Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
: in confidence : secretly
Example Sentence:The private investigator met sub rosa with his client to show her photos of her husband rendezvousing at various local establishments with another woman.
Did you know?"Sub rosa" literally means "under the rose" in New Latin. Since ancient times, the rose has often been associated with secrecy. In ancient mythology, Cupid gave a rose to Harpocrates, the god of silence, to keep him from telling about the indiscretions of Venus. Ceilings of dining rooms have been decorated with carvings of roses, reportedly to remind guests that what was said at the table should be kept confidential. Roses have also been placed over confessionals as a symbol of the confidentiality of confession. "Sub rosa" entered the English language in the 17th century, and even before then, people were using the English version, "under the rose." Earlier still, "unter der Rose" was apparently used in Germany, where the phrase is thought to have originated.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
***Every week I get an email from William-Sonoma with new recipes and cooking gadgets, I found this recipe a while back and liked how easy it is.
Boneless turkey cutlets are regularly stocked in the poultry section of supermarkets. Here, they are dipped in beaten egg, coated with bread crumbs, then browned on the stove top before they are quickly finished in a hot oven. The sauce is inspired by the gremolata of Northern Italy, a mixture of parsley, lemon zest and garlic traditionally used on osso buco. Lemon juice and zest may be substituted for the orange juice and zest.
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 1/2 cups fine dried bread crumbs
4 turkey cutlets, each 4 to 6 oz. and 1/2 inch thick
2 Tbs. unsalted butter
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
For the sauce:
Grated zest of 1 orange
Juice of 1 orange (about 1/3 cup)
3 Tbs. finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 large garlic clove, finely minced
2 Tbs. brandy
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Preheat an oven to 400°F. Place the flour on a plate and season with salt and pepper. In a pie pan, whisk together the egg, mustard, and a little salt and pepper. Place the bread crumbs on another plate. Coat each cutlet on both sides with the seasoned flour, then dip both sides in the egg mixture and then finally in the bread crumbs, coating evenly on both sides each time. In a large, heavy ovenproof fry pan over high heat, melt the butter with the olive oil. When it is very hot, add the cutlets and sauté until the crumbs are crisp and golden, about 2 minutes. Turn the cutlets over and transfer the pan to the oven. Roast until the cutlets are firm to the touch and the bread crumbs are nicely browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer the cutlets to a warmed platter or warmed individual plates.To make the sauce, place the pan over medium-high heat and add the orange zest and juice, parsley, garlic and brandy. Cook, stirring, until slightly reduced, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon an equal amount of the sauce over each cutlet. Serve immediately. Serves 4.
Serve with a spinach salad with sliced black olives and oil and vinegar dressing or you can use the left over orange in with the spinach, warm bread sticks and steamed vegetables.
$1.00 off Lindsay Olivesone package
$1.00 on any Filippo Berio Olive Oil
$0.50 on any size or variety of Pompeian Red Wine, Pomegranate or Balsamic Vinegar
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
We had a brush pile buring this spring and the sun and smoke made a dramatic effect in front of the trees.
From now until May 2nd Cold Water Creek is offering 25% off everything in the store. If you shop on line use coupon code WHH2648 if you plan on going to the store then you can simply print the coupon to bring in with you.
Have a great Earth day everyone!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
omnium-gatherum • \ahm-nee-um-GA-thuh-rum\ • noun: a miscellaneous collection (as of things or persons)
The book, a collection of short stories, is an omnium-gatherum of works by various writers.
Has your coffee pot finally seen its last cup? There is a $30.00 rebate right now on a Cuisinart Grind and Brew DGB600BC Coffeemaker-10Cup Stainless Steel Grinder, Amazon has them marked down to $105.00 right now with free Super Saver shipping. (They were $235.00!) To get the rebate simply buy the coffee maker before June 30, 2010 and send the completed rebate certificate, original dated store receipt and the original UPC from the bottom of the Cuisinart box to the address on the rebate form. Any response received after 7/30/10 is not eligible. To check rebate status, go to www.rewardsbymail.com or call 1.866.538.1195.
Hope your Wednesday is "good to the last drop"!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
From Publishers Weekly -
La Plante's gripping thriller (after Cold Shoulder, Cold Blood and the Prime Suspect television series) launches the crime-fighting career of another brainy, sexy female homicide detective, fledgling London copper Anna Travis. As the bright and eager young daughter of recently deceased Detective Chief Superintendent Travis, Anna is hired by Detective Chief Inspector Langton, whose murder team has been completely outfoxed by a serial killer with a trail of six murdered prostitutes dating back 12 years. Anna joins the team just as they identify the corpse of a younger victim with no history of prostitution, a casualty that Langton takes as a sign of the killer's escalating blood lust. Further investigation reveals handsome up-and-coming film actor Alan Daniels as a potential suspect, and Anna and Langton widen their inquiry to include Daniels's past movie locations in the U.S., following a trail of victims to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. Suspense builds and circumstantial evidence continues to pile up, but absolute proof eludes Anna and Langton as the sociopathic suspect attempts to turn his seductive powers on Anna. With crime lab authenticity, a sympathetic heroine and an affecting undercurrent of May-December romance between Anna and Langton, this spellbinder spirals down to an edge-of-the-seat denouement. (Jan.)
