Monday, November 30, 2009

My extra long holiday weekend

..Thanksgiving Table..

The best sweet potatoes I've ever had. Recipe here.

The best stuffing I've ever had. Peeling the chestnuts was totally worth it. Seriously, so good. Recipe here.

Did a lot of the above Saturday morning/afternoon and enjoyed the hell out of it. It was 55° out and I didn't have to turn on the a/c. I love when that happens!

Went to Village of Merrick Park Saturday night with Mr. Boots for some bad ass Italian food and a friends birthday celebration at Yardhouse - Walked around the mall admiring the Christmas displays and poinsettias and was actually cold despite wearing stockings and a (p)leather jacket. Miami looks prettier to me when the temperatures drop.

Helped the Pacetti's decorate their Christmas tree on Sunday...

& listened to Matty say his first words:
Light - "ight"
Tree - "tees"
& Wow..."wow"
SO CUTE & quite festive.

Tonight: gingerbread house building!

Hope you're enjoying the beginning of Christmas season.

Friday, November 27, 2009

red hat

Hello Utah, my new hat & I are ready so
hurry up and get here 2010...

p.s. I was right about the rain meaning there would be a cold front. 55°. yay!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"Happy Thanksgiving back."

*Thankful that its the beginning of my favorite time of the year and that it seemed to come a little earlier than usual.

*Thankful that I can finally whip out my Thanksgiving Pilgrim salt & pepper shakers from Publix. Aren't they so cute.

*Thankful for Christmas music, twinkle lights, pine-scented candles & peppermint bark. You have no idea how much you brighten up my day month.

*Thankful for my stove & oven who beginning today will help me prepare (without a hitch, I might add):

3 Pumpkin Cheesecakes
1 Cranberry Upside-Down Cake
Sausage, Cornbread & Chestnut Stuffing
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Orange Cranberry Sauce
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

*Thankful for Whole Foods for carrying sage and thyme when Publix ran out. They always run out.

*Thankful for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade for allowing the tradition of having it as "background music" while the cooking takes place, to continue.

*Thankful for Starbucks for always being so festive. I love your red cups even if I don't love your coffee.

*Thankful that Lady Gaga's concert tickets are overpriced. Now I can just buy her CD and some cute shoes instead.

*Thankful for this rain because I like to think that this means we're having a cold front. Just in time.

*Thankful for friends, family, Mr. Boots and you reading this right now.

I wish you all a beautiful (& delicious) Thanksgiving!

(Blog title from
my favoritist movie of all time.)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Everything was pink because pink is "girly", right?

Was invited by a friend to "Shecky's Girls Night Out" event @ the Catalina Hotel in Miami Beach. I was a little skeptical but wanted any excuse to get out and celebrate the fall semester being over (straight A's boos).

Basically, a bunch of vendors gather at one venue and sell a bunch of SHIT. Some cute shit. Some not so cute shit but after about 12 (seriously) pink X-Rated vodka drinks, the cute/not-so-cute became one big blur and these inebriated ladies and I ended up having a great time.

Nothing wrong with acting a fool and staying out until 1am on a Thursday night. I can't remember the last time I did that. I'm old, remember?

New Moon: I eat my words.

Good News:
We only had to wait an hour, had great seats and the girls kept the unnecessary screaming to a minimum.

Bad News:
Bella - Her acting makes me want to cringe and punch her in the ear simultaneously. I hate that she shows her "emotion" by breathing heavily. I want tears and I want them now. & the scene where she throws herself at Edward at the Volturi...ya know, when they first see each other after HE ALMOST KILLED HIMSELF and they just stare at each other for like 5 minutes. Can we get some passion? Geez. Their scenes together are so awkward. I don't believe for a second that these two "want to spend eternity together" & I blame Kristen Stewart. Physically, Bella. Emotionally, Deadpan. Get the fuck out of here.

Edward - I know he was barely in the movie but I was disappointed. His scenes were not memorable at all. Except of course when he took his shirt off. I said "ew" in my mind.

Jacob - The only reedemable factor in the movie. His humor and "normalness" were much appreciated...and so were his trap muscles.

Vampires - Again, horrible acting. & can we please do something with Jasper! Every scene he's in he's supposed to be intense but he just comes across nuts. I hate having the urge to laugh at a scene that's not supposed to be funny.

Werewolves - Loved the scene where Jacob saves Bella from them. My favorite part of the whole movie.

Overall - Yes, definately way better than Twilight and of course, I'd see it again but I'm still disappointed that the Bella/Edward love story was never really developed. She has waaaay more chemistry with Jacob in the movie and that kinda sorta pisses me off as I'm a huge fan of the books and while reading them I was NEVER rooting for Jacob.

Robert Pattinson > Taylor Lautner

/rant (& nerdiness).

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Team Edward: Because I know you couldn't continue your day without knowing

I prefer Robert Pattinson's broody eyes, pale skin, dirty hair, grungey facial hair and crooked smile to ol' whats his face perfect, white smile and hair-ridden, tanned, muscular body any day.

& because all these pictures are equally sex (I bet you can't make eating corn and cracking your knuckles look this hot), I couldn't pick just one.

My weekend starts today and you best believe I have my ticket for New Moon and a Team Edward shirt.

Never have been a fan of muscles...

I love this.

"There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as normal and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter -- the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. Of these three trembling cities the greatest is the last -- the city of final destination, the city that is a goal. It is this third city that accounts for New York's high-strung disposition, its poetical deportment, its dedication to the arts, and its incomparable achievements. Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion. And whether it is a farmer arriving from Italy to set up a small grocery store in a slum, or a young girl arriving from a small town in Mississippi to escape the indignity of being observed by her neighbors, or a boy arriving from the Corn Belt with a manuscript in his suitcase and a pain in his heart, it makes no difference: each embraces New York with the intense excitement of first love, each absorbs New York with the fresh eyes of an adventurer, each generates heat and light to dwarf the Consolidated Edison Company."

-Excerpt from Here is New York

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Raquel & Julia

I went to see Julie & Julia (by myself may I add, which btw, if you haven't gone to a theatre by yourself, do it. its oddly therapeutic. If you're worried about looking like a loser go during the day. That's what I do. Ha.) a couple months ago and I loved it.

Inspired by Julia Child, I decided to make her Boeuf Bourgignon (must be said in a french accent - teehee). It's beef stew with bacon, carrots, pearl onions, mushrooms and red wine. I almost decided to do the same thing Julie did in the movie which was go through the 524 recipes in Julia Child's cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in 365 days and blog about it (I want to get sued) because hello, I love to cook and I love to blog - but then I realized that that could get really expensive really quickly and threw that idea out the window.

The bourgignon was SO GOOD. Try it! It's not nearly as complicated as the movie makes it seem.

& the leftovers the next day are even mo betta.


Bon App├ętit!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sunday Brunch @ the Pacetti House

Sometimes we're dysfunctional but we're one big, happy family.

French toast with homemade syrup & mascarpone cheese, scrambled eggs with tomatoes, onions, peppers, spinach and parmesan and mimosas! Can we make this a weekly event?!

Girls cooked. Boys cleaned.

Afterwards, we played Cranium, watched football, took Matthew for a walk in the sweltering heat, tried to get some strawberry milkshakes in Homestead and tried to not fall asleep.

We're getting old.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Danny's Graduation Party

It's our tradition to have a patron toast and dance to Frank Sinatras New York, New York.
We're strange. & in Danny's words, "Don't hate".

Congratulations to D for getting his masters in accounting.