Entries from November 2008

Juggling

November 29, 2008

I learned how to juggle when I was eight years old. This seems to impress Jeremy quite a bit.

I think what’s even more impressive is that I taught my brother how to juggle and he quickly moved on the butcher knives and eating apples. Now he juggles everything from chainsaws to… puppies.

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Photo by Halston Bruce.

Finally – A rug.

November 26, 2008

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I think I finally found the rug that belongs in our dining room.

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Urban Outfitters – 5×7 Geo Deco Printed Cotton Rug
I know I would need at least two (to make a 10 x 7 rug) put together to fit under the dining room table. And at only $68 each it’s not going to break the bank.

Urban Outfitters has a lot of handsome rugs out right now.

Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese

November 26, 2008

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Our Thanksgiving will be spent eating with our families. I will be making my infamous baked mac and cheese. Okay – so it’s actually Alton Brown’s baked mac and cheese – modified.

Ingredients
* 1/2 pound elbow macaroni (I usually use 1lb. It’s less cheesy but more to feed all my friends)
* 3 tablespoons butter
* 3 tablespoons flour
* 1 tablespoon powdered mustard
(I leave this out of my recipe)
* 3 cups milk
* 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced (I leave this out of my recipe)
* 1 bay leaf
(I leave this out of my recipe)
* 1/2 teaspoon paprika (I leave this out of my recipe)
* 1 large egg
* 12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
* 1 teaspoon kosher salt
* Fresh black pepper

Topping:
* 3 tablespoons butter
* 1 cup panko bread crumbs
(I use corn flake crumbs instead)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it’s free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.

Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

Chalkboard Pantry

November 25, 2008

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We finally finished our chalkboard pantry wall. Now the kitties know where to find their food and water.

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These dog and cat bowls available at These Creatures are so rad. They’re WAY out of our price range (especially when we can just throw down some bowls)…

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…but I think this one would look fantastic on the chalkboard wall.

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Matchy matchy

November 25, 2008

Jeremy and I have lunch with his mom and grandma (also known as GG for “Great Grandma”) every week.
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This week we thought it was cute when Jeremy and GG were wearing matching track jackets. Aw!

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