Thursday, March 31, 2011

tank's manners!

Tank shows off a bit.

future plans

today because
this is a sunny song

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

the bread everyone's been talking about

This is some really wonderful stuff. There are a thousand iterations, blog posts about technique, and so forth. I have only to offer two pieces of advice:

1) Don't be afraid to make bread.
2) Try this.

It's supposed to be cold and snowy tomorrow in D.C. I'm making bread. Here's what it will look like in my kitchen:

Hope it's warmer where you are. If not, though, try this.

Monday, March 28, 2011

in case it's cold where you are: beef stew

To start - vegetables, meat, & good quality stock. 

Dredge meat in flour, salt, & pepper. 

 Then brown it in olive oil.
When you're browning your onions & garlic in pan drippings, right before you deglaze your pan, make sure your dog looks as pathetic as possible on your kitchen floor. 

Open some wine, use it to deglaze the pan, use it to put in the stew, use it to put in your belly.
Wine is so good. (Oh, hi barley.)

Put everybody in the slow cooker. I used to make fun of people who had these. Then I got one. 

It does things like this. With me doing things like this:           .  
Yes, that's me doing nothing. 

Slow Cooker Beef Stew & Barley

2 lbs. lean stew meat
3 large carrots
2 large parsnips
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
1 box high quality beef stock
1.5 C. red wine
2 T. flour
Salt & pepper
1 t. dried rosemary
1 t. dried thyme
1/2 C. pearl barley
Tomato paste, worcestershire, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce to taste *see below

1) Toss stew meat in flour, salt, & pepper. Brown (in batches, if necessary) in olive oil (Seriously, do this.).
2) Peel and slice vegetables.
3) Drain most of the fat from the browning pan, add onions & garlic.
4) Deglaze pan with wine & stock if necessary.
5) Place meat, barley, carrots, parsnips, onions & garlic in slow cooker. Pour remaining wine & stock over ingredients.
6) Cook on high for 4-5 hours.
7) Combine the following: 1 sm. can tomato paste, 2 T. balsamic vinegar, 1 T. worcestershire sauce, and 1 T. soy sauce, plus 2 C. water and 1/2 C. wine. Mix together. This is your magical stew awakening agent. Add it to your stew & cook for 1 more hour.

Meat should be very tender. Serve with red wine & enjoy. 

scenes from edgewater, md

 We broke all the rules. We probably talked about all five things you're never supposed to talk about in polite business.
Mister Stro made some killer gumbo.
 I had some killer wine.
 Big fan of these two. Big fan.
 I learned some things about life with my camera.
 The next morning there was this view.
 And this one.
 And these pretty berries reminding us of winter.
 Our first trip to the Double T diner -- menu was 20+ pages. I almost got Brad to order a porterhouse for was that kind of day.
 I had a nice milky sweet cup of joe.
And then I had one of everything on the menu. A good trip. Goodbye!

well i don't mind, if you don't mind

Sunday, March 27, 2011

sunday night

the sun is setting and we're putting the finishing touches
on another weekend.
it's been a good one: pizza and basketball with friends on friday then
saturday - house hunting in annapolis!
our realtor took us to some beautiful places
and some not-so-beautiful places
a sleepover with gumbo & wine (and wine) in edgewater and
sunday: a big brunch and a trip to the market
chilly weather and beef stew in the crockpot
fresh bread in the oven
a frozen yogurt date with a good friend in georgetown
and now a big glass of wine
and waiting for more friends to come enjoy
the contents of the crock pot.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


it's the weekend!
we slept in (kind of, tank has figured out how to jump on the bed)
i made coffee & oatmeal
and now i'm going on a run
then we'll go to our very favorite place
and we'll talk about
the future
i love weekends.

Friday, March 25, 2011


friday's song
so good
makes me think of
san diego

sleepy tank

a couple of friends of ours just bought a house, last weekend they had a garage sale to clear out all the unnecessary stuff before the big move. brad & i joined in the fun and spring-cleaned out our closets and bookshelves. we also brought the tank to help bring in buyers. he did a great job because we sold *almost* everything! but, apparently it was a lot to handle for the little guy...

when we got home, he decided this was the best spot for his nap: 

and he didn't move until sunday morning! 

sprung: spring

lovely time to be in dc.
fingers crossed for no snow this weekend
so we can go to the tidal basin to see the cherry blossoms.

