Saturday, February 28, 2009

Nutella Ravioli & Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Last night we made some nutella ravioli to complete movie night (we downloaded Body of Lies on our was good, not great).

They weren't hard to make and tasted great. Giada's recipe is here.

And in case you can't find wonton wrappers - they're in the Asian section of the refrigerated produce...who knew such a section existed. The Wooded Acres HEB surprises me sometimes - but I'm still holding out for a Central Market!

Here are some pictures:

And tonight I made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies - I was trying to use up some pantry stuff. They turned out great. The recipe is here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Tribute to A True Red Devil

The one, the only, the incomparable Wayne Rooney...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Time Well Spent...

The blind love affair the media (FOX News excluded) has with Barack Obama is overt, obvious, and irrefutable. To give credit where credit is due, the media makes no attempt to hide their unabashed love and admiration. Throughout the campaign, and these first several weeks of his presidency, Obama has come to expect blind, no questions asked loyalty from the media. The media, for the most part, has acted in conformity with Obama's expectations. That is until yesterday...

Yesterday afternoon, Rick Santelli, an analyst for CNBC, was reporting from the floor of the Chicago Commodities Exchange. Mr. Santelli asked the traders what they thought about Obama's recently proposed housing bailout plan, to which the traders responded with a chorus of boos. Mr. Santelli then went on to voice his disapproval of the plan and the many reasons he felt supported his position. Pundits, and their many criticisms, have been around for decades. They just come with territory, as do their criticisms. That is unless you are Barack Obama. Throughout the campaign and his presidency to this point, political pundits have essentially given Obama a free ride. That being the case, one cannot be surprised that Obama would not have expected to hear any criticism about his housing proposal. The Whitehouse's reaction to the criticism, however, was quite surprising. In the press briefing today, the Press Secretary took several minutes to specifically address Mr. Santelli's criticism of Obama's proposal. The Press Secretary held up a copy of the proposal and told Mr. Santelli to read it. A great argument, because we all know that someone who lives and breathes the stock market on a daily basis could not possibly understand the fundamentals...

Let's all hope that none of Obama's remaining plans and proposals over the next four years are crticized in any way shape or form. If they are, all we will get to hear during Whitehouse press conferences are responses to the individual opiners of each and every criticism.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Have you seen this commercial?

We love it!
ps - look for the missing eye.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Valentine's Day

We had a great first married Valentine's Day this year - we slept in, I stayed in my PJ's all day, and we made fondue!

The first fondue - spicy cheese fondue - turned out really well served with french bread and green apples. It was really easy to make - Monterrey jack cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, chili powder, and garlic - yum!!

The dessert fondue was not as successful... you can see the oil floated to the top and it never quite melted. Not very appetizing. It was supposed to be a peanut butter chocolate fondue. Oh well, I'm determined to try the dessert fondue again soon.

Now that we've tried the fondue pot and seen how easy it is - we might be hooked!

"Gerrard Rhapsody"

In order to ensure that the following video is viewed in the appropriate frame of mind, I feel that it is necessary to provide some background information. Obviously, the musical inspiration is Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." The inspiration for the subject matter and lyrics is also drawn from a British influence, Liverpulian to be more precise.

As I am sure most, if not all of you are aware, I am a Manchester United supporter. Manchester United's arch rival in the English Premier League has always been and will forever be Liverpool Football Club. This is an extremely heated rivalry, exacerbated even more so this year as Manchester United sits poised to tie Liverpool's record of 17 English League titles at season's end. The focal point of the video is Stephen Gerrard, Liverpool's long time captain. Gerrard was arrested in a Liverpool area pub after cold-cocking a fellow patron because the poor lad changed the song on the jukebox. Gerrard's arrest in late January, along with the multiple criminal charges that followed, provided the Aussie masterminds with their inspiration to make this video.

Quick Vocabulary Lesson:

Scouser - derogatory term referring to anyone who plays for, supports, or hails from Liverpool
Rafa - Liverpool's manager (head coach), also known in Mancunian (Manchester United) circles as FSW (Fat Spanish Waiter)

Monday, February 16, 2009

New York, New York!

Megan (I kept waiting for this post so I could link her...and she still hasn't started her blog!) and I went to NYC over the MLK Day weekend. Jordan graciously let us stay at her apartment...and we had a blast!

Here are some pictures from our weekend getaway:

We're Back!

Sorry for the long absence - it looks like I'm a good once a month blogger! It's been on my to-do list since MLK Day...but I'm just now getting to it. That's ok - I'm pretty sure that everyone who reads this blog already knows what is going on with us anyway!

First, Mark is done with Practice Court! I don't think that I realized how much of a difference it would be - he doesn't have to read until 2 am every night and he's in such a better mood. I guess it really was a good thing that I didn't know any different since the entire time we've been married he's been in practice court.

Another thing you might have missed is Mark's cast!

We thought he might have broken his hand, but he actually ruptured the sheath around his tendon. He did this while trying to change my tire from one of my flats (I've had about 5 or 6 in the past year - I like to say that it's better to have a flat than a wreck!!). My Lexus has wheel locks on it which means that you have to use a key to get the tire off of the wheel - but since I have had so many flats, the key was stripped and it was impossible to remove the tire. Stubborn Mark tried for more than 2 hours to get that flat tire of my car - he never succeeded. BUT, he was vindicated when the tow truck driver using his air gun, and Discount Tire couldn't remove the tire with their machine. They ended up having to break the wheel lock to remove the tire. Mark was a great husband in fixing my tire and working with the AAA Tow Truck man! My tire is now fixed, and he warned me that the next time I get a flat tire, I have to deal with it. Luckily, the Reitmeier's continued our AAA coverage!!

In other news, the plywood on our wall is gone! We are waiting for the wall to be textured and painted - but unpainted drywall is much better than plywood!

Coming from my New York City weekend!

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