Friday, September 25, 2009

At work, groovin to Jimmy Buffet :-D not a bad way to spend the morning.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

yum, I love the flavors of fall!

I was paging thu a few magazines this weekend, and my mouth was watering!

(Better Homes & Gardens)
- Creamy Pumpkin Rice Pudding
- Pumpkin Black Bean Bake
- Pumpkin Puree
- Green Chile & Chicken Enchiladas
- Apple Glazed Pork Loaf
- Beer & Cheese Soup
- Butternut Squash Bisque
- Fireside Chili (had unexpected ingredients like Bittersweet chocolate & dried plums)
- Sweet Potato & Hominy Stew
- Carmel Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake
- Roasted Pork w/ Blackberry Sauce

(Taste of Home)
- Lime Tartlets
- Toffee Poke Cake - making that for work this week update: The cake rocked & got rave reviews and oh so simple to make :)
- Cinnamon Biscuit Peach Cobbler
- Omlette Croissants
- Lemon Chicken Tortellini
- Roasted Chicken Lasagna w/ Ricotta & Spinach
- Mexican Lasagna w/ Chicken, Corn & Black Beans
- Chipolte Sweet Potatoes
- Chicken Enchilada Bake
- Harvest Turkey Bread Salad
- Teriyaki Pineapple & Pork Chops

.... mmmm, now to decide what to try

Does it tempt you?????

Friday, September 18, 2009

Knitting project

Found out this week that one of the bosses is expexting !!(she was preggers earlier this year but the babe wasn't meant to be) I am so happy to hear the great news

Anyhoo, am thinking of trying a project..... what do you think??

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A friend of mine is haveing a milestone birthday next week, the big 4-0. She doesn't like cakes much, and can't eat dairy, making the surprise at work all that more difficult. I think we are going to decorate her cube, and have cheese/crackers and a small poke cake with coolwhip (gotta have some birthday tradition!)

Friday, September 11, 2009


So I have been a bit mia lately. I have been on vacation with no real computer access, then had the munchkin from yesterday afternoon until about 3 hours ago.

Last Friday I escaped, and went up to New Hampshire for a long holiday weekend. Stayed in Dover NH, cuz southern coastal Maine & NH Seacoast were too bloody expensive. Dover is only about 15-20 miles from Portsmouth, so it was a decent location.

Stayed at Homewood Suites and shared a 1 bedroom suite with mom. Real dishes in the kitchen, and in the breakfast area off the library, and a door to separate the kitchen/living room from the bedroom and bath areas. Overall a nice hotel but there were some glitches.... one day our room never got cleaned/ freshened, and of course when we got back housekeeping was gone for the day.

Generally my vacations are laid back (sometimes a bit too laid back and lacking plans). This time was no different. Saturday we went out on a drive, driving up Rte 1 in ME and taking back roads to see the coastline. Came across a state park Fort Mclary. It was right on the harbor and there were few people there, got to sit by the water, listen to the waves and watch the boats, very peaceful. It was off the beaten path, and I loved it!

Another day went to The Fells on lake Sunapee in NH. It was the summer home of the Hays family. Mr Hays was a friend to Lincoln prior to the presidency, and went on to be one of his secretaries after the election, Secretary of State, and then dignitary to England. He and another friend had purchased large brownstone homes across the street from The White House. These two homes were eventually combined to become the Hays-Adams hotel in Washington, DC where Obama stayed on the eve of the inauguration. Anyway, aside from the neat family history, we got to take a tour of the home and walked the beautiful gardens that overlook Lake Sunapee. The family once owned 1000 acres around the lake, they over the years whittled it down to 100+ that remain today. Wow.

We planned to head up to the Budweiser's plant in Merrimack because they were having picture day with the Clydesdales ( they are beautiful but HUGE animals). Kinda mixed up the dates and it was a day before we thought. Oh well, next time (maybe in the winter time w/snow on the ground??)

Spent an afternoon at York Beach, quiet and peaceful because it was the day AFTER Labor Day! Enjoyed the sun, sea, people watching and stayed sane.

Overall, it was a great quiet, peaceful, and relaxing getaway. Now I have to gear up for back to work on Mon.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

An enjoying a beautiful late afternoon at York Beach :-D