Monthly Archives: November 2011

Orange is young, full of daring but very unsteady for the first go ’round

The Coffee: The Holidays are here. There is no denying it! Get out your cocktail attire because the parties are upon us. With that said, the topic of late has been what is and isn’t appropriate for a work holiday party. No, not the party your local coffee shop throws, but the budget breaking corporate who-ha of nights where you are more worried about the length of your hem then the spiked egg-nog. Here are some dos and don’ts that will get you through:

  1. Do dress the Attire – If you think it is inappropriate, it probably is. Go with your gut. If you have to ask someone else what they think, then you probably know the answer. Think classy, sophisticated, conservative. I absolutely adore this little number from j.crew. Wish it was even close to my budget, woof.
  2. Don’t over Drink – Open Bar = deadly. Think of this way, if you don’t want to do anything embarrassing, then keep your cocktail drinking to a manageable amount. And for goodness sake, eat something!
  3. Do network – Keep your drink in your left hand ready to meet new people, expand your network and gain an understanding of other’s interests
  4. Don’t gossip – Holiday parties are a great time to mingle with those outside your circle, but it doesn’t mean you should spill your deadliest thoughts about your coworker. Be careful and reserved about how you speak about others, that person will have more respect for you in the end
  5. Do thank – The party planners went through a lot of work for your enjoyment!
  6. Don’t talk business – Avoid work topics all night, its boring. the end.
  7. Do HAVE FUN! – I mean who can’t have fun at a free party?

The Cream and Sugar: Remember the recipe I posted for pumpkin pie? Well I made it this year for Thanksgiving again and it was a huge hit! This year, I covered the crust edges in thin strips of foil so they wouldn’t burn. A little secret? I added honey roasted pecans instead of regular ones for a little flair!

I love flowers, and apparently, my boyfriend knows I do too 🙂

 

Cheers!

 

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“And all the kids they dance, all the kids all night. Until Monday morning feels another life” Coldplay

The Coffee: Happy Movember! Is your boyfriend, husband, brother, uncle, father participating in Men’s Health awareness month? The men in my office are, can’t wait to see the pro growers (and not so pro) waltzing around trying to not look like pedifile bros. Yes, the Mo Bros are about and I fully support. Let’s face it; females get plenty of chance to support our health through nonsense Facebook posts (the what color underwear are you wearing trend etc).

The Cream and Sugar: The ironic part about this post is not my recent adaptation of cooking crazy good meals, it was what I was for Halloween in relation (you’ll see in a moment). Also, apologies for the shitty great crackberry photos.

Pumpkin Chocolate chip cookies, I have no idea what recipe I used, I used like eight different ones. Here is what I learned: pumpkin from a can makes them cakey so you must add more sugar than flour or else they feel like muffins. Or you can cheat by mix Betty Crocker’s Pumpkin Spice mix with choco chips ;).

I made this next meal mostly to use these burgers sitting in my freezer, but I ended up pretty impressed. (Sorry I started to eat it before taking the photo).

 Pan fried bbq Sirloin burgers with carmelized onion smothered in swiss cheese with oven-roasted carrots /asparagus /peppers /onions /sweet potatoes seasoned with rosemary, basil and EVOO. Cook the onions separately in a pan til soft, cook burger to desired temp. Veggies take about 30 mins in oven at 350.

I love couscous. I could eat a whole box in one sitting. This next meal is obviously overwhelmed by the heavenly substance.

Oven-roasted Atlantic Salmon with same above type veggies and parmesan couscous. Couscous takes about 5 mins, which is super convenient when you are focusing on the temperature of salmon. Veggies take about 30 mins in the oven at 350.

AND thus, here is what I was for Halloween: The three little pigs and my bf as the big bad wolf. Hence #fatty status

Cheers!

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