Sunday, March 28, 2010

Weekend Crop

There was an online crop going on at a new Message Board I was finally "accepted" into! It is the forum that Kim is involved with, so I am glad to finally be on the inside! Meeting lots of really cool people, AND finally getting back into scrapping! Here is what I was able to accomplish...
LO #1
FS #8
SL #7

Monday, March 22, 2010

Stuffed Artichokes: RECIPE!!!

OK here it is (by popular demand) especially for you Theresa....
It is time consuming yet pretty simple....

1. First you need to cut the stems off of the artichokes (so you can stand them up in a pot)

2. clip the points off of all the leaves (get into the center as best you can)

3. Give them a really good rinse, then put them into a pot of boiling water for 2-3 minutes....after you take them out let them cool while you make your stuffing mixture

4. In a bowl mix bread crumbs(I use the seasoned), Parmesan cheese, garlic powder (or fresh), parsley, salt and pepper.....sorry I don't have any measurements, you sorta just have to eyeball it!! My Aunt Delores tells me to taste it! If it tastes good in your bowl then it will taste good when it is all cooked! Obviously you will put the most bread crumbs, and don't worry about being TOO generous with the Parm....I used about a cup to make these 3!

5. Spread the leaves of the artichoke and then stuff them...I start from the inside and work my way can't overstuff these, so don't be shy!!

6. Stand them in a large pot fill halfway up the choke with low sodium chicken broth, and a little white wine. Drizzle each (it is all about generosity) with some olive oil, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil then let simmer.....baste the artichokes every 15 minutes. Should take about an hour to cook...when a leaf comes out easily they are done!

7. ENJOY!!!!

***Sorry I do not have ANY measurements!!! This is the kind of thing that will come out different almost every time you make them!! The first time I made them, the artichokes were smaller and I was able to fit four in the pot...SEEEEE...

OK I think I take wayyyy too many pictures of the food I cook!! LOL!! :)

Pizza Night

Stephen got home nice and early, AND it was Pizza night....bonus!!!!

Don't ya feel like you were here?!?

Creepy face in my pizza!!
--> Stephanie
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Stuffed Artichokes

Yummmmy!!!! Look what I made yesterday! My great grandfathers specialty... I hope he is proud! Came out deeeeeelish!

--> Stephanie
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I finally got some scrapping done!!
These pics are from when we surprised my mom during our road trip!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lake Courtney

Definitely wasn't here when I left for work this morning....

