Menu of the Day
Quote: Edited to finally add a quote: "It was then i knew that often the greatest of sins are not the things we do, but the things we fail to do." -- from "Chasing Grace" by Martha Manning.
How many books i purchased this week: 5
How many books i've read on vacation: i think 5 (Now i've read 6!) (Now i have read 7!) (Updated on July 25 - i am up to 8.)
How many iTunes i've bought: nothing, but i'm considering Wilco's new one. It sounds like George Harrison. (My favorite Beatle, if i had one).
Confession: It's after 5:00 pm and i finally put on some real clothes. And actually they aren't even real clothes, they are running attire.
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Here are my vacation photos, taken in the past couple of days. (Y'all are gonna be SO jealous!Especially my friends who have been to China and Japan and Hawaii and New York just recently!) In the pool photo you can see my front door and the flag. It was a cool day today when i shot this and that's why the pool is empty. This is my unmade bed. I took that today too. (I should have taken a photo of the TV with CNN's Michael Jackson's coverage! )
I don't have anything to muse on about today, but i might come back and edit this later to add some. I just wanted to change my blog. What are y'all doing?
Edited to add the photo of this pasta i made last night. It's a Giada recipe from Food Network's website. It's got fresh clams from the Farmer's market, shrimp, arugla and sun dried tomatoes in a wine sauce. (It about killed me to pour 1 1/2 cups of good chardonnay in the pan, which is nearly half a bottle. I didn't read the measurements or i would have bought a cheaper bottle.)
I just got my haircut today with bangs. I have NOT had bangs for about 10 years and i like them alot. So Brian took a photo and it's not often i like a photo of myself, but this one i do. so i'm posting it here even though it shows my whole face which is going against my signature of blog self portraits.
The margaritas i made today too are also pictured. Here is my recipe:
1. 1 orange, the size of a baseball, not the size of a softball
2. 1 lime, the size of a lime
3. 2 shots of Hornitos agave tequila (if you have Patron, all the better, but not necessary!)
4. 1 shot of triple sec OR Cointreau (Also not necessary because it's more expensive, but it IS better.)
5. a splash of Roses lime juice (found in the stores)
6. a splash of something carbonated - like squirt, fresca or sparkling water
7. Grand Marnier (for last)
a) Peel the oranges and the limes and slice them into sections (something i learned today from my resourceful friend Sarah/louie louie, who is also learning to make margaritas today like we had in the Mexican restaurant yesterday during happy hour....
anyway, muddle these naked citrus fruits in the bottom of a glass (if you don't like pulp, use a shaker, personally i like some pulp.)
b) add the ice.
c) Add the shots
d) Add the splashes of Roses and carbonated soda pop
e. SHAKE IT LIKE A POLAROID PICTURE. (And take a picture while you are doing it. It will be a FUN photo!)
f) Pour it NOT into one of those stupid weenie margarita glasses, but in a 16 oz beer glass.
float a splash of grand marnier on top - serve with a slice of orange or lime for a garnish.
It's the best!
Depending on if you like salt on the rim (I do) dip your glass in the orange/lime juice from the cutting board and into the margarita salt (also purchased at grocery stores, but be careful not to let it cake up too much on the rim, that's not cool.)