May 30, 2011

May 23, 2011

A Week of Weekend Thoughts

Work has been a bit crazy lately so my blog has suffered a wee bit.

But, still wanting to "keep in touch," I decided that this week, I will share with you some relationship quotes I have found.

Enjoy!

May 19, 2011

ABC, NBC and FOX Cancel Some of My Favorite Shows

I don't think I must be what television networks want as a viewer of their programs because every year, television shows that I like get cancelled!

For instance, the best show on television these last few years has been Friday Night Lights.

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I can't get enough of Kyle Chandler. So hot. And this show is so good. I will certainly miss it. Every actor is talented and it is a dang shame that it has not won any Emmy Awards.

FOX cancelled Human Target with Mark Valley (another hottie).

Action-packed and sexy, a good diversion from the every day.

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Outsourced - cancelled.I don't often laugh out loud. Outsourced did just that.

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FOX also cancelled Lone Star last fall before a few episodes aired and ABC cancelled Mr. Sunshine before it could even gain an audience.

I guess television networks find it cheaper and more entertaining to produce reality shows.

What a shame.

May 18, 2011

The Dinner Doctor by Anne Byrn Cookbook Review

I love this cookbook, The Dinner Doctor by Anne Byrn.Taking ingredients that you usually have in your pantry, this week I made one of my favorite recipes - Aromatic Mushroom Galette.Here are the ingredients.
Some adjustments I made were Pecorino Romano in place of Parmesan and I did not use parsley or salt.

Making a five-point star, place all of the mixed ingredients in the center and close the galette.So delicious and so easy.Can't wait to make this recipe again and will certainly make more recipes from this cookbook.

May 16, 2011

Ted Gibson Manhattan Salon Review

Two weeks ago, I posted here about going to Ted Gibson's Salon in Manhattan.

Well, what can I say? Absolutely a dream!

I walked in a bit early so I heard some of their morning meeting. I was given a lovely brown robe and a glass of lemon water.

I wasn't nervous but this was the first time I was going to cheat on my hairstylist of many, many years.

Time for a change.

The salon is chic and clean and everyone was very nice.

I met Ronnie my hair colorist who was so sweet and kind. I asked him if he had eaten his Wheaties that morning. My grays were going to be some tough cookies to handle.

A tall Texan, Ronnie listened to my concerns and had me laughing and feeling comfortable.

I also met Gina, a Minnesota girl, who chatted with me about what style I wanted.

I told her off my shoulders which meant cutting about 8 inches off. I shared with her my concern that it seems as I get older, my hair gets thinner.

For some reason, I trusted these two. I told myself to surrender to the process and that is what I did.

Ronnie gave me a lovely hand massage while my color was working its magic. I saw Ted Gibson's husband coloring Wendy Williams wig and it turned out beautifully. So, I felt confident my real hair would as well. I also chatted with him a bit about his recent appearance on Oprah. He was very nice.

What can I say but this was the best cut and color I have ever received. It felt so good to get someone else's perspective on my hair - someone younger and hipper.

The color did not smell or itch and looked beautiful.

The cut was like something I had never had before. Gina said she was going for Jenny McCarthy's bob.

I don't have a photo of my hair but it looks somewhat like this - longer in the front than the back and dark brown, with more layers.

I love my hair wavier so after washing it, I still love it. I have received so many compliments on it.

I don't know if I will ever go long again. I love having it off my shoulders and not long enough to put in a pony tail.

This was such a great experience of what a real salon should be. Just sleek and indulging.

What I loved about Ted Gibson's Salon was that there were many women of all colors represented as both customers and stylists. This isn't the case where I usually go. So it was awesome to see so many different women.

It is more expensive than I normally pay and a trek to the city by train but I think it may be so worth it to meet up with Ronnie and Gina again and again.

If you are ever in Manhattan, treat yourself to a real NY Salon experience at Ted Gibson's Salon.

