Archive | December, 2010

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31 Dec

2011 is almost here!  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am so excited!  I feel like 2011 is going to be the turning point, at least for me.  The year has ended beautifully.  Paige, Layla and I had an amazing Christmas. It was just the three of us and we watched an old VHS tape of Christmas specials recorded in 1988.  We laughed and laughed at the commercials.  Just for example, the most common commercial was for Kodak’s BRAND NEW 35mm camera.  How funny is that!  My best friend had to stay one more week in Florida, thanks to Mother Nature who brought 30 inches of snow to NYC. I couldn’t ask for a better ending to 2010.

With 2011 fast approaching, my mind is racing with all the new possibilities of the new year.  As I’ve mentioned in an earlier entry, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to lose 75 pound.  I really think I can do it.  More importantly, I plan on learning as much as I can this year, and the start to that is going to be blogging.  I’ve decided to take part in Post A Day 2011. I hope to really find my niche in life, and maybe writing is it. Maybe it’s not, but I’m willing to try.

I will attempt to post everyday in 2011.  Right now this task seems daunting because I really don’t feel like I can post interesting things everyday that people will want to read.  Although, I suppose that’s the reason I’m going to do this thing.  Hopefully by the end of the year I will get Freshly Pressed, which is one of my other goals with Post A Day 2011. I’m looking forward to getting inspiration, positive feedback and helpful tips for my blogging and I hope you are ready to follow me on my journey.

My time starts now.  Life is going to be good. 2011 is going to start with a bang and I’m going to show everyone my ability to shine. Time to get pumped people!

 

Mother Nature is pissed at us.

28 Dec

California is still trying to clean up from the recent storms. New York and New Jersey were at a complete standstill yesterday. Now, California residents are preparing for another storm. If that isn’t Mother Nature trying to get her point across, I don’t know what is.

We have progressed so rapidly that no one really thought about the negative side effects. Now, we are paying the price. Natural disasters are a part of the “norm”. At the rate we are going the world with end in 2012.

I’m not a believer in the 12/21/12 theory. If I were the ancient man writing the calendars, I would probably have stopped long before 2012. I think he got bored and said “Okay, I’ve had enough of these damn calendars!” Having said that, I do believe that we are on the road to disaster if we don’t slow down. We move to fast, and literally don’t take time to smell the roses. Animals are dying and losing their habitats, trees are being chopped down faster than we can say, “TIMBERRRR”, and we are just now deciding that it’s a good idea to go green. Seriously? I think we are a little late on that.  Before we know it, earth is going to look like it came straight out of a scene from Wall-e.

Just my luck…

27 Dec

Its only 2 days after Christmas, and one of my presents is already ruined. My mom gave me this great brown sweater for Christmas, and I was so excited because my other brown sweater (I call it my go-to brown sweater) is on its last leg. Now my new go-to brown sweater looks like it could fit my 100 pound sister. Awesome.

See, the thing is, I don’t really like shopping. I’m a big girl, and shopping depresses me. Not to mention shopping at Lane Bryant and Torrid is expensive. So, when I find something that fits at Target or Wal-Mart I get really excited.  The other problem is, I have a long torso and if I’m not careful when washing and drying my clothes they shrink and won’t cover my stomach, which is what happened.  Now, I’m in a complete rage, and I’m sure Paige is blaming herself.  I didn’t switch the clothes from the washer to the dryer, Paige did, not realizing my sweater was in with the rest of the clothes.

I know I shouldn’t be so upset, but you just don’t understand!  I have had the same clothes for about 5 years, so when I get something new, I a) wear it all the time and b) I absolutely cherish it!   Long story short, I’m angry and depressed.

New Year’s Resolution

21 Dec

Just like every woman in America, I’m thinking about doing a weight loss plan for my New Year’s resolution. I’ve never actually completed a New Year’s resolution, but I think that 2011 is my year.  I really enjoy this blogging thing, so I decided what  better way to keep my weight loss progress going than to blog about it.

I recently purchased a Wii, and so far I act like the typical video gamer.  I sit on my ass and do nothing, that is until my sweet mother bought me Dance Broadway for the Wii.  It’s great!  It gets you off your butt and gets your heart rate going.  It really is a ton of fun.  Thanks to that I came up with an idea.  What if I did a Wii weight loss challenge?  I would buy a few different weight loss games and use them for a few weeks, then see which one produces the best results.

This is obviously still in the planning stages, but I think it will be a success.  I plan on starting a whole new blog dedicated to my weight loss idea, so keep your eyes peeled for the new blog!

And the count down begins….

20 Dec

Five days until Christmas and I think most people are last-minute shopping. I went shopping with the BFF today. I figured it was Monday and most people would still be working. Apparently, I was wrong. Target, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and even Staples were crazy. I mean COMPLETE madness. I truly believe that people have no sense in the last week before Christmas. People are rude and obnoxious, and that is only in the parking lot, imagine how they are in the stores.

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love everything about it, the decorations, the baking, the gift giving (and of course receiving-don’t act like you don’t like to get presents). I’m the one who turns on the Christmas music after everyone has finished eating on Thanksgiving. I would play it earlier if Paige would let me! It saddens me when I see people act like assholes. It is Christmas for crying out loud! So, next time you are out shopping remember that no matter how bad you think you have it, there is always someone who is worse off.  Be thankful for what you have!  Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a FABULOUS New Year!

Gay bashing or gays bashing?

