Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 244

As I walked to my car tonight...it happened...snow.  Oh no!  Yes, I realize that tomorrow is December 1st. That doesn't matter though, because it's still summer (or at least fall) in my mind!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 243

Cyber Monday came and went and I didn't purchase a single item.  Did you buy any goodies?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 242

My Christmas tree and decorations are UP! :)
Ryne shared some of his pumpkin cheesecake with me.  Wow, it's really good!  I might have to take a shot at making one of my own.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Day 241

I love that today is only Saturday.  Sleeping in + movie + Bub's for lunch = best idea.  Also, if you haven't been yet, you've got to try Bub's Burgers.  They're great!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Day 240

Black Friday!  Ooooh yeah, I'm one of those people. :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day 239

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends, family, and blog readers!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 238

Ryne and I went to the Straight No Chaser concert tonight with Stephanie and Chris, then met up with Kristen at Kilroy's (Indy).  Ran into a bunch of familiar faces, which is always fun.  :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 237

Remember Halloween?  Yeah, that was almost a month ago.  Well, I decided to try my hand at baking these cute little mummy cookies.  They weren't the best or worst thing ever, and I definitely learned a few things.  Scroll along for a photo tutorial...

I got to use my new Silpat for the first time!  I just used a circle cookie cutter.  I'd advise adding some sort of flavoring to the cookies or the icing.  They were pretty bland as the point is presentation, not flavor.  Why not go for both, ya know?

Ooooh, golden brown.  This is what I like to see!

The original recipe tells you how to make royal icing.  I bought a pre-made dry ingredient bag while at Ms. B's Sweet Supplies.  Thought process: let's not make my first attempt at this any harder than it has to be.

The original recipe also made the "skin" black.  I don't have any of the good food coloring gel in black (yet), so I figured a good, creepy green would still do the trick.

Oh yes, I love my new cooling racks.  They can stack ON TOP of each other.  Totally awesome.
These little guys have the best version of the royal icing.  You can actually tell that they're bandages!

I added some red to look like cuts/gashes.  I had a bunch of leftover red icing.  As I went along, the icing looked less and less like I'd have enough.  I added a little water, but that ended up being too much, and the icing wasn't as stiff.

Everyone kept asking me if they were supposed to be little Santa cookies.  No, no they are not Santa cookies.  Darn it.

Some red eyes to up the creepy factor.

The best version of the royal icing.  Isn't he cute? :)

The original that I was attempting to recreate.  You can find the recipe here on Annie's Eats.  She's a fantastic baker, cook, and blogger right here in Indy.  Plus, she's a mom and a doctor!  Whew.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 236

I'm honing in on my Super Mario on Wii skillz.  Better watch out!  Let's a-go!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Day 235

Today's weather was actually pretty great, considering we're in mid-November.  It was warm enough to stand being outside to plant my bulbs for spring.  Dad helped, so it went a LOT faster!  I made Grandpa a pineapple upside-down cake for his birthday (we went out to eat on his bday).  Unfortunately, it was kind of bland.  I think I added too much flour.  That kind of thing happens when I'm tired and watching a movie while trying to bake.  Whoops!  Definitely still worth eating, so I'm calling it a win for me.  I was totally afraid I'd flip it over and it'd fall apart or be runny or something.  Whew!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day 234

I had a great party tonight!  I love having everyone over.  It really is just a great excuse for me to do the following: learn how to make new dishes, wear random outfits (I always have a theme), clean the house, and see my friends.  We also christened my newly remodeled fire pit.  It's totally rad.  :o)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Day 233

I worked the WZPL Make-A-Wish Request-A-Thon today, and had a great time.  It was hilarious trying to get credit card numbers via the (old school) phones while everyone behind you is SCREAMING and cheering (rightfully so).  The goal was $250,000 and to grant 40 wishes.  They ended up with $415,000+ and granted 70 wishes.  WOW.  It was additionally awesome because I walked out with 3 entire pizzas and two huge things of carrot cake from Scotty's.  All in all, a fun night.  THEN (yes, there's more!) Ryne and I went and had game night with some friends.  Whew, and that was just Friday!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I know your name
I got your number
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Day 232.  I love cookbooks and online cookbook-y resources.  They're just great.  :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I don't wanna wake before
The dream is over
I'm gonna make it mine
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Day 231.  We went out for Grandpa's birthday tonight, and ran into a familiar face!  I love when that happens.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I might need help to see the good things
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Day 230.  Apparently, 6:00pm in Indiana during autumn = pitch black.  It seriously looks like it's midnight out there! The rain doesn't help matters...

