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Archive for April, 2009

Adventures in Hospital Parking Deck Parking

As I was leaving the elevator stairwell of Piedmont Hospital this morning I crossed the street to the deck and happened upon a white Prius. It took just a second to realize it was not mine. The dog inside gave it away.

I walked around it and saw another white Prius and walked over to it. It was in the same area of where I had parked the night before and was not paying much attention. But then quickly realized it was not the mine. The trashed inside and the Obama sticker gave that away.

Exasperated I turned around and looked down the row of cars. There was my white Prius. The one with UF Gator head on the back.

And off I zoomed.

Recipes to Love – Ham and Cheese in Puff Pastry

The following recipe I used at the couple’s shower S. and I thru for C. last weekend in Nashville.

It is a recipe from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) on her latest Cocktail Party show.

I have to say it was a massive hit. The first thing gone for sure. I doubled the recipe and probably could have made one or two more and they would have been eaten too.

A couple of things.

1. I substituted swiss cheese instead of gruyere. I think gruyere is overpriced and don’t care for it that much either. Swiss was perfect.

2. The cooking time was under half of what Ina said it would be. I had to watch these like a hawk.

3. I don’t eat pork but did taste. They were delish.

4. I think a turkey and pesto combo would be good too.

Ingredients
1 package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted (recommended: Pepperidge Farm)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 pound black forest ham, sliced
1/2 pound Swiss Gruyere cheese, sliced
1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
Directions
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a sheet pan.

Lay 1 sheet of puff pastry on a floured board and carefully roll it out to 10 by 12 inches. Place it on a sheet pan and brush the center with the mustard, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. Place a layer first of ham and then cheese, also leaving a 1-inch border. Brush the border with the egg wash.

Place the second sheet of puff pastry on the floured board and roll it out to 10 by 12inches. Place the second sheet on top of the filled pastry, lining up the edges. Cut the edges straight with a small, sharp knife and press together lightly. Brush the top with egg wash and cut a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes and serve hot or warm.

Contest – Polyvore and a First Date

The other day I was looking around at different sites that included mostly fashion bloggers. By fashion bloggers, I mean people who take pictures of themselves every day and post them on their blog. I think it was thru Glamour I found a group of posts showing what people thought was a good first date outfit. Personally, I found them to all be hideous and that any guy who went out on a date with these girls should run away.

Since I got to spend quality time in Piedmont Hospital sitting and waiting yesterday I had a lot of time to think. I thought it might be fun to have a little contest here. So, here we go.

Your mission is:

1. Make a polyvore group of what you think a great first date outfit is.

2. The person you need to have in mind is slender, fair skinned, 5’8, dark hair and blue eyes.

3. The colors yellow and orange will not be accepted. (Orange will be accepted if combined with pink.)

4. Head to toe of any chain store will not be accepted.

5. A head to toe Lilly outfit will not be accepted.

6. Please be creative and combine different accessories and price points.

7. Send me your code when you are complete so I can post it.

8. And if you post about on the contest on you blog your votes count more. (Somehow. I haven’t figure out yet.)

I would really like to see some creativity and something interesting.

And yes, my blog, my rules.

PRIZE:

Your choice a Lilly Pulitzer candle or a years subscription to the monthly magazine of your choice. (Not any of the weekly tabloids.)

I will put up a voting poll so readers can vote.

I am excited about this!

EDITED TO ADD: Deadline is Friday, May 1.

EDITED TO ADD2: Date is anywhere you want. But try to think Spring in the South.

Weddings – What Makes a Good Wedding

I have lots of thoughts and opinions on what makes a good wedding. Opinions of what should be done, what is good to scrimp on, what should have money spent on it. And just what is in good taste and what is not.

I was a bridesmaid in a wedding on Saturday night. It was fun for the bride and groom. The bride had planned and payed for the whole thing by herself. She did a great job considering the circumstances. I really feel it was the wedding of her dreams. That is great.

I was sitting there thinking about all of my friends weddings and what I did find enjoyable about their weddings. As I thought about it I realized how judgmental I had been. I realized how unnecessary those opinions were. It was their wedding and their taste. No matter if I agreed with it or if they had asked my opinion at the time. Generally, my opinion was asked. Not that it was heeded. But it did not matter. Exactly.

And I realized, in the end, that all of their weddings had one thing in common. I got drunk and had a good time. And I think that is what every bride sets out to do. Make sure her guests have a good time.

Mission accomplished.

Let’s Talk. Let Me Reintroduce Myself.

I consider myself an understanding, call it like I see it person. Before I went on hiatus here on the blog I got some rather annoying hate mail for something that happened in blogland that I did not say. I did comment on the situation, but it was nothing that deserved hate mail. And I addressed that issue to that person. Then some issues in my life finally came to a head. And those are issues I am not ready to talk about here. I do allude to them on Twitter, but if you don’t follow, what do you care?

Here is my concern. Why do people take offense to you having an issue with their mistakes or decisions that they made and have therefore hurt you? And then proceed to take this out on you. Going out of their way to make it seem like it was your fault.

In real life and in blogland I do not pretend to be something I am not. I am what I am.

So we are going to start again.

Hi, my name is Leslie. I am a reformed party girl. I still love to go out, but not in the same way. I tweet while I am out. I am obsessed with getting in better shape. I work in construction and curse like a sailor. It is HARD for me not to curse. I don’t go to church. I pray every day to a Christian God. I enjoy reading Eastern religious thought. I am a very, very liberal Republican. (If that even exists anymore.) My favorite book is Atlas Shrugged. I spend to much money on clothes. I love Junior League and all my other charity work. My father died and it is something I will never get over. So when I blog about it give me a break. All of my friends I have had for 10+ years. I TRY to play tennis. I only watch Bravo TV. I can cook ANYTHING. I have no patience for bullshit blogs. Cute and darling are not in my vocabulary. That is for children. I work very hard and if I ask something of you expect I have asked 100% more of myself. Hypocrisy is Idiocy. If you need a restaurant recommendation I have one. If you want me to volunteer I will. If you need anything I will give it to you if I have it. And if I love you I will love you unconditionally to the point of it being detrimental to me.

I think I am going to start blogging again. Not sure about what. But I think I am. We will see how it goes.