Showing posts from February, 2011

Food and Furniture

One of the things that I love the most about blogging (other than meeting sooo many new awesome friends) is that I love trying new recipes from you guys!
I have sooo many bogging friends that share amazing recipes for snacks, desserts and meals that I could try new recipes everyday for years and never run out!!! Very few are ever hard to make and they are almost always a HIT!
I tried a new one I saw on Jenna's Journey from Pioneer Woman called Pasta-Ai-Quattro-Formaggi.
It was amazing!!! NOTE: It is VERY rich!!! And I cut out some of the cream...there is lots of cheese and lots of calories so this is definitly not an every week food choice and you MUST love cheese :-) !!
I made the following slight changes.....I changed 1 cup of heavy cream to 1/4 cup of heavy cream and 3/4 cup skim milk. Then I addded cooked shrimp and scallops at the very end instead of the filet she says to serve on top - YUM YUM!!!!
I even took the following pictures of the process....
Here is the butter that you st…

ABC's of Ann

I just saw this on Running In The Delta's blog and thought it was soooo much fun to read hers that I would post my answers for all of you!

- HA HA -

All five of you that actually read this - LOL!!!!

Here are The ABC's of Ann!

A. Age: 42

B. Bed size: Full - and a new mattress I have only had for a month - HEAVEN!

C. Chore you hate: cleaning toilets (torlets as my family will say I pronounce it)

D. Dogs: I own cats but I LOVE all animals! Dogs are just too much work for me...LOL!

E. Essential start to your day: Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee!

F. Favorite color: Purple

G. Gold or silver: Definitely silver

H. Height: 5'7"

I. Instruments you play: Clarinet - but not well at all - tried to play for years in school but mostly just focused on throwing M&M's into the Tuba bells!

J. Job title: Six Sigma Analyst

K. Kids: Just furry ones and wet ones (cats and a fish)!!!!!!!

L. Live: Pittsburgh, PA.

Mom’s name: Jan

N. Nicknames: Annster

O. Overnight hospital stays: appendix, overexertion


Chop Chop Chop

Not sure how long my followers have been following BUT..... do you remember this post?!?!?! March 2010 Well....finally after that horrible experience of being chopped hair had all grown back and I went for a haircut last night!!!!!!! I am sooooo glad I did...I was sooo scared and the poor hairdresser was wonderful - she listened intently as I complained and shared my horror story from last year and became (I am sure) very frightened to touch my hair let alone cut it! LOL!!! Anyway - she was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! Shout out to Philip Pelusi -at Robinson Mall and Ann (my NEW and ONLY stylist)!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE MY HAIR!!!! It turned out so cute!!! She cut about an inch off the back and added layering and texturing and it is awesome and full and bouncy and DID I MENTION cute!?!?!?! I asked for something similar to Jennifer Annsitons new cut and as she was cutting it she asked questions and finally said - I think this will look really good on your face if we tweek this, this and this - is tha…

Hot Dang - I Actually Won...

I am sooooooo excited to report that I actually won something - I cannot remember when that last happened!! Very rare...LOL!!!

Anyway Jen at Prior Fat Girl was hosting a giveraway and I won one of the prizes and could not have been more excited!!!

I was even more excited when I came home from work and this was waiting at my door...

I have a secret crush o the UPS man as he brings me gifts of packages every time I see him!!!

In the package was this awesome tote!!!!!!!

This even awesom-er reusable lunch box :-)

These sample pain relief patches that I know for a fact willbe used ASAP after the next hard core workout!!

Yes, the Gods smiled down on me-also enclosed was this sample of Barney Butter - I have been hearing about this on blogs forever and have yet to try it...this will be breakfast on an english muffin...I hope it is half as good as people say....:-)

These cashews look awesome!!!!!!

These packets of Coach's Oats - I have breakfast for the next week I think!!!!

This Attune bar looks …

Only Six Inches

What a FUN night and morning here in Pittsburgh.

I left work yesterday around 3:30 PM and it had just started sleeting...round, hard, little ice balls slamming off my windshield...roads were not bad yet but I figured there was more to's Pittsburgh n @!

I got home and watched the news - the news said we would be getting 2-4 inches throughout the night and into the morning so I decided to stay home - momma didn't raise no dummy!! Mind you: we had no snow at this point...just brown grass...all snow had melted last week!

I Zumba'ed my butt off with the Wii and practiced my dangerous moves on the Dance Dance Revolution (I have progressed from basic to beginner)...definitely NOT a workout but wayyyyyyyyyy fun! Awesome way to spend a night with yourself!

