Saturday, February 28, 2009

Oh, Sadie!

A little update on Miss Sadie....

Sadie has been inside a lot this winter. Let me clarify - inside on a bed on the tile floor next to the door. I am NOT excited about having her inside, but she was constantly crying net to the door and it became quite annoying. So, I gave in.

She is really good about staying in her bed while we do things around the house. As SOON AS SPRING COMES, she is out!! HAHA!

Here's some pics from her first days in the house!
She started out doing really well! Only her paws off the bed here! (Yes, I'm that anal)
Then she got bored....
....really bored.
....then in trouble (notice she won't look me in the eye)
.....and she got a little sneaky.



video
....and finally a little crazy! She's trying to hide her bone (from me, apparently) under her blankie.

We're going to EUROPE!!!

......again!

Yes, we've decided to take another vacation before we have any kiddos.

As of right now, we're planning a 10-12 day vacation and we're thinking it will be the end of July or early August. Until we get vacation time worked out with both our jobs, a specific date won't be set.

Our itinerary includes:
Dublin, Ireland
London, UK
Paris, France
Interlaken, Switzerland
Berlin, Germany
and.....possibly Amsterdam.

I am still in the planning stages. Yes, it sounds like a lot of countries in few days, but we're up for the challenge! We're planning two days in Dublin, London, Paris and Berlin and possibly one day in Interlaken and Amsterdam.

I found a great deal on 15 day Eurail train pass so we can travel AS MUCH as we want in these countries! It makes the cost of the trip much more affordable.

SUPER EXCITING!!
If anyone has any advice or tips on traveling in these countries (or in general), let me know!!

Just call me Giada!!

Well, today I decided that I would actually get off the couch and DO SOMETHING! For the past several weekends, I will admit that cable had taken over and I had been forced to watch great re-runs of old tv sitcoms, cooking shows and.....dare I say it.....reality tv. Yes, some days I didn't even venture from my pajamas. Yikes. :(

This weekend, however, I decided to be a productive person. This morning, I went grocery shopping after planning all of my meals for the next two weeks, making my grocery list and double-checking that I needed everything on my list. So....off to Dillons I went.
No, it's not my grocery shopping that made me "productive" today, it was what I did after putting away my groceries that might surprise you!

I MADE RAVIOLI FROM SCRATCH!!!
AND I'M GOING TO SHARE MY ADVENTURE WITH YOU!

Now, remember (or for those who don't know me, I'll tell you) that I am NOT the greatest cook. I can bake up a storm, but actually cooking food-food is not my strength. I am the girl that burns chili, undercooks the vegetables and overcooks the noodles. Thanks goodness the Hubs has gotten pretty acquainted with my cooking.

So....let the adventure begin!
First - the recipe!! I found the recipe I used through www.Wikihow.com

Ingredients for the dough: 3 cups of flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 cup oil, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup water and some extra flour for dusting your ravioli and the counter so it doesn't stick! Also, you can add seasonings to your dough for a little extra flavor.Ingredients for the filling: 700 grams ricotta cheese, 2 eggs, and a little salt/pepper (to your liking). You could also add spinach, mushrooms or anything else you might like in your ravioli!

Other things you might need: rolling pin, circle cookie cutter or a round glass, clean counter top, 2 mixing bowls with spooons, and a fork.

Now for the good part.....

1. Make your filling first and set it aside in the refrigerator (covered) while you make your dough.2. To make the dough, first beat your two eggs with a fork. Mix in your water, oil & salt.3. Add your flour a little at a time and stir with a fork.
4. Knead your dough and then sprinkle a little flour on your counter so the dough won't stick and roll out your dough pretty thin. The recipe says 1/8 inch.

5. After the dough is rolled out, you can use a glass or cookie cutter to cut our your circles.

6. Grab your filling from the refrigerator.
7. Wet the edges of your circles - this will help make sure there is a good seal when folding!
8. Dollop some of the filling into the middle of one of your circles and fold the sides together. The first couple of times you do it, you'll learn how much to put in. You don't want your filling coming out all of the sides - so go easy on it!9. Press the sides firmly together and set aside.
10. After you've made quite a few, go back and dust your ravioli with flour and use your fork to seal the edges.
I halved the recipe and ended up with 32 total. I also had LOTS of filling let over. (I actually used the rest of the ricotta filling in lasagna for dinner!)
I am put my ravioli in the freezer for a rainy day, but you can put it straight into boiling water for 5-6 minutes (or until they float). Then all you need is to add your marinara sauce!!


Viola!! Just call me Giada!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Hmm.....

saw this on Rachel's blog at Girl Learning along the Way and want to do it too!!!


Here's the rule: Bold the things you've done & post on your blog!

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyworld

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma. Haha....right! Needles + Me = hives, then passing out

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book - had work in a published book, though!

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year's Eve

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee