Friday, June 24, 2011

BlogHer planning!

Bought plane tickets! My man decided that he wants to go, since he's never been to San Diego. We're flying in midday Tuesday, going to the baseball game [Dodgers at Padres] that night, the Zoo Wednesday [probably], then Thursday through Sunday is probably time with BlogHer people, and fly home Monday night. Hurrah.

We'll be checking out some of the local brewpubs, of course. We've got a batch of homebrew going right now! It is in the secondary fermenter and we'll bottle it Saturday. Nut Brown Ale from Seven Bridges Organic Co-op in Santa Cruz, California.

We're not fans of either baseball team, but it will be very cool to take in another MLB park! Plus, you can get good seats for way less than at our home park. I found $70- VIP tickets on StubHub for $50-! ($63 with service fees...still!)


Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I got my full conference ticket for BlogHer '11. [Holiday sale woot!]

I should probably post some entries about my awesome experiences hanging out on the fringes of BlogHer '10. I got to see some of my hometown gals, meet some new folks, reconnect with some of the mommas I'd met at Type-A Mom in September '09. (Am not a mom. Went to help my sister, who is one.)

I also met a rad Australian chick, who was in town with her shoe-designer gal-pal, and we had a rockin' night together. THAT is definitely worthy of a blog entry! ;p

So. Cheers. Figured I should get a little blawg on!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Sensitivity: I have it.

My fiance said the other day that I cry more than anyone he's ever known.

Well, compared to who? Am I crying more than I used to? (I didn't really get an answer on that, and if I am, that's something to look at in more detail.)

Also: DUH. Most people go to great lengths to avoid being seen crying.

It only makes sense that crying would be seen most often by loved ones, the precious few, the people you trust enough to be vulnerable in their presence.

Sure, I'm sensitive. Quite. I don't cry at Hallmark commercials, but movies, books, blog posts, even the occasional TV show. And, of course, Life.

I've left more comments than I can count, telling bloggers that they've made me teary or misty-eyed, and a few that I am full-on crying. You know what? I'm okay with that.
Like CecilyK's post about being thin-skinned, I think being caring and compassionate makes me a better person. So if I wet a few sleeves with my tears, well, Que Sera. My fiance can damn well get used to it. Heh.*

*To be fair, he's quite good at letting me cry on him--but it makes him sad to see me sad, and of course, he wants to fixit. Sometimes the tears just have to flow, though! As I like to remind him, there are chemicals in grief tears that aren't in onion-cutting tears.

So, I suppose I need to gaze at my navel some more, and try to figure out if I'm crying a lot for me. Wish me luck. ;p

Saturday, January 31, 2009

My new creative outlet: Bread Puddings!

First, VDog did it, adapting this NYT recipe, and I got to sample her Savory Bread Pudding with sausage.
It was NOM, and I decided it was the lovechild of quiche and french bread pizza.

Then, I read CityMama's entry on bread puddings, and I decided I'd have to make a Panettone one, too. (Her entry is really great: bullet points & basics. Mine's more conversational.)

I made a Caprese-style one, mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes. Topped with feta! It was delish.

Next, I had friends over, and we made a triple batch: one 9x9 pan of Panettone, and two 12-muffin tins: one Caprese-style, and one sweet one with egg nog substituted for the cream. They were all FAHbulous.

The other night, I finally got to make what had been brewing since that first taste: Deluxe Pizza - style Bread Pudding!

And, holy gadzooks, you guys, this is over the top delicious.

I used the end of a small-diameter "San Luis Sourdough" loaf, and the last of the Pugliese, which I'd been saving in the fridge since Caprese #1. We'll disregard that being over two weeks ago. ;p

I'll say 10 slices of the small sourdough, four per layer plus one torn up to fill in the cracks.

You'll also need: about 1/2 each, onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper. Feel free to use more if you wish.

