Archive for December, 2008

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What Are You Doin’ New Years Eve?

December 28, 2008

My husband can’t stop singing that old Rufus Wainwright song, “What Are You Doin’ New Years Eve?” So I started thinking, what are we going to do?

Personally, our plans keep changing. First Fran was having a party. Then we were staying home. As of 10 minutes ago and a few phone calls it looks like we’re hosting a party. He doesn’t love hosting parties but he does love staying home….especially on New Years Eve. It’s a good compromise since I love a good party and he does too only he’d rather stay home. I will offer up the guest bedroom (first come first serve) to someone who lives far or just wants to stay over. Should be interesting…

Update: We got a big snow storm and we ended up staying home. A couple we’re friends with (they have snow tires) came over. It was still fun.

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A Green(er) Christmas

December 27, 2008

This year was a little different from past ones. We not only bought each other significantly less gifts we also tried to be cognizant of purchasing less waste. I bought John 3 desk organizer items made of bamboo for his new office. Mom bought me bamboo knitting needles and overall we had a large reduction in boxes, paper, tape etc. We saved all of our paper to use as fire starters. That is when the cold weather returns. Somehow 40 degrees doesn’t feel that cold anymore. I don’t even wear a normal coat for that…just a rain coat but I digress. This Christmas we put a lot more thought into our purchases and didn’t buy any large items. The largest thing purchased was an Ott light for John but if you have ever used an Ott light you understand. They’re fantastic!
Anyway, the point of all this is to say I think it’s important that we all think through our purchases and consider the impact of our choices on the environment.

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Vince Lombardi quote

December 27, 2008

“There’s only one way to succeed in anything and that is to give everything.”
– Vince Lombardi

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Lemon spaghetti

December 27, 2008

This lemon spaghetti sounds delish!

Lemon Spaghetti

by Giada De Laurentiis

4 main-course servings or 6 side-dish servings; Total cooking time: 8 minutes

INGREDIENTS

2/3 cup olive oil
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1 pound spaghetti
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)
DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, whisk the oil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper to blend. Set the lemon sauce aside. (The sauce can be made up to 8 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before using).

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the spaghetti to the lemon sauce, and toss with the basil and lemon zest. Toss the pasta with enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten. Season the pasta with more salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to bowls and serve.

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Wish List

December 27, 2008

Things that are cool and I don’t want to forget about:

Boston Ork Poster

Simply Radio

Ski pants

3 in 1 Parka

Moleskin Notebooks