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Truffles

March 20, 2011
I made these for a Bridal Shower that I was supposed to host, but never happened. We were all sick with the puke bug so I had to cancel.  I have to tell you, they were so worth it after 24 hours of purging and fasting. People who love to cook and eat should never be punished with Gastroenteritis.
Dark Chocolate Truffles
2 cup(s) Dark Chocolate Chips or equivalent of
1/2  cup(s) Unsweetened Cocoa
1/3 cup(s) heavy whipping cream
6 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup of chopped pistachios
Directions

1.  In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer.  Do not boil.

2.  Add the butter and stir until melted. Add the chocolate chips or chopped chocolate. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and pour into a shallow bowl.

3.  Cool, cover, and refrigerate the mixture until firm, at least 2 hours.

4.  Using a melon baller or small spoon, roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in the cocoa.

5.  Enjoy immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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Personal Revelation

March 15, 2011

One needs two chocolate kisses prior to any Ab workout  (to increase the glycemic index of course)

Hey!  I had two hardboiled egg whites after my workout at 4:40opm!  It was breakfast time.  (Did I mention I am working Nights?) 

You are a great deducer!  I had chocolate before breakfast.

Commentary and quotes from the Bachelor…

  • Chad is WAY hotter than Brad.  (Chad is Brad the Bachelor’s married twin brother).
  • Chantal: “We’ve been living in LaLa land. I get that”.  Finally someone that acknowledges this is rigged!
  • ” He’s her angel” (sniff sniff). Said by Pam (Brad’s mother) while commenting about what Emily said about Brad after she told her story to sway them .  You know she was not engaged to Ricky Bobby at the time of his death.  She was a pregnant girlfriend.  Trashy celebrity magazines said so!  So it must be true.
  • Brad’s brother: ” You realize this means you have to get the house and the whole picket fence”.  Brad: “Gulp”.
  • I broke down and ate M&Ms at this point!  (M&M’s that I had hidden far away in a  secret place).  It only took me 2 and 1/2 hours to find them.  Or give in to them.
  • One of Brad’s SIL (sisters in law):  ” When you’re a Mom, you just get it” .  No offense to anyone that isn’t a Mom.  JUST MOST CHICKS THAT WATCH THE SHOW!!!!
  • Brad: “We are going to do something different from sightseeing!” I am going to feed you to the Sharks MUHAHAHAH!  (especially since you’ve gained a few while on the show).  Said to Chantal while going on a boat and in a cage and in wetsuits about to be dropped in the ocean off of the African coast.
  • Chantal: “OH NO!!!  Brad: “Oh yeh!  Oh yeh! Oh yeh!”  That was just funny people.  He said it three times.
  • Brad: ” What a great way to test out the water together!” Cliche cliche
  • Brad: ” We are in it together”.  Duh! What? The water or the relationship? He is the man of cliche’s
  • Chantal:  “I travelled the world for Brad”.  Yeh, it was SO hard, having all expense paid trips and exotic vacations, helicopter rides, delicious food and luxurious hotel rooms. Boo fricking hoo
  • Chantal: “Yeay! (clap clap like a two year old)  ” I made myself cry”.  Said while Brad opened her ‘message in a bottle’ gift of a map of all the places they’ve been together and a love note. I’m not kidding she actually did and said that.
  • Is Emily really wearing a Man’s shirt with a belt around it.  Is that a dress?
  • Oh My Gosh.  Why is Emily talking about having a kid around is the end of the world.  “There is no more watching football and drinking a beer on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon”.  Hey if that was the case, I wouldn’t have had a kid!  Thank goodness my kid likes football.  She going to be a little Lyndi when she grows up.
  • I want to go to Africa but I am afraid of pirates.
  • A ring that means Bradley? did I hear that right? What does that mean?  I know nothing about jewellry.
  • Tye-dye?  Emily really? Did you forget to take your personal assistant with you to Africa.  Man, the Bachelor industry must be cutting back.  This IS a recession!
  • Chantal really needs to meet Tracy Anderson.  Or she needs to learn about Spanx.
  • Wait? Did he say ORA? Or aura? His Texan accent is killing me.  I can’t understand him.
  • Oh no! He chose Emily!  Chantal was the first out of the limo.  The first girl is always the one to go!  I can’t believe 11 seasons of experience and I made the wrong call.
  • Did he really just say “Give me your forever”.  What does that mean?
  • UGH! Brad and Emily are going to be such a BORING and well-mannered Southern couple sitting on their porch on their ranch in their rocking chairs.  I want that. 
  • He is putting his Bradley ring on her finger.  And there is a RJH band on her wrist!!!!  WHAT!  What is that you ask?  Her ex-boyfriends initials.  That is lame. 
  • Do people still wear one strap dresses?  Chantal has worn two tonight. 
  • Chantal cries too much.
  • Brad is clueless…he didn’t even know she was crying.
  • WHYis she crying.  She has a new boyfriend.
  • That is the worst commercial I have ever seen.  Cat food proposal!  Have you seen it?  Do they have to be so blatant about who their target audience is?