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May 11, 2011

Pillsbury Complete Cookbook Review

I've been slacking these last few weeks with posting about my Cookbook Challenge. But, I'm baaack.

This week, I cooked from the Pillsbury Complete Cookbook.This book is a handy tool to have in the kitchen. Some photos are included. There are basic recipes such as hard-boiled eggs and more complex recipes. I love the 3-ring binder format.

I chose to make this recipe.I doubled the ingredients since I had two pork loins on hand.Before.
After.
Very easy to make, this dish was okay.

That being said, I will most certainly be referring back to this cookbook for more recipes.

May 9, 2011

Italy is Eataly - Or is It?

Opened in August 2010, Eataly, the brainchild of Mario Batali and the Bastianich's is located on 23rd and 5th.Modeled after a similar store in Turino, Italy, there has been major buzz about this Italian food mecca so I decided to stop by and check it out.

I quickly found out that it would be much less expensive to visit Italy than to shop at Eataly.

Upon entering on 23rd Street, I was immediately hit with gorgeous veggies.Not only was I hit with gorgeous vegetables, I was immediately shocked with how dang EXPENSIVE every single thing was!

The store is separated into different sections. Besides veggies, there was aisle after aisle of cheese.Followed by meats both fresh and cured.Fresh and dried pasta at prices that would make my Nonna (bless her soul) turn over in her grave.Beans and spices and chocolate and gelato.Mouthwatering breads.Samples of bread were offered so I knew I had better eat some as I would not be opening my wallet for anything inside Eataly.

There is also a section of kitchen items.Having been blessed to visit Italy several times, I didn't get the rush that some people might get from visiting Eataly. I found that most of the people inside were Italian tourists.

A rather rude man whom I assume was an employee although he wasn't wearing a name tag asked me why I was taking pictures of the prices. I told him that similar to when I am at the museum, I take pictures of the artwork and then the plaque next to the artwork so I know the name and artist of the piece. I couldn't quite understand him and vice versa as he did not speak English well. If he were Italian, I could've conversed with him more accurately. He was not.

There were many people taking photos. So I am not sure what he was thinking. Maybe he thought I would be opening my own Eataly. Not a chance.

I then spoke to a very nice customer service person who told me that the reason the prices were so high is because the producers are small. I much prefer supporting local producers than ones across the Atlantic.

Not that big inside or maybe it was the lines of people who were waiting for a tiny seat in a tiny section, to eat tiny, expensive fair, I couldn't wait to leave.

I proceeded to head to Whole Foods on 7th for a lovely prosciutto and mozarella pannini that was of course, reasonably priced.

May 5, 2011

Sex Gets Better With Age

Imagine this Single Nester's delight when she recently read in the March issue of Redbook that "women in their 30s and 40s have higher sex drives and better and more frequent sex than 20-somethings."

Finally, a demographic I can fit into!

May 4, 2011

Burn Your Spanx

A bit ago, I posted here about how SPANX made me feel like stuffed sausage.

Well, I knew there was more to this then met my crazy shenanigans in trying to fit into them.

In the March issue of Redbook, there was a story about belly bloat.

Something in the article caught my eye. "Tight-fitting clothes put pressure on your entire abdomen, and that can slow digestion, causing heartburn, constipation, and gas. One gastroenterologist told us: 'SPANX are great for my job security!' "

Yikes. Now I know why I believe that the rolls should be free!

May 3, 2011

Ted Gibson's Salon in the Flat Iron District

You all know Ted Gibson from TLC's What Not to Wear and from some appearances on Oprah and of course, that crazy appearance on The Real Housewives of DC.Well, Ted's Salon is in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan.And this is where I will be this week getting a haircut and color!Now, I won't be getting an appointment with Mr. Ted Gibson himself as I do not have $950 to lay out. But, Travel Zoo was offering a special for $99 for color, cut and style!

I'll tell you all about it!

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