Friday, December 28, 2007

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary

I made this last night - it was my first experience with cornish game hens and it was wonderful!! Super easy - but it does take a bit of time so plan ahead. We only made two hens, but made the sauce the same - and I would double the sauce if making four hens because it was awesome! David and I added in a side of instant long grain and wild rice and garlic bread. Perfection.

  • 4 Cornish game hens
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 24 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. Rub hens with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Lightly season hens with salt and pepper. Place 1 lemon wedge and 1 sprig rosemary in cavity of each hen. Arrange in a large, heavy roasting pan, and arrange garlic cloves around hens. Roast in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a mixing bowl, whisk together wine, chicken broth, and remaining 2 tablespoons of oil; pour over hens. Continue roasting about 25 minutes longer, or until hens are golden brown and juices run clear. Baste with pan juices every 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer hens to a platter, pouring any cavity juices into the roasting pan. Tent hens with aluminum foil to keep warm. Transfer pan juices and garlic cloves to a medium saucepan and boil until liquids reduce to a sauce consistency, about 6 minutes. Cut hens in half lengthwise and arrange on plates. Spoon sauce and garlic around hens. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, and serve.

Top Ten Baby Names of 2007

I always enjoy seeing the most popular baby names each year. It does make me laugh at how often TV and movies can influence the list - for example Emma had been number one since 2004 (the same year that Friends ended - only one season after Ross and Rachel named their daughter Emma!). And Aiden has reigned number one on the boys side of things ever since Sex and the City wrapped things up (Aiden was one of Carrie Bradshaw's infamous boyfriends). So here they are:

Top 10 Girl Names
  1. Sophia
  2. Isabella
  3. Emma
  4. Madison
  5. Ava
  6. Addison
  7. Hailey
  8. Emily
  9. Kaitlyn
  10. Olivia

Top 10 Boy Names

  1. Aiden
  2. Ethan
  3. Jacob
  4. Jayden
  5. Caleb
  6. Noah
  7. Jackson
  8. Jack
  9. Logan
  10. Matthew

The BabyCenter® Top Baby Names of 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Can't believe it's already here! I'm at home writing my first research article (yikes!) - a slow process, but at least I've got a start on it! Then David and I are headed back to T-town for a couple of days, then down to Iowa to visit his parents, then back up to T-town for Christmas Eve. It should be plenty busy! David also has to work Christmas Day (ugh, the joys of management!) and has to be on call Christmas Eve night, so he's coming back up to the cities Monday night. At least we'll both be back in town in time to see our friends from Colorado!!

Here's to a slightly-stress-free (because can it ever be entirely stress-free?) and joyous Christmas to all of you!

Holidazzle Parade

My hubby and I got to take my little brothers and their girlfriends (yes, they both have girlfriends now!) out on the town Saturday night. It was quite exciting. Since Daniel and his girlfriend are under 21 we took everyone to the Holidazzle Parade - it was probably one of the coldest nights of the year, too! We stood outside, freezing our butts off, watching all of the lighted floats go by. Luckily I had thought ahead to make some hot cocoa - and although that helped, it didn't last nearly long enough! After the parade we walked down to Pizza Luce' for some yummy beer and pizza (Fat Tire was on tap - a new treat here in Minneapoland!). It was a fun and low-key night out in downtown Mpls!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Because what T.O. says matters...

Courtesy of Sports:
{Asked Wednesday about the Simpson scenario, Owens playfully chimed in: "Right now, Jessica Simpson is not a fan favorite ��� in this locker room or in Texas Stadium."}

Not exactly what's up with the three questions marks, but he goes on to say,

{"With everything that has happened, obviously with the way Tony played and the comparison between her and Carrie Underwood, I think a lot of people feel she has taken his focus away," Owens said, echoing the chatter on sports-talk radio and blogs. "Other than that, she was high on my list until last week.

"Oh, I got a message for her when we make the playoffs. Just stay tuned."}

Just stay tuned? Oh, I will.

Photo by LM Otero.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

Jessica Simpson as Bad Luck!

Gotta love this quote from FOX Sports about the Cowboys' loss to Philly last night...
"The Skinny: We can't help but be leery of the Jessica Simpson factor here. We know Tony Romo has some scrambling skills. Might be a good time to run for it."

