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I have been off from work since Monday, Now I am lost…I have no idea what day it is, I keep thinking its Wednesday, but I’m not convinced…OK….I just asked DH (Darling husband) and he says it Saturday…well I do know that its 6:00 pm.  I’m good!  =)  LOL

My Horoscope

Aquarius

Aquarius

By Rick Levine

It might seem as if others are having more fun than you are today, but this could be an illusion. Your current social situation is very different if you can look at it from another point of view. Instead of comparing yourself to anyone else, decide exactly what you want to do now based on what would make you happy. Then, take a few small yet determined steps to set you off in the right direction.

very interesting…Sounds like a horoscope for my mother-in-law…not me.

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WEIGHT-WATCHERS

I keep forgetting to post the I am up (down) to a grand total 15 LBS.  I have been doing the points system.  I feel great and people I see are beginning to comment…”Gee, Lisa….you look like you lost weight!”  or “Hey, you look really good”  makes me feel real warm and good inside…kinda like a “HOT FUDGE SUNDAE”  LOL

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Well did some baking…everything turned out fine, but, well I don’t know where my head was!  I made a cake from box mix and totally forgot to add the 3 Tbsp. of veg. oil.  The cake turned out fine, the icing kept it moist.  I “goggled” this question after I’d realized what I’d done…or not done.  Then I was baking those choc. chip cookies…with the sea salt sprinkle on them, well I’d forgotten to add all the flour.  the cookies spread out to thin wafers, yuck.  I took the batch out of the oven, It was only 6 cookies.  I re read the recipe…and then I saw my error.  I added the remainder 1 2/3 c. flour, it was tough mixing that dough!  but the end result was a very good cookie.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Time: 45 minutes (for 1 6-cookie batch), plus at least 24 hours’ chilling-important

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons

(8 1/2 ounces) cake flour

1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt

2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract

1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate disks or fèves, at least 60 percent cacao content (see note)

Sea salt.

1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.

2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.

3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.

4. Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Eat warm, with a big napkin.

Yield: 1 1/2 dozen 5-inch cookies.

Note: Disks are sold at Jacques Torres Chocolate; Valrhona fèves, oval-shaped chocolate pieces, are at Whole Foods.

Note:  I substituted Toll House “chunks”.

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The A-List: New York

I just love, love,love this show!  I can’t believe the season finale is in a few days!  I have just “fallen-in-friendship” with these guys (gals?) any-who…I really enjoy the show and all the dimensions of these guys.  I really feel bad for Rodney, he just seems like a little lost lamb in New York City…Mike Ruiz stays out of the “drama” of the Reichen/Rodney/Austin.

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My Knitted Woollies (I knit them myself)

DSC_0072My fingerless gloves and Wool-Scarf were knit with Noro silk garden.  My ear warmer was knit with Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

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I love the stitch definition that the Berroco Ultra alpaca gives, its soft and warm and I can’t wait for the temperature to plummet!!

 

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The Noro yarns have gorgeous color ways! they are bright with out being garish, the different colors flow into each other very naturally and almost mesmerizing.

DSC_0075 NO….I AM NOT FKLASHING GANSTER SIGNS…I am just saying “Peace-Out”

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The Day Before…

 

I had to run out to the grocery store this morning.  Seems I always have to run back out, just one more time, to get that illusive grocery item.  Today that one item ended up being a cart load of things that came to a grand total $70,  eesh

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Emily’s birthday is in a few days.  We are going to celebrate it on Thanksgiving.   I asked her “what kind of cake would you like?”.  I was expecting something like Hummingbird cake or maybe my awesome NY style cheese cake…she totally surprised me with “Mom, I’d really like to have that cake you made me when I turned 12”  I said “well, I don’t remember what kind of cake that was…geeze, that was ten years ago”.  MOM…it was a Funfetti cake!  I was’nt even sure that they made that cake mix anymore….but low and behold, they do!  I wonder if it’ll matter that the cake mix is Duncan Hines and the icing is Betty Crocker…?   =)   Its Emily’s special day, if she wants a confetti filled cake then so be it….

DSC_0074I took a walk out into the wilds of our back yard today, not much in the way of “yard”.  There is always something interesting to see.  Mushroom caps peeking up through the leaf matter, stuff growing on decaying logs, snake skins peeled off…ick!  I love how thick the woods are surrounding our home.  At night when the moon is full, I could sit for hours and peer into the woods, from the comfort of my easy chair…of course!

