitcher is glass, no more plastic cracking, a la the Mr. Coffee and others. (What I do - just use the pitcher for brewing and then transfer to a plastic tuppermaid container for the fridge)
- Plus the hot water comes down the center like a coffee maker so there's no missing and spilling
- You can use tea bags or loose tea without having to buy special filters. (Teavana, here I come! Camber! Take note!)
- You can adjust the brew strength
- There's a special place to put sweetener for sweet tea.
- It's easy to clean and doesn't take up much space
- It works great!
Want to know what I've been drinking?! Three bags of Kirkland Costco Green Tea plus a tich of sugar. Perfect! This baby will pay for itself in about two weeks compared to the $$$ store-bought and dang-they-get-funky-if-you-leave-them-in-the-garage-because-there's-not-enough-room-in-the-refrigerator bottled teas.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
BOW TIE MOCK LASAGNA
1/3 to 1/2 pound ground beef, browned
1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
1 can Italian Stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 teaspoon oregano*
1 teaspoon basil*
*(or 3 teaspoons Penzeys Italian Herb Seasoning)
4 cups Bow Tie pasta, cooked to just before al dente
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Add all ingredients together, stir, sprinkle a little of the mozzarella cheese on top and cook on LOW for 4 hours. Fits just fine in my red 4 quart Rival. Make sure pasta is covered with sauce or else it will become hard. Before serving, sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top, cover for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with Garlic Basil Bread (see previous post). Enjoy!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
(I saw her video on VH1 and she has the most gorgeous eyes!)
It's cool how names will recycle - my grandmother's name was Leona and she was born in 1900. I was supposed to be named after her, but mom shortened it to Lee. Yes, "Peggy Lee"... and then my sister's name is Sue, so we got called "Peggy Sue" hahahaha.not
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
(I also think the Coupon Cabin website has consistently good and updated coupon codes)
(And yes, that good-looking guy model on the Fresh Pair site is J.T. from the Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency show!)
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
What's on my now sagging even more Sew-Fit cutting table (which I have a new cutting table on order, but it's backordered!)?
3/5 stars - Steve Carell was charming and had really good chemistry with Juliette Binoche. Good casting there. But it's not what I would consider a light-hearted romantic comedy, which the trailers and previews led us to believe --there were some dark, almost sad parts interspersed with some meanness. L and I would both look at each other and say, "Jeez!" Pretty location scenery though, I think it was set in Rhode Island.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Even though it called for 2-way stretch knit, I used some of the leftover blue rose knit fabric for a trial run, which seemed to work just fine. And we were happy once again at Burda's perfect fit and style combinations -- The side seams are shaped, the shoulder straps narrow at the top shoulder, the front has a nice scoop curve without overexposing or being dowdy, and the back is lower than the front-but still covering the bra strap. L really liked that! With the pattern's wide size range--so you know it's going to look good on just about everyone--I even traced off her size, reserving the larger size for me! I know this will become a great basic tank wardrobe addition.
The only changes made were in length -- I added 1 1/2" at the alteration line above the waist and 1 1/2 inches at the hem line. The pattern photo looked a little short and it probably would have hit about the same without the adjustments. She could always trim it if necessary later after wearing a few times or it may even self-adjust after washing and drying. Us tallies hate raising our arms and having the hem ride up to the armpit!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
My recipe is based upon the one by Cathy Thomas in the Houston Chronicle on May 19, 1999. "The easiest way to cook the humble bird to use in anything that calls for cooked chicken." What is different from other recipes is that you do not add any liquid. Just plop the bird in there, breast side up.
Her recipe called for a 2.5 to 3.5 pound chicken, a wedge of 1/4 medium lemon, bay leaf, salt and pepper, 2-4 sprigs of fresh thyme. Remove giblets from interior of chicken and fat pads on either side of interior opening. Wash chicken in cold water, shake off excess. Place lemon wedge and bay leaf inside cavity. Place chicken in a 3 1/2 to 4 quart crockpot, breast side up. Season with salt and pepper, add thyme. Cook on Low 7-8 1/2 hours.
Through the years, I have modified it. I place halved onions on the bottom and then put the chicken on top, season it with poultry seasoning or my new favorite - Penzeys Ozark Style Seasoning. I also like to use Penzeys Old World Seasoning - the wonderful smell has you practically clawing the crockpot. This is one of the few times I leave the skin on chicken as it cooks. It transports the flavor to the chicken and helps keep it from drying out. I also hurry it along by cooking it on High for 1-2 hours and then Low for 2 hours or until the thermometer reads 180. It fits perfectly in my 4 quart crockpot.
(Finally I crocked on a Thursday so I could participate in Slow Cooking Thursday!)
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Update 4-10-08 -- Here's the pink version I made this morning, posted not for the applause, but to show the Burda details...how the front is narrower than the back. And to make your eyes buggy with the bias on bias action!