17 Dec

I am struggling with where to start with this blog.  It’s a sensitive topic, and as an out lesbian, I feel like I am betraying my community.  Having said that, I am upset with the gay community.  I’m very proud of who I am and who I love, but I don’t feel the need to throw it in everyone’s face.  However, in the recent months, with the spotlight on gay bullying, the battle with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and same-sex marriages, I am beginning to find myself more and more disappointed in the way they gay community handles themselves in regards to these matters.

I recently came across this article, http://www.queerty.com/sarah-palin-has-no-problem-with-daughter-willow-calling-facebook-kids-faggots-20101128/, where the author claims that Sarah Palin has no issue with her daughter calling someone a faggot on Facebook.  When I read the article, I thought it was ridiculous. We have no idea what happened behind closed doors.  For all we know Sarah Palin could have been completely outraged by her daughter’s actions and disciplined her accordingly. Instead, everyone automatically jumps to the conclusion that Sarah Palin doesn’t care that her daughter acts that way. Then as I scrolled down to read the comments, I was horrified.  People were just flat-out mean and disgusting. When did it become okay for us to bash other people and their opinions. Which raises the question, have we gone from people gay bashing to gays bashing?

I’ve come to realize that this is not the community I want to be involved with, especially if this is how they are going to act.  I feel like it is very hypocritical.  We don’t want you to trash us, but its okay if we trash you? Is this really how we are going to fight this battle?  Are we really going to start playing dirty just because the other side is playing dirty?  I know that isn’t how I want to win this fight.

Christmas Cookies

14 Dec

Every year, just like when I was a child, I bake Christmas cookies and treats.  A lot of cookies and treats. I spend days, literally, baking.  I’m crazy. Thus far, I have made 7 different yummy treats.  I have about 6 more left to make.  Part of the reason I am making so many is because my wonderful little sister is recently gluten-free, and I want to make sure she could really enjoy all the treats.  It also gives her an opportunity to really learn how to bake.

I’m getting a little off track.  The whole purpose of this blog is to put my recipes out into the world-wide web and hope someone loves them as much as I do!  Here we go!

Vanilla Rolled Cookies a.k.a. Cut-Outs and Frosting

2 1/2 c. flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. Crisco shortening

1 1/2 c. sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Cream together shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Add flour, baking powder and salt.  Chill overnight (this is very important or it will be really difficult to handle the dough). Once dough has chilled, roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick.  Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out cookies. Bake at 375 for 6 to 10 minutes.  Cool then frost.

Frosting

1-16 oz. box confection sugar

1 c. butter or margarine; softened

4 tsp. vanilla

A little bit of milk to thin

Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Add food coloring if desired. Frost cookies and store in refrigerator.

 

Spiced Nuts

Almonds

1 slightly beaten egg white

2 c. of whole almonds or pecan halves.

1/4 c. sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. cloves

Heat oven to 300. Mix egg white and nuts until coated. Mix in remaining ingredients until all nuts are covered. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

 

Ricotta Cheese Cookies


2 c. sugar

1 c. butter or margarine; softened

1-15 oz container ricotta cheese (can use low-fat)

2 tsp. vanilla

2 large eggs

4 c. flour

2 tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

Pre-heat oven to 350. In large bowl at low speed beat sugar and butter until blended. Increase speed to high and beat about 5 minutes until light and fluffy. At medium speed, beat in ricotta, vanilla and eggs until well combined. Reduce speed to low, add flour, baking powder and salt. Beat until dough forms. Drop dough by level tablespoons on an ungreased cookie sheet. bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden-cookies will be oft. Cool cookies on wire rack. When cool add milk and confectioner’s sugar to make icing. Ice cookies* and sprinkle with sugar crystals .  Allow to dry 1 hour. Can freeze after icing.

*Icing for Ricotta Cookies

1 1/2 c. confectioner’s sugar

3 tbsp. milk

red and green sugar crystals

 

Peanut Butter Blossoms


48 Hershey Kisses

1/2 c. shortening

3/4 c. peanut butter

1/3 c. sugar

1/3 c. packed light brown sugar

1 egg

2 tbsp. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

sugar

Heat oven to 375. Remove wrappers from Kisses and set aside. Beat shortening and peanut butter until blended. Add sugar and brown sugar, mix well. Add egg, milk and vanilla, mix well. Gradually beat in flour, baking soda and salt until dough forms. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar ( I like to use red and green sugar crystals, it adds an extra Christmas touch). Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes. Once removed from oven, add kisses immediately and allow to cool  on wire rack.

Oatmeal Scotchies


1 1/4 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. butter; softened

3/4 c. sugar

3/4 brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

3 c. quick oats

1-11 oz. package of Nestle Butterscotch Morsels

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl and set aside. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and morsels. Bake at 375 for 7-8 minutes.

 

Christmas Chex Mix

2 c. Corn Chex

2 c. Rice Chex

2 c. Wheat Chex

2 c. pretzels

1 bag of m&m’s (Christmas colors)

2 packages Eagles Brand White Candy Blocks

Melt candy block in large pot. Stir in corn, rice and wheat chex and pretzels until completely covered. Spread on cookie sheets covered with wax paper. Sprinkle m&m’s on top. Chill overnight, then break apart to store. Keep stored in refrigerator.

 

Buckeyes a.k.a Peanut Butter Balls

3/4 c. butter softened

1 c. peanut butter

1 1/2 – 5 c. of confectioner’s sugar

Mix all ingredients together, by hand, until dough forms.  Form into balls, stick toothpicks in them and freeze for a few hours. Once they have hardened, dip into melted chocolate bark and freeze again.  Keep stored in refrigerator.

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