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We have a fairly large pile of sticks that we gathered earlier this fall.  Its our official kindling pile.  I  am always a little leery about snakes, this wood pile could be the perfect snake condo.

DSC_0068 DSC_0069We fill our ‘kindling” container up to the house where its covered by the roof overhang.  We always have dry kindling to start the woodstove.

DSC_0078It’s a vast woodland

wilderness.  There is a small creek at the bottom, its feed by an underground water source.  The creek feeds into the Zekiah Swamp then it (the swamp stream) meanders through the woods and comes out at Allens Fresh then it gets larger and becomes the Wicomico River. 

DSC_0076I love living back here in the woods.  Its so quiet…except when the squirrels get to fussing with each other.  There is always a flurry of activity at the bird feeders in the evening.  I saw a Blue jay just the other day.  I put out peanuts in the shell for them, all the woodland animals have a feast out our outdoor feeding station.

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                        Our Fine Feathered Friends

I used to buy any old kind of seed for the birds, as long as it said “wild bird food” I figured all was well.  Then I began to notice that a lot of the seed wasn’t being eaten.  So I decided to educate myself.  I began by joining National Bird Feeding Society.  It’s a wonderful organization.  Lots and lots of information of birds and what’s best for them to eat, how to present the seed etc.

When selecting a feeder, look for a bird feeder that is easy to fill, easy to clean, and most importantly, attracts the birds that you want to attract. 

Wild bird feeding is for the birds and the people who feed birds. Therefore, bird feeders should be placed in locations where you will get the most enjoyment watching birds, while the birds are protected from predators and the elements. Previous research has found that bird abundance is greatest at bird feeders placed closer to large shrubs and trees as opposed to open areas. To reduce bird-window collisions, feeders should be placed within 3 feet of your window. To reduce cat predation, place feeders in areas where cats cannot hide to ambush birds feeding on the ground. Finally, consider where the feeder will be located relative to the wind. Bird feeders that are pole-mounted are less likely to sway than other types.

I am now able to identify 10 species of wild birds that visit my feeders.  We have cardinal’s, tufted tit mouse, dark eyed junco, house sparrow, chipping sparrow, downy wood pecker, white breasted nuthatch, American gold finch…its become a very rewarding hobby.  The most popular feed in my feeders is a mixture of black-oil sunflower, Nyjer®, sunflower hearts, and white proso millet.  The black oil sunflower seed goes into “squirrel resistant” tube feeders, the nyjer and sunflower hearts goes into a fine mesh “sock”.  I always keep 3 suet feeders filled with a variety for the little downy woodpeckers. 

The National Bird Feeding Society has a wealth of bird info. and feeders that you can purchase.  Check it out

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DSCN3620I’ve been getting my cookie baking ingredients together for the last week or so…My sister-in-law has chickens so we get farm fresh eggs every couple of days.  I suppose it does make a difference in the taste when your baking…The BIG thing here is the great recipe I found, I was looking for a recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies.  Next thing I know is that an hour had gone by and I was still sitting in front of my computer…I love to read recipes…Ok-Ok…so I stumbled on the chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I’ve always felt that chocolate chip cookies always taste the same regardless of the recipe and slight variations in either the amount of something or the order in which its added.  The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe … Ever’>Best chocolate chip cookie ever  This recipe caught my eye when  it called for coarse salt to be sprinkled on top of the unbaked cookie dough.  It also called for cake flour and bread flour…this was too intriguing to pass up!  I got all the ingredients out and I mixed up a batch, don’t skip the part where you’ve got to refrigerate the dough overnight, I did at first, the cookies were yucky…I only made 6.  So I covered my dough and put it in the fridge. 

DSCN3624 So Sunday arrived…I removed my dough from the cold confines of the refrigerator, pre-heated the oven to 350.  I got just over 2 dozen medium sized delicious cookies!  I was a bit skeptical about the course salt and what it would taste like, or make my cookies taste like.  I did bake 1 sheet of cookies without the coarse sea salt just for taste comparison.  The difference in taste was just mildly noticeable…I would say that if you don’t want to sprinkle the tops with sea salt then that’s fine.  I didn’t tell my husband about the salt (being on the cookies) because he would have had a “fit” !

