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Introducing…

March 14th, 2011 · Baby, Current Events

You are not seeing things. That is an ultrasound of our baby. Pete and I are expecting a little girl this July!  I am 23 weeks today and she is perfect.  Many of you know that we stopped fertility treatment last July after our IVF with egg donor cycle failed. We had tried everything and we accepted that having our own child was not going to happen.  We prayed that God would help us accept this and maybe we could look at adoption a year from now. Pete took the job in Northern Virginia and we bought a house. I had decided to go to graduate school and work part-time.   After settling into the new house,  I wasn’t feeling well and I thought I had kidney problems.  Pete was joking and told me I was pregnant. I dismissed him but then I thought about it and my period was really late. Two sticks later, we are making an appointment with an ob/gyn.  Dr. Wolfe confirmed that we are pregnant and all I can say is miracles do happen.  It has been two months since she gave us the good news and as of our ultrasound today Charlotte Grace is perfect and should be arriving around July 12th!

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100 Books

January 17th, 2011 · Books

I have decided once again to try to read 100 books during the year. This means reading an average of eight and a half books each month. I managed to read fifty seven new books last year. Between the fertility treatment and relocating, books took a backseat in my life. I am not sure what will happen this year, but I plan to do it with a book in hand. I have already read five books this month:

Artist of the Beautiful by J.D. Landis

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Roses by Leila Meacham

I really enjoyed Fall of Giants and Roses. The other books were just not my cup of tea.  As usual, if you have a recommendation for a good book, let me know!

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Happy New Year

January 1st, 2011 · Uncategorized

The last few days I have been reflecting on our life for the past year. We said goodbye to our cat Little One after 14 years of companionship. We made it through two failed IVF attempts and then came to the painful conclusion that having a baby was not going to happen for us. We decided to pick up and move back to Virginia. This allowed Pete to accept a new job and we bought a new home in the process. Through it all I found I never loved my husband more and I am blessed to have an amazing family and a group of friends that I can count on no matter what. There was a lot of pain in the last year but also a lot of love. I look forward to the New Year and I wish that everyone finds their way through the tough times of the year to see the good that helps us through those times. Happy New Year!

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Foodzie

December 30th, 2010 · Uncategorized

I found Foodzie while looking for Bacon Jam which I had read about in an article about different foods made from bacon.  I love the concept of people who love food finding great food all around the country and putting it into a simple website where I can look and order what appeals to me. I needed a Christmas gift for my husband’s grandfather and I found the perfect gift of roasted pistachios in a cool serving basket.  It was easy to order the gift and most importantly it was shipped to me in time for Christmas. I have been thinking of signing up for their tasting box, which they will send a box of their favorite finds for the month. Kinda like wine of the month but with yummy food!

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Just Lovely…

December 16th, 2010 · Uncategorized

I was looking around on Etsy today and I fell in love with this Giclee print by Christine Lindstrom. The print can by found in her Etsy shop Mai Autumn.

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Life…Always Changing.

November 30th, 2010 · Uncategorized

The last few months have just been crazy. In August, Pete accepted a job offer in Northern Virginia. We have enjoyed living in New Jersey but we missed living in the land of sweet tea, country music, and 50 million places to buy Pho.  He had to start the job in September, so he relocated to Virginia without me.  Once again, our friend Scott adopted Pete during our separation and very nicely let Pete stay with him and his wife. I was alone in NJ with two crazy cats. They didn’t want to let me sleep and decided 3am was the perfect time to run a derby around the house. We took advantage of the housing market and bought a cute Cape Cod in Falls Church. I completed the move a week before Thanksgiving.  Things are slowly coming together and I am getting some sleep.

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Tomato Basil Pesto Pasta Salade

August 5th, 2010 · Food

photo by: dunham_1

I love the Tomato Basil Pesto Pasta Salade made at La Madeleine Cafe.  While living in Austin, we would go there for lunch, meetings, and book club. I loved nothing better than getting a half of a Chicken Salade Croissant and a side of their amazing pasta salade.  Unfortunately I no longer live in proximity to a La Madeleine. I searched for the recipe and came up empty. So I decided to play around with the ingredients to see if I could recreate my favorite. I think I have it!

Tomato Basil Pesto Pasta Salad

1 box Farfalle (Bow Tie) pasta

1/4 cup chopped sweet onion

1/4 cup chopped fresh sweet basil

1/4 cup chopped fresh spinach

3 Roma tomatoes, diced

6 sun dried tomato halves packed in olive oil, finely chopped

2 Tablespoons of Amore Concentrated Basil Pesto

1/3 cup Brianna’s Home style Asiago Caesar Dressing or any other creamy Caesar dressing

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Salt and Pepper

Follow the directions on the back of the pasta box and cook pasta until it is firm. Drain and set aside to cool down.  While the pasta is cooling, prep the other ingredients. In a large bowl combine the onion, basil, spinach, diced tomato, sun dried tomato, and basil pesto.  Fold in the cooled pasta. Add the Caesar dressing and half of the cheese. Taste. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Add in the remaining cheese and toss.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

If you want to go all out, make your own Caesar Dressing and Basil Pesto! I found it easier and cheaper to buy these items. Also I would go easy on adding the salad dressing to make sure it suits your taste. You might add more dressing after the salad has set for a few hours.

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Favorite Things

July 24th, 2010 · Uncategorized

I saw this platter at Mod Cottage in Rehoboth Beach, DE. The platter is made of melamine and features a scrimshaw whale graphic. I fell in love and I am blessed that my Aunt Linda bought me the platter for my birthday!  I also found the platter on the Red Barn Mercantile for $32.95

I was reading O Magazine and there was an article about books that you should steal from your teenagers. I decided to try this book from the list and I was not disappointed! I quickly bought the second book in the trilogy and the final book is coming out next month. I have it on order. The Hunger Game series will suck you in!

During the Christmas holiday I received a bag of Dale and Thomas French Onion popcorn. I fell in love with the popcorn but not the price. I followed a link on their site to Popcorn Indiana and I found my new love…Aged White Cheddar Kettlecorn!  It is savory and cheesy.  There is nothing better than throwing in a movie and grabbing a bowl of this popcorn! I have found the popcorn at Whole Foods, KMart, and WalMart.

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Summer Reading

May 31st, 2010 · Books

I have really enjoyed two books recently and I thought I would suggest them to everyone for their summer reading.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

The Meaning of Night: A Confession by Michael Cox

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Glee- Madonna Tribute

May 9th, 2010 · Uncategorized

LOVE THIS!

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