--> Stephanie
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Long Island

I thought this was cute!
You know you are from Long Island When.....
1. Flip-flops are normal, even in January.
2. You know exactly what they mean when they say "Don't change at Jamaica."
3. You know that The Drift Inn and Neptunes are in the same building, but you also know that they are NOTHING alike.
4. Screw the SAT, you know the exact pronuncuation of Islip, Wantagh, Commack, Mattituck, Shinnecock, Quogue, Ronkonkoma, Hauppauge, Mineola, Islandia, Massapequa, and Patchogue.
5. You and your friends are going to the beach, but the word beach never comes up in the conversation. Instead, it sounds something like this..."Well, we could go to Jones, but Robert Moses is closer, the North Shore is too rocky...whatever lets go to the Hamptons."
6. You have no idea what jimmies are, or why someone would want to put them on their ice cream
7. You have never used "wicked" as an adjective
8. You know that Americana Manhasset is NOT a type of coffee
9. You know that it's possible to take Jericho all the way to queens...but you would never EVER do it
10. Parallel parking in your drivers ed class was only had to do it next to one car
11. You live in the shadow of the greatest city in the world, but you almost never go there.
12. When you're away from Long Island, you love it and when you're home, you don't.
13. You think if you're not from Long Island or NYC, you're not really from New York.
14. You know the exact point at which Queens turns into Nassau simply on intuition.
15. You don't go to Manhattan, you go to "The City."
16. You never realize you have an accent till you leave.
17. Everything north of the Bronx is "upstate."
18. At some point in your life you've gone clamming.
19. Either your parents or your grandparents lived in the city.
20. You'd pay $11.50 for a movie.
21. You don't live in Long Island. You live ON Long Island.
22. You know where the Commack Motor Inn is.
23. Your distant future might involve the state of Florida.
24. You know the location of 6 malls and a dozen McDonalds and 36 7-11's.
25. You've tried to find the Amityville Horror house.
26. No, you don't want mustard on that burger!!
27. You can't understand why a diner would ever close.
28. You've had a seagull poop on your car.
29. You don't really see the big deal about the Hamptons, unless you got smashed at the Boardy Barn.
30. You know White Castle is terrible for you and it gives you a stomach ache, but you periodically "Get the Crave."
31. You want the Yankees to stay in the Bronx, but would probably go to more games if they moved to Manhattan.
32. You think that somehow, the Jets and Giants still play in New York.
33. You've missed that "Drunk Train," the 2:42 out of Penn, and had the dreaded wait until 5:30.
34. You or someone you know has owned an animal that came from North Shore Animal League.
35. You've never taken an MTA bus.
36. The Long Island Expressway isn't really as bad as everybody thinks.
37. You don't associate Fire Island with gay men.
38. You know which parts of the Godfather were filmed on Long Island.
39. You've paid a $10 cover charge to get into a bar, but got nothing for it.
40. You miss whiffle ball and running through sprinklers.
41. Billy Joel said it best, "either you date a rich girl from the North Shore, or a cool girl from the South Shore."
42. You have or someone you know has fallen asleep on the LIRR and ended up in one of these three places; Babylon, Port Washington or Hicksville.
43. You know that there is a big different between any of the other hamptons, and hampton bays
44. The Belt Parkway sucks!
45. You've been stuck in a traffic jam for more than 2 hours (without moving).
46. Your parents took you to All American, Nathans or Carvel (on the way home from the beach).
47. You don't have to go far to see your family.
48. You remember Grumman.
49. You know the color of the water at Jones Beach is not BLUE!
50. You were upset when all the Roy Rogers turned into Wendy's and Arby's closed for good.
51. You can spout off all the LIRR stops between Penn Station and Ronkonkoma.
52. Paying $35 for a haircut doesn't sound so crazy.
53. You think the people from Brooklyn are "da wunz dat tawk wit a accent."
54. You went sledding in the sumps.
55. You knew of Massapequa before the Amy Fisher-Joey Buttafuoco nightmare.
56. You think going to Queens is a hike.
57. The first time you heard the term "Long Island Iced Tea" you were somewhere else and you laughed.
58. When you live somewhere else and are astounded to see that people actually stop at yellow lights.
59. Its rare to get really bad bagels or pizza on long island, almost as rare as it is to get good bagels and pizza anywhere else.
60. You can name at least three bands that came from Long Island.
61. You've partied in the woods at least once in your life.
62. You know what Pilgram State and Sweet Hallow Road are...and you are NEVER going again
63. You are never more then 20 minutes away from the water.
64. You have been to at least one concert at jones beach.
65. When you hear "the end", you think Montauk. Orient Point never crosses your mind.
66. Wandering around Fire Island trashed is an acceptable plan for any night.
67. Doing 90 over the Robert Moses bridge or on Ocean Parkway is perfectly fine.
68. When you say that you are going to "the outlets", Tanger is implied.
69. You have a friends who swears they saw Billy Joel somewhere in Oyster Bay
70. When people ask "where are you from?" you answer Long-Guy-Land and automatically assume everyone in the world knows that answer means New York.
71. You've seen the commercials, and you've craved their shakes, but you know damn well there are no DQ's or Sonics on Long Island.
72. You remember all the good times had at Nunleys, and the emotional distress it caused when it was closed down.
73. When you or someone you know attends SUNY Albany, Buffalo, or Binghamton
74. Half priced appetizers at applebees is an acceptable end to any night.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


My bestest Joanna came for a visit this past weekend and we had a BLASTY blast!!!!! The weather was questionable at first but turned out to be great!!! Had a wonderful day out on the carts Friday... as well as a wonderful evening out on the town (or the Village) on Saturday, followed by Stephens B-Day in Epcot! Happy 26th Shmoops!!!! <3

--> Stephanie
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