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Just Because I Hate Returning Things

Just because I hate returning things to stores, I am trying to make this new comforter work.  Out of sheer laziness, here is my new attempt for our bed. 

What do you guys think now?

Should I just return it and get it over with? I actually kind of like it like this. Do you mind returning stuff or are you like me?

Meet Travis!

There was a very special delivery this holiday in our family! A 6 pound package was delivered to Florida.  My cousin and his wife welcomed baby Travis into the world.

Ain’t he cute?

Congratulations Matthew & Katie on the birth of your beautiful son.  I can’t wait to meet him!!

Rocco’s Ugly Sweater Party Dilemma

So, this weekend is our annual ugly sweater party.  See last year’s highlight reel by clicking  here.  If you’re feeling lazy, here is a mini sampler of the fun.

We usually have Rocco sleep at his grandparent’s house.  This year we figured we’d let him in on the action.

Mr. FSL & I went Christmas shopping this past Saturday.  We stopped at good ole Tar-Jay for some wrapping paper , tape, boxes, etc… He grabbed a coffee at the in-house Starbucks.  I stalked the dollar section and found ugly dog sweaters.  If Rock is going to be at the party, he might as well represent.

Sunday morning I wanted to try it on my little pork chop of a Maltese.  He was clearly ecstatic about the sweater selection.

I remembered having a few Christmas things for him stashed away in a closet.

Here are his Christmas Eve PJs. Okay, maybe he need to switch to lo-cal puppy chow these days, but who doesn’t add a little fluff around the holidays?!

Santa Paws hat.

And my personal favorite, the naughty elf.

Big mistake giving him a rawhide toy before our little photo shoot.  He gnaws until it’s gooey.  His mustache is a disaster.  Our apologies for Rock not being photo ready.

I’m having a tough decision.  What should he wear to the 2011 FSL Ugly Sweater Party?

Compost Cookies

This recipe should come with a warning for various reasons.

Reason #1 : I’ve eaten 5 since I’ve baked them yesterday…FIVE.

**slaps herself in the forehead**

Reason #2 :  There are more than 2 sticks of butter in this recipe.

Reason # 3 : People that try these will ask you to bake them again and again.  You will, and then you’ll eat five more when that happens.

Reason #4 : People that you give this recipe to will hate you afterward because they will have eaten five of them in one sitting.

****BAKE AT YOUR OWN RISK****

The first time I ate this cookie was at Ma Peche (part of the Momofuku family). I have since then been obsessed with all things David Chang and/or Christina Tosi (you understand if you’ve tried the crack pie — click here for the recipe for that one).  Momofuku’s wonderfully creative dessert chef is Christina Tosi.  This is her recipe that is cut & pasted from Oprah’s website.  Photos and obscene commentary by yours truly. You knew O would be all over this shizzle.

The cookie is kind of a 2 parter.  You need to make the Graham Crust Recipe first.  The recipe makes 4 times the amount you need for 1 batch of Compost Cookies.  You can save the rest of this graham stuff in the fridge for up to a month for the next time you want to make these cookies.

It won’t be longer than a few days before you want to bake them again though.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Don’t hate me.

Please.

Graham Crust Recipe
Recipe created by Christina Tosi
Original Content  |  November 08, 2011
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Makes about 340 grams (2 cups)

Ingredients

  • 190 grams (1 1/2 cups) graham cracker crumbs
  • 20 grams (1/4 cup) milk powder
  • 25 grams (2 Tbsp.) sugar
  • 3 grams (3/4 tsp.) kosher salt
  • 55 grams (4 Tbsp. or 1/2 stick) butter, melted, or as needed
  • 55 grams (1/4 cup) heavy cream

Directions

Toss the graham crumbs, milk powder, sugar and salt with your hands in a medium bowl to evenly distribute your dry ingredients.

