Friday, January 30, 2009
The gateway through meatloaf can take you on a crash course of other previously denounced cuisines. All at once you begin exploring food options that at one time were off limits. Fish? Might not be so bad. Spinach? Essential and pure; as well as other veggies-cauliflower, carrots, peas and brussel sprouts. The mature mind becomes hungry for the goodness it has been missing.
Once the floodgates of meatloaf maturity are opened, there's no stopping one from tasting any and all obscure food choices. The palate is now the scholar and the education, inviting and challenging, with more than a few surprises along the way. Pea soup, eggs, mushrooms, oysters, salmon, tomato juice, even tongue. One thinks, "If meatloaf didn't kill me, maybe these aren't so bad. I'm mature now and I'll try it, at least."
My children are just on the cusp. They will eat half of the meatloaf , mashed potatoes and green beans on their plate, yet still ask for dessert. Upon inspection, I find no meatloaf under the potatoes, but they are still young and time is on their side. They will, however, try new foods. Sushi and spinach among the list of things they now like. They are in the infancy stages of this new found maturity. If only psychological maturity were this easy.
I offer you my favorite recipes for Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans:
2 lbs. 85% lean ground beef
1 cup oats
1 1/4 cup ketchup
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup milk
1/8 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
Pre-heat oven to 350.
Mix ingredients in a large bowl until all ingredients are incorporated.
Place mixture into a 9x5 loaf pan.
Bake 1 hour 15 minutes
Peel and cut into quarters 8-10, white potatoes. (Number of potatoes can vary according to servings)
Boil potato quarters in rapidly boiling water until wedges are soft enough to stick a fork through easily.
Drain potatoes and mash in bowl.
Add 3/4 of a stick of butter-cut into pieces-
salt to taste (about a 1/2 tsp)
1/2 cup milk
Mix with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy.
Steam 4 cups cut up green beans (till tender when pierecd with fork) in microwave or on stovetop-according to stovetop steamer directions and/or microwave directions.
Drain beans and put in serving bowl.
Add 2-3 TBSP butter and mix until melted.
Top off with garlic salt to taste. (about 1/2 teaspoon)
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Have I got your attention?? Yeah, I thought so.
Today I'm talking about Falsies.
But not the kind you think....Sorry Fellas...Peace out, this is your cue to leave if you want to. (but don't say I never gave you anything)
Today I'm taking about these kind of falsies:
False eyelashes. Diamonds and false eyelashes are indeed a girls best friend! Take a look at any celebrity gossip magazine and you will see Hollywood's A-lister's all wearing false eyelashes-and these are not your mother's false eyelashes. The falsies of today are better than ever and easy to apply and use.
Let's start with the basics: ie; the cheap ones.
- Ardell brand or Maybelline. You can find them at any of your local drugstores, Target, Wallgreens or Walmart. Prices range from $3.00-$5.00.
- Mac and Shu Uemura have the best in the business, but I tend to lean towards Mac. There are lots of styles to choose from, each reflecting the users intent and desire. If I were to choose a basic style, I would go with 2 Lash for $12.00. This lash adds length with just the right amount of density and can be trimmed to the users tastes.
Here is where everybody panics! Fear not, false eyelashes are child's play and if you can apply eyeliner to your eyes, you can apply false eyelashes no problem.
- Complete eye make-up. (except for upper lid eyeliner and mascara)
- Curl your eyelashes with an eyelash curler.
- Remove false lash from the box and lay it on your lash line until you feel comfortable with exactly where it is going to go and how it is going to look. You can trim the false lash with a pair of small eyebrow grooming scissors if they are too long.
- Using a q-tip, apply the lash glue, in a thin layer, across the base of lash. Wait 10-15 seconds, until glue becomes tacky, then using tweezers apply them to base of lid. Let lash dry to set for one minute.
- Apply liquid liner over the base of your eyelash and the false eyelash to conceal any exposed glue and for a more dramatic look. Helpful tip: keep your elbow on the top of the surface you are working on. This will aid in creating a smooth line and will keep your hand steady.
- Apply mascara to your new lashes (both the false eyelashes and yours)-although you shouldn't over do it. A light coat is all that's needed to do the trick.
- Lashes are re-usable (keep the container they came in for storage) and should peel off at the evening's end with ease.
So there you have it! I highly recommend you try them.
You think Kim Kardashian has naturally lush, gorgeous, black lashes?? Maybe, but not that lush. No, you can bet she has a personal make-up artist to apply her lashes for photo ops. And so many others!! Everyone is doing it!
So before you decide to shell out tons of money for those expensive eyelash extentions at your local salon, give these a whirl and come back here and tell me how you did!!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Washington, DC USA
Dear Mr. President-Elect,
Hail to the Chief! Congrats to you and yours on a magnificent Presidential win.
Now that it is all behind you, I think you'll probably be sleeping like Santa after Christmas day.