1 small (tiny!) can tomato paste
4 eggs
2 cups half and half [my grocery store was all out, so I mixed milk and heavy cream]
~1.5 cups cheese, I used mozzarella and a bit of cheddar, pre-grated (2 lb. bags are pretty cheap, especially on sale)
1/2 package Gallo pepperoni (about 4 servings or 35 slices)
(I'm planning to make a vegetarian version for a friend, with sliced black olives instead of pepperoni)

Spray your pan with non-stick stuff, or grease it with butter.
Dice all your vegetables.

Arrange the bread in the bottom of the pan
Distribute half the vegetables evenly in the pan
Place 25 slices of pepperoni in a slightly overlapping, 5x5 configuration
Sprinkle half the cheese over.

For the second layer of bread, spread each piece with a thick smear of tomato paste.
Manage to use the whole can with the aid of the skinny spatula.
Layer the next 10 pieces of pepperoni so they don't touch. Feel free to use more if you'd rather, or substitute sausage--I wanted to put sausage in this, but couldn't find any pre-cooked nubs and didn't feel like cooking it from scratch.
Add the cheese, then the vegetables: having all those onions and peppers get caramelly from the direct heat exposure is Awesome.

Once all the ingredients are arranged, turn on your oven to 350, scramble your eggs, add cream, and mix it up.

Very, very carefully, pour your mixture into the pan. I might even do this after the first layer in the future, because I had some spill over the edges and onto the counter, despite my best slow-pouring intent. The wall of pepperoni is almost certainly to blame. This hasn't happened with any of my other puddings.
(That is, pour half the mixture in after the first layer, and the rest after the second layer.)
I use a pourable measuring cup to help with the gentleness. It works especially well when making things in the muffin tins.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.

I imagine you could use 1.5x the ingredients, and make this in a 9x13 pan. The 9x9 pan yields 4-8 servings, we got 6 this time. Serve with a hearty side salad to feed more people.

The yum:

Monday, December 8, 2008

Pumpkin cakey bread!

Adapted from this recipe:

I made pumpkin cakey bread the other day and added a cup of 60% cocoa Ghirardelli chocolate chips, a handful of candied ginger, chopped, and golden raisins. It was awesome. I had to use a cake pan, which was good, but will definitely make muffins next time!

I doubled the recipe, using a 15 oz can of pumpkin, and used pumpkin pie spice and some fresh ground cinnamon in place of the suggested cinnamon and ginger. Didn't have the pepitas, but what I had was great. May add pecan next time.

The double batch made one super 9" round pan. It was a bit gooey in the middle and fully cooked on the outside. Cooked about 45 minutes, knife came out clean but the center was almost too raw, whereas edge was cakey-bready-perfect, like a nice zucchini bread.

Didn't get a picture. It was too yummy! :D

These pumpkin swirl brownies look great, must make soon!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

No on 8, SF rally!

OMG, y'all, I finally managed to upload my No on 8 rally photos!
I blame camera battery. And laziness. But still, they were on my computer mere moments before I uploaded to flickr, which I'll take as a win. :D

There are many great posters, but the Liz Taylor one I chose for the cover may be my favorite. :P

I would have embedded it here, but blogger is thwarting me, and my attempts at html are apparently not good enough. ;p

Heh. The photo uploader was in another window. Silly me!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Written & Print-Screen'd last night

Perfect fireworks weather, eh? Bf and I had that last year in western New York state, too.
But folks in my neighborhood have been setting them off for about two weeks, so... a few more tonight, for sure.
So yeah, definitely bring some warm stuff to BlogHer. If you're planning to check out the beach or Wharf, a leather jacket would not go amiss. Even on a nice day, it is windy by the water!!!
A few years ago the Burning Man newsletter, the JRS, said, "here in San Francisco, where it is 55 degrees year-round...", and I assure you, they were only partly joking. :P
Certainly this is a good amount warmer than our winter weather, with lows that occasionally dip into the thirties.