Whisk the butter and heavy cream together.
Add to the dry ingredients and toss again to evenly distribute. The butter will act as a glue, adhering to the dry ingredients and turning the mixture into a bunch of small clusters. The mixture should hold its shape if squeezed tightly in the palm of your hand. If it is not moist enough to do so, melt an additional 14 to 25 grams (1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons) butter and mix it in.
Eat immediately, or deploy as directed in a recipe. The crust is easiest to mold just after mixing. Stored in an airtight container, graham crust will keep fresh for 1 week at room temperature or for 1 month in the fridge or freezer.
Compost Cookies Recipe
Recipe created by Christina Tosi
Original Content  |  November 08, 2011
Excerpt:
Compost cookies always turn out great in my mother’s kitchen because she infamously has a hodgepodge of mix-ins, none in great enough quantity to make an actual single-flavored cookie on its own. My brother-in-law calls them “garbage cookies”; others call them “kitchen sink cookies.” Call them what you want and make them as we make them at Milk Bar or add your own favorite snacks to the cookie base in place of ours.
Makes 15–20 cookies

Ingredients

In a pinch, substitute 18 grams (1 tablespoon) corn syrup for the glucose.For the coffee grounds in this cookie, we tested the recipe with freshly roasted and ground artisanal coffee from Stumptown as well as with craptastic coffee grounds that you can find just about anywhere. We discovered that it doesn’t make a difference what kind you use; the cookie is delicious every time. Just make sure you don’t use instant coffee; it will dissolve in the baking process and ruin the cookies. And, above all else, never use wet, sogalicious grounds that have already brewed a pot of coffee. We use Cape Cod potato chips because they aren’t paper thin, so they don’t break down too much in the mixing process.

  • 225 grams (16 Tbsp. or 2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 200 grams (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 150 grams (2⁄3 cup, tightly packed) light brown sugar
  • 50 grams (2 Tbsp.) glucose
  • 1 egg
  • 2 grams (1/2 tsp.) vanilla extract
  • 225 grams (1 1/3 cups) flour
  • 2 grams (1/2 tsp.) baking powder
  • 1 1/2 grams (1/4 tsp.) baking soda
  • 4 grams (1 tsp.) kosher salt
  • 150 grams (3/4 cup) mini chocolate chips
  • 100 grams (1/2 cup) mini butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 recipe Graham Crust (85 grams or 1/2 cup; see separate recipe)
  • 40 grams (1/3 cup) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 5 grams (2 1/2 tsp.) ground coffee
  • 50 grams (2 cups) potato chips
  • 50 grams (1 cup) mini pretzels

Directions

Combine the butter, sugars and glucose (or corn syrup)  in the bowl of a stand mixer
Fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together on medium-high for 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add the egg and vanilla, and beat for 7 to 8 minutes.
Reduce the speed to low and add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix just until the dough comes together, no longer than 1 minute. (Do not walk away from the machine during this step, or you will risk overmixing the dough.) Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
Still on low speed, add the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, graham crust (from your first recipe) oats and coffee, and mix just until incorporated, about 30 seconds. I used the big mama chips.  Ain’t nothing mini about this recipe, so why start here?
Add the potato chips and pretzels, and paddle, still on low speed, until just incorporated. Be careful not to overmix or break too many of the pretzels or potato chips. (You deserve a pat on the back if one of your cookies bakes off with a whole pretzel standing up in the center.)
I used Ruffles because they are really salty, thick, and look cool poking out of the cookie.Using a 2-ounce ice cream scoop (or a 1⁄3-cup measure), portion out the dough onto a parchment-lined sheet pan. Pat the tops of the cookie dough domes flat.
Wrap the sheet pan tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 1 week. Do not bake your cookies from room temperature—they will not bake properly.  

Okay.  You know I am a deviant.  Sometimes that makes me cooler, but this time, mmmm not so much.  Tosi knows what she’s talking about.  First of all, I didn’t use parchment paper. 

Second of all, I didn’t refrigerate the dough for an hour.  Ms. Smartypants put the dough in the freezer for 20 minutes and thought she was the cat’s meow.  Popped them into the oven while she took a 7 minute shower. Bad. Move. Mr. FSL ended up banging on the bathroom door because the smoke alarm was going off.  I jumped out of the shower with soapy hair to see this:

That would be my kitchen filled with smoke and Rocco running for cover.

