Friday, October 30, 2009
Thanks to DC Prep and Susan in the South for tagging me!
1. Answer with 5 answers.
2. Tag 5 favorite bloggers.
1. What were you doing 10 years ago?
it was 1999 and...
-I was a freshman in high school, wow
-Running cross country and flirting with my soon to be high school boyfriend
-Dreaming about getting my drivers license
-Thinking about Homecoming and what to wear...(haha I did this a few weeks ago but for college)
-Watching some serious penn state football (ok, so this one never changes!)
2. What are 5 things on your To Do list today?
-mail Halloween cards for my siblings
-put finishing touches on my Halloween costume, haha I mean start thinking about it
-look extra professional for yearly performance review (failed, i wore a fur vest to work...oops)
-buy wine for halloween party
-dress up for tonight in black, and decide between witch or femme fatale look
3. Snacks you enjoy?
-Cheddar Chex Mix
-Grits, random I know--it's only a phase
-white cheddar popcorn
-Yoplait yogurt, raspberry cheesecake is the best!
-a really good apple
4. Where are 5 places you have lived?
-anddd thats all I've got...for now ;-)
5. What are 5 things you would do if you were a billionaire?
-I would payoff my family's mortgages and then buy a ski house in Utah, a summer house in South Carolina, and an amazing everyday house.
-Give considerably to Red Cross, Brain Tumor Foundation, and Cancer Research
-Travel travel travel
-Work part-time/volunteer at a job I truly loved
-Buy a season football box at UVA and Penn State, throw amazing tailgates
My 5 tags are:
One Preppy Day
A Preppy Girl's Guide to Cross Country Living
Queen Bee Swain
Nautical by Nature
Happy Friday and I hope everyone has a great Halloween weekend!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I love all of the Charlie Brown movies--we used to look forward to seeing them every year. I watched the great pumpkin playing on ABC last night and introduced Bry and Regan to the tradition...
I'm getting excited for the halloween episodes of my favorite shows tonight--and our property people brought in a huge pumpkin filled with candy, and not the dumdums and crappy chocolate kind, really good! candy...urgh. I've been eating milk duds all day--thankfully there was no candy corn or I'd be totally sick right now.
I also went to Target over lunch and found a really cute witch hat, if J Crew made a witch hat it would be this one with rosettes and feathers all over (I couldn't find the picture online). All of target's costumes are 30% off right now so if you're cutting it close there are deals to be had!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I just started using the Philosophy skincare line the last few weeks. I think these products really enrich the softness and quality of your skin, even after a short usage. Though they are a little pricey I would recommend getting the sample packet of items (I got mine from Sephora) including regular skin moisterizer, lip and eye moisterizer, daily wash, microderm packets, and a scrub. Give it a try!
They also have a line of delicious shampoos and body washes~
I also loved! Valentino: The last emperor dvd we watched last night. I ordered it from netflix a while ago and after a rave review from Southern Champagne Wishes I was excited to see it. The movie is documentary style and follows Valentino through his last few shows, including his 45th anniversary show in Rome--which is amazing. It's fun to watch his designs come to life and as an added perk you see all kinds of celebrities throughout the movie at his parties and shows.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Ahh who remembers this scene?
So this is what I'm going for, or something like this--
Does everyone else have their halloween costumes all ready to go?
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
4 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts, cleaned of all sand (4 leeks)
1/4 cup good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cups baby arugula, lightly packed
1/2 cup dry white wine, plus extra for serving
6 to 7 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
3/4 cup heavy cream
8 ounces creme fraiche
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for garnish
Crispy Shallots, recipe follows, optional
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Combine the potatoes and leeks on a sheet pan in a single layer. Add the olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and toss to coat the vegetables evenly. Roast for 40 to 45 minutes, turning them with a spatula a few times during cooking, until very tender. Add the arugula and toss to combine. (I skipped this part) Roast for 4 to 5 more minutes, until the arugula is wilted. Remove the pan from the oven and place over 2 burners. Stir in the wine and 1 cup of the chicken stock and cook over low heat, scraping up any crispy roasted bits sticking to the pan. (A good amount of the leeks got pretty crispy, or black in my case, I threw out the really burnt ones but I think it's expected since they're so thin.)
In batches, transfer the roasted vegetables to a food processor fitted with the steel blade, adding the pan liquid and about 5 cups of the chicken stock to make a puree. Pour the puree into a large pot or Dutch oven. Continue to puree the vegetables in batches until they're all done and combined in the large pot. Add enough of the remaining 1 to 2 cups of stock to make a thick soup. Add the cream, creme fraiche, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper and check the seasonings.
