Once there was a girl...

...and now she's grown into a woman.

I'm a lady who loves Earl Grey tea, skeletons, and stilettos. Also slightly obsessed with tentacles. Wrap your mind around that.

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JUST MAGICAL

SPARKED: A Live Interaction Between Humans and Quadcopters

via Engadget H/T strangetikigod

Wait, so you are telling me that the Secret Service did not have security cameras to monitor the entire perimeter of the White House until 2012. What? Are they the Flintstones!? The AM/PM by my house has better surveillance. With all the hoopla the SS puts into play when the Obama’s travel to California, it’s embarrassing to know they’ve been so lackadaisical with their home, and a national and cultural landmark at that!

This is a heartbreaking article that points to all the ways this country is wrong about providing end of life care. The costs incurred on state and federal healthcare to keep elderly folks in nursing facilities far surpasses what could be spent on home health if the system would be reconstructed to keep people at home, with their families, in places of comfort and safety. #healthcare #hospice 

Maureen Stefanides wanted to fulfill her father’s request after long nursing home stays left him weak and unhappy, but the forces of the health care system seemed stacked against her. http://nyti.ms/1uReS1c

Ringing in the new year with a beautiful dinner. I prepared a Jamie Oliver inspired meal of Pork Chops, Balsamic Baked Onions and Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli with Buerre Blanc, and homemade Apple Sauce.

How did you celebrate the end of 2013?

This evening Fresh & Easy hosted a Holiday Party for bloggers from around SoCal at the elegant Holding Co. in LA. The delicious fare was comprised of all foods you can find at Fresh & Easy including some out of the box options like a cheese platter with crackers as well as an outside the box idea like macaroni and cheese wontons. It was fantastic to see how a delightful spread from beer to dessert can be found at our favorite local stop. I met some fantastic new people and got to hear some exciting news from Fresh & Easy about how they are making things “FreshER & EasyER”. Can’t wait to see what they “cook up” in the New Year!

- Sarah aka Essie 

Sweet way to end the night!

Sweet way to end the night!

Awesome food all found at your local Fresh & Easy! Yum!

Awesome food all found at your local Fresh & Easy! Yum!

Fresh & Easy Holiday Party!

Fresh & Easy Holiday Party!

A delicious lunch at the Aria Cafe. Great menu items and excellent quality of food and service. #vegas

My rainy day French Onion Soup recipe

5 large sweet yellow onions
5 large red onions
Tablespoon of minced garlic
Beef broth
Small can of tomato sauce
Red wine
Thyme
Rosemary
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
Gruyere cheese
French bread

I threw this together for a comfort food meal while I did laundry and putzed around the house, I used my memory and a couple recipes to create my shopping list, and the rest I improvised.

I trimmed the onions, then cut them in half, then sliced 1/4” slices (cutting from the trimmed ends, top to bottom) so I had pretty uniform crescent shapes.

Toss with a generous helping of salt.

Prepare large skillet or crock with olive oil and fill with a layer of onion.

Sprinkle with thyme, rosemary, and pepper on each layer to your taste.

Continue adding layers of onion and seasoning until you use all the onions.

I took a big lid and topped the whole mix with it, it was to help contain the heat and control the heaping mound of onion from overflowing on my cooktop.

Cook on medium heat until the onions sweat and start to break down. Remove the lid once they start to go translucent.

Turn the heat to low and stir every 30 to 45 min to prevent burning.

Cook low and slow for a few hours until they turn dark and are caramelized.

Transfer the caramelized onion to a soup pot.

Add a touch of olive oil and a tablespoon of minced garlic to the skillet and sauté.

Deglaze the whole skillet with a small amount of red wine.

Transfer the garlic mixture to the onion. I added half a small can of tomato sauce for a little more savory flavor.

Add equal parts beef broth and water to the soup pot, bring to a boil, then simmer until ready to serve.

Slice the French bread thin and toast in the oven at 450 degrees for 6 min each side.

I served the soup in oven safe ramekins with a slice of toast and sliced gruyere cheese (grated would probably be better). I didn’t put them under the broiler, as my ramekins aren’t rated for that high of temp, but I put them in the 450 degree oven for 5 min to melt the cheese.

By all accounts it was very tasty and a pretty easy day of cooking without a lot of fuss.

This is my best friend Sarah. She is a beast. She is running the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and raising money for cancer research because she also has a heart of gold. She has trained so hard to make this a reality and I am so proud of her!

I am asking all my friends, family, and supporters to consider donating just $5 to her so she can get closer to her goal. I have been unable to fundraise in a while, so I am thrilled to help Sarah meet her goal for this cause. Thank you!

Visit her donation page here:
http://bit.ly/WbRJ6h

If you didn’t already notice, I’m on a bit of a hiatus. You can still interact with me on other social media sites if you’ve already found me… 

So until I magically have free time again this blog will get a bit dusty. Don’t mind the cobwebs… the spiders make nice friends!  

thetvscreen:

This is, like, the opposite of cool, cool, cool.

They were supposed to premiere on October 19th. The surprise move is supposedly to help NBC’s freshman comedies, like Guys with Kids and Animal Practice.

Oh, and the other show is Whitney if you were wondering (you weren’t).

No words.

(via jbfletchers)

I know this has gone around the internet quite a bit already. But seriously. FANTASTIC work!