Saturday, August 29, 2009

Fresh Flowers

Is it just me or do fresh flowers just make you happy!? I really don't buy flowers unless I'm hosting something at my house. But oh how I enjoy them once the festivities are over! These have just gotten prettier and prettier! And they motivate me to keep my dining room table cleaned off, which is the place that catches EVERYTHING, especially clean and folded laundry. Putting away clean laundry is my nemesis! It is my most dreaded domestic duty! And Hubby always gives me a hard time about "our second dresser". AND once I was visiting with my sister's neighbor (who both live in my neighborhood - or we live in theirs?) was saying how she wants to come see my house sometimes and that she drives by and always looks in the windows and loves our big piles of laundry. I was like....
So, it's official! I'll spend the 10 bucks every couple of weeks or longer and keep my table clean!
Hmmmmmm, I just thought about it further. Yes, my table has been clean all week. However, I haven't done laundry all week. So maybe the flowers inhibit doing the laundry. Either way, I like it!! (But I'm paying for it today!)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Naughty or Nice? Boudoir Special

Date: October 3, 2008

This is an ALL inclusive price!! Here's what you get:

  • 1 hour session (2-3 wardrobe changes) in a luxury suite at a Dallas hotel (email me and I'll tell you which one)

  • 20 page 5x7 custom album (complete with custom cover) featuring 20 - 35 images chosen from your online gallery

  • refreshments (champagne and fruit)

Please email me to book your session and find out more details!


Edited to add: If you can't do October 3rd, but would still like to do it, email me and let me know so we can possibly schedule another date! Also, chat it up with your friends and book back to back time slots!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Chicken Salad Recipe

Like always, I find something I like and make it into the ground! My latest offense, North Shore Chicken Salad. I first tasted this mixture of deliciousness when I was working at Children's. One of the dietitians brought it to a pot luck and holy moley, I was in LOVE! Another dietitian said really loud during the lunch, I'll never forget, "I love the way this feels in my mouth!" To which all the other dietitians laughed and replied, "That's called mouthfeel!" So bottom line, it has great mouthfeel, which is a dietitian tag word, so you might not totally appreciate that story, but I thought it was so funny!! It also has great color, so its presentation is beautiful!OK, here's the original recipe online.

But here's how I make it, mostly the same, but with just a couple modifications. And I always make a big batch, so you could totally half this and be set! But it's a little bit of work, so I like to get my money's worth, so to speak.

6 chicken breasts, boiled and cubed
2 boxes of long grain and wild rice, cooked
2 bell peppers, red and yellow
4 green onions, chopped
1 bag of shelled edamame* (or two bags of edamame that you have to shell yourself)
*You could substitute sugar snap peas, cut in half. That's what the original recipe called for.

Dressing**, mix all in a blender:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
2-3 garlic cloves
couple squirts of dijon mustard
LOTS of salt and pepper
**I usually don't use all of the dressing, there might be a little left over, but 1/3 cup each doesn't seem like quite enough. So just use enough to wet it all. (You'll be adding a few more things before serving, so keep that in mind, it will soak up a little more dressing. You can use any left over on chopped tomatoes and cucumbers as a side on another day.

It's good to let this all sit in the fridge and let the favors mix together, but if time is of the essence no big deal!

Before serving, add:
2 avocados, cubed (if you quarter, then peel the skin off, it's easier to cube)
3/4 - 1 cup roasted pecans, chopped (bake for about 5 minutes at 350 degrees)

I think that's about it. By the time it's all done, it takes about a good hour! This is my rule of thumb in the kitchen because I hate exact measurements, when in doubt, more is better - i.e. more pecans and more edamame, NOT salt. I always under salt because I'm scared to over do it, which can obviously ruin a good recipe. Plus, people can add that at the table. I know Hubby always does, and I NEVER take offense. (Read NEVER with sarcasm!)

Y'all let me know how it turns out!

The Pointer Project

A lot of time was given towards picking a name for this ol' intimate blog of mine. I mean, at least an 30 minutes or so. After reading a list to Price, he liked this one the most. And because I HATE making decisions, I went with his fav. I liked it too, because it stood alone, unlike the others - Pointer Press, Pointer Publication, Pointer Dirt.

Things that I think of when it comes to 'projects':
  1. fun, new, exciting (at least for about 30 minutes or so)
  2. unfinished
  3. we are truly a 'work in progress"
  4. our family is ever changing and growing, if not in numbers, in spirit (but hopefully numbers too :)

So it seems that the name is fitting! And I'm looking forward to sharing more of me and the family with you!

Baby Nay

Photo courtesy of Baby Nay.

A couple months ago, Presley and Teagan did a modeling shoot for the Baby Nay clothing line for the Baby Nay show room at the Dallas Trade Center. (Price's family is friends with some of the gals that work in the showroom.) I personally was so excited about it! Presley is the biggest ham ever when cameras are involved. And you can't take a picture of anything or anyone without taking one of her too! She really knows how to work the camera. And I knew she was going to do great! Images of her paying for her own college flashed in my head. Not that this was a paying gig, but still...

They said there was no pressure for Teagan, if she did it that would be great, but if not, no biggie. They know my Weegie! Well, Pres did great, Teagan finally warmed up about an hour before we had to leave, so I wasn't sure how the pictures turned out.

We never heard from them (despite my desperate attempts to find out where they were to be uploaded). Then I get a call from Jen, the organizer of it all, and she said that the Baby Nay rep picked a picture of Presley and the 5 year old to be on the advertisement in, by, or around the elevator. FUN!!! So we were going to load up all who wanted to go and see it and get a picture next to the ad.

Well Price, being the ingenious "ugoogalizer" that he is, googled Baby Nay and found ALL the pictures. On their website. Online. He held a special place in my heart yesterday for this discovery. Presley paying for her own college is back on!! And Teagan too.

You can see that I obviously wasn't a very good stage mom because I wasn't fighting to get Presley a bow from the limited supply of sample bows they had. And you know Presley is rarely without bow. So it saddens me that some pics she is bowless because I lack the stage mom aggressiveness. There's always next time!! Hopefully!

Why the new blog?

In an effort to speak my mind more freely (lucky you!), I've been wanting to start a more intimate family blog. A me blog. A blog about my life that I don't necessarily want to share with everybody. Because sometimes a girl has to be unprofessional, damn it! That's right, folks, now that I don't have so many readers looking to me for professionalism, I might swear here and there vocabulary is limited? And my humor is nothing without the occasional expletive.

So in the words of the great woman who made it all possible, "shit, fire, hell, damn". Thanks, Mom! It DOES comes in handy every once in a while!