Saturday, January 31, 2015

The January Thaw & SAJ x ESPN





































This is your lawn on Border Collie
























I think I have now pinpointed what it is that bothers me about January.  The after Christmas blues contribute, but it's really the blah that comes with the January Thaw (I swear I wasn't trying to rhyme there, but Carrie Bradshaw moments are few and far between--so I'll keep it).  If you're not familiar with this concept, you probably live outside its drab reaches.  For a few weeks in mid-January, there is a break in the cold.  Snow melts, temperatures rise to 40F to 50F, the sky is plain and grey, and there is mud. Everywhere.  It's not a time anyone finds particularly enjoyable--we know it's a false spring and we know real winter follows it.  I can't say I remember being so bothered by it before I had Barbie.  Barbie is half Border Collie, which is the equivalent to canine cocaine.  She is impeccably well-behaved as long as she is exhausted.  So whatever the weather, we spend a lot of time outside.  She also is accustomed to lounging on white furniture, rides in my (tan interior) car, and playing at her BFF's house on white carpet.  When Barbie runs in the snow, cleaning her is a simple affair and merely a matter of drying her coat.  When Barbie runs in the mud, she needs a bath.  It means the January Thaw is not only unattractive and uninspiring, but inconvenient on a daily basis. 




Do you hear 'Tara's Theme'?



























































But just like clockwork, the Thaw ended last Sunday.  The ground is covered in snow again, the light is bright and energetic, the nights are blue instead of black, and Barbie is easily kept exhausted and clean.  I love winter and am always glad to see it return.  We're even expecting 6-10 inches of snow tomorrow! I don't think there is anything as striking as a landscape bedecked in snow, banishing the mud and grey to March.  Where it is at least softened and beautified by warm wind and daffodils. 
Also, if you can believe it--because I can't--I am planning on making "game food" and hosting some Super Bowl viewing.  I hate football and don't understand why people get so into it.  But I'm in the minority there, so I'm trying to embrace the part I do like.  Cooking and drinking.  I'll be apathetically cheering for the Patriots when someone tells me they get a point. I have a loose connection to a former Patriots player who went out of his way to be nice to me; so for his sake, I'm a Patriots fan.  Also, I love that they sort of cheat and keep getting away with it.  I only play sports where cheating is easy like golf and monopoly, so I respect their will to win.  The bigger question to me is: if clearly cheating is acceptable--why doesn't everyone else cheat, too? Seems the Patriots just navigate the NFL better.  I know.  ESPN will have me on air by next week.  I would get to reunite with my former tanning salon client, Kirk Herbstreit. I didn't know who he was and told him his tan was "kinda orange" and he should  tanning switch lotions. 

My 75th salad spinner broke, so I'm doing lettuce-less salads until I find a 100%
metal/glass/ceramic replacement.  Know of one? 


I was overdue for new sheet pans

Mise en place: where OCD thrives


















































So even if you're rooting for the team that's not the Patriots, at least enjoy the thought of me shrugging my shoulders throwing back a glass of prosecco (traditional football beverage) quizzically looking at the screen wondering what the hell is happening.  Do you watch the Super Bowl?

33 comments:

  1. I don't follow football but we are planning to watch the game as Seattle is playing and they are our American neighbour to the south of Victoria.
    I would love to come to your home though as your cooking skills are top notch and I would cuddle Barbie...I have two cats but would really like to get another dog. They are so affectionate and loyal...
    I have found the Copco spinner to be very durable and I make probably 5 salads a week. I have np ever heard of a ceramic salad spinner...I wonder if a professional kitchen warehouse might sell something sturdier?
    Enjoy the game and at least you'll get to see the real commercials...we are told to expect Canadian ads that might overlap actual play times so we could miss some important moves. Always a pleasure to see a post from you pop up...I quite enjoy your "voice."

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    1. It's funny to me that most of the commercials have already been released online! What's the point? I'll check out that salad spinner-thanks! Yeah I just seem to burn through the plastic ones! Annoying! I think after Paris you need a new puppy! Thank you so much.

