persephone33: (evil laugh)
( Apr. 26th, 2009 05:42 pm)
I had two glasses of wine and a snow cone... It really doesn't take much to make me happy.

Oh, and this:

It's the stuff from which I made a totally life changing sorbet.  I mean it.  It will skew the way you look at the way you all live your life.  (With the exception of [ profile] heyurs , possibly.)

But I also made Orange Poppyseed Cookies to go with.  And some Parmesan Pepper Bread, which also turned out to be a spiritual experience.

Click here for the recipe, Nicole, :) )

Yeah, that's all.  Happy Sunday.
So many pictures...

Seriously, there's lots and lots under here.... )
Yeah, I'm not a rule follower. If you want to do this, see day one and do what I did.  :)

Wow.  I'm tired.
I know. It's the sound of nothing.

My company for the weekend just left, Katie's sacked out on the brick floor by my feet, Nolan's taking a nap, and the boys are playing with a cardboard box in the garage. Thousands of dollars worth of toys and what do they play with? A cardboard box. A rock, a hoop and a stick is all they need. Boys.

Anyway. Mom & Tom gave us a housewarming gift of PLANTS! WOO HOO! I planted two big pots with all kinds of fun plants for the front porch, two pots of geraniums on the back porch, and started an herb garden in the backyard. I got my hands dirty. I hoed. I used a shovel. I actually perspired. I might even have a sunburn on my nose.

I was not cut out for manual labor.

As I was pulling the huge rocks and chunks of concrete from the herb garden, earth streaked on my face and cute little sundress splattered with mud, cursing the construction people that obviously didn't pick up after themselves, I had quite the Scarlett O'Hara moment... "As God as my witness I will never weed a flower bed again!"

Or something like that.

It was a little more melodramatic when you were right in the midst of it.

Pictures, anyone? )

Oh. I've been meaning to say. I have an extra copy of Quidditch Through the Ages. (Yes, I'm aware that it makes me a HUGE dork.) I'll mail it to the first person who leaves their address. Or emails their address to :D Ooops! Snagged by Nicole!
persephone33: (Default)
( Apr. 18th, 2008 08:39 pm)
Yes, I know this is my third post of the day. I'm bored.

Remember him? Um... four-ish posts back?

I thought, when Nolan didn't go and pick him up right away, that I'd had a reprieve.

No such luck. )

I need therapy.
persephone33: (The Winchesters look disgusted)
( Feb. 22nd, 2008 04:36 pm)
 Hallo, all.  

Going to be scarce this weekend... lots to do.

Spent the afternoon at the new house, deciding where hardware should go.  Who knew you had to decide where toilet paper rolls are installed?

Keeping in mind that it's not done yet, we're still a few weeks out...

Okay.  I MUST write for the ficexchange this weekend.  My recipient will be SO disappointed if I don't.  And we can't have her unhappy; no we can't.  :)

I get home from picking Aaron home from school, and get him a snack, as per usual.  I set out a baggie of cut up fruit, and put a handful of goldfish crackers in front of him.)

Aaron.  (sighs heavily, picking up the baggie of fruit)  Needs before wants.

Me.  What?

Aaron.  You have to put your needs before your wants.  (Shakes baggie at me)  I need these.  (disdainfully) Goldfish are a want.

Me.  I see.


You know, there's nothing like a five year old for teaching you a major life lesson.  Of course, then he did this:

persephone33: (*pokes tongue*)
( Jan. 28th, 2008 11:36 am)

Picture dump.

I promise these to be neither interesting, nor entertaining, but they prove just how big of a dork I can be.

I told you.  Uninteresting.  :)

So with my username, you'd think I be all about the pomegranate.  And I do love them, truly.  But they're such a lot of work, and I quite frankly, didn't like ruining clothes and getting my white kitchen splattered with red juice.  Because you all know it always stays clean.  *wink*

So the last time I was at my friend Stephanie's house she taught me how to open these little suckers so everything stays clean.  Which is all kinds of awesome, cause they have certain "properties."  *wink wink nudge nudge*  There's image intensive, how-to pictures under the cut. 

