Okay...I know...it's getting late. I told you it takes me forever to do anything. I still haven't tweeked the bedroom and I have more packages to wrap...but, I took these last night to add to this years Christmas photos and I thought I would share it with you.
Tony and I have started a photo blog together. I got the idea from another blog I happened upon sometime ago, and thought it was a perfect project for us. Something the two of us can do together. So, if you get the time and want to check it out...
Looks like we may have some snow for Christmas afterall!!! One can Hope!!! I'm in bed with the flu, but I just had to post this great rainbow...if you look hard, you can see there is the hint of another one, behind the large one. What a great treat for Los Angeles!!!Love and Kisses
Today is Thanksgiving and as many do on this day...I am reflecting.
My heart swells with love and pride every time I think of having the privilege to be at the side of my hero, Jed Ufland. He is my everything. Still after 36 years, it is his name, in the night, I call when I am afraid; his smile that makes me soar to the sky with happiness; and his love that never fails me.
His courage, his wit, and his love is what has made me the person I am, and strive to be, everyday.
So, here's to you, my darling...and to many more Thanksgiving Days!!!
What started out to be a cool surprise for Jed, turned out to be a Comedy of Errors.
First off, Jed had to go into the office on Wednesday, so we postponed the celebration until Thursday. Okay, I can deal with that...no problem. After 37 years, what's one more day, right?
Jed and I hung out all day yesterday...watching old movies, reading and just talking but most of all, enjoying each other. It's funny, but still after all this time, I'd rather be with him than anyone. I guess that is really what love is all about. My surprise was coming later, anyway.
First, I need to give you the back story. We used to go to Trader Vic Restaurant all the time. We ordered nearly the whole menu and pigged out for hours...we just loved the place. Then, Merv Griffen died (he was the owner) and it started going downhill, it was eventually sold and then it really got bad. Anyway, it finally closed...we were heartbroken. Our Pig-out place was gone forever...or so we thought.
Last week while I was shopping for Christmas things downtown, I drove by it. IT WAS STILL HERE...just moved across the street from Staples Center. I was delighted...that was going to be my big surprise. I was going to drive up to the restaurant, get out, leave the car with the Valet and we were going to eat until we popped. After a 45 minute drive, (2.5 miles, I HATE LA TRAFFIC)it was NOT TO BE!!!! (another back-story...Jed walks with a cane, and I have a terrible bad back) THERE WAS NO VALET PARKING!!!! I called TV's from the car and they said we had to park 3 blocks away. We went to the parking garage and it was a $25.00 parking fee. Now, I don't mind (well, sort of) spending that (especially on our anniversary), but then to walk 3 blocks...we called and cancelled the reservation. NO WAY, am I going to pay $25.00 and then walk 3 long blocks.
What to do...I immediately went into panic mode, and thought of Jeds other favorite restaurant, The Palm. So I turned the car around and pressed on. After an hour and a half of driving, we arrived at the restaurant. Needless to say, my back was KILLING ME and I could hardly walk (of course, I forgot MY cane).
Jed ordered a Crab Cocktail and a Broiled Lobster...his meal was pretty good. I deviated from my usual Capri Salad and Veal Parmigiana and decided to order Calamari and Steamed lobster. The Calamari was rubbery and (and this would be funny, if it wasn't so pathetic) I had to ask for a steak knife for the Lobster.
On the way home, we just started laughing...I have always said, when things go wrong, you are making a memory...so we started listing all our memories of the evening....made us crack up.
Oh...and the clincher...Jed told me it was 36 years...not 37...really made my evening.
I know...throw it in the Microwave...but...I just can't bring myself to stop cooking it the way Mother did. I feel very close to her, as I am standing there...turning each piece, checking for doneness. It's an act of love. Man, could she cook!!!
Anyway, this is how she did it.
First, start with Farmer Johns Bacon, or any Sugar Cured Bacon, and cook in bacon fat. She stored the fat in the fridge, and each time she used it, she would pour it up and store it. If ANYTHING other than bacon was cooked in the fat, she would throw it all away, and start over.
The more bacon fat, the better...she liked to cover the bacon...that way, it all cooked more evenly.
On Med-low heat fry the bacon until it is done. Now, here is one trick. Take out the bacon when it looks undercooked. You can always put it back, but once it is overcooked...it is too late. You can tell if it is done after it cools and it is crisp. Sometimes I put back just one corner...