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From Booklist -
Creator of the popular Detective Jane Tennison, heroine of the Prime Suspect TV drama, Londoner La Plante brings a new crime series to America. Originally published in Great Britain in 2004, Above Suspicion follows young Detective Sergeant Anna Travis, daughter of the late Detective Chief Superintendent Jack Travis, as she works her first homicide case. And what a case it is: a serial killer who has brutally murdered prostitutes for the past eight years has suddenly switched to a beautiful young student. DCI Langton, who chose Anna for the team out of respect for her father, pushes her mercilessly. In fact, Anna's complex and heated relationship with her boss is almost as compelling as the chase for the serial killer. When a popular actor is identified as a subject, he denies it all and begins an amorous pursuit of Anna. Flattered by his attention and confused by her feelings for Langton, Anna finds herself in grave danger. For readers wondering if veteran La Plante has still got it, Above Suspicion leaves no doubt. Jenny McLarin
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Lynda La Plante was born in Liverpool. She trained for the stage at RADA, and work with the National Theatre and RSC led to a career as a television actress. She turned to writing - and made her breakthrough with the phenomenally successful TV series Widows. She has written eight subsequent bestselling novels, The Legacy, The Talisman, Bella Mafia, Entwined, Cold Shoulder, Cold Blood, Cold Heart and Sleeping Cruelty and her original script for the much acclaimed Prime Suspect won a BAFTA award, British Broadcasting award, Royal Television Society Writers award and the 1993 Edgar Allan Poe Writers award. Lynda La Plante also received the Contribution to the Media award by Women in Film, a BAFTA award and Emmy for the drama serial Prime Suspect 3, and most recently she has been made an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute. From Fantastic Fiction.
Friday, April 16, 2010
***This recipie comes from a series of mystery books I very much enjoy by Cleo Coyle that are based on a woman who owns a coffee house, you can check the books at the Coffee House Mystery Site.***
You will need -
Steaks for grilling (top round or flank are most economical)
Salt & Pepper
Worcestershire sauce (optional)
Scallions or shallots (optional)
Steak dry rub (optional)
If you want to tenderize the meat pound the steak out with the spike side of a meat hammer. Prick the meat with a fork to allow for the marinade to get into the meat and tenderize it further. Place your steaks in a glass or plastic container and pour enough cold coffee over them to cover. You can use any kind of coffee. Just save the last dregs of your coffee pot for a few days (store in fridge) and you should have enough for the marinade. Add a tablespoon of salt, a dash of pepper, and (optional) a couple of diced scallions or shallots along with a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Cover the container with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 1 to 3 hours. No longer. Pull the steaks out of the container and discard the liquid. Do not rinse. Just apply a favorite dry rub if desired. There are many dry steak rubs available in your grocery aisle. Cook your coffee-marinated steaks on a charcoal or gas grill, or broil the meat in the oven.
Serve with frozen vetetables, a tossed green salad and ice cream for dessert.
Coupons for this recipie:
$1.00 off Caribou Coffee on ONE (1) 12-oz bag of Caribou Coffee (Whole Bean or Ground)
$.55 off any Morton® Season-All® product 8 oz. or larger
$1.00 off one bottle of Lea & Perrins® Thick Classic® Worcestershire Sauce (this one needs to be requested via their web site)
Save $2.00 off AmeriGas® Cylinder Exchange or Purchase for your grill
$.50 off Green Giant Steamers or baged vegetables
$1.00 off any TWO (2) pints of Starbucks® Ice Cream: Available in Coffee and Coffee-Free Flavors
Shopping tip ~ If you make a list and stick to it you really will save on your grocery bill.
If you are going to be driving the best thing to do is make sure your car is in tip top running condition, this will save you a lot of money in gas. Firestone has a printable $20.00 off coupon that is good until 4/30 for their visual inspection of ignition and fuel system components and the installation of Bosch spark plugs. Tires Plus has a 10% off coupon if you sign up for their email updates. They also have a great feature that will help you find out what maintenance your car is due for based on its year. make and model.
No matter if your visiting another state or your home state, its always helpful to request the free tourist information. Most of the states tourist books are packed full of coupons and great information. You can find a list here for all the 50 states tourist information and its all free just for asking, just remember to allow them enough time to mail it out. Another great place for coupons is the local visitors centers, try to make these the first stop you make, you will get a lot of local information, find out about any current deals in the area and find useful coupons.
There are quite a few different sites that have popped up on the Internet offering half off deals, I get most of them sent to my in box so I can keep an eye out for steals. I have found a ton of deals for where I live and I found a half off deal a couple days ago for a place we are going to go eat when we are down in the city visiting my cousin. You can check them out yourself and see if they have deals for your area or where you plan to travel. Groupon offers one deal per day, Half off Deals offers a limited amount of discounted deals until they are gone, Living Social offers deals for a small amount of markets (but they are growing) and Restaurant.com offers huge discounts on area dining.
Amazon has a great deal going ~ Until April 30, you can get a free Fisher-Price TRIO building set with any purchase of the select toys. Please note though that the offer applies only to products sold by Amazon.com and not to products sold by third-party merchants and other sellers through the Amazon.com site. As with all items sold through Amazon, you get free shipping on any order over $25.00.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
This young bear found the bird feeders in our yard last year and he was just too cute for words.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
I have some great ideas for creating a little oasis of green on your deck before the trees have fully budded. One of the easiest thing is to take a plain clay pot and just paint it with strips or polka dots, or get out the glue gun and put some fun buttons around the rim. One of the favorites I have done is to use a Dollie that I tape to the rim and bottom and then dab paint on the pot, it gives a lace effect to the surface. If your feeling a little more crafty take a plain old terracotta pot, add some pieces of ceramic tile, broken china or flat glass marbles that you find in the floral section of the craft store and you will have a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Check out this You-Tube how to for more info. Remember your not limited to clay pots for planting, if you line a container with plastic you can use almost anything. Some of the out of the box ideas I have seen are Johnny Jump ups in baby shoes, Miniature roses in cast off purses, mixed flowers in tea pots, strainers lined with moss for trailing plants, Marigolds in old watering cans, let your imagination run wild.