Monday, March 21, 2011


we had a big garage sale this weekend
tank helped bring in the buyers with this fetching look

rainy monday

seems appropriate
still and all:
i prefer sunshine :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011


this is perfect
and i need it immediately
or yesterday

my oatmeal.

i love starting my day with this stuff. here's how i do it:
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp. ground flax seed
  • 1 cup water
  • microwave for 1 minute & 30 seconds
  • add fruit (1/2 cup of frozen berries)
  • make it sweet! (1 T. honey or maple syrup) 

my favorite fruit/sweet combinations:
  • bananas and blueberries and honey
  • blueberries and raspberries and honey
this morning i'm using only raspberries and maple syrup. i added extra raspberries because i'm having a reckless kind of day today. more coffee please!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

one week without. agree with this:

"Social media has made us even more aware of the things we are missing out on. You’re home alone, but watching your friends status updates tell of a great party happening somewhere. You are aware of more parties than ever before. And, like gym memberships, adding Bergman movies to your Netflix queue and piling up unread copies of the New Yorker, watching these feeds gives you a sense that you’re participating, not missing out, even when you are." —Caterina Fake on FOMO, the "Fear of Missing Out," and why Twitter and Facebook sometimes feel like drugs. Incidentally, Twitter would be cocaine and Facebook would be alcohol. Foursquare would be … O'Doul's?"

the thing
you push against
is the thing
that lifts you up

(lilfe advice on first lessons in flight. heard on msnbc this morning.)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


look what i just found...

manolo barkniks, duh

just wish i would've found this before he found my real ones a couple weeks ago. eesh.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011


in case it's not plainly obvious
i am only a photography enthusiast. i barely know anything about the subject
but really enjoy giving it a try.

moving on:
i watched a youtube on aperture before heading out to take some pics of friends today
it helped, i guess, but i have a long way to go
in any case it was fun to take these
and huge congratulations to jay & megan
(& thanks for playing along today)

goodness they're a good looking couple.
this was great fun.
thanks for reading!

p.s. jj, if you ever read this post - if these pics look familiar it is no coincidence! i have spent weeks admiring your save the date and was so inspired by your photographer's incredible work. consider these my first 'voice' project.

facebook status update

i'm twitchy
i'm uninformed
i'm so lost without facebook
(i just heard that one of my best friends recently made her wonderful baby news public, 
and it's kind of breaking my heart that i can't comment on that business) 
it's been since wednesday and i'm still going strong  hanging in
i've been blogging my BRAINS out 
i'm incredibly productive
i don't feel dependent on other people's minutiae for entertainment
and i like that

daylight, savings, and springtime

i can smell it. springtime is so close. i saw a little flower sprouted up between some bricks when i took tank for a walk. isn't springtime invigorating?

random things:

i'm going to start doing bikram yoga again
it's the hardest exercise i've ever done
i've been preparing myself for months - elaina (size 9 please and thank you)
i rilly, rilly, rilly want these shoes
i love red shoes in springtime
and these kate spade beauties are the bees knees

gp, as pp, owning it.
i like gwyneth paltrow (sometimes)
i love iron man
pepper potts just owns it everytime.


Friday, March 11, 2011

tell somebody

a friday list
1) i know i'm late to the mgmt party. try not to hold it against me that they're my favorite now. 
2) my husband comes home today from his big bad business trip to sioux falls.
3) it's been a long week.
4) the tank doesn't get to sleep in the bedroom while brad's gone because all he does is run from side to side looking for brad and it gets really...old. and sad? ok to feel bad for my dog who doesn't understand anything?
5) last night maybe the dog ate some maybe important papers. but we're not talking about that until brad gets home. 
6) i gave up the facebooks for lent but i still have the urge to tell everyone what i'm doing all the time.

the end.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


as an adult, i started going to church in college when i had an assignment on the architect henry hobson richardson (the church in copley square in boston). years passed and things changed and i've become at least three different people between then and now, but i have always felt really tethered to home through the church.

and i need that.

it's ash wednesday today, the first day of the lenten season. two years ago on ash wednesday my nonnie passed away. grandma miller passed in december. i'm still broken up over the loss of my grandmothers but when i go to church i feel a little closer to them because they sat in a church and listened to the same hymns and read the same words, and i need that.

so, as i enter into a 40-day period of reflection -- posting one of my favorite songs to reflect to. here we go. 

a big fat tuesday disaster

 so, let's forget that i was locked out
that it was one of the busiest days i've ever had the office
that everything was a complete hassle
and get to the nuts of it: 
we were dealing with an urgent plumbing issue.
our kitchen sink wouldn't drain. our bathroom sink wouldn't drain.

so, around 11 a.m. i headed home to meet the very prompt, very polite plumber.
he promptly demanded i clean out the underbelly of our sink area. ugh. i think i found some ancient relics under there, but i can't be too sure. 

at this point in the game, mind you, the apartment smelled like a dead whale. 
moving on.

after rooting around for a while...the very talented
very wonderful
very helpful plumber found... 
not one, but two:

in our drain. 
these do not belong to us nor have they ever belonged to us. 
well then. 
shall we move to the bathroom?
oh hey there. 
how about a penny?
or a pen lid? 
those are both useful things to use while using the bathroom sink.

and mister plumber? if you could just knock over and shatter a few more pictures while you're here
that would really make my day better.
because there's nothing like cleaning up broken glass in a bathroom!
nobody's ever barefoot in a bathroom, after all, are they?

 on the bright side: 
we now have two working drains.
the underbelly of our kitchen sink is all kinds of organized.

the bathroom floor is spotless.
the resolution of my big fat tuesday disaster. 
let's skip this next week, mmkay?