Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
LOVE this blog!! LOVE her pug!!! I visit her site several times a day for her healthy eating tips, fitness regime and advice on an overall balanced life.
An awesome fashion blog with loads of delicious recipes.
An amazing marketing site.
The perfect blog...each day she gives a little note about how to be smarter, prettier and a little less awkward (which I need a LOT of help with).
Because on most days I'd prefer to laugh.
A new favorite...a daily reminder to be thankful for all the little things in life.
A Cup of Jo
A fashion, photography and design blog written by a very cool gal who caught my attention with her "No Complaining for a Week" Challenge. I think everyone should give that a try.
All three of these amazing design and lifestyle blogs are filled with gorgeous photos, unique finds, fashion and dazzling decor for home, office and, well, anywhere. (I know, I'm so not cool enough to have any business looking at these, but they still inspire me!)
Monday, December 27, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Since none of them are vegan, it didn't seem right to force flax-eggs on them, so I located this recipe for Sand Art Brownies, followed the very easy instructions and ended up with these lovely treats.
If you need a last-minute gift for friends, a holiday hostess or your favorite aunt, make these! It took maybe 15-20 minutes and I think they turned out pretty darn cute.
All you do is fill up a mason jar with the dry ingredients in the order that they are listed on the recipe.
Then decorate the jars and type up the directions on a recipe card!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I started this blog way back in August of 2009 and wasn't really sure what would happen with it or where it would go. With the creation of the LIST, things really picked up and I can't believe it turned into such a fun adventure!
7. Sing Karaoke Solo
19. Read the Entire Bible
22. Stop being a Procrastinator
. Ask for and/or Receive a Raise 26. Invest More in Future/Retirement Plans
27. Achieve a "Flat" Stomach
29. Relearn the Piano & Master One Song
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
- 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 4 Flour Tortillas
- 1/2 Tomato
- 1/2 Cup Diced Green & Red Bell Peppers
- 1/8 Cup Diced Onion
- 1/4 Cup Lettuce
- 1/4 Cup Shredded Cheese
- Sour Cream
- Olive oil
- Salt, Pepper, Cumin, Chili Powder, Paprika, Cayenne
- 2 Avacados
- 1 Tomato
- 2 Slices Red Onion
- 1 Lime
- 1 Jalepeno
- Hot Sauce
- Salt, Pepper, Chili Powder, Cayenne, Paprika
Monday, December 6, 2010
What you Need for the Gyros:
- 2 Slices Pita Bread
- 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
- 1 Tomato
- 1/2 of a Cucumber
- 1 Cup Chopped Lettuce
- 2 Slices Red Onion
- As much Feta Cheese as you want (load it up!)
- 1/2 of a Lemon
- Greek or Italian Salad Dressing
- Salt, Pepper, Dill, Oregano, Mint, Garlic Powder
Chop chicken into bite-size portions, place in a large ziploc bag. Pour in Greek or Italian salad dressing, covering the chicken. Add Salt, Pepper, Dill, Oregano, Mint and Garlic Powder (approximately a teaspoon of each but I just eye-ball it). Squeeze in lemon juice.
Place bag in refrigerator and allow to marinate for approximately 30 minutes. Meanwhile, chop lettuce, tomato, cucumber and red onion.
In a large skillet, cook the chicken thoroughly. Add additional seasonings above (if needed) until you reach desired taste (which would be yummy).
On a plate, place warmed pita bread and scoop a serving of chicken in the center of it. Top with lettuce, tomato, red onion, cucumber and feta cheese. Make tzaziki sauce below and add to gyro in generous portions :)
What you Need for Tzaziki Sauce:
- Greek-style Yogurt (about 6 oz)
- 2 Tablespoons Sour Cream
- 1/2 of a Cucumber
- 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
- 1/2 a Lemon
- Kosher Salt
In a small bowl, combine yogurt and sour cream. Dice cucumber and add to bowl. Squeeze in juice from lemon and add red wine vinegar. Mix thoroughly.
Add Dill and Mint liberally (probably need about a half-tablespoon of both); add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve over top of gyros. Don't forget to save some for the french fries too!
What you Need for Baked French Fries:
- 1-2 Potatoes
- Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Peel potatoes and cut into half-inch thick strips. Place into a pot with cold water and kosher salt. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer until about 3/4 of the way cooked (should be able to stab easily with a fork).
Drain water carefully. Toss potatoes in olive oil, salt and pepper, coating the potatoes evenly. Place on a baking sheet and cook until light brown (approximately 8 mins). Turn strips over and cook an additional 5-6 minutes until skin is crispy.
Serve alongside gyros and dunk in tzaziki sauce!
Last December, my idea for the book hit me one day while driving and singing Christmas carols. I had just taken photos of my pug, Barley, for our Christmas card and while thinking about him in his Christmas outfit, a small amount of idea trickled into my head.
I've told the outline of the story a number of times to family members and even made an arrangement with my cousin to have him illustrate the book, but haven't taken the time to sit down and write it. Additionally, there is one element of the story that I just couldn't get nailed down in my mind. I knew how I wanted it to end but was struggling to tie all of the elements together in a cohesive way.
However, I can now FINALLY say that I have written it! It is definitely in a draft form and will take quite a bit of editing to finalize but the main story is complete! I've worked through the element I was struggling with and I've figured out just the right storyline and ending.
I won't share my book publicly yet. I have big plans to have my cousin illustrate it and then share it with close friends and family as 2011 Christmas gifts (lucky them). I do feel that in its current form I can cross Item 13: Write a Children's Book off my list. To give you an idea of what it is about, I'll share the image that inspired the whole thing.....
