Wednesday, November 28, 2007

David & Julia's Wedding

Goody two Boots!

Looking forward to breaking in my new boots! Here is a song that was originally done by Nancy Sinatra, and later redone by Jessica Simpson:

"You keep saying you've got something for me. something you call love, but confess. You've been messin' where you shouldn't have been a messin'and now someone else is gettin' all your best. These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.You keep lying, when you oughta be truthin'and you keep losin' when you oughta not bet. You keep samin' when you oughta be changin'. Now what's right is right, but you ain't been right yet. These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll doone of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.You keep playin' where you shouldn't be playinand you keep thinkin' that youĂ‚´ll never get burnt. Ha! I just found me a brand new box of matches yeahand what he know you ain't HAD time to learn. These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll doone of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you. Are you ready boots? Start walkin'!"

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I'm back!

Just learned today that a friend has started up her own blog. I'm glad to have the oppty to share in another person's sucess too! Well I'm back from KC. I can't believe how much I really missed home and how great Portland really is. I need to feel closer to the city, and being in KC in the land of Suburbia and highways is not my ideal place to be. Although, being with family was the most important thing, and for that I am most grateful to have celebrated my Thanksgiving holiday with those I love. Thanks Johnny, Ang, Tony, Julie, Aunti Happi, Uncle Hoang, Mom, Dad, and Laura for a great time. Love you all.

And Natty, thank you so much for taking care of my babies. You are a true friend, and for that I will never forget. Pictures of my brother's wedding will be up soon.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Thanksgiving Dinner served early!!

Since I'm flying away to go to my brother's wedding for the Thanksgiving holiday, I decided to cook my 12 lb turkey that I received from work. For this year's turkey, I decided to coat the bird with a sweet & spicy dijon grained mustard. I took some fresh sage and italian parsley and tucked it underneath the skin. Brushed Olive oil all over to give a nice dark golden color. For the stuffing, I made it simply by sauteeing celery, onions, golden delicious apples (Skinned), cranberries, and the following mushrooms: Morels, Oyster Mushrooms, Truffle, Chanterelles, & white mushrooms. My Gravy consisted of Turkey Stock which I made by boiling the neck bones, giblets, heart, and liver in some chicken broth and water. Seasoned with poultry seasoning. With the turkey stock kept aside, I would periodically baste my simple turkey with this stock, thus creating more pan juices. Once the bird was cooked (180 degrees doneness) I took the bird out and created my gravy by skimming extra fat and stirring in a 1/2 c. of tawny Port, more stock and remaining mushrooms. While this was simmering over the stove, I added roux (Butter and Flour mixture- the French use this method a lot as a thickening agent) to thicken the gravy and cook down the alcohol. (You can also use Corn Starch instead of Roux) Finish with either a little heavy whipping cream, or in my case, pure unsalted creamy butter. Voila! Turkey is served. Side acoutrements: Creamy mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, stuffing, & sweet potatoes if you prefer! Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving, and best of luck on your turkey.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Wicked Games- by Chris Isaac

Perfect song on a cloudy day.....I am dedicating this song to my friends and their significant other:

Natalie & Steven
Jill & Geoff
Elena & Lance
Juliadi & Bob
Laura (my sister)& Alan
Megan & David
Annette (my sister-in law) & Bob
Connie & David
Julia (my new sister-in-law) & David
Margaret & Joe
Jenny & Jeff
Clarissa & Perkins

Monday, November 12, 2007

Tired of being Sorry- Enrique Iglesias

On some days, this song sums it all up! Natty, can you show me how to actually post a you tube video on my blog?

Friday, November 02, 2007

The latest addition

Check out the new wheels!!