Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story.

Mason Cooley

college professor

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Gotta Go

I was much better at this whole posting thing while I was on vacation. (Love the scheduling feature!) I'll post more about vacation later, but here is an interesting site you might enjoy until then.

Have you ever been somewhere out and about and needed to find a toilet? STAT!

SitorSquat is for just such an emergency. It helps you find and catalog public restrooms, wherever you are. You can rate, favorite and feature facilities.

The site also shines a humorous light on a basic human need--but I can't vouch for all the humor you might find.

While in Mesa Verde, I was a bit of a potty prima donna. I admit it. Openly. Freely. Sure wish I'd have known about this site then.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Even You Could Sing Too

Our Department Director first showed this clip to me. It is hilarious!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Apple Pudding

The other day, I was talking with a coworker about cake. After thinking about it for a while, I decided my favorite cake is Best Ever Apple Pudding Cake. I don't have my mom's recipe handy, but this one looks similar.

Ingredients
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups grated apples
1/2 cup chopped nuts

SAUCE:
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream together the brown sugar and shortening in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add to the creamed mixture. Add apples and nuts.

Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan, and bake in a 350° F. oven for 45 minutes. While pudding is baking, prepare sauce by bringing the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and evaporated milk to a boil in a heavy pan. Remove from heat, and add vanilla. Serve warm sauce over warm pudding. A dollop of fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top is the bomb!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

B*Witched

Last night my entire family and I went to Gardener's Village in Salt Lake for dinner in the old mill (Archibald's) and to walk around the village. It was such a surprise to have us all there together--even my sister and brother-in-law and their kids were able to make it.

By the time we had finished with dinner, the shops had closed. It was still the witching hour as we walked around the shops to meet the witches. So much fun!

Thanks for coming and for spoiling me rotten.



At work my coworkers took me to lunch at the Thai Chili Garden, provided cake and ice cream, and were way too kind all day long.

Thanks to everyone for their calls, emails, Facebook notes, etc. I appreciate your thoughts and wishes. It was a good day.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Would You like Butter with That?

This weekend, I hit the Cheesecake Factory and then a movie theater with some fabulous friends (Andrea happy birthday!, Karyn, and Melinda) for a good ol' chick flick.

It was hilarious. Both heroines were endearing, and I admit to being one of those obnoxious movie-goers who laughs out loud.

Julie & Julia is based on two true stories and was a pleasant surprise. Julia Child brought French cooking home, so to speak, and Julie Powell's blog is famous. Someday mine may be too. LOL

Here I sit, a servantless American cook with an unexpected craving to try my hand at Boeuf Bourguignon. But, no desire to work my way through an entire cookbook of 500+ Julia Child recipes in a year.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009

Let's Get It Started

Today I found a new online party planning resource.

Holiday, birthday, bridal shower, baby shower, weddings, etc. It helps you create invitations or ecards, is customizable, offers list management and guest list management, sends event/birthday reminders, manages potluck sign up lists, links to Twitter and Facebook, helps you decide on a date, links to your e-calendar, links to party planning supplies, manages a to-do list, offers party planning ideas, hints and tips, and is pretty much amazing.

In addition, it is free. I'm hooked.