Yikes!

Burnt cookies.

Attempt #2 happened the next day.  I followed the directions.  Seriously.


Heat the oven to 375°.

Arrange the chilled dough a minimum of 4 inches apart on parchment- or Silpat-lined sheet pans. Bake for 18 minutes. The cookies will puff, crackle and spread. After 18 minutes, they should be very faintly browned on the edges yet still bright yellow in the center. Give them an extra minute or so if that’s not the case.

Booyah!

*kisses fingertips*

Perfecto.

Cool the cookies completely on the sheet pans before transferring to a plate or an airtight container for storage shovel into mouth while still hot and make odd groaning noises. At room temp, cookies will keep fresh for 5 days; in the freezer, they will keep for 1 month.  Psssht!  Good luck keeping them in the house and out of your dirty little paws for 2 days!

On A Magazine Rack Near You

The December 2011 issue of Oxygen Women’s Fitness Magazine.  Grab a copy, crack it open to page 57 to see …(wait for it)…my mug and an FSL dinner recipe!  WOOT WOOT! Yes, that’s the same shot from my bathroom photo shoot that you saw here.

Clearly you can see how thrilled and excited Rocco is about all of this!

A huge thanks to Oxygen Magazine for helping me cross #90 off of my bucket list!

*** If you want to pick up the December
issue and live in the southern Connecticut area, my apologies. My mom bought every single copy within driving distance.***

Is My iPhone A Cool New Gadget Or My New Addiction?

This past Friday afternoon was not like every other Friday afternoon. It was the day I got my dirty little paws on my first iPhone.

I was always that girl that didn’t really care about having the newest coolest tech gadget. In fact, I prided myself in having a phone to use it for what it was meant to do…make phone calls. I got so bad about this, I actually refused to pay for a cell phone. Verizon’s “new every two” was the thing for me. Every two years I got a new (and free) cell phone. These phones always had buttons. I thought that was the best part.

Here’s what old faithful looked like.

It wasn’t a bad little phone.  It served it’s purpose, plus had a slide out keyboard to accommodate my texting habit.

This phone has been dropped more times than I can even recall. The shell of it actually falls apart when I’ve dropped it over the past few months. Over the past weeks, it’s been shutting off if I try to send a picture message. It was time for a new phone. I had to bite the bullet. Thursday night I went on the Apple site and reserved my iPhone.

I picked it up along with a sweet new turquoise Speck Candyshell case and an anti-glare screen protector.

Oooh La La!

 

Siri is my new BFF. She is my personal assistant on my phone. I push the little button and ask her to remind me to email so and so when I get to work. As soon as I pull into the parking lot… “Mindy, don’t forget to email so and so” .

Unbelievable. How did I ever get by without this thing?!

Since Friday, I have become significantly more Tweetastic. I am obsessed with Instagram, the Pinterest app (obviously), words with friends, and the google translator. Did I mention that I’ve had this phone for 72 hours and I think my thumbs are going to snap off?!

Oh yea, I typed this entire post on it using the free WordPress app 😉

 

Do you have an iPhone?  Do you have an android phone? Are you completely obsessed like me?  Is this addiction curable?  HELP!

Tilapia Got ME Published

If you know me personally, you know that I am bad with surprises.  If I have a surprise I can’t hold it in!!  Christmas is a tough time for my “condition”.  While I’m on my way home from shopping, I call my sister and ask her if I can pleeeeease give her her give early?!  Early meaning now.  

A few months ago I received an email from Oxygen magazine telling me that they want to print my recipe!  Last year my Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe was published on their website and I was sooooo excited!   Here’s the link :  http://www.oxygenmag.com/Nutrition/Articles/Clean-Chicken-Tortilla-Soup.aspx.