When ready to serve, reheat the soup gently and whisk in 2 tablespoons white wine and 1/4 cup of Parmesan. Serve hot with an extra grating of Parmesan and crispy shallots, if using.
1 1/2 cups olive oil or vegetable oil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 to 6 shallots, peeled and sliced into thin rings
Heat the oil and butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat until it reaches 220 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
Reduce the heat to low, add the shallots, and cook for 30 to 40 minutes, until they are a rich golden brown. The temperature should stay below 260 degrees F. Stir the shallots occasionally to make sure they brown evenly. Remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon, drain well, and spread out to cool on paper towels. Once they have dried and crisped, they can be stored at room temperature, covered, for several days.
Yield: about 1/2 cup
Monday, October 19, 2009
All bundled up and ready to go!
Friday, October 16, 2009
We're also headed up to State College tonight to visit family and see the Lions play Minnesota tomorrow afternoon. I'm soo excited to go, except that it's been snowing! in PA all week and the high on Saturday will be about 30 degrees. I feel like I'm going back to my second alma mater this weekend, after being at UVA for homecoming last weekend. My family has been visiting State College every year since I was born so the campus is like home to me. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
This is my game day outfit, brrr.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
4. You can buy movie tickets, ski passes, and entire vacations! at a discount
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
I have these J Crew cords in a ton of colors. My office is pretty casual so I'll be rockin these with boots all fall/winter.
I am so into scarves--especially cashmere! This Burberry is so soft and timeless. I also found a great organic cotton scarf at H&M, really big and comfy.
A fitted tweed jacket is great with jeans or even this strapless J Crew.
Weekend Recap is coming tomorrow! We had a great time at Homecoming--I even felt like I was back at school, isn't that what homecoming is for anyway?
Friday, October 9, 2009
I'll also be bringing some of these minis along for tailgating--sooo good with Arnold Palmers or just sweet tea!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
6 (3-ounce) chicken cutlets, pounded to evenly flatten
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 paper-thin slices prosciutto
1 (10-ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 (14-ounce) can low-salt chicken broth
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Place the chicken cutlets flat on the work surface. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Lay 1 slice of prosciutto atop each chicken cutlet.
Squeeze the frozen spinach to remove the excess water. Season the spinach with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, toss the spinach with 1 tablespoon of oil to coat.
Arrange an even, thin layer of spinach atop the prosciutto slices. Sprinkle the Parmesan evenly over each. Beginning at the short tapered end, roll up each chicken cutlet as for a jellyroll. Secure with a toothpick.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy large skillet over high heat. Add the chicken and cook just until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Add the chicken broth and lemon juice, and scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium. Cover and simmer until the chicken is just cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter. Simmer the cooking liquid over high heat until it is reduced to about 2/3 cup, about 5 minutes. Season the cooking liquid with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove toothpicks from the chicken. Drizzle the reduced cooking liquid over the chicken and serve immediately.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Once again my Nittany lions came out on top--it will no longer be too emotionally damaging to post images such as these (let's just say I've been a little down about the Iowa loss two weeks ago):
Sunday was the Wine Festival in Richmond. The weather was beautiful. We drank wine for 3! hours--I can't believe I made it that long. Tons of local wineries were there doing tastings, I love Virginia wine! The Cabot cheese people were also there...probably the main reason I was able to sustain all that wine drinking. I must have eaten at least a block of cheese yesterday, tipsyness + cheese= lots of cals. I tried horseradish cheese for the first time--amazing!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Loving the J Crew bubble necklace--even with all the gray and black for winter this will spruce up some of black tops!
Lilly Pulitzer Bee flats--these will look great with jeans this fall. They are in need of some serious wearing in though.
Hunter Lady Boots--these are on the wishlist for now!
Have a great weekend everyone! Ours will consist of the usual Costco run--exciting, I know, Chinese food takeout--I've been craving this all week for some reason, college football Saturday, and wine festivalness--I can't wait, it's been such a long week!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Trips to the Orchard to pick some of these--and apple cider! There might be some serious pie baking in our apt this fall.
Homecoming at UVA!! I can't wait to see old college friends and tailgate all day--
And Halloween--yum look at that candy corn. I'm also notoriously bad at costumes, I should have started planning months ago. I was always that girl 3 hours before a date function that needed an idea and an outfit STAT!