Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mother Nature

She is rearing her ugly horns again today. We were only suppose to have a mix/slush this morning, then change to snow tonight. Well, I left for work and got about 1 mile and turned right around when a van spun and almost hit me head-on. It has done nothing but snow all morning! We will have a break around noon, then about 3:00p.m. another storm is suppose to bring us about 12 more inches. This is looking out my dining room door, we have about 6 inches so far.

Stella is NOT happy, but I have been very accommodating by shoveling about every hour for her!


You know me, I just LOVE to be snowed in and cook!
On the menu today/night is steak with a mushroom gravy.

Along with these.

And this.

I hope everyone is doing well and staying warm. We still have February to get through. I hope it is kinder and gentler to us than January has been!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Meyer Lemon Drop Martini

Meyer Lemon Drop Martini
Adapted from Martha Stewart Living.
Serves 2

2 oz. simple syrup made with zest of 1 Meyer lemon (see below)
Juice of 2 Meyer lemons
3 oz. vodka

To make the simple syrup, combine 1 oz. water, 1 oz. sugar (measure in a cocktail jigger) and the lemon zest in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves.

In a cocktail shaker, combine a handful of ice, the lemon juice, vodka and simple syrup. Shake vigorously and strain into 2 chilled martini glasses.

I don't care what the weather is like right now~this sounds delicious to me !
We are expecting another snow event tomorrow night and this just might be on my agenda for the evening!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Winter Blahs

This is what I woke up to this morning. Everything was covered in ice. It started snowing when I went to bed, then woke up to ice. Then it started freezing rain, now it is just cold and raining. It is one big slush-ball around here.

I have to admit it is pretty, I just can't wait until springtime! (Either can Stella)!

I hope you are all having a nice week so far, January seems to be flying by!


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Cookie Kick

I have been on a cookie baking kick lately. Even though the holidays are over, I still want to keep baking cookies. This book is WONDERFUL. It is Gourmet's best recipes spanning from the year 1941-2009, and packed with delicious cookies! I bought it new on Amazon, and it arrived in no time.

These are the latest cookies I'm working on, Polish Apricot-Filled Cookies. What the hell, it has been snowing for 2 days, what else am I going to do? I go from oven to computer, and vise-verse.

And this book, I fell in love with the name alone! I saw this on Ina's blog and immediately had to have it! It also looks like it is pack with delicious, vintage recipes. I have a fetish for cookbooks, I must have at least 75-100. I guess you could say that I am a cookbook hoarder! I bought this here, used. I can't wait to read it.

Hope all is well with you all, and have a delicious weekend!

Friday, January 7, 2011

More Snow & T.G.I.F.

Happy Friday to all...more snow today, not much about 3 inches. More to come though in the next few days.

Stella checking out the fresh snow, and not a bit interested!

She would rather check out her own customized shoveled area she has.

(Ina, I know you have already seen these)!

Back inside and even more interested in her favorite toy!

Waiting for her treat, for being the sweet girl that she is.

Warm at last....sweet dreams!

Have a wonderful weekend whatever your plans are. I'm laying low and going to bake some more cookies!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011


This is just too cute not to share! I hope everyone's New Year is off to a stellar start. I was spoiled to have 10 days off of work and had to jump back in the saddle yesterday bright and early! So far so good, but already looking forward to Springtime!