A couple of months after they put it online, Oxygen revamped their website.   This update included deleting recipe creators’  photos.  I have to admit, it was a really awful photo of me.  The day I actually read my email (I used to be really bad with checking emails …now I obsessively check it.  What a weirdo.) I saw the 4th notice from Oxygen telling me that they needed me to send in a high res photo of myself by 5 o’clock or they wouldn’t publish it. 

That particular day, I had a long meeting after school and skipped washing my hair.  It was raining, I stuffed it under a hat.  It was not pretty.  When I came out on the website I didn’t care how greasy I was.  I was happy about it anyway!  I love to cook and I consider Oxygen to be a true fitness and healthy living magazine. I was honored for them to acknowledge me doing something that I love to do…cook!  Here’s the screengrab before they changed their website if you’re curious…

Actually, when it’s really small like that, you can’t tell how gross it really was.  YAY!  Hahhah!  

Well, let me get to my point. I was going to wait until November or December to tell you guys. My secret that I can’t keep is I’m going to be in the December issue of Oxygen, like,  in print!  Like if you go to the store and the magazine, you’ll see me next to this tilapia recipe!

I had a similar experience with the photo this time too. I guess I’m not used to the publishing deadline thing.  They needed me to sign & fax some papers and send them a hi res photo by 5 (again!) or they were going to use the greasy one!  Well, the greasy one was fine for the online recipe, but in print?!  I don’t think so.

I realized that I am not camera-shy.  Nope.  I am camera awkward.  I ONLY have photos of myself

A)  in strange poses

 

B) with weird/creepy props

or

C) smiling reeeally big with my eyes closed. 

Plus, all other options for older pictures are gone from our last computer crash and are someplace on some disc or jump drive.  No time for that.  I had to settle for old faithful.  The bathroom photo shoot.

  I had 30 minutes from the time that I got home from work & had to leave for my bff’s graduation (WooHoo Yay Jackie!).  This meant 3 things.

1. I had to make do with the frizz attack from me straightening my hair on the rainiest day ever

2. I couldn’t be picky with the photo since I was pressed for time.

3. I have to take the picture myself.

I ended up with this one.

Yes.  That’s my shower curtain in the background.  I didn’t have time to crop it.  I don’t have Photoshop on this computer yet. Such is life.

Look for my cheezin face in the December issue 🙂

If you’ve made it this far in the longest winded post, I love you.

xo

Mindy

My First Craft Show

My aunt makes gorgeous jewelry and was going to be a vendor at the local Fall Festival. Along with a few other women, she was going in on renting a space for their tent.  She asked me to join in, but I didn’t have enough items for all 3 days.  I agreed to do an afternoon and just bring what I had (which wasn’t much) and set up a small table.

At the last minute, the other ladies backed out leaving my aunt stuck paying for the whole thing, so I went all in.  I locked myself in my craft room (which I started calling “The Lab”) for a week and a half and made a lot more headbands, brooches, pins, etc.  I studied a few boards on Pinterest and researched a bit on how to set up a craft fair booth.  I even made a D-I-Y cake stand for part of my display (keep your eyes peeled for that tutorial soon!).

The night before, I set up a mock table in  my dining room so I could save time the next day.

I had to figure out how to display lots and lots of headbands using minimal table space and without crushing them.  Not easy.  I could have gone to Michael’s Craft Store and spent a fortune on cookie cutter, boring display pieces, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune or have a display that looked like anyone else’s.  So I did what I do best.  I looked around my house for things I could use creatively. I used my plain cylinder vases by putting hard headbands into them. I liked the way they fanned out around the vase.  I also placed a decorative branch in each vase and clipped hair pins and clips onto the branches.

I put the stretchy headbands on various Marilyn Monroe & Audrey Hepburn themed books…

I made price tags, wrote down my inventory, snapped some pics of the general set up so I can remember what I did, got $100 in change, gathered my bags & business cards and put the items into labeled ziplock bags. 

Since the fair was 3 days long, all vendors had to set up and take down their booths each day.  So, I packed everything into my huge suitcase (and a big tupperware bin) so I could wheel the heavy stuff to and from my car.