I wanted to be one of the first ones to wish you good luck on the tough road ahead. I know you of all people know that it's not going to be easy. The best part about today, the day after your win, is that there is no more, "your side, my side,"what's left is the hope that we are all on OUR side. I think our country could handle a large dose of that.
There are just a few things I wanted to ask of you. Could you try your best to be a legendary leader? If anybody can do it, you can. Keep us safe from terror domestically and take our troops home so that we don't loose any more of our great men and women. The time has come.
Make us proud. Proud that we have made history in this great country by choosing our first black president, not just for the color of his skin, but for the power of his message. Let your commanding oration be a beacon for all that is possible in this world.
Lead by example and choose your advisers wisely. Never, even once, compromise what is right and good for the sake of being popular. Show the world the resiliency of our powerful nation and help us to get out of this financial mess we are blanketed in.
I don't expect miracles but where you lead I will follow, trusting that you will point us in the right direction.Be a man of integrity. Both home and abroad. Teach us how to be a father and husband, all the while maintaining the most important job in the country.
Most of all, be safe. There are a lot of crazy people out there who are NOT happy you won the election. I will pray for your safety against ignorance.
Thank you in advance for putting your life on the line for us every day you are in office so that we can be inspired.
God bless and godspeed.
Thanks for listening,
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tina Fey inadvertently puts Wellesley, MA business school on the map.
Tina Fey, when accepting her Golden Globe last Sunday, made some unlikely friends with her public "suck-it" acceptance speech at the world-wide televised event. Fey, who began her speech by saying that no matter how good she may feel about herself, the invention known as the Internet works wonders to keep her humble.
"You can find a lot of people there who don't like you," Fey said. "I'd like to address some of them now. Babson-Lacrosse, you can suck it. DianeFan you can suck it. Cougar-Letter you can really suck it, cause you've been after me all year."
Len Schlessinger, president of the small Wellesley business school, Babson College, posted a video response of gratitude on YouTube yesterday, speaking directly to the Hollywood star. Schlessinger, wearing a Babson Lacrosse t-shirt in the vid says, "Hi Tina. As you know over the last couple of days with your response to your Golden Globe Award, you've managed to put this institution on the map in ways that the academic leadership has been incapable of being able to deliver."
He goes on to invite Fey to the college's commencement ceremonies in May and invites her to get to know "the real Babson that loves Tina Fey". Brilliant, free, PR I say, but somehow I think I already know what Tina's response will be.
Chicago man makes the purchase of a lifetime.
Timothy O'Boyle, a 49-year-old Chicago "pizza guy" seems to have found his "golden ticket" when he purchased a used Chrysler 300c back in February 2008. The luxury sedan's previous owner was none other than President-Elect Barack Obama.
"There was a salesman at the dealership who said,'You'd better hang on to that car'.", O'Boyle said. "I said, 'Why?' And he said, 'Because it belonged to Obama.' I said, 'Get outta here'."
O'Boyle bought the fully-loaded car for $24,ooo.oo and yesterday put the car up for auction on ebay. The staring bid on the future Prez's one-time vehicle was $100,000. The listing for the car predicts that it could sell for as high as $1 million.
Obama, who bought the car in 2004 and drove it until 2007, traded it in to "go green", swapping it for the Ford Escape Hybrid.
O'Boyle says he was "almost too scared to drive the thing" and has kept in in a heated storage unit because he couldn't cover the insurance on the what is the true value of the car. Some people have all the luck.
If Sybil were around today.
"The United States of Tara", Showtime's newest critically acclaimed series, debuts on the cable network Sunday night at 10 pm. Created and written by Academy Award winner Diablo Cody, who also wrote "Juno", executive produced by Steven Spielberg, and starring the super talented Toni Collette, this clever series is being hailed as a "delightfully old-fashioned half-hour family sitcom".
Collette, who plays a 40 something suburban mom who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, or in more common terms, multiple personality disorder. Her personalities range from a typical 40+ super mom, to a hormonally challenged 15 year old, to a "redneck bigot", to a 1950's era June Cleaver stand in. Tara is married to a great guy Max (John Corbett of "Sex and the City" fame) and has two teenagers. The pressures of suburban life cause Tara's personalities to emerge to "clean up the messes" Tara can't handle. Movie critics say that Tara's disorder is not the catalyst for the shows comedy, rather it's the actions and reactions of the "healthy" people around her. Enough said. I'm setting the DVR right now.
Ricardo Montalban dies at the age of 88.
Ricardo Montalban, the smooth-talking, suave star, best known for his portrayal as the white suited, Mr. Roarke on TV's "Fantasy Island" died yesterday morning at his home in Los Angeles. Montalban enjoyed a long career in Hollywood, starring in movies and on Broadway stages since 1946. Most recently, he starred as a villain in the 1980's hit, "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" and, "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad".