And I think we're going to the movies tonight.  Do I cave and let Ethan and Aaron see Alvin and the Chipmunks?  *sigh*

 Let me say that the alcohol on the counter was for the egg nog.  It's not like I swig it while making Christmas morning breakfast.  (Any other morning, though...  no.  Just kidding.)  I don't have an excuse for the rest of it.

And for seegrim...
Sweater! )

persephone33: (Wavy carrie)
( Dec. 24th, 2007 10:51 pm)
 Aaron, Nolan, Carrie and Ethan.  Merry Christmas 2007

Many of you received this picture in a card for Christmas...

Anyhow, I'm off to see if the kiddos are asleep so that Santa can throw out the cookies and dump the milk that's been out for two hours.  Ick!  Can you imagine?  That Santa must have one heck of a constitution.
persephone33: (Snowmen Stickup)
( Dec. 14th, 2007 10:01 pm)
The frickin' coffeepot bit it today.  *sigh*  And you thought I was an alarmist.  Huh uh.  Everything with a plug, baby.  Everything with a plug. 
Anyone have a brand of coffeepot that they adore?  We've been through about four in the last two years.

The Cookie Press Cookie recipe:  It is not for the faint of heart.

1 cake mix, whatever flavor you'd like
2 3/4 c flour
4 sticks of butter - omg.

Melt butter.  Mix with dry ingredients.  Stick in the gun.  Good times.

persephone33: (Muttley)
( Nov. 16th, 2007 07:43 am)

So I was thinking yesterday about all of the crap we're going to have to move in a couple of months...  (The masons are doing the brick, and they're starting drywall inside, YAY!)  And the one thing that is more daunting than the rest is the fact that we'll have to move my piano.

*sigh*  I should let it go.  

Well, I've tried.  My parents bought it in the early eighties, and we've tried unloading on several people.  My dad even sold it once, but they couldn't get it in the lady's house.  It was too heavy.  I've tried to sell it, tried to give it to several theatres that I've worked for, and still it sits where it has for the last ten years.

Here's the kicker.  I think it's cursed.

I know, I know, f-list, what you're thinking.  Here's Carrie with another one of her weird theories...  but come on, look at this!

Does anyone else see that the knots in the wood look very much like a DEMON?  Or at the very least, a pissed off longhorn?  Neither of which I want in the living room.  I used to have to keep sheet music up all the time, even when I wasn't practicing, just because the thing creeped me out.  Actually, I think I blame the wood grain for the fact that I'm not more adept at the piano, and not my absolute loathing of sitting down to practice.

It was made by the Estey Piano Company, New York, and the patents on the inside range from April 1873 to June of 1909.

Seriously...  this thing is an episode of Supernatural waiting to happen.

Which would be okay, if Sam and Dean came to visit.  :)

For all you Americans, Thanksgiving is coming up, and I thought I'd share my family's quintessential Thanksgiving fare, the pan of sweet potatoes.  Yams, if you will.  Do I know the difference?  Erm... Yams are yellow, I think, and sweet potatoes are orange.  Or something.  This recipe came from my sweet MIL Lanell, who is a fantastic cook.  And these are less of what you'd call a vegetable, and more of a little party in your mouth, as I think the amount of sugar negates all nutritional value.  :)  But it's Thanksgiving!  Who's looking to be healthy?

Persephone's Candied Sweet Potatoes

4-6 large sweet potatoes, cooked whole and  cooled
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz of Dr. Pepper
1 bag mini marshmallows

persephone33: (Default)
( Oct. 31st, 2007 04:30 pm)
I present to you a Halloween photo essay:  by Ethan and Aaron

persephone33: (john cusak)
( Oct. 26th, 2007 08:44 am)

Extreme Narcissism ahead.  Just skip it if that bothers you.  :)

So, my post the other day got me thinking...  Just how many head shots do I have?  Do I really need to get another?  Does doing commercial work in this burgh really demand it?  They're expensive, but I've lost about 15 lbs. since the last one was taken...  and some of these really suck.  I thought I'd post and see what the f-list has to say.

