Friday, December 30, 2011

Domestic Goddess Fail

Apparently all Le Creusets are not direct-heat safe...

(successful recipe to follow)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

PD is missing me

sadly i've been an unfit mother for much more than the blog... the neurosurgery ICU has completely dominated all my energy and pipe-dog is perpetually sad when I get home.

another trip to Cover and Jeff's pad so she could hang with Ellie, her sister from another mister, was her consolation prize last weekend.

though we still locked her out after she got ridiculously wet in the jacuzzi...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

MIA... and not the band

So I've been a little less than journalistically-inspired lately.  And my lackluster efforts have not gone unnoticed, ergo here I am.  How about some photocoupage for the eyes?  I know that that is not a word, but it felt so good rolling off the keyboard that I will keep it, red squiggly line and all.

Here's what I've missed...

UNC Girls weekend 2011 in Wrightsville Beach

Homage to our childhoods
you know what these are...

Homage to college
you'd recognize that diamond shaped SOLO confirmation in the background anywhere

Cindy Lou celebrating starting med school and some Beirut with Piper & Scott

Hopefully the next cover of Orvis Dog Book - aka Moose, Bill's pup

Back-to-back weekend celebrations of Jimmy's 30th year of tom-revelry

Jimmy & Jimmy celebrating becoming grownups
Jennifer and I are only enablers

just a few of the old crew

Boligee Dance-Off Pants-Off 2011
and by 'Pants-Off' I'm more referring to pants-ripping that occurs 2 songs from this 

ps thanks for the jumpstart, Lisa and Bernie

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cookie Pie Oh My

Obtained from Nestle Classic Recipes and really from Bakerella online... this has quickly become my favorite dessert as a throw-back to the classic cookie-cake that has been so influential in my life.

Considering we have recently become unofficial Louisianians with our posse of cajuns here in Birmingham, we had to show our Saints love for the game party last week!

Sadly, this is the first time I've used our KitchenAid mixer since we got it before the wedding..uhh three years ago!  I'm not traditionally much of a baker I guess...

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell*
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 cup chopped pecans
Serve with ice cream (optional)
  • Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
  • Beat eggs in large mixer bowl on high until foamy.
  • Beat in flour, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat in butter.
  • Stir in morsels and nuts and spoon into pie shell.
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Serve warm.
Recipe from Nestle Classic Recipes, 2003
* If using frozen pie shell, use deep dish style and thaw completely. Bake on baking sheet and increase baking time slightly.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

German Potato Salad

I'm so ridiculously bad that this is the first post of pictures from the Hartmann (Jimmy's mother's family) family reunion in South Carolina from a few weeks ago!  Yes  - at one point in the week with Troupe, Me, my mom, and Aunt Anne - we were borderline ready to call it a Trice family trip (Trice is my mother's maiden name)! haha Ursula didn't know that an invite to one really meant an invite to all!!

This potato salad is a favorite of the Hartmann/Hlavacek family.  Grandma Hartmann - AKA Ursie I - relinquished the reigns over her masterpiece to let us minions contribute it to the gathering one night.

3-4 lbs new potatoes (white and waxy looking or red potatoes,medium-sized
lots of minced fresh parsley (1/2 c - 3/4 c)
½ onion, finely chopped Vidalia (sweet)
Mayonnaise to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3-1/2 c apple cider vinegar
1/3 c light olive oil

Put potatoes in cold water and bring to boil with skins on.  Reduce heat to simmer.  Cooking time will depend on size of potatoes - somewhere around 15-20 minutes.  Watch carefully and test with large pronged fork.  If sizes are different you will have to take small potatoes out first.  Cool and when can be handled, peel.  Don’t wait until they are cold. 

Make vinaigrette dressing by whisking 1/3 cup vinegar and around 3/4 cup olive oil.  Add salt and pepper to taste (start with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper).  Whisk until emulsified and tastes good.  Add more vinegar a teaspoon at a time until taste suits you.  You don't want it too oily or too sour!  You could also add 1 teaspoon prepared french dijon mustard.

Peel and slice potatoes.  I usually add the onion and dressing as I slice potatoes and put them in the bowl (you may not need all the dressing - you don't want it soupy!)  Add parsley to taste.  If made the day before, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate.  Before serving add mayo to taste.  I usually use a mixture of regular and light or you can use all regular.  Just add a little at a time and gently fold it into the potatoes.  Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

optical illusions and a wonderful preview of UNC Reunion Numero Siete

Who is bigger? 
Cart or Allison Hayes?

hahaha this makes me laugh out loud.
maybe you have to know the girls.
or maybe you have to know that in reality we were all making fun of angela because she immediately broke that beach chair when she sat on it.
cart wants to point out that maybe angela just looks especially small in this pic. 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

little sissie grows up,... and laps

I want to give some well-deserved accolades to Cover and Jeff for each not only advancing at a breaking speed up the corporate ladder, but also for buying their first joint home!  They have landed a real home with so much charm!  Here are a few pics - and I'll probably be pretending it is my own home over on Windsor Portfolio as they pick out new paint colors and furniture... I love a new project, even if I'm highjacking my sister's!

anyone else notice something strikingingly viking in this pic?

Burgers anyone??

Sunday, July 24, 2011

two week recap

work-play work-play makes for an idle blogger


my Birthday!

the Robot

the Danceoff

repeat Cover and Jeff and Ellie weekend with homemade pizzas

Trouble rearing its adorable head

a visit from Piper's boyfriend Champ

ok - so more play than work

my day-to-day office at its finest

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Piper gets a party

my sweetheart piper is never going to let me forget just that... that she is my sweetheart and no one else ever will be.  she apparently has learned to read traditional western languages, left-to-right, top-to-bottom, and now proudly parades her pillow around correctly to see if we can get it right, too.

old ladies reba and lilly came by for the weekend to play.  purposefully dodging my early morning photography session with quick steps and fancy spins to face the opposite direction of my tantalizing calls.

dad's ingenious method of letting the two old bitties out into the yard and not have to chase either one down.  sadly these canines don't have advanced thought-processing abilities like we like to think they do ... namely they are unable to coordinate an escape into the treasure-trove that is the neighbor's yard.  instead they end up all twisted around my sad little hydrangeas and eventually conned into the live-dog trap that is the back of the yukon.

until next visit!