Another trick...It really does the best job...drain on a brown paper bag...I use the inside of the grocery bag...just cut out a piece to fit your counter.
BE PATIENT...COOK IT SLOWLY, AND WAIT FOR THE KUDDOS!!!
Perhaps because my Mother was Southern, or perhaps because she grew up in the depression, or perhaps, just because, my Mother had a saying for EVERYTHING.
The reason I bring this up is because, I am amazed at how many folks brag on these blogs (INCLUDING MYSELF, I MIGHT ADD)...I can hear my mother now..."I'd pat you on the back, but your arm's in the way"...and Mother, again you are right.
So to all of us braggers out there...HERE'S TO US...
One of MY favorite sayings, (and my Mother would turn over in her grave) is @#!$ &^% &*%^, I mean WHO CARES!!!
I was wondering...someone recently referred to someone else as a "Dear Friend"...it got me to thinking...what a "Dear Friend" is to me, and then I wondered, what a "Dear Friend" is to you. So...just throwing it out there...What is a "Dear Friend" to you?
Here is another photo of Christmas decorating...I am making red and white roses to go on the tree...all it is going to have on it are roses and little white lights...I love the look...very classic. I'll post a photo, of course, when it is all up. It is going just as slow as I thought it was going to be...so glad I started early.
Well...I started decorating for Christmas yesterday. I started early because I am so slow and if I don't start now, things just won't get finished in time.
I have decided to skip Thanksgiving Decorations altogether, that way, I can really concentrate on The Big One...
Here are a few of the photos...I will take photos every chance I get and post them. At the end, I will do some before and after photos...just for fun.There are more than 30 boxes...this is just a few...
A view looking out on the balcony...we are putting lights out there this year!!!
My Beautiful and Sweet Orbelina...
Orbelina, again...making pretty, she is soooo funny!!!!
Who is that handsome guy...must be my Darling Ivan...
I found some photos of us on Tonys' (my son) Facebook page, so I swiped them, photo-shopped them, and I am posting them. This is the only one I have done, so far...will add more later. And of course, it is of my Jed Boy...love you Sweetheart!!!
This is my baby angel, Pixie...funny, considering Pixie means mischievous devil...come to think of it...she is more like a devil than an angel..but we love her, just the same. And besides, how can you get mad at anything this beautiful!!!!
On the table for Sunday Brunch! Fresh out of the oven!
Here is the recipe:
Four Seasons Resort in Hawaii Baked Homestyle Eggs with Asparagus, Red Peppers and Chiles
10 each Eggs 1/2 C. All Purpose Flour 1 Tsp. Baking Powder 1 Tsp. Salt 2 C. (16 oz.) Cottage Cheese 4 C. (16 oz.) Jack Cheese, (shredded) 1/2 C. Butter, Melted and Cooled 4 oz. Green Chiles, (canned) Diced 1/2 C. Red Peppers, Diced 1/2 C. Asparagus, Diced
Beat eggs until light and lemon colored. Add Flour, Baking Powder, Salt, Cottage Cheese, Jack Cheese, Butter, Red Peppers, and Asparagus. Blend until smooth. Stir in Chiles Pour mixture into a well buttered 9 x 13" baking pan. Bake in preheated 350 oven for about 35 minutes, or until top is browned and center appears firm
When I walk into this room in the mornings and see this corner, something about the baskets, the wrought iron table and tole flowers make me smile every time.I thought I would share this little corner of my world with you.
Yep, that's right...I don't have enough. I purchased this BRIGHT Yellow wicker table. I hate the color, but the table is really cool. I'm in the process of painting it (white, of course) and I am going to have to decide then, whether to keep it, or sell it.
The really neat thing about it, besides that it's old and I love old wicker, is that the bottom "shelf" is really a very large tray. AND...is removable. How cool is that?
As soon as it is completed, I will take some photos. In the meantime, here is the ""Before" photo. Enjoy!!!
Just in case you noticed, I've been missing!!! Both of my computers were down for two days. Actually, it was the server, but that's just too long a story to go into tonight.
I didn't put a new "Weekly Sale" on this week, because I was still down this morning at 8:00.
But, as they say, "Alls well that ends..." so I'll be back on schedule next Monday. I'm already getting some more things to put on my websites, and I'll touch base with my Facebook Friends, in a few minutes.
I always thought I was so cool...so interesting!!! Now, trying to figure out what to write about, I realize just what a boring life I have. Not that I'm complaining...more EXplaining!!!