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  2. Barbie sounds so much like my boys! I can't quite figure out how to keep our mudroom floors and walls relatively clean and presentable when their boots (and snow pants!) are constantly covered with snow and mud! We will be watching Super Bowl because the boys are really into it - and they are only 6 and 3! Have a fantastic time this Sunday. Your food looks amazing! xoxo

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    1. Yuko! I was just thinking about you! Hope you're doing well. Oh I feel for you. Your boys seem to be interested in football especially early! Thanks so much,

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  3. You're hosting a Super Bowl party???? What? Okay, I'm coming for drinks and staying for food. I'll take Barbie out once the game starts :) GO, Barbie, GO!!!! xoxo
    L
    PS - I know what you mean about cleaning Barbie. I've got 2.

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    1. Sounds perfect! Yes I suspect I'll be doing a lot of checking things in the oven and refilling drinks to bide my boredom! What is the point?! They just run up and down and back and forth. I don't get it.

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  4. oh you seriously crack me up. rooting for the other team that is not the patriots. dying!

    here's the thing, they all cheat. :)

    i love that you are hosting a superbowl party. i wish i were coming. i watch football all season long and love everything about it. i was raised on football so i guess that's where that comes from.

    have fun tomorrow and in utah where we ski there is a dreaded mud season that is just awful. so i get what you are talking about.

    xo

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    1. I wish you were coming too! Although I can't imagine how annoying I am to people who actually give a damn about the game. I talk at all the wrong times and make gratuitous jokes about jock straps. mud is the worst!

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  5. Hmm, well I think the Patriots actually lose points for getting CAUGHT cheating lol, the best cheaters never get caught, haha. Your game spread will be amazing I am sure and I will just bet Barbie will be the center of attention. Have fun! I will be watching that other great sports event -- the Puppy Bowl -- on Animal Planet. Cuteness overload for me.

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    1. Good point! Haha you can be sure that Barbie demands a grey deal of attention! I think I might rather watch the Puppy Bowl!

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  6. You're making a Super Bowl feast this is a dream come true! As I mentioned football is big around here and we watch all season, so tomorrow is one of the biggest days of the year. I think my hubs like it better than any other "holiday" including Christmas. I always have a big feast prepared, we basically have snacks and eat and drink for hours, it's so fun. Also I have the new Vogue magazine to look at, I can never just watch football I need to do something else at the same time like Pinterest.
    I wish we could watch it together because I bet you'd have the best comments... and you're right Prosecco is the correct football drink as far as I'm concerned.
    Have fun SAJ!!

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    1. Haha thank you! A magazine is a good idea. I, too, get bored and in need of distraction. I usually just look at Houzz when I'm stranded watching a sport. My comments get more and more ridiculous every second. Mainly regarding how gay I think football is! Lol! All the tight pants and grabbing.

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  7. You have Barbie, I have Brandy. She is a rescue from 8years ago. Brandy loves the snow but, hates the rain and mud. You have to push her out the door when it rains. She is prissy and doesn't want her paws wet.
    Super bowl is for the commercials and the entertainment. Football just fills the space in -between.
    My salad spinner does the moon walk every time I use it. And I need icy-hot after I fight with it.
    Enjoy your party.
    Maggie

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    1. Good point! Oh salad spinners are just terribly made, aren't they?! Thanks so much! What kind of dog is Brandy?

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  8. Loved every photo. There have been no mud sitings in this neck of the woods...no thawing, no warm up. Below 0 more than once lately. You are a real sport to hold a super bowl party...must be in the mood for showing off your spectacular culinary skills...again. Looking forward to the photos. No, I'm not interested in watching the game and I have already seen the Budweiser Commercial...so I'm all set. Let me know how much you enjoyed the whole deal.

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    1. Thanks! We'll see how I do with the game food. Haha! I just don't know how anyone follows the games!

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  9. "Mise en place: where OCD thrives" - Made me lol on an early Sunday morning, thank you!
    Love your thoughts and writing, you (and Barbie) make lovely company.

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    1. Thank you!! I'm never sure if I hate my writing or not!

