Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Downton Abbey

Every so often there is a movie or TV series that sucks you in to the point of emotional involvment.  It sounds crazy but think about it.  How many people do you know that think they are a part of Carrie Bradshaws life?  Or talks about Noah and Allie from The Notebook when making a reference to true love.  For me, I cried everytime one of the soldiers died in Band of Brothers; I felt a loss. 

I have been sucked in yet again but this time it is in the sophisticated world of Downton Abbey.
It is set in Yorkshire, England during the early 1900's.  When I watch this, I get INVOLVED.  As soon as I hear the opening song on the show I am all of a sudden English.  My thoughts have an English accent and I instantly steep some tea.  Season 2 has just ended but you can catch episodes from Season 1 and 2 here.

My favorite character is Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

And I covet the clothes of Lady Mary Crawley

Watch! Love! And let me know when your thoughts start to have an English accent.

Friday, February 24, 2012

It appears Punxsutawney Phil was wrong!

A few weeks back that little fortune telling groundhog told the world there were 6 more weeks of winter left.  Um, either he was wrong or the Central Valley did not get the memo.  I am loving this upper 60's lower 70's thing that has set its sights on our little Valley.  I am ok with the spring like weather we have had this February.  It has quicken the post-winter revival that usually happens in my house and soul when the sun starts shining.

The thick jackets have been stashed away
The blinds are being dusted (slowly but surly - I hate blinds)
I have been outside with the baby detoxing from living room floor
Pandora is on more than the TV
My flip flops are sitting by the front door
I have been exercising - oh lawl have mercy
And the best part of this revival are these gorgeous little beauties that I think make my whole neighborhood happy

Monday, February 6, 2012

________It's What's For Dinner

I am constantly in need of new ideas for dinner.  I also need to find ways to encourage me to cook.  That is what prompted me to post recipes to the blog.  Don't get too excited.  This is not becoming a food blog.  I count on people like Gina at Skinnytaste for things like that.  I just thought if you had a good recipe you could post it for me to feed my family with.  We will thank you in advance!

Turkey Meatloaf
*this is a mix of my grandpa's recipe and other things I thought would taste good*

You will need:
1 1/2  ground turkey meat
1 egg
3/4 to 1 cup of seasoned bread crumbs
3/4 diced white onion
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Mix all of this in a bowl together (with your hands)

Put into a 9X5 loaf pan.  Spread some ketchup on top to add a glaze.  Cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 min

On the side, we ate these Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Skinnytaste soooooooooo good!

The corn is cooked with 'I can't believe its not Butter' and Garlic Salt.