Dave commentary: 

  • What chance are you giving to Brad and Chris Harrison professing their undying love to each other tonight?
  • How much has his (Brad’s) Mom had to drink?
  • Is he wearing a cowboy shirt?
  • Well, with her Navajo earrings, they are the perfect fit.
  • Did she name her daughter before or after RickyBobby the movie (talking about whether Emily naming her kid after her dead boyfriend the NASCAR guy ala Talladega Nights with Will Ferrell as RickyBobby).
  • Wow, he has been the Bachelor twice and still has no testicles.  (About Brad asking a billion times if Chantal (rejected girl) was alright and if she had anything to say).
  • Me : “You should take notes” (about his proposal to Emily)
  • Dave: “On what?  Not having testicles?  Because I could loan him one”
  • Me “Shoot! I could” (on helping Brad decide who to pick)
  • Dave ” Whoa!”
  • Me “Whoa.  I mean I could help him decide.  Not testicles”

I could go on!

But there are two doughnuts left on the table.

Things have come in two’s tonight. 

Two chocolate kisses.

Two hardboiled eggs.

Two admits.

I think it is personal revelation.

Lost and Found

March 14, 2011

Lost: 

My Abs

Found:

3 leggos

assorted fruit snacks

play food

dust bunnies

crusted stained spilled stuff

toy bracelets

wooden puzzle piece that has bee missing forever

All of the above, under the couch.  Didn’t know they were missing.

While I was sweating and grunting.

And working on finding my abs.

My two week six pack plan

March 14, 2011

Hello Friends!

Meet Tracy Anderson.

She is the devil.  Ok, just kidding.  She has been a personal trainer for Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow.

And now, she will be mine!

She has the best post-partum workout EVER. 

No, I am not pregnant. I haven’t been gone that long.

I said POST-partum.  I HAD a kid.

Two and a half years ago.

I’m still working on the repair.

Ok, no I am not.  I repaired and then relapsed and now I am re-committed.

Jane Fonda has nothing on Tracy!

P90X devotee’s will cry during her workout.

Kettlebells are for cows!

This work out is not for the timid.  Or the tired. 

Remember to stay hydrated during this worrkout.  I take breaks only to take a swig from my…

What?!?

It has Vitamins and Minerals.

Those are good for me, right?

Horse Farm Days

February 9, 2011

With both of us in busy rotations.  Me, working nights and Hubby in the ICU, our weekends are sacred time.

We loved our free weekend together and rain or shine, we decided to go out and spend some quality time. 

We took some friends for Anabelle’s entertainment.

There is a fantastic horse farm nearby with retired horses, ie horses that are too old, sick, emaciated, lame or abused and neglected.  And it was free!  All we had to do was bring carrots.

There were also dogs everywhere, Anabelle was in heaven!

We will definitely going back to this place!

Escargot

February 8, 2011

Escargot with butter, Parmesan and garlic

1 can of escargot (you can get this at most specialty grocery stores)

butter

Parmesan cheese, finely shredded

button mushrooms, stems removed

minced garlic

fresh parsley, chopped

salt and pepper

special escargot dish

1. Drain escargot from can and rinse

2. Place one escargot in each hole

3.  Sprinkle some minced garlic and dab 1 tsp butter on each escargot

4.  Sprinkle shredded Parmesan cheese on top of entire dish

5.  Dust with salt and pepper and bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes

6.  If you don’t have a special dish you can fill button mushrooms with one escargot each and prepare the same way

Read the small print:

Escargot are snails…delicious snails that are chewy, especially covered in butter, garlic and cheese.

Valentine’s Day Ideas

February 7, 2011

So those who are single, dream of the day when they can wake up next to someone special.

Those who are married with kids, dream of the day when they can wake up without a little one who has climbed in their bed over night.

And some love the early morning cuddling, especially when they wake up to hear those sweet words….

“Mommy, I have to go potty”

Have no fear, she did not wet the bed with me in it.  She recognized the URGE.  This is HUGE people. Monumental.

I am so in love.

Looking for special ideas for Valentine’s Day?

How about Pasta with Clams in a white  cream sauce?

1 box pasta

fresh clams (must use fresh, rather than frozen.  These are like $8 for a dozen), washed

1 can chopped clams in juice

2 tbsp butter

one chopped shallot

several minced garlic cloves

heavy cream

white wine

salt and pepper, to taste

chopped parsley

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated

1.  Cook Pasta as directed on box.

2.  Melt butter in large frying pan over low heat and saute shallots and garlic.

3.  Add canned chopped clams with some juice.  Add white wine.

4. Cook for 5 minutes on medium temp till sauce is reduced.

5.  Add whole clams and cover.  Cook for 5 more minutes will all clams open.  If there are any that do not open, throw them out.

6.  Add heavy cream, parmesan, salt and pepper and bring to a boil

7.  When sauce is thickened, add parsley and pour sauce over cooked pasta.

I promise to give an recipe a day this week.  I mean we all know that the way to guys heart is through is stomach, even if that isn’t anatomically correct.