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  10. My poor husband has tried time and time again to get me to understand football, even taking me to a game once and narrating the entire thing so it would make sense to me. Didn't work. They still appear to be running aimlessly around the field in my eyes.
    I have however thrown some bad ass Superbowl parties. One year I bought a piece of that plastic green astroturfy stuff at Lowes, spray painted white lines to imitate a football field and used it as a table covering for the party. That same year I used the old stadium cake pan from Williams Sonoma and baked a cornbread in it then filled the center with chili. The whole presentation was fabulous and I am not ashamed to say I am only in it for the food.
    As for the Barbie mud thing, we have two dogs and I refuse to have them groomed until after we are out of the throes of winter. Our wheaten terrier begins to resemble a sheep dog and our Brussels Griffon looks like Wicket the Ewok but between snow and mud they are constantly filthy and constantly bathed which ruins their stunning blowouts from the groomer.
    Have fun tonight - I'm sure your spread will be totally fabulous!

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    1. A cornbread/chili cake sounds amazing. Your table sounds fab!! I totally got lazy with my presentation and didn't do much. Can I tell you how much I enjoyed seeing Missy Elliot back?!!! I love her so much and was soooo excited. The Budweiser commercial, predictably, made me bawl

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  11. I love the photos of Barbie running through the snow. I live so far south now that we don't get that winter thaw, but I remember it from my childhood and teen years.

    I hope your Super Bowl party is bunches of fun. Love the idea of prosecco as beverage of choice ... that's an upscale party! I'll be drinking hard cider!
    Claudia

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    1. Thanks so much! I am thinking my strategy might be to head south for a week during the January thaw for a little vacation. Not a busy time for me, so if I'm organized I can get away.
      I just can't bond with hard cider. My best friend loves it and always brings me stuff to try, but I just hate it! Hope you're enjoying the game :) I'm not. But I thought Katy Perry's show was spectacular.

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  12. I hope you're having fun at your Super Bowl party -- it's really all about the food, drinks and commercials, so don't worry, you're focusing on the right things! I understand your angst about salad spinners; I've broken my share of them, although the one we have now has lasted for a while now (I'll probably jinx it now), an Oxo with a big round push thing in the middle of the lid. I once bought a Zyliss with a lever to push to spin the thing that broke off within a week -- Uggh! Enjoy your snow and your party! -Beth

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  13. I feel you puppy energy pain! I have a aussie/border mix ! Talk about energy and mud rolling. But I love her anyway and your dog looks adorable!

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  14. NO!I do not watch nor does anyone of MY BOYS!However, last night the TV got turned on for the last two minutes of the GAME!IT was INTERESTING!!Have to say the ones that broke out in a fight should have their salaries TAKEN AWAY!!!!YOUR TEAM WON!Your food looks delicious..........and a side note!I too was drinking PROSECCO last NIGHT TOO!

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  15. No Super Bowl watching at my house - Downton Abbey rules instead. The SB party food is tempting, though...
    Btw, Oxo makes a stainless steel salad spinner and it seems to be very sturdy!

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  16. Stephen, I'd be at your house in a shot for the no doubt stunning food you'd put on. I'm not a huge Football fan (we play Australian Rules over here, but I'm fairly apathetic about it), so I go to these types of things for the chat and the food.
    That thaw does not look fun. Here we're finally getting our hot Summer - it's over 35C (95F) for the whole week. We've had a really cool Summer so it feels like we're just getting going. But I can't say I'm now looking forward to the heat which will last the next 8 weeks, and is equally unpleasant as a deep freeze!

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  17. Do you have a recommendation for good sheet pans?

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    1. Hello! No. Actually I have looked into getting some custom made because I can't find what I want! I buy Vollrath but am not all that happy with them. I'd really like enameled cast iron or maybe enameled clad steel and copper but can't find them. And sadly haven't had any luck finding an American company that can make them for me.

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    2. Have you tried the 13 gauge Vollrath? I've been thinking of trying some. I'm wondering if the difference between the 13 gauze and the 16 is worth more than double the price? Thanks!

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