Thanksgiving Menu and Stalking Plans


We’re not traveling this Thanksgiving, so I will be entirely in charge of this Thursday’s menu preparation. The grocery shopping has been completed, my Wednesday Prep Schedule is hanging on the refrigerator and I seriously can’t wait for a full day of cocktails, grub and football. I’ll be serving:

Turkey/Gravy – This will be handled by the lovely folks at Whole Foods. I just really don’t see the point in cooking one for the 3 of us.

Great-Grandmother’s Stuffing/Dressing – You know the drill. Tell you, have to kill you, so on and so forth…

Hash Brown Casserole – the ULTIMATE in comfort/unhealthy food.

1 lb frozen hash browns
1/2 cup chopped onions
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can mushroom soup
1/2 lb. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup butter, melted (1/2 stick)

Mix all together, put in casserole dish, bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Enjoy the clogged arteries.

Spanish Green Beans

Dinner Rolls/Biscuits – haven’t decided on which recipe exactly. Any good ones?

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Whiskey Whipped Cream

1 8 ounce baguette, sliced into ½ inch slices
4 eggs
1 quart half and half
1 15 ounce can pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
cooking spray
1 cup heavy cream, very cold
2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons whiskey

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

1. Toast the bread on a rimmed baking sheet until lightly browned, turning occasionally, about 20 minutes.

2. In a large bowl combine eggs, half and half, pumpkin, brown sugar, spices, vanilla, and salt. Add toasted bread slices, cover with plastic wrap, pressing down. Place a plate that fits inside bowl on the plastic wrap and weight with a canned good. The bread must be completely submerged. Let soak until the bread is saturated about 30 minutes.

3. Transfer to a 2 quart baking dish that has been coated with non stick cooking spray. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes
until set and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Store, covered in refrigerator.

4. To make whiskey whipped cream, combine heavy cream, sugar and whiskey. Mix immediately on high speed with mixer for about 4 minutes, until fluffy. Spoon over bread pudding.

Of course, I will be cooking all of this food while sipping on a spicy Bloody Mary with pickles, olives and celery. Mmmm.

What are you making for Thanksgiving? More importantly, are you trying out any special cocktail recipes?


I saw Twilight on Sunday night with my good friend Lisa. This might not seem like a huge deal to most of you snazzy moviegoers, but let me tell you a little something about myself. In the past 8 years, I have seen 3 movies* in the theater. (For those of you keeping track, that would be since Y2K. Y2K, PEOPLE.) I simply do not see movies in the theater, mainly because my husband has some sort of bizarre movie-induced narcolepsy, and let’s face it, it’s no fun watching a movie while your +1 is dozing. ALSO, it’s no fun when someone sitting behind you sneezes half-chewed Twizzlers in your hair. Just sayin’.

Before seeing Twilight, I didn’t think my obsession with Edward Cullen could grow. I was wrong.

I am seeing the movie again this weekend. With my good friend Lisa.


On a related note, anyone interested in stalking Robert Pattinson with me? My lovely cousins are providing the crazy stalker van, so we’re all set to go.

*The Royal Tenenbaums, The Squid and the Whale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


hair thursday makeover 52


This week’s participant is Kat.

Kat is one of Hair Thursday’s biggest supporters – she leaves positive, insightful comments all of the time and I just love having her around in general.

Now, as you can see from the above photos, Kat has beautiful hair. For God’s sake, look at that perfect ponytail.

Oh, and don’t forget the shine.

Sickening, really.

Kat’s hair grows super fast and is super straight and she is SUPER BORED. She even put up a poll at her own blog to help her make a decision. Long or short? Natural or highlights? Bangs or no bangs?

Here are my two cents. I’m willing to put money on the fact that people would kill for Kat’s shiny, straight thickness. However, I know she is bored and wants a change. My suggestion to Kat would be to keep her hair color as natural as possible – no matter what kind of color she uses, nothing is shinier than virgin hair. Amen to that. If Kat continues to highlight, I would not suggest going any lighter than the highlights in the above photos. I DO think they look very pretty, so if that’s what Kat needs to feel like she’s making a change, by all means, go for it.

As for a style, I don’t think Kat should discount the idea of bangs. Looking at the above photo, it seems her bangs are cut a little too wispy for her hair type. If she tries bangs again, I would suggest heavier ones. (By “heavier”, I mean I don’t want to see the forehead through the bangs. Also, do I detect a cowlick? If so, the heavier bangs will help with that.)

Here are some examples of heavier bangs.

Some of these bangs are cut on an angle, some are straight across, but they all are heavier than Kat’s previous bangs. I definitely think that is the key.

(Kat, since your hair grows super fast, I would recommend going with a blunt, straight-across bang first and as they grow, have your stylist shape them into an angled, sideswept look. That way, you get the best of both worlds.)

Take a look at these options.

If Kat decides against the bangs, I like Option #1 for her hairstyle. The layers around the face add some movement and texture, which could help add some dimension to Kat’s straight hair. Kat would definitely need a pomade or wax to help separate and “flick” the ends. (Maybe even use a flat iron to create some loose waves? By the way, I’m working on that video tutorial and it should be up next week, if I can stop vomiting over the sound of my voice.)

Option #2 has the same kind of beachy, separated look but with bangs.

Of course, both of these styles will look great in Kat’s natural straight state, but I thought the addition of some waves would be a nice departure.

So what do you all think? Should Kat cut bangs to change it up?


Updates – Part Eight


You might remember a certain shiny-haired minx named Darcey, who was the latest inductee into The Fishing Club.

When Darcey and I were emailing back and forth, I mentioned how much I loved her photo with bangs and hoped she would take my advice and dive back into bang territory. Lucky for me, she just emailed with a new photo of her absolutely fantastic bangs. (Not to mention a new dark auburn shade with a few coppery highlights.)

Take a look for yourself!

Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous.


Messy updo


Soft, feminine, perfect. Thanks to Wood for her lovely take on our messy updo.