Friday, December 21, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
So, with the WGA on strike, and no new Office episodes to satiate me, I'm left with little to do except dream about Edward. I recently finished the third Stephenie Meyer book, and now I don't know what to do with myself again. So I go online to see how casting for the new movie is coming along, and discover that Edward has been chosen. I love this photo I found of Edward (Robert Pattison) and Bella (Kristen Stewart). Aside from the facts that Pattison can only be Cedric Diggory to me, and he has a desperate need for some eyebrow shaping, I think he's a great choice. I guess no one could possibly be pretty or perfect enough for my vision of Edward! And I think Stewart looks the part for Bella, (pretty, but not gorgeous enough that I'm jealous) but I'm just hoping that her acting skills have improved since the last movie I saw her in (Zathura, 2005, which was awful). Anyway, I'm just thrilled that they're choosing actors, since that means we're that much closer to being able to see them on the big screen. So, there it is, out in the open. I'm pathetically obsessed.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
What would I do without this friend of mine? Jaime and I have known each other for almost 4 years, since we found ourselves to be fortuitous neighbors across the walk in our apartment complex. I'm so glad I decided to do my visiting teaching for once--I don't know how long it would have taken us to get together otherwise, I was pretty shy about meeting new people. But it was so clear to see that we just clicked, and from then on it was Valentine's Day together, picnics at the park, camping at Mt. Charleston, Disneyland, etc, etc. (Good thing our hubbies got a long too!) Now I've moved almost 400 miles away, but she's still the best long-distance friend I could ask for! Jaime just visited me last weekend for some much-needed girl time and serious scrapbooking. This photo was taken in front of my house, compliments of Jaime's skill with her awesome camera and self-timer. I had such an amazing time--I was sad to see the visit end. But I know there will be plenty of memories to be made in our future, and I'm glad that's a blessing I can count on.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
The flavor of this yummy treat is indelible in my taste-buds' memories. My mom used to make a HUGE bowl of it for dinner sometimes, and we would eat it on our family room floor, picnic-style on a sheet while we watched a movie.
So now when I'm craving a delicous snack, or can't think of what to make for dinner, out comes the pot, the butter-flavor Crisco, and the kernels. I've perfected the art of popcorn making, and perfection tastes so good.
By "pop"ular demand, here are instructions for the perfect stove-popped corn:
1) On medium-high heat, melt enough Butter-flavored Crisco in a large pan to cover the bottom to approximately 1/8 to 1/4 inch (I never measure--the amount depends on how much buttery flavor I'm craving)
2) Wait until the Crisco is 'smokin' hot--you can throw one kernel in, and when it pops, it should be hot enough (if your kernels don't pop very big, you know your Crisco wasn't hot enough).
3) Pour enough popcorn kernels in to cover the bottom in one layer (again, I never measure, and I don't spring for the 'Brand Name' popcorn either--store brand works perfectly). Cover the pot with a lid, but make sure there is a crack so the steam can escape. (make sure to wear oven mitts)
4) Now shake your booty! (Chad loves this part.) Keep shaking the pot on the burner while the kernels heat up and start popping--don't stop or it'll burn. When the popping slows down (just like microwave popcorn) remove from heat. Pour into a large bowl, and salt to taste while still hot. Enjoy! Any leftovers will store great until the next day in an air-tight container--it stays nice and crunchy!
Give it a try!