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Category: me

05/30/06 09:45 - 73ºF - ID#24989

Perfect week

In the past week, I traveled to Europe for the first of hopefully several times. We spent a week in Ireland, scurrying to Northern Ireland for a few days in the middle. We saw coasts and hills, ate huge breakfasts, met interesting people, and had a blast shopping in their grocery stores. After 1500 km., dozens of hair-raising, stomach-churning and nail-biting blind curves, 5 B&Bs, and thousands of pictures, my new husband and I have made it back to the States safe and sound.
I'll be posting the best of our Ireland pictures to my flickr account as soon as we unpack our bags, send off the thank you notes, and reunite with the puppy.
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Category: lost

05/18/06 08:40 - 55ºF - ID#24988

Let your compass guide you

Any other Lost fans out there?
I love the "easter eggs" the producers keep releasing into the wild. Let your compss guide you
and previously Bad Twin , Oceanic Air and the Hanso Foundation
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Category: gadgets

05/16/06 07:10 - 57ºF - ID#24987

Digital Cameras

I need to buy a digital camera. Like, right now. There is a really important event coming up that I need one for, and our HP 635 has decided to crap out on us at a most unfortunate time. We've had nothing but problems with it, mostly with the lack-of-battery life, and now it's just dead.
Has anyone seen any local deals on one? We need to get an SD card too - I'm thinking a 256 MB or 512 MB, whatever has a better rebate. I don't have a ton of cash to throw at this, and I've resigned myself to spending about $200, including the SD card.
I will not buy another HP camera.
Last year we had to buy a digital camcorder as a gift (long story), and that worked out really well. I'm hoping the same thing happens this time. If I had more time I would have researched, and compared, and I do feel silly. But as Jack Bauer (WIKIPEDIA - Jack Bauer) would say, "we're running out of time." Any thoughts on where I should go to blindly hand over my credit card are appreciated.
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Category: beauty

05/15/06 02:17 - 64ºF - ID#24986

Sugar Plum

Not that I'm usually a person who gives nto the cult of consumerism . . .
But . . .
there is something quite powerful about buying an overpriced lipstick (sugar plum) and eyeshadow

Many thanks to my shopping buddy M for her dedicated research and worthy advice.
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Category: food

05/09/06 07:36 - 73ºF - ID#24985

Kara's Ro Ro Rollups

This was inspired by the latest Wegman's Menu magazine. They showed a picture of their pre-made wraps alongside a delicious pasta salad. I recreated both, though I will only show the recipe for the wraps here.
1/4 jar roasted red peppers
deli-sliced roast beef
thin sliced provolone cheese
tortilla shells / wraps, go for a fun flavor like spinach or sun-dried tomato
spinach, chopped roughly
Dice the roasted red peppers and allow them to drain on a paper towel.
Lay the tortilla shells flat on a plate. Layer the cheese, then the spinach (or other leafy green), then the roasted red peppers, then the roast beef.
Roll tightly from one end, leaving the seam side down.
Place 4-5 toothpicks in the roll.
Slice on an angle.
Trim the ends where no filling is present.

Bring the plate to the table.

That's it. If you think it would be too dry for your tastes, a thin layer of spiced up mayo (try paprika) or a small bowl of vinaigrette dressing for dipping would help.
Mostly I just love the name I came up with for this. ROast beef. ROasted Red Peppers. Outstanding.
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Category: potpourri

05/05/06 11:45 - 59ºF - ID#24984

What I'm reading

Gluten Free Girl - not because I want to be on a gluten-free diet - I love flour - but because a diet based on veggies and fruits, especially with summer and farmer's markets just around the corner, is appealing to me. - for obvious reasons.
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Category: potpourri

05/02/06 08:40 - 65ºF - ID#24983

Random Stuff

A random link
I like the egg one the most.

I talked with my grandpa on the phone just a few minutes ago. This may not seem like a big deal to most people, but the man has been terribly hard-of-hearing since before I was born. State-of-the-art hearing aids (digital, no less) help him hear normal conversation, as long as you talk directly toward him slowly and clearly. We just got them a cell phone, and the volume on it is loud enough for him to hear and comprehend. We had an entire conversation where I didn't have to repeat myself - that's not something I remember happening often.
So, thank you, cell phone company maker. You've given my grandpa the chance to be one of the cool kids and whip out a cell phone to hold obnoxious conversations in public places.
Wait until I teach him how to text message. Look out, world. They already know how to email and send IMs; this will make them much more dangerous :)

And finally, more proof that the current administration is well into its campaign to destroy the US health care system. Kudos, esteemed senators. I bet taking away access to mammograms in every state, well-child care in most states and dozens of other life saving procedures makes your corporate overlords happy.
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Category: design

05/02/06 12:18 - 67ºF - ID#24982

New Design

Medaille College has a new design.

The concept came from a communications firm, but the code is all from me (with several generous assists from sites with cool, free javascript).
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Category: food

05/01/06 07:37 - 69ºF - ID#24981

Cheesecakey Goodness again?

trying this again . ..
Since the dishwasher is on the fritz, again, and I can't run water through my sink, this recipe will have to wait until I have my kitchen back.
Until then, here's a recipe that's incredibly easy and really really bad for you.
12-18 vanilla wafers (((e:matthew)) - to make this glutenfree, I think you could use an equivalent crust of crushed nuts and butter)
2 8-oz. packages of cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
the twist I want to try - 1/2 - 1 tsp of raspberry extract
topping (any fruit, any pie filling, chocolate, nuts, go wild)
Line muffin tins with foil liners. Put a wafer (or nut crust) at the bottom of each.
Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and eggs until creamy. Pour mix over wafer until cups are 3/4 full. Bake at 325 for 25 minutes.
Top with topping of your choice when cooled.
Makes 12-18 cakes.
I won't take credit for coming up with this recipe, but I will say that I could have eaten a dozen of them in one sitting.
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Category: food

04/25/06 07:53 - 45ºF - ID#24980

Kitchen Woes

Thanks to very generous friends and family, I am now in possession of many new kitchen utensils. I even have a new cookbook, and since Sunday I've been inspired to bake giant muffins in my giant muffin tin, create casseroles in my pyrex pans, and make more granola with my new jelly roll pan. I had even looked up a few gluten-free recipes to make (e:matthew) happy.
Alas, it was not to be. The god of plumbing has chosen to smite our house, and whenever we run the kitchen faucet or dishwasher, gross water backs up through the downstair's neighbor's drain. This is most unpleasant. It's not anything in our drain and I don't know enough about plumbing to know what to do. Hopefully the plumber can come tomorrow and make it all work again. At least we can use the bathroom. I did manage to cook up some pasta this evening, and remembered to strain it into the bathtub. That was really weird.
Look for more recipes later this week. I plan to make a roast chicken, honey balls, crazy chocolate cake, and something involving rice.
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mike said to grandma
I'm so glad you made it safely!...

mike said to grandma
I'm so glad you made it safely!...

joe said to grandma
OMG welcome!...

joe said to mike
New years resolution to top (e:strip)?...