Directed by and staring Orson Welles, Citizen Kane is the story of a millionaire publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane (Welles). The movie kicks off with a news announcement of Charles Kane's death which provides a snapshot of his life for the viewer. Alarmed and intrigued by the announcement of his death, news reporters start a frenzied investigation to decipher the meaning of his final word, "Rosebud."
Although very rich and considered the most powerful man in the world, Charles Kane did not find happiness in his public, extravagant life and dies alone in his mansion - Xanadu. Reporters dig deep into his history and, using flashbacks into his childhood and adulthood milestones, the viewer learns about the rise of Charles Kane, including his tumultuous love life, expanding wealth and ever-increasing power.
Overall, I found this movie to be quite boring. I'll attribute that to my limited understanding of cinema, as it is considered by many to be the best film ever made. It's hard for me to recommend watching this film, but if you do please let me know what you think!
Be on the look out for my next movie coming up this week.....An American in Paris.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
- 1 Dozen Eggs
- 2-3 Tablespoons Mayo
- Mustard (recommend dijon & yellow)
- 1 Celery Stalk
- 2 Slices Onion
- Salt, Pepper & Paprika
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
- 1 Rotisserie Chicken
- 1 Can of Chicken Broth
- 2 Tomatillos
- 1/2 of a Large Tomato
- 1 Small Onion
- 1-2 Jalapeno (depending heat)
- 1 Can of White Kidney Beans
- 1 Can of Chili Beans
- 1/2 Can of Corn
- 1 Can of Green Chillies
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- 2-3 Tablespoons of Sour Cream
- 1 Avocado
- Hot Sauce (whatever one you like best...I went with a Green Chili sauce)
- Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Cayenne, Cumin, and Garlic Powder
Friday, November 5, 2010
My memories of growing up in the Connolly household are full of fond, watercolor pictures of Arizona and Saturday mornings at home, blasting musical classics such as Sloop John B and Let me Sleep on It, by the Beach Boys and Meatloaf, respectively. I also remember moving to Wyoming and being surprised to find it was not the forested wilderness I expected but a flat, treeless prairie instead.
I recall early viewings of Vacation and European Vacation; the song Holiday Road gives me goose bumps to this very day (I know cause I purposefully listen to it when I need to get excited). That being said, my appreciation for comedies and my admiration for the comedic genius of Chevy Chase sprouted at around age 8. But above all other childhood recollections, the one thing that really stands out in my early years is my father’s zealous and impassioned celebration of Christmas.
My awkward teenage years brought birthdays celebrated by blowing out the candles with Christmas lights twinkling in the background and Billy Squire’s Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You playing right after my family’s loud rendition of Happy Birthday. I learned to drive in empty parking lots next to cut-down Evergreen and Blue Spruce sales. And I received combo-gift after combo-gift from my girlfriends banking on my birthday’s proximity to December 25th.
My early associations with Jesus and the big S.C., impressionable teenage years intermixed with holiday décor and music, and my Dad’s celebratory devotion instilled within me a great love and passion for Christmas that I’ve found difficult to match. Its my most anticipated, celebrated, and hap, hap, happiest day of the year.
After this jolly childhood, I found my way off to college. My first visit to Laramie, WY landed me at the Sigma Chi house and I vividly remember the first time I met Robert Sullivan (Sully). We were playing a round of Trapped and drinking Ruby Red Squirt with Captain Morgan (well, I was drinking that, he probably was not). For those of you who haven’t tried it, it tastes just like orange sherbet going down…….and coming back up…so don’t bother. I also met my future spouse, John McBride, and later met Jesse Driscoll (future BFF and Sully's future wife). Four years of college, two weddings, and six years of living close-by in Fort Collins have cultivated a pretty strong friendship between the McBride’s and Sullivan’s.
John, a lover of Fletch and Caddyshack but not as impassioned by Christmas as I, has always agreed to watch Christmas Vacation with me (and refuses to watch any other holiday film). Sharing this movie with my spouse and reminiscing in childhood memories of the original Vacation and my Dad’s holiday dedication earned Christmas Vacation a pretty high spot on my “favorite movie” list. My excitement bubbles over just thinking about the cinematic masterpiece and did so one day while hanging out with the Sullivan’s. Over homebrew and football, Sully and I realized that we shared the same enthusiasm for the film, as well as all other things Christmas. I had met my match when it comes to Christmas cheer….we are, you might say, kindred spirits. (Cue Jesse and John eye-roll).
Well, the discovery of this shared fervor led to excited talks of reindeer, jingle bells, caroling, and naturally, watching Christmas Vacation. Alarmed by the early arrival sugarplums, holly, and ol’ St. Nick, John and Jesse quickly established the “No Christmas until November 1st” rule.
Ever since, on November 1st, John and I jump in our old front-wheel drive sleigh and head on over the Sullivan’s to watch what has become the most important of Christmas symbols to me, Christmas Vacation. In recent years, we’ve expanded to a double-feature with Elf quickly becoming a group favorite. I now look forward to November 1st with the same anticipation, zeal and excitement that I used to hold only for Christmas.
To me, Christmas Vacation means it’s the second best day of the year and I get to spend it with my best friends. Although the movie is truly an American Classic for reasons far beyond this egocentric narrative, my own appreciation for the film has quadrupled thanks to our now-traditional celebration of November 1st. I think Clark Griswold said it best, “The most enjoying traditions of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin.”
Thith movie is a thymbol of the thpirit of the Sullivan & McBride kick-off to Chrithmath.