So can I salvage one of these?  Or should I shell out the cash and get another?

Okay.  Enough.  No more ME!ME!ME!ME!ME!ME! posts.

Oh, who am I kidding?    But I'll try to at least be a little more concerned about the world outside of my little cocoon, how's that?
 So, the reason behind all the garage sale posts of late is that Nolan and I are building a house. (Actually, some other very nice men are, but since we're paying for it, I totally feel justified in saying that.)  Anyhow, I've been trying to purge the house of the level of sheer, unadulterated volume of CRAP that we've accumuated in the 12 years since hubby's lived here and the 91/2 years that I have.  It's insane.  A never-ending, trash bag-filled nightmare, I tell you.  Anyway, when I was clearing out the crap, I ran across this:

It's a proof of my headshot from when I was eighteen.  (For those of you not familiar with the biz, a headshot is an 8x10 black and white glossy with your photo on one side and your resume on the other.  I cannot begin to imagine what my resume had on it at eighteen.  A bunch of lies, probably.)

Anyway, look!  There are absolutely no wrinkles, and that Carrie looks SO YOUNG!  She's innocent, and not yet sullied by all the horrors that life has to offer when you're an adult.  But in a kind of wordly way.  I've had a half dozen or so other headshots taken of me over the years for the various theatres I've worked for, but theis one's my favorite.  And by headshot standards, it's not even that good.  I found Nolan's too, (so droolworthy) but his was a copy of his actual headshot, and they wouldn't scan it.  Whatever.  I will find a way.

Conversely, here are Nolan and I today.  Actually yesterday, if you want to get technical.

And here's the house.  They say we'll be ready to move in by January 1, 2008.  

So that's what I've spent the vast majority of my time working on these past few months.  Well, that and [profile] caliga_rpg.  *looks around sheepishly*  Are we all keeping up with that?  I barely can...  Pansy's shaping up very nicely.  A little naughty, but you know, what are you going to do?  The girl has a mind of her own.  Very driven.  And I shudder to think about the volume of posts on Halloween.  YIKES. 
persephone33: (dark lord's coffee)
( Oct. 16th, 2007 09:02 am)
We went to the pumpkin patch yesterday for the yearly fall photo shoot.  The way these kids pose, I should pimp them out for the JC Penney catalog, or something.  What hams. 

I wish Google Docs would quit being a punk.  I need it for more than just extra-curricular obsessions activities...  my playwrighting class' work to date is on there, too.  Google has til 4:30 to fix it's crap.  *taps foot impatiently*

I totally ripped this off from The Pioneer Woman Cooks, which is a blog that I love and can be found in the Links list on my journal page.  I made it vegetarian, and then made it my own.  It's pretty image intensive under the cut, y'all.  But there's cream sauce, making it totally worth your time, although not at all dietetic.  It's like cooking with Paula Deen.  

*affects Paula Deen's accent*  Hi, y'all.  Today, we're gonna  make a salad.  First, you take a stick of butter...

No, it's not that bad.  

Yeah, it is.  I'm not going to lie.

Bowtie pasta, cooked and drained
3 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 onion diced small
4 cloves garlic, minced
tomato paste (yes, Mother, it worked)
1 c. whipping cream
3/4 c chicken broth
1/2 c white wine
1 tbsp parsely
8 leaves fresh basil, chiffonaded
salt and pepper, to taste

(You see, like so many things I cook, the ingredient amounts are fluid.  Nothing's set in stone y'all!  Cook onion and garlic in oil and butter till onion is clear.  Add liquids.  Cook.  Add tomato paste.  Stir.  Cook.  Add cream.  Die a little with pleasure.  Whisk.  Add drained pasta.  Eat.  Enjoy.

Anyone hungry?
Attention.  We've a new addition to THE LIST:

1.  Dolphins
2.  Squirrels
3.  Bunnies
4.  Grasshoppers



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