Awarded 1st prize at the UCONN Waterbury Creative Sustenance Creative Writing Contest for this poem, April 2011
Remember when I advised you to very thoroughly grease and flour your bundt pan? This is why:
Sad, isn’t it? All that cakey goodness I looked forward to has been smashed to bits in no time flat. Sure, I’ll eat it anyway–it doesn’t change how the cake tastes, after all, and that’s pretty divine–but I’m …View full post
Are you ever struck by the beauty of a plate of food? I don’t mean one that you artfully arranged for a blog post, spending hours planning with the intent of making the viewer pause and ponder. I mean you’re just eating an everyday, ordinary lunch–something you threw together in haste to keep yourself from …View full post
…because it’s Thursday. And Thursday nights, A and I head out for too much to drink, karaoke, and generally attracting some sort of trouble at Cambridge Brew House in Torrington. Stay tuned…
Oh yeah, if you’re in the area, I hear that Nirvana Cafe and Juice Bar will be hosting Beatnik Night tonight. Poetry from …View full post
Nov 13 2010
Nov 12 2010
Especially blissful vanilla bean scones. Heaven in a mouthful. Ooo…that almost sounds dirty. Really, though, I cannot get enough of these.
It all started a month ago or so when I was at Target with my daughter. We sauntered over to the Starbucks booth, ready to purchase her requisite vanilla milk and a white chocolate mocha for myself when we noticed the discrete little bundles of joy sitting there in the window, beckoning us. They looked pretty harmless and at only $0.75 each, they were easy to justify, too. How overjoyed we were when we discovered they were love at first bite!
After they were gone–despite trying so hard to make them last as long as possible, to keep the joy going (oooo…that’s a little dirty, too!)–I wanted more. But alas, we were home already and there were none to be found. So I turned to the trusty internet, the source of all the tasty joy in my life. A search for a Starbucks copycat delivered a recipe from Ree, the famous Pioneer Woman herself. I knew it would be a good one! I got to work right away and despite a slight delay when I had to go to the bus stop to meet my daughter coming home from afternoon Kindergarten (which was at an especially low point in the process anyway, having not floured the counter enough before rolling out the dough for cutting), they came together as they should and transcendental tastiness was met in my own kitchen. Even BETTER than Starbucks!
What seemed like a large quantity of scones soon dwindled to none. I tried making Pumpkin scones (also a Starbuck’s copycat recipe, though from a different website) but they did not fill the void. I MUST HAVE MORE VANILLA BEAN SCONES. NOW.
Thankfully, I finally had the time and supplies today to feed that desire. Because slinking away to Starbucks in an attempt to fulfill that dream would be so hollow at this point. Besides…mine are better. Nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah! :p (Though today’s batch, admittedly, doesn’t look as pretty… I flubbed up the glaze somehow. C’est la vie.)
Here is the recipe for Petite Vanilla Bean Scones if you want to try it yourself. I see no reason to tweak it at this time, though I may get more adventurous as I get more used to making it. I am certain it will be a regular in our house. And if you need a good source for vanilla beans, beanilla.com is worth a shot. They’re the only place I’ve ordered from and I couldn’t be happier. No need to look elsewhere, I suppose!
Nov 12 2010
I generally leave the weekend posts to CT Scenic–people who actually know not only what’s going on, but are well-versed enough to know whether it’s worth going to or not. For instance, they were the ones who, on Facebook, brought to my attention The Purr Project Inc.’s Fundraiser tonight: Titties for Kitties. Burlesque, anyone? (So wanted to check that out but it wasn’t in the cards for tonight!) But they generally don’t get all that excited about cover bands, so I have a couple events to add to the list for this weekend.
|Twisted Nut at Up Or On The Rocks|
Friday night, Twisted Nut will be gracing the patrons of Molly Darcy’s in Danbury with their presence. They are a modern rock cover band that specializes in the 90s, 2000s, and today. Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots, Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Nickelback, Jimmy Eat World… just to name a few. They’re a great bunch of guys, too. Worth checking out!
On Saturday night, Touch My Cousin will be performing at the Blue Plate Cafe in Plainville. These guys are so much fun! All your favorites that you don’t want to admit to… and more. Their eclectic mix is inviting and their guitar player is just plain awesome. Yeah, Derek, I’m talking about YOU! This is their last gig on the calendar right now so if you’re interested, you’ll want to go to this!!!
Shameless promotion for my friends–sure–but worth a listen!
Nov 11 2010
Most people probably have no interest in running unless their lives depend upon it. I mean really, the idea of pounding the crap out of your body to get from point A to point B (or worse yet, point A back to point A) seems pretty ridiculous. We all have cars–there’s really no need. Yet, there is a certain allure to it once you’ve given it a chance.
Two and a half years ago when I was going through a particularly rough spot in my life, I turned to running as an outlet for my frustration, anger, and sadness. I started the infamous Couch to 5K plan on the treadmill in the spare room over my mother’s garage, doing my best to keep my kids from wrecking the joint while attached to the hamster wheel. It wasn’t pretty. They were only three and one at the time so you can imagine just how successful that endeavor was. Still, I was hooked. Soon, I took my running to the outdoors. I found that for just that little while, three days a week, I was able to escape my problems and just focus on the moment. It was all so very Zen and I loved it. When I completed running my first 5K in July 2008, I was so proud of myself. I am not a natural athlete so it was a HUGE accomplishment for me. I’m still proud of me.
In the interim, life has gotten in the way. I returned to school. My kids started their own schools. A couple injuries further derailed me. I’ve managed to run two 2-mile races and kind of run one additional 5K since that first, but it seems like every time I sign up and really get into the training, something happens that ends it. Last December, I was training for a quarter marathon and was up to four miles on the treadmill. Two days after I hit four miles, my all-time high, my sciatica started acting up. Yeah. Great timing.
So despite the odds, I’m trying again. Even with a current sciatica flare-up. Because my back actually feels better if I keep moving. And I feel less crazy, too.
If you’re thinking of trying it, just do it. Not to be cliche but really, if I can run, anyone can. Honestly. Get to a good running store and get fitted for proper shoes, otherwise you run the risk of serious injury. If you want to train for an event, I can’t say enough about the Couch to 5K for that initial training and Hal Higdon is fabulous, too. Then lace up those sneaks and get your butt moving. You won’t regret it!