What I find so neat in my life sounds mundane and ordinary when I write about it. Am I the only one in the world that feels like this? Does anyone else ever have times in their lives when nothing seems more than the day to day grind?
I hope I snap out of this pretty fast...because I have stuff to do...hee hee!!! Albeit, boring stuff, but stuff, none the less!!!
Just wanted to tell everyone to have a great weekend.
A bit late, but not TOO late, I am learning to take things slow and easy. I'm trying to remember, it's not what color your living room is that matters, but that you use it to LIVE in. It's not whether or not your couch ECHOS the drapes, but that your grandkids say "Thank You" because they heard you say it so often (now that's an echo, I can live with). Life is short and whether your house looks like a magazine or it has magazines all over it, its the journey that measures success.
One of the perks of living in an Hysterical (Oh, I mean HISTORICAL) building is the lack of AC. I must say that on all but a few days of the year...throwing the windows open for the cross breeze really cools thing off, especially on the 9th floor.
But this week, with the fires and the heat...it is horrible!!!! The temp. has been in triple digits and there is white ash floating all over the place. It can't be good for our lungs.
Jed and I are going to gather a few goodies and go to Santa Monica, sit in the park by the beach, and have a picnic. Maybe that will cool us down.
I just thought I would let everyone who checks in here regarding my web-site that I am going to try and add a couple of new items this week, but I am not going to reach my goal. And I am going to be out of town next week so I can't add anything at all next week. So...my goal of 5 new things a week is, as they say, "Shot to Sh.." for the next couple of weeks. But I will pick the ball back up when I return.
Anyway, just thought I'd let you know...what's up.
I know...I didn't post any photos of my new range...but first, I wanted to give you the back-story.
We have lived in the building for 27 years and the stove provided was, well, let's just say, a mess, to say the least. All the numbers had worn off the knobs, I couldn't get it clean anymore, but worse was, it never had a calibrator. So when I wanted to bake, I had to use a thermometer purchased at the market (never was accurate)to see when it got to the right temperature. The gaskets had worn away, so all the heat escaped. Anyway, you can see why I needed a new one.
Yes, I could have asked the building to provide me with another one that I would loathe, but Jed...Bless his heart...told me to go buy my dream range...so that is exactly what I did. I did keep the budget in mind (I know, not like me at all) and I found a stainless steel deluxe model from Sears...
We have been playing in the kitchen ever since it arrived. This week-end, we even made pancakes on the griddle.
SO...As soon as I tidy up the kitchen,wipe clean the stove top and make the kitchen presentable, I will post a photo.
For those of you who care (and for those that don't), tomorrow is my day to change my "1/2 Off Item" on my site. As usual, I will post a link here. Also, don't forget, if you purchase the sale item, you get 15% off anything else on the site (as long as you purchase it at the same time). So, set your clock...8:00am pt, tomorrow!!!
Also, I wanted to tell you...I watch way too much HGTV, and rarely do I see anything I haven't seen 1000 times before...White walls, Beige Walls, Green Walls, Pink Walls.
Anyway, I was watching a new show this morning...Gosh, I can't remember which one...but another one about getting the house ready for sale...this time an English gal is the host...
Anyway, the kitchen was a breath of fresh air...Glass, Reverse Painted Subway Tiles (in a light aqua color)...over the entire wall space. And, of course, Stainless Steel Appliances, and a Granite Counter Top.
The topper was a Reproduction Tin Ceiling...and Contemporary Fixtures..It was the prettiest kitchen I have seen in years.. I wanted to just step in and cook!!!! ~~~~~~~~~~ I just looked, and although I can't figure out which episode, the show was "The Unsellables". ~~~~~~~~~~ Catch it if you can...it is worth seeing.
I just found out we are going to North Carolina to visit my Tony, Lisa and Zack and Josh. We leave Aug. 15th and return Aug. 22nd.
I can't wait to throw my arms around Zack and Josh...I have missed them sooooo much. I know they are really big now, but even if I have to stand on a ladder...THEY ARE GETTING THE BIGGEST HUG I CAN GIVE.
So...watch out boys...Grandmothers' on her way!!!!!
I live in Los Angeles with my husband, Jed. We have lived here for 37 years and counting. We love to read, travel, watch old movies and hang out. We also go to the theater, and we love to spend time with friends and family.
Together, we have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.
Oh, and of course, there is Pixie, our Maltepoo, whom we share custody with Ivan Molina.
Please contact me at www.thecottagelook.com or 213/448-3399.