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I’ve been working on knitting cables this past month. 2 of the projects are gifts for Christmas.

DSCN3625The patterns for these scarves are my own concoction…I call the yellow scarf “Triple Delight” and the green scarf is named “Emerald Twist”.

DSCN3627 I am still a novice at the cable knitting technique.  I am glad that I kept the stitch markers in place…otherwise I’d have a mess on hand and Father wouldn’t have this lovely scarf to ward off the cold temps December is sure to bring. 

DSCN3629This scarf is much narrower…it may end up as an ear warmer instead of a scarf.

DSCN3630DSCN3643This ear warmer is for my girlfriend, I made her one last year…she cannot find it now and it is getting chillier with each passing day.  I am going to bring this to work with me tomorrow…I know Lori will be very happy, and that makes me feel good.

DSCN3640I am very pleased with this ear warmer.  the yarn is from Lion Brand, its an acrylic yarn and I really like the stitch definition.  This yarn is about 4$ a skein and I have enough left over to make 2 more ear warmers.  It took me 4 days of only working on the project in the evenings after work.

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I am smitten with reality t.v.!  but I was getting tired of keeping up with The KardashiansKim Kardashian has made a name for herself with her trademark va-va-voom curves ... and the fact that she'll use any opportunity to show them off.  While her sisters have hogged the Kardashian spotlight as of late - with good reason, as Kourtney just gave birth to son Mason Dash and Khloe recently got hitched to L.A. Laker Lamar Odom - it's time to get back to the original Kardashian we love 'Keeping Up With' ...
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Kim Kardashian <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/11/10/2010-11-10_out_of_this_world_bikiniclad_kim_kardashian_channels_blond_barbarella_for_beach_.html" target="_blank">is back</a> doing what she knows best: showing off her curves in a bathing suit for a photo shoot.  The reality TV queen looks out of this world in a Jane Fonda/space-inspired ad for her self-designed Divinity collection for Beach Bunny Swimwear. For the sake of your many male admirers, Kim, ditch the cover up ...

<br><br>Follow our galleries on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/NYDNPhotos" target="_blank">@NYDNPhotos</a>. Kendra Wilkinson's fifth Playboy cover features an 8-page nude pictorial, on newsstands Nov. 12.and Kendra, I LOVE you girl like a sister but you and Hank were taking a back seat to QVC…Not good!  So the other night I was surfing the web and I stumbled on to the Logo channel…to be a bit more specific I found “The A-List New York”.  I was hooked!  Good looking men driving expensive cars and wearing expensive clothes, not a hair out of place…expensive penthouse’s and a bank roll to live this lifestyle…who were these guys…?   

The cast includes Reichen Lehmkuhl, a former "Amazing Race" winner who is known for dating Lance Bass and whose current passion is acting. As the show begins, he’s polishing up his singing and dancing for the lead in the Off-Broadway production "My Big Gay Italian Wedding."

 

It also includes Mike Ruiz, a major celebrity photographer known from shows like "RuPaul’s Drag Race"; Austin Armacost, a model who had a harsh breakup with designer Marc Jacobs; Derek Saathoff, a model manager; Rodiney Santiago, a major Brazilian model who moved to New York with Reichen and is trying to break into modeling here; and Ryan Nickulas, who runs a high-end downtown salon.

Most of these folks know each other, though the depth and tone of their relationships varies widely.

Their lives are, in general, fabulous. They get invited to the best parties, jump the line at the hottest clubs. They dine and vacation in expensive places.

I really like Derek Saathoff and Mike Ruiz…as for Rodney Santiago, well I feel sorry for him.  It’s a terrible feeling to be in love with someone and…well the feelings just are not there for the other person.  Austin Armacost…I don’t know what to think about him.  Ryan Nickulas and his friend T.J. make me laugh…well they make me smile.  They’re sweet and they’ve got such a good friendship…I was watching the LOGO channel the other morning and a Transvestite Fashion show was on, now talk about interesting…WOW.  I don’t know where to begin!  it was very flamboyant and the women were all divas.  some were just beautiful and some were just….The program was a documentary about transvestites and how each of the women were involved with stopping HIV transmission, persecution, drug addiction and many things that plague homosexuals or those with risky lifestyles.

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Well, time for me to take a powder…LOL  =)   seriously, I am tired. so good night and sleep tight 

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