I didn’t have time or cash to buy a new tablecloth, so I used our old silver velvet duvet cover, lol!  We had to supply our own lights as well, so I stole the snazzy ones off of our night stands. 

I used one of our snack trays as my “check out stand”.  I used our silver sparkly umbrella stand to showcase the feather headbands and accessories. 

From the vases and books that I decorate with, to our bedroom decor, our  house was left looking like the Grinch came & stole everything for 3 days!

ME:

 I was ready to go! 

The funny thing is, most people stopped to inquire about the lamps! 

This set up was a bit busy, so as the day went by, I condensed and moved things around. 

I went from the butterfly bobby pins , rosebud pins, & ladybug pins on a paper plate (sorry about the blurry pic) to using my metal containers that used to house my herb garden and mousse cups that a co-worker gave me.

Here are a few of my best seller items, in case you were curious.

Chloe baby headbands

Elizabeth hair clips & baby bands

And here are some happy customers! 

 

Liz baby band

Rose bud bobby pinDanity ClipTu-Tu Ballerina baby band

Bella stretchy headbandHot Pink Jolee baby band

If you  or someone you know would like to look as adorable as these ladies above, click here to be sent to Finding Silver Linings Boutique 😉  You can customize ANY piece you see into a clip, a brooch, a bobby pin, a baby headband, a stretchy headband, hard headband, shoe clip, purse pin, etc.  It will be hand-made by moi.  Just do it 😀

*End of shameless advertisement paragraph*

 

Did you ever have a booth at a fair?  What kind?  Would you ever do it again?  Let’s chat.

Me, Myself & Irene

Okay.  I haven’t posted in a week.  Our computer is dead. The data was deemed not retrievable by Best Buy’s  Geek Squad.  All of our photos, videos, important documents, etc.

 *dramatic sigh*

I can’t NOT post because I feel guilty and I’m a bit addicted to it.  Blogging has become a real outlet for me.  Plus I feel out of the loop with all of my blog friends.  I  haven’t posted even with this 6″ notebook computer because it repeatedly deletes entire paragraphs without notice, it’s crazy hard to surf the net, and forget about loading pictures onto it.  I don’t want to write crappy posts, but that’s what comes of it when I try to on this thing. 

 

Please hang in there guys.  We are doing all that we could to try and get a new computer from Sony.  I refuse to pay for another computer since it crashed on its own less than 6 months in. 

In other FSL news, Hurricane Irene slammed CT.  My mom lived here with her cat and dog for 2 days. Casa FSL is in good condition still (except for a piece of siding that got ripped off of the house from the crazy wind).  The neighborhood that I grew up in (where my mom & dad’s house is), was completely flooded.

You’ve got to see this.  Click here to see my town’s devastation from the hurricane. The town beach was nonexistent!  The high tide & moon phase plus the hurricane completely sucked up the beach.  The entire section of town is under water.  Amazing.

While all of that was going on, I was hosting dinner party after dinner party!  We were one of the lucky households that didn’t lose power!  700,000 people lost electricity during this storm.  We had a great time in spite of the bad weather. 

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Did you get hit by Irene?

It’s My Party & I’ll Cry If I want To

Saturday, the 20th was my birthday. My husband invited a few friends over for a picnic.  I made something very cool that I had planned to share with you guys today. 

 Unfortunately, I  feel like there is a very uncool tradition happening here at casa FSL. The last time we had a big party, somebody dumped their full Guiness into our laptop.  Um, yeah.  This past Saturday, our 4 month old Sony VAIO crashed.  (If you voted for the MacBook, I know you’re thinking “I told ya so”, stop it.) 

This blog will be on hiatus for the next 4 days (hopefully sooner) while Best Buy transfers all of our data (AKA our wedding & honeymoon photos) onto a disk so Sony can fix our hard drive. 

I’m posting from a borrowed 10″ notebook.  I’d rather not post if it’s gonna be lame.  Sorry guys.

 

Until then, wish me luck!

xo

Mindy

Check back soon!