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Fun in Sunny Orlando

Just got back from a wonderful visit to sunny Orlando. My hubby and I took a long weekend and went down to visit his brother and his family. It was the first time we had traveled to visit them since they moved to Florida a couple of years ago. Even though it was such a short weekend, we squeezed in a birthday party (our nephew, Alex, turned 4!) - complete with a visit from Spiderman!, a 10-hour day at Disney (Magic Kingdom and Epcot - both of which were beautifully decorated for Christmas - and not that busy since it was between holidays!), a visit to nearby Celebration (a Disney-created town that was founded in 1994 - not nearly as creepy as we were anticipating, more like Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives - very pretty and clean!), and plenty of play time with the kids (it was our first time seeing our new niece, Emory!). We had a great time, but we wish they were all closer so that we could have even more fun times with them!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

OxiClean Miracle!

So a couple of weeks ago David and I were sharing a bottle of red wine while watching a movie in our living room. After pouring his first glass, David accidentally knocked his cup over and onto the cream-colored carpet! It managed to not only tip over and make a big stain, but it also splattered all over. We tried to clean it up asap - using Resolve carpet cleaner, but the stain remained - so we had a large blue-purple mess in the middle of the living room! Luckily, my mom suggested using OxiClean to remove the stain - I was pretty skeptical, but I picked up a small container and tried it out today. IT WORKED!!! The stain is completely gone! And all I had to do was mix up the powder with some water, dump it on the stain, wait a few minutes, then use paper towels to blot it out. There wasn't much color coming up in the paper towels - so it was like the OxiClean actually dissolved the red wine in the carpet! After that, I had to rinse it with some water, blot again, and then let dry and vacuum. Wow! I can't believe it!!

Polka-dot trees

Here's a Christmas cookie recipe I tried out last weekend. These are cheater cookies (meaning they utilize store-bought sugar cookie dough), but they turn out super cute and pretty tasty!

1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tube (16.5 oz) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 1/2 tsp. mint extract
Green and red food coloring

1. Heat oven to 350deg.
2. On a well-floured surface, knead flour into the dough. Knead in the mint extract until completely incorporated.
3. Divide dough in half. Knead about 8 - 10 drops of red food coloring into one half. Knead about 8 drops of green food coloring into other half. Form into disks, cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
4. Roll each dish between 2 sheets of waxed paper to a 1/4-inch thickness. Slide onto baking sheets; refrigerate for 15 minutes.
5. Cut out tree shapes using a 4-inch cutter. Place on baking sheet. Form scraps into disks, cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
6. Cut dots out of cookies with a 3/4-inch round cookie cutter or the large opening of an icing decorating tip. Remove dots with spatula or toothpick. Place green dots in the red trees and red dots in the green trees.
7. Bake at 350deg for 10 minutes (I would try 6-8 minutes first because my first pan burnt!)l or until cookies are puffed and set. Let cool on baking sheet 1 minute. Remove cookies to wire rack and allow to cool completely. Remove remaining dough from refrigerator and repeat steps 4, 5, and 6.

Makes 16 cookies.

From Family Circle magazine, November 29th, 2007.

I made slightly smaller trees and then used a straw to make the dots - since most of them got stuck in the straw I had to blow them out (it felt a little like I was mouth-pipetting!)

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Booze test


Laura alerted me to this online quiz - evidently I know too much about alcohol.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

All Decked Out for Christmas!

The hubby and I put up our Christmas lights last weekend (ooh...I just got myself a new digital camera - I'll attempt to take a picture tonight and post it later!). They look pretty darn good. I was mildly irritated to find that one of our strings from last year was no longer working properly - especially since these lights are $12 a string since they're fancy LED lights. Oh well. I picked up a few extra strings early in the season just in case (on sale for a whopping low price of $9.99!). Last night, however, we made the trek over to the tree lot that's less than a half a block away to pick out our Christmas tree, along with a wreath and some spruce tops. It was super cold out, so we basically picked out our items as quickly as possible and then we carried everything back home. Normally this involves me watching David carry the tree by himself back to the house, while I occasionally holler that a car is coming. This year was not much different, but at least I was carrying the wreath and the spruce tops. And there wasn't any snow to trudge through, and it was still light out, so really it was no big deal for him. ;) So the tree is officially up and decorated - but it's a little more irregular than usual. Evidently that's what we get for picking one out so quickly! At least it smells good!Oh! It's snowing out - we haven't had any snow accumulation yet, but we're supposed to get up to a foot of snow over the next 24 hours. I just saw my first snowplow of the season go by! I hope we get some good snow cover, but I really don't want to be snow-bound for the weekend!

Online pregnancy test

This is hilarious. Who knew you could predict pregnancy via "remote sensor technology" - try it and see!

Free Online Pregnancy Test