Somewhere I think St. Peter may be out of a job, because if Heaven is anything like we imagine, Mr. Montalban will be waiting for us, lie in hand, as we arrive.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
It all depends on who you believe. According to People.com, Tommy proposed to Gisele over the weekend with a diamond solitaire . A source close to the couple confirms, "He asked and she accepted".
Then there's my bible, The Boston Herald's Inside Track, who won't believe the second report of an engagement in less than three weeks unless Gi is spotted "sporting bridal bling on her left ring finger". Word has it -get this- “The couple is discussing a huge fashionista event in the spring or a more intimate and quicker ceremony in Costa Rica, where Gisele has a home,” sources said.
Now don't get me wrong, I am happy for My Tommy if he is truly happy. I could care less if he marries Gisele or not. As long as he is suited up for the start of next season, proudly wearing his #12 uniform on the field of Gillette Stadium, in top physical shape, what he does in his spare time is of no concern to me.....I guess. Unless what he does in his spare time becomes a major distraction to the progress of his knee rehabilitation. And "a huge fashionista event" sounds disturbingly distracting. Come to think of it, ever since My Tommy met Gisele things have, shall we say, taken a turn for the worst. I'm sorry to say it Tommy, you know how I love you, but karma's a bitch.
Shall we recap quickly??
Tommy and Bridget Moynahan were in a three year relationship and enjoying the fruits of his three Superbowl championships, when in the fall 2006, the Boston Herald's Inside Track, did a story on Gisele while she was doing some PR work for Victoria Secret at Gillette Stadium during a Patriots game. She is famously quoted as saying to the Inside Track about Tommy:
Monday, January 12, 2009
Rourke spent the better part of the last two decades in a handful of menial roles, never quite able to recapture his Hollywood glory. He returned to his roots as a boxer in the early 90's because, he says, "I had to go back to boxing because I was self-destructing. I had no respect for myself being an actor. So I went back to a profession which really humbled me."
Rourke suffered numerous serious facial injuries while in the ring, and a neurologist convinced him, or rather, forced him to retire. His once chiseled, handsome, actor face became horribly changed and his chance at a comeback in film dangled perilously in question.
In 2005 he had a minor career resuscitation in the 2005 movie "Sin City", and today possesses a Golden Globe Award winning performance as a washed-up, retired pro wrestler in "The Wrestler". Hollywood is buzzing about Mickey and Oscar.
I love a great comeback story and after last night, I made "The Wrestler" one of my top, must-see, movie choices. I must admit, I am more than intrigued by the humbling of this dude who has proven to be quite the enigma.
So I ask you today-Is Mickey badass or what?? Take my poll and let me know-and if you have seen "The Wrestler", I give you permission to write a full review (a la thumbs up or down) in the comments section of this post.
Could this at one time washed up, has-been actor bring home the Oscar?? I, for one, can't wait to find out.
Friday, January 9, 2009
I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate everything you have been doing since I have been down and out. I know it hasn't been easy and you have been my rock! This whole injury has made me realize how much I handle on a daily basis and I certainly wouldn't have it any other way, but the fact that you have stepped in and taken over my role temporarily, makes me realize how lucky we, in this house, all are to have you.
So today, I salute you for being the best boyfriend/temporary Mom/caretaker/chauffeur/my kid's crap taker/my crap taker/the dog's crap cleaner up'er/ in the whole world.
This one is just for you and I think it best illustrates what you have been up against. I want you to know that if it can't be me, you are the only one who is MAN enough for the job! and I mean that with utmost respect possible .
I love you. Thanks again and as mom's go you are a rock star!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Today's Special: A Birthday Tribute: Top Ten Reasons Why I Think Elvis Is Still Alive and Posing As Dr. Zibbs In The Bloggersphere.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Bad Girls Club brings seven self-proclaimed "bad girls" together in a beautiful Los Angeles mansion, and drama reigns supreme. All the girls, ranging in age from 21 to 25, have a unique story, point of view and attitude -- as well as some kind of personal issue that makes them far from perfect. Will living together help them move forward and turn their lives around -- or will chaos rule?
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
(do I win an award here for posting the most unflattering photo of my self in the ambulance?? Someone tell that Grant Miller Media Guy!!)
I am OK today, but SORE as hell! The back of my head and my back are friggin killing me. I broke no bones or ribs-thank god-and have a few minor scrapes and bruises. I have a concussion, which explains my constant dizzyness,unless I am lying down. They gave me a script for Percoset, but I am afraid to take it. Isn't that the stuff that people get addicted to?? No thanks, I'll tough it out with Advil and take my chances. I don't do well with narcotics. I don't like the dizzy feeling and am hoping it will go away soon. The docs say dizzyness is a result of the concussion and should go away in two or three days.
Thank you so much for your well wishes and concern. I swear I wasn't trying to solicit your sympathy or worry you. Super Woman really thought she was going to be ok and back in business after a few hours. The funniest thing was when the paramedic, who was a very cool guy, said to me in the ambulance, "Did you just take a picture of yourself?"
The things we do for our blogger buddies.