Tuesday, September 29, 2009

This was actually my review of this book on Goodreads.com.
"I was fully prepared to skim this book. I am not a big fan of food or cooking, so when my friends recommended a book that included a passionate love for both, well suffice it to say I was a little apprehensive. That said, however, I loved this book. Not only can this woman eat, she can write. I have never heard anyone ascribe healing powers to cake and I have never seen writing that used "people adjectives" to food and "food adjectives" to people. She once explained that a friend of hers , during a soup phase, had a "tawdry love affair with the food mill". -Hilarious. What endured me to this woman the most was her appreciation for ginger with chocolate (I thought I was the only one who liked chocolate pudding with crumpled up ginger snaps), and she is a hopeless romantic. She used the word "magic" to describe meeting her husband. Lastly, when reading this book be prepared to see this a lot: "do not use low fat or skim" and "use heavy cream, not milk"
Well the book was so good that those of us who read it decided to go to her restaurant. It was awesome. For the ride to the restaurant my friend Becky made the banana bread with ginger and chocolate chips, (again with that combination)and my friend Heidi made the chocolate dipped macaroons. AMAZING. Her restaurant was perfect. We couldn't decide on what to get so we ordered 6, count them, 6 pizzas, 2 salads, and 2 desserts. It did not disappoint. I would go there again in a heart beat. Molly, the author, even came out and signed our books and menu's and took a photo with us. She even cuter in person.
I like living. This is one of those things that in my youth I would have always talked about doing. But now in my mature wisdom it is one of the things I actually put on the calendar and force myself to do, not that this took much use of force, but still. I feel proud of myself every time I step out of my comfort zone and try something new. Yea Me.

That is Molly at the head of the table. She is adorable.
I highly recommend her book and her banana bread.

Friday, September 18, 2009

A popcorn ball that would smell so sweet

It's Friday, so Max and I decided to make popcorn balls in order to
celebrate the fall season coming upon us. I think they turned out pretty well. I tried a new recipe that I found on allrecipies.com. Last year we made the popcorn balls with marshmallows, this year we made them with a caramel sauce. It was fun.

Here is the recipe
5 TAB veg oil
2 1/2 cups of unpoped popcorn
1/4 cup butter
1 cup packaged light brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tea Valina extract
1. Pop all the popcorn ( do it according to the package directions)
2. In a medium saucepan with a candy thermometer inserted, combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup. Stir well and bring to boiling over medium heat. Stir in condensed milk; simmer, stirring constantly, until thermometer reads degrees F (114 degrees C.) Stir in vanilla.
3. Pour caramel over popped corn and stir to coat. Butter hands lightly; shape popcorn into balls about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

How I celebrated

My friends took me out for dessert

By the way, Holly and Kiran, I look better with my hair bigger, in spite of what you say.

Spence got me flowers

My Mom made me a heart healthy dinner

My Mom got me 12 balloons, one for each month.
6 hearts and 6 pumpkins because she knows I love pumpkins.

I feel like this should be my second birthday.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Happy Anniversary Open Hear Surgery!

Today is my 1 year Anniversary! I made it! I am alive and ticking, literally. If you stand close enough to me you can hear my heart tick. I am celebrating too. Last night we had dinner at my parents house, tonight Spencer is taking me out to dinner, and late tonight some of my friends are taking me out for chocolate cake. I earned it!
Here is what I was doing 1 year ago from today.

September 15th 2008

I'll post more photos later, after Spence takes me to dinner and my friends take me out for cake.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Labour Day

For Labour Day we wanted to have a picnic in the park with my Mom. We were originally going to go to a park on Lacamus Lake, but we couldn't find any open tables so the park in Camus worked out just fine.

My Mom brought caramel apples. Auri was happy about that.

This is Max running down the hill.
He looks like he is being chased.
He's not, that is just how he runs.

Max and I started off the day by making granola. Max loves to cook with me.
Probably because it happens so infrequently.

I had to use the Halloween candy bowl because the recipe called for 10 cups of oatmeal.

Thursday, September 3, 2009