Monday, December 28, 2009

A Penne For Your Thoughts

Cooking (especially baking) can be extremely intimidating when starting out. From the minute you enter the grocery store... "Oh gosh! What's the difference between a flank steak & a round eye roast?! How am I supposed to know that feta cheese & goat cheese are different?! Arrrrgh!

Jane of all Trades Advice: Practice makes perfect and if you don't use it, ya lose it. So get cookin'! Here is a delicious recipe (created by yours truly) to get you started.  

Penne Romano

Penne 2

  Recipe serves 4 - 6 

You Will Need:
1 box penne
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 cups spinach
6 cloves garlic
1 lb. seasoned turkey sausage 
1 cup grated fresh Romano cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
dash of cayenne pepper

Cut sausage in 4 parts & cook on medium heat
In separate pan, pour 1/2 cup of olive oil on high heat
Once oil starts to smoke, reduce heat and add mushrooms, spinach & garlic
...Cook through

Then add:
cooked sausage (cut up into 1 inch pieces)
diced tomatoes
1/2 cup Romano cheese
 ...and cook until hot & bubbling

Serve with a dusting of Romano cheese & basil

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Florals My Style

Remember those holiday tips for the home?

Watch me put one of them into effect...

First I went to the store to look for a nice white flowers that I don't normally see around Christmas time.

I chose orchids

Now! What could I do to add some red... hmm...
Carnations? Bleh.
Roses? Yuck.

Then I found these really pretty Winter Berries!
Add some berries

Christmas colors! Think, think, think...

Then I stumbled upon the most beautiful cluster of Baby Hydrangea!
& babyh hydrangea

Now let's see...

I'm liking it, I'm liking it.
There she is...

What am I missing?!


Much better


 Much better indeed!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

These are a few of my favorite things

If you are like me, and wait til the last minute to go shopping for the holidays...

Here are a few of my favorite things that you can still order & receive before Christmas. Hanukkah! Oy! I'm a little late, but these are great gift ideas if you are still browsing.


This has got to be one of the coolest gifts I have ever seen!  It is the Cocktail Mixology set from Tea Forte. Using tea to make exotic cocktails?

 I'm obsessed...


This is such a great gift for your friend with a shoe fetish


This mesh chain necklace from would look adorable with any New Years Outfit!


I found this Taste Test recipe Book at Anthropologie.

It's colorful pages will spark the little chef inside any girl! She could use it to jot down her own creations, or fill the empty slots with  passed down recipes.


A Polka Dot Mani Pedi Gift from Burt's Bees!

It has polka dots... need I say more?

Monday, December 7, 2009

I'm too Chilly to Go Outside!

brrr definition
brrr or brr (bʉr)
used to signify that one feels cold

Ugh! Those nights where you feel like cooking, but you don't want to run to the store because it's starting to get so cold out!

Hmm, let's see... what's in the fridge? (aka you will need):

1 lb Lean Ground Beef or Turkey
1 large Onion, chopped
3 cloves Garlic, chopped

How about the pantry?

Salt, a dash or two
Pepper, a dash or two
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Dark-Brown Sugar
1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon Mustard Powder
1 Can Tomato Puree, 14 oz. can
Worcestershire Sauce, a splash or two
(I like potato rolls, but any rolls will do)!

Looks like we're having...

Sloppy Jane's!

Add olive oil to pan and fry up the onions & garlic over medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. Feel free to add salt & pepper and/or cayenne pepper- depending on whether or not you are in the mood for Spicy Sloppy Jane's.

Add meat to pan. Once cooked all the way through, add the remaining ingredients and stir occasionally for about 10 minutes or until the mixture becomes a little thick.

When mixture is ready, fill up a potato roll with the delicious mess & serve with a handful of onion rings! 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Little Help Please!

For a few years now, I have had this ongoing joke with my friends that I am going to write a self-help book. When you open it up, it would consist of one page. That page would read:
Go Help Yourself!

Truth be known, I am not a hater of the self-help book. It is just a matter of finding the right one for you through the mounds of rubbish that people or shall I dare say, experts publish daily.

Some of these books offer advice from a religious standpoint, while others from a medical one. Some have been around since Before Common Era, while others are written by a “life coach”. The truth of the matter is that you need to find an author that you really connect with. Personally, I like reading quotes for a little pick me up. Short & Sweet Saves the Day!

There are however, two books I hold to high regard when looking for “help” (or what I like to call guidance)… and aren’t we all! Oddly enough, neither of them were written by experts, just people who loved to write and decided to pursue a literary career.


The Joy of Doing Things Badly: A Girl’s Guide to Life, Love and Foolish Bravery by Veronica Chambers  

The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran - a series of philosophical essays written in English prose. 

 I'm all for a little written advice here & there...

Hope I could be of help!