Then I got up in the middle of the night (potty break from all this water I am drinking) and slammed my baby toe into the hope chest at the end of my bed......NOT PLEASANT....I was sooooo tired thought that I went back to b…

Another shout out to Kenz

I feel like I am constantly linking to Kenz at All The Weigh...that must be good right?!?!?
Well - she posted a recipe the other day that looked soooooo yummy that I went right to the store and bought the ingredients to make them - I am SOOOOOO glad I did!!!!! Last night after work and before I went out with friends I made Kenz's Chocolate Chip Macaroons - YUM!!
Chocolate Chip Macaroon Cookie Recipe
1 box Angel Food cake
1/2 c. water
7 oz. coconut
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. mini chocolate chips
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix the first four ingredients well then add the chocolate chips. Drop on a greased cookies sheet. (I used Parchment paper-my new favorite kitchen helper.) (The batter will seem VERY runny but using a tablespoon cookie dropper they spread out when they bake and puff up.)
Bake for 15 minutes and cool completely before removing from the pan.

Yield: About 30 cookies/3 WW pts. each (on the new plan)
Are you kidding me?!?!?!?! These are amazing!! It doesn't hurt that I love coconu…

Keepin' up with the Jones'

I am ALWAYS one of the last ones to buy something new and exciting...
and being that I work in the IT field that is a little suprising even to me!
This is still my personal phone (no texting or data AT ALL)....Except I do use a blackberry for work. :-)

Up until recently I was doing all my "GAMING" on this awesome console from the 1980's and saw no reason to upgrade...

Anyway - point is....

I got something new!!!! I got something new!!!! I got something new!!!

Can you tell I am excited?!?!?!?

Here it is..... A Wii

With this awesome play set to use WITH IT!!!!!! UHHHHHHHHHH HUHHHHHHHHHH!!

So, now someday soon, I will look like this!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOO HOOOOO!!

PS - It is soooooooooooo fun - it was seriously hard to stop Zumbing last night!!!!

PSS - I think my condo neighbor downstairs is going to HATE this new me!!!!!! LOLHappy HUMP DAY everyone!!!!!!!!!!!


I am AGAIN participating in Friend Makin Monday with Kenz - I love me some FMM!!!!!!

It is sooo fun you should jump on over with the link above and play too!!!

Today's question is

How do you plan on celebrating Valentine's Day?

Well, for me it is already over :-(

Waliacha and I celebrated early as it is on a Monday and everyone has to work Tuesday. We went to dinner with a couple that we are friends with (shout out to Suzi and Fitz) at Olive Garden - LOVE IT!!!

Then we went to see the movie Just Go With It with Jennifer Anniston and it was hillarious!!! I love her anyway and she and Adam Sandler were sooooooooo good and sooooo funny in this movie - LOVED IT!!!!!!!!

My gift was this beautiful ring from Waliacha....
It matches these lovely pretties that he gave me for Christmas this year....

Thanks again Waliacha - he does not even read this but I just felt like I should thanks him again!!! So, although it is over early, it was awesome and fun and amazing time with friends and my darli…

Happy Valentines Day!

I want to wish everyone out there in blog land a VERY happy Valentines Day!!!!!!!!!! XOXO and love to ya'll today and EVERYDAY!!!!

I am sooooo excited since I participated in the Valentine Swap to get my package - MORE EXCITED THAN CHRISTMAS I THINK!

Yippee - I love Valentines Day!

Beauty Secrets

Come along and play to...
Over at Kelly's Korner she is having her Show Us Your Life - Beaty Secrets Day and I am soo excited to share with ya'll!!
Here is a sampling of what I LOVE!!!

First I think water is soooooooooo important to beatuy - I drink a ton of it and it helps with my aging skin - LOL!! I love Smart Water....not sure if it is because of Jennifer Anniston beign the spokesperson or the fun animals on the bottle...see the next photo...

This is just one of many of the animals and sayings they have on their they have ducks and otters and crabs oh my......sooo fun!!!!

This is the WORLDS GREATEST quick dry!!! I kid you not!!!! I read about it on someones blog and I now swear by it - they dry amazingly quick in like a minute - no joke!!!! I found it on the internet (I think Amazon) but now my grocery store carries it!!!!
My new favorite polish - OPI called Ali's Big any OPI polish - I am a fiend!!!!!!!

I used this mascara since high school and …