Friday, February 25, 2011


Off to Colorado!

I’m headed to Colorado this weekend to surprise my brother who is returning home from a tour in Afghanistan. I’m most looking forward to cooking him his first home cooked meal in 7 months!! I’m going to leave the choice of meal completely up to him-so I’ll need to think up an extra delicious recipe for it. Wish me luck!

Last time I visited my brother in Colorado, I made the mistake of going on a hike with him. I completely forgot that Colorado was around 6,000 ft above sea level until we were making our way up the rocky incline and I could barely catch my breath. My brother, in ridiculous shape, went breezing past me and patiently gave me encouragement the entire way up.   We didn’t make it to the tippy top, but we got pretty darn high. All I can say is I am glad I did it, but I don’t need to do it again anytime soon! This weekend, I plan on eating, relaxing, and spending time with my family.

 Here’s a shot of the miniature Mt. Everest I battled from my last trip.

Maya, have fun celebrating the Oscars—can’t wait to try whatever you end up making. I have no doubt it will be a hit at your party!


Group Date with Oscar

This weekend the stars will be out and about being glamorous and looking magnificent.  And my friends and I will be plopped in front of my TV on Sunday for the Academy Awards Show.  I haven’t yet figured out what I’m going to feed everyone, but I’m thinking a one pot dish like Beef Bourguignon.  Or maybe chili?  But I’ve also been wanting to make Roman Chicken.  Ugh.  Whatever I decide on, I’ll make it on Saturday, then reheat it for the party.  Stews taste better the next day anyhow. 

The weather forecast predicts rain the whole weekend, so this hearty one-dish seems like the way to go and it’ll be low maintenance.  I want to relax with my guests and not have to run around the kitchen like a maniac.  I’ll drink some champagne, hang around the cheese plate, maybe even socialize and enjoy the show! 

Have a safe trip to Colorado, Rachel.  Tell your mom and brother I say hello.  I’ll save you some of whatever I make so we can figure out how to make it better for the next go-around (we like to perfect recipes).   XO


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