In terms of witing a blog, I've really sucked.
I keep saying I'm going to do it, and then it falls through. Part might be due to the fact that in terms of things in my personal life, my time management tends to be on the side of "not so great". I constantly am starting a project with every good intention of finishing it- to ooh and aah over my anticipated results- and then to get halfway into it and have my attention and time diverted completely.
So here's another crack at it- I'm going to try again. Maybe it's just in vain, but it's worth a shot. And what better way to try and launch myself back into the swing of things, than to blog about the things I'm loving right now?
And so, I present them:
Homemade pizza: I came home one day from work, and courtesy my awesome brother (better known as Beardo) had brought me a pizza stone and pizza peel. After many attempts, I'm getting it down pretty well, at least according to the people I've fed. It wasn't always pretty, but now the results are promising. I've always been enchanted at the thought of making pizza at home, and now with the spectacular (and FREE) tools that I've got, I'm into creating pizza masterpieces- a Pizza Opus, if you will. Ridiculous, yes, but there's something about the whole process that right now is so captivating. I LOVE cooking more than a lot of things, as many people know and to have complete and total creative authority (and in knowing EXACTLY what is and is not going on the pizza) it's pretty awesome. The ability to say "I want fresh basil on my pizza," and put an exorbitant amount on top thrills me to no end. Of course, the downside to this, is that Andrew, as much as I love him, is no longer interested in ordering pizza out- which totally cramps my "It's Friday night and I don't feel like cooking so let's order out" style. ... As my grandmother quoted my grandfather "Why would I want to go out, when I live at the best restaurant in town?".
Tootsie Pops and cherries:
Yup. Both. On the butccher block in my kitchen.
The Tootsie Pop obsession started back on my vacation to Florida. In riding around with my grandparents in their car during my trip, they stash away a bag of these bad boys, available for whenever. It was then that a re-obsession began. Flat out, they're awesome, in both a nostalgic childhood way, as well as a "why HAVEN'T I bought a bag of these in a long time because I'm missing out on awesomeness" kind of way. Notice the light blue- Blue Raspberry- as advertised on the bag as the "Exciting New Flavours". Apparently that means they're going to be incredibly generous and give you ONE new, exciting flavour in an entire bag. Way to go Tootsie Roll Industries. Though I will say, bravo on Tootsie Pop Drops... ). At any rate, I'm currently embroiled in a love affair with their perfect confection- Raspberry being my favorite, as it has been since I was a child. I'm hoping that the summertime heat and humidity doesn't turn them into some horrid gooey- thing, halfway melted on a paper stick- something that Tootsie pops have the unfortunate habit of doing in summertime.
As for the cherries- well apparently it's cherry season, though I've never really paid attention to it, honestly. Admittedly, they were on sale at the grocery store, and I wanted them- is that so bad? I'm a bit of a fresh fruit fanatic- last week's obsession was blueberries, and this week cherries are taking their place- they're juicy and plump, and absolutely fantastic, maybe due in part to the fact that I' can't really remember having a ton of fresh cherries around before- and they're totally inspiring me to try and make one fantastic Shirley Temple (or maybe, as I once overheard in a restaurant "an alcoholic Shirley Temple" with some kind of spirit of choice in the mix.... is there a name for this?? Bueller?? Anyone?). At any rate, the cherries are highly recommended. They were perfect after dinner tonight, after a grape Tootsie Roll Pop.
And last but not least....
Avery Reese Lachance, baby extraordinaire.
My best friend, Tina and her husband Eric just gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl, whom I can't help but be smitten with. In some ways, it feels like we waited forever for her, and in other ways, it feels like just yesterday that Tina told us that she was (suprise!) expecting. She's got the most adorable little nose, incredibly long fingers, and from what I've seen so far, a whole lot of curiousity about the world around her. I couldn't imagine two better parents, and I can't wait to see how this little girl changes and grows- the whole thing just amazes me.
Yes. Totally smitten!
So, for now, that's about it. More to come, as it happens (hopefully it happens a lot)....