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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Recipe Post - Bacon Wrapped Dates


This is one of the hors d'oeuvres I made for Fakesgiving. I found the recipe in November's Good Housekeeping and mostly followed it. I thought these were so tasty I made some more this morning with the leftover dates (I made a special morning grocery run to get more bacon) and wanted to share the recipe with you guys. The recipe is simple and I'm not including amounts because really it's one to one to one for everything.


Pitted Medjool Dates
Pecan halves (cut in half, so really, pecan quarters)
Thick cut bacon (uncooked) slices cut in half so you have short slices
Fresh Rosemary

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stuff each date with a quarter of a pecan. If you're using pitted dates it's easy to just pack it into the hole.
2. Wrap each stuffed date with one of the half slices of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
3. Bake on a cookie sheet lined with foil for easy cleanup (it will get very greasy!) for 25 minutes or until crisp. Turn once during baking.
4. Take the bacon wrapped dates out and let them cool on paper towels. Remove the toothpicks and shove little sprigs of rosemary into one hole where the toothpick was. Serve immediately.

These little bundles of tastiness are soo yummy and they make your kitchen smell wonderful too.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Fakesgiving Picture Journal

As promised, here are some more photos of the Fakesgiving I had yesterday with my friends.






I unfortunately didn't get any good pics of David as Janeane Garofolo or Michael as Donatella Versace. He did turn into a topless mermaid later in the night though.

I'm sick and feel icky--congested, coughy and tired. Last night after everyone left from Fakesgiving I got a fever of 102.7 and became deliriously ill, made Peter go to the store to buy me medicine, and eventually passed out after I took a lukewarm shower to break my fever.

Today I felt a little better because I didn't have much of a fever and joined Michael and his family at Claim Jumper for Realsgiving. I had prime rib and it was delicious and I love Michael's mom because the way she talks, she makes everything sound like it's a really juicy secret.

After dinner, Michael and I went to see New Moon which was great.

Between all of this, I worked on the website and am proud to offer you some great deals. 20% off your entire purchase for Black Friday! Plus special markdowns on black items. See some of the sale items below and check it all out here:

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Room with a View

Here's a better picture of the pie (I took it with the morning light just now)


and another picture I took yesterday when I was at the gynecologist. This has always baffled me, as my lady doctor clinic is on the 14th floor of a building in a fairly densely populated area of seattle.

2009-11-24 08.53.05

If my view from the exam room is this building. Then what are all the views from THAT ENTIRE side of the building?? I mean, I assume it is mostly people who do not have telescopes or binoculars in their offices ... but it seems kind of off to me.

Moving on--today I'll be doing lots of cooking and eating. I'll try to post some pics up tomorrow of the drag/fakesgiving. Hope everyone has a happy TG too!


Tomorrow (today, I guess since it's 3am) I'm having "Fakesgiving" with Peter, Garrett, Michael and David. It's a themed get together and the theme is cross-dressing.

I decided I would dress up as Karl Lagerfeld. I tested out some options and came up with a plan for an outfit:


Also, I just finished baking this pie. YEAH, I know. It is amazing.


Monday, November 23, 2009

I just started to really get into recently.

Today, Michael and I did a few quick photoshoots for it, and here are some examples of the results. We were trying to go for ultra hipster bordering on douchebagginess hipsterness. I think we succeeded.




You can "hype" my looks by logging in via twitter or facebook or whatever, or just sign up as a member. The site is invitation only to join, but if you want an invite to, just let me know. (:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Internet, don't fail me now! is having a "secret sale" (is it really that much of a secret? The coupon code is: secretsale

It's 20% off! AAHHHH. Why must shoes cost money?

Anyway, despite sketchy internet connection (there's a windstorm tonight), I have been ogling some amazing shoes I have no business looking at. The discount applies even to sale items! The prices I've listed are without the 20% off. Here are some of my faves:

Jeffrey Campbell ZIP-004 - Black/Grey
. $306 ):

Max Studio United - Black
. Originally $290.00 reduced to $204.90

Jeffrey Campbell Miley - Black
. AH! Amazing mesh platform sandals! Originally $104 now $74.90

Pajar Bomba - Off White. Oh I have been loving these all-weather boots for at least a year now. Loves them. $154

Dolce Vita Wesley - Black. $124. I love me some Dolce Vita.

Oh, and this bag was "recommended to me" as I was looking at those Dolce Vita shoes:

Pietro Alessandro 2084. I love the foldover style. $198.

What's actually in my price range? Well, nothing. But the closest thing is probably these socks:

Hue Delicate Pointelle Sock - Blush. 2 bucks.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Recent happenings photolog.

Last night Peatar and I took a walk because it was windy and dark and rainy. We bundled up and brought our cameras. Here are a few pictures of it:

Looking down on I-5 & downtown

The RiteAid on Broadway

The lightshow or whatever it is on the hill

We took a trip to the grocery store on our way back. When we got home I decided to make molasses crinkles ("The best cooky from 1930-1935!") and chocolate chip cookies with Heath bar crumbles in them. They were delicious. At probably 11pm or so, Peter, Garrett and I decided to bring some cookies to welcome our new neighbors. One neighbor, Maria, was surprised but friendly. The other new neighbors' lights were off, so we just knocked on the door of the next apartment which lights were on. Daryl, was gruff and slightly socially scary, but I think he was appreciative. All in all it was exceedingly awkward and fun and we got to know some of the people that live in our building.


This morning I got up it was way too f-ing bright. Blindingly bright. So I took some pictures to contrast with last night's dark walk pictures:



Friday, November 13, 2009

Christmas Music

What I love about Christmas:
Yummy smells of cookies and pies
Christmas Music
Cold weather

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A productive way to spend an evening ...


Some of my favorite games are: bejeweled blitz
desktop tower defense 1.5
castle wars

and probably forgetting a lot of other great time wasters. any games you readers recommend?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Follow Me ...

Just another plug for hallandhautes. Follow us @hallandhautes on twitter to receive updates, coupons and other very important and exciting tweets.

Also we've got a hall&hautes blog so definitely add it to your feed!

I drank 3 cups of coffee this morning and accidentally dumped about 1/4 cup of sugar into my first cup. So I've been working very dilligently. Today I'm taking pictures and listing things. It's cold and wet and Seattle-y looking outside so I turned the heat up and am listening to Dr. Dick's Dub Shack. Yessss.

Monday, November 9, 2009

I finally found it!!

omg. I have been searching for this video for weeks, maybe a month, and I've finally found it. I first saw it while my dad was watching a football game and I happened to be in the same room. Football commercials are oftentimes pretty great. Here it is:

Am I the only one that thinks this is hilarious?

Oh and I just remembered this awesome commercial for Juicy Fruit. It's so scary and I love it!

And Peter just made me watch this Nutrigrain commercial:

Wow, commercials are great.

201 Modern Menorahs

I don't really affiliate myself with any particular religion, but if I did, it would be Judaism. I'm interested in a lot of Jewish traditions and Hannukah is so great. Ifitshipitshere just posted about 201 Modern Menorahs. It's really quite great.

I love this one!

This one is just ridiculous, but I kind of like it.

Click here for all 201 modern menorahs.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

20% off Hall and Hautes

For my blog readers: 20% off coupon for good thru Nov 7.


The website is starting to look really great. Despite it taking longer than I thought to get everything together, I'm pretty excited about it! Check it out. (: