Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
My good friend Sara just posted her 5 goals for 2010, part 1. I think keeping the list concise and aiming for half of the year at a time is a great idea. A June check-in is just what I will need, since short-term goals always seem much easier to obtain anyway, right? So here it goes...
1. Make my bed every morning. It's amazing how much better it is to come home to a made bed.
2. Take some sort of a creative class or workshop once a month.
3. Never eat McDonald's again. All year. Even on a road trip. Even when my coworkers make an afternoon ice cream run. Even when I'm hungover and offered McD's breakfast. Never, ever.
4. Take Louie (my dog) for a 20 minute walk each night (even when the temp is single digits) instead of running him out the door to potty and rushing him back in. Good for me and for him!
5. Research greener cleaning products and methods for the house, THEN make a cleaning schedule & keep up with it regularly.
What are your newest 5 goals or things you want to do or learn this year?
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I know I promised a review of my dinner at Topolobampo and luckily it was all it was cracked up to be!
For dinner, I opted for the whole mole tasting menu (it was my birthday after all) and it was amazing! It included five mole dishes...
Tamal estilo Misantla, Mole Verde Oaxaqueno (Creamy polenta-style corn masa tamal with herby Oaxacan green mole):
Conejo Almendrado (Roasted rack of Gunthorp rabbit and almond milk-braised leg in Oaxacan estofado almendrado -- my FIRST rabbit experience):
Puerco en Clemole (Roasted "Pata Negra" pork in old-fashioned clemole castellano -- dark dried chiles, pecans, pinenuts, hazelnuts, avocado leaf):
An AMAZING Chocolate Mole with chocolate cake balls, coconut ice cream, etc. (sorry no pics)
The complexity of flavors in both the soup and each of the moles was indescribable. I have never had such layered and sophisticated flavors in a Mexican meal in my life, and probably never will again since I'm unsure of the next we'll splurge to go back. I will however, try the more affordable and casual Frontera Grill in the future. They share a kitchen and a drink menu.
I finally sat down tonight and changed from my original polka dot blogger template to a much cleaner, less crammed version of my former blog. I think it will feature my photos better in future posts to come and it just felt like time for a refresh.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Today is my 29th birthday (yes, the last year in my twenties) and my wonderful husband Dave is taking me to eat tonight at Topolobampo!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Yesterday, I ordered two little work goodies for myself online from Paper Source, and they are so snappy with their delivery that I had them on my doorstep today! I guess it doesn't hurt that I only live 3 miles from their headquarters :-)
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I almost feel silly posting this since they required virtually no effort on my part, but yesterday I opened a box of Barefoot Contessa Coconut Macaroon Mix which I bought a few months ago from Crate & Barrel.
Friday, January 8, 2010
I'm officially on the hunt for a vintage manual typewriter that is still in working condition. I am not a highly knowledgeable collector, so the age and brand are not that important to me. I do however have three criteria.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Today, I had jury duty and I needed a way to fill my time. Since my favorite past-time is normally online shopping, and I was sure to be without a wi-fi connection, I brought all of my latest catalogs along so I could browse those instead. And wouldn't you know it, I have dog-ears in every one of them! Whether I purchase these items is another story, but I thought I'd still feature a few of my faves particularly from Williams Sonoma & cb2.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
It's rare that I will recommend a nail polish, because quite frankly I generally neglect my poor nails. They are not very strong and don't grow very long, so manicures often fall low on the priority list for me. When I do get a manicure however, I rarely fall in love with a color as much as I have with my current selection.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
This time last year we hosted some friends for a game night, and tonight we plan to do the same!
Friday, January 1, 2010
This Christmas Dave gave me two of my new favorite things...