Monday, November 15, 2010

So raise your glass if you are wrong
In all the right ways, all my underdogs
We will never be, never be anything but loud
And nitty gritty, dirty little freaks
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Day 229.  Have you ever had a day where you wake up with really achy muscles?  That was this morning.  I'm still sore in the back and arm region, but otherwise I'm a-ok.  Trying to get my house ready for this weekend's partaaaay.  :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

You're gonna catch a cold
From the ice inside your soul
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Day 228.  I think this is the latest (in the year) that I've done a photo shoot.  I had fun hanging out with baby Max...he's pretty cute.  Football Sunday continues on as I write this.  :)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Want you to make me feel like I'm the only girl in the world
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Day 227.  I attended my church's 2nd annual chili cook-off tonight, and competed with about 17 other chili entries.  Sadly, I didn't win, but RaeAnn did!  She got a pretty sweet basket full of goodies. :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Yeah, it's plain to see
That baby you're beautiful
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Day 226.  Triple dates are great, as is unseasonably warm weather. :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

If we could party all night
And sleep all day
And throw all of my problems away
My life would be eaaaaaasy
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Day 225.  Ooooh weee, I can't wait to have some caramel hot chocolate soon!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Baby, it's been a long day, baby
Things ain't been going my way
You know I need you here
To clear my mind all the time
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Day 224.  Exciting possibilities are on the horizon... :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Let me fill your heart with joy and laughter
Togetherness, well it's all I'm after
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Day 223.  I'm partially through the finale of Project Runway.  The suspense is killin' me! ;)  I'm excited to finish watching it, whenever that time comes.  :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

You know what you do to me
You light up
You light up the dark and
You're all the good within me
My heart is filled
Rebuilt
Be good to me, be good to me
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Day 222.  Daylight savings time has kicked in, and now I want to go to sleep way earlier than before.  This is really only concerning since I have a TON of bulbs and plants to get in the ground before it's sub zero outside.  Might be a little problematic if it's dark outside when I get home from work!  Yikes.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Come with me to a place that's by the sea
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Day 221.  Happy Birthday to my dad!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

I want to be a lion
Everybody wants to pass as cats
We all want to be big big stars, but we got different reasons for that
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Day 220.  So... I made a pink cake for my friend's 30th birthday party.  She loves pink, and she loved the cake.  However, in the cosmetic aspect, it didn't exactly turn out as planned.  I had some issues with the cake: not totally flat (good to have it flat for a 2 layer cake), crack / split down the middle (probably because I didn't let it cool long enough), and it hit the side of the glass dome of the cake stand (I didn't really think about the lid when I was starting out with icing.  So, dear friends of mine, learn from my mistakes so your baked goods are tasty AND pretty.  Oh, and this was a pink almond party cake; at least that's what it was called on the recipe. :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Lead me
Love me and feed me
Kiss me and free me
I will feel blessed
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Day 219.  Mmm, pizza, a movie, and some wine (well, OJ for me...it wasn't my kinda wine).  :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

And all I've got to say, yeah
Is your love's extra ordinary
You're extra ordinary, baby
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Day 218.  Just heard about the New Kids on the Block AND Backstreet Boys tour that starts next year! Ahhhh, I can't wait to see where they'll tour.  Keeping my fingers crossed for Indy!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thank you for being a friend
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Day 217.  Vanilla Bean Cheesecake isn't as boring as I was anticipating it would be.  It was actually quite delicious.  Of course, I've only had it at TGI Friday's, so I can't speak for all versions.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Can't be a queen bee without a bee throne
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Day 216.  Meeh.

Monday, November 1, 2010

I'm a lady so I must stay classy
Got to keep it hot, keep it together
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Day 215.  I got on the elliptical today, woo hoo!  It's been a week that I've been trying to get on it.  I made time for it today, albeit 15 minutes.  Whatever, I've got to start somewhere.  My legs feel better already; got them out of that 90 degree angle that they're in all day in a desk chair!

P.S. Tell someone in your life how much you love and appreciate them today, ok?  If that's too weird, say a prayer for them.  None of us are perfect and could always use a few extra prayers. :o)

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