Thursday, May 31, 2007

Love in Bloom...

On Saturday I will be going to see The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. I have enjoyed the first two movies and I am sure I will like this one equally well.

Why will I enjoy it?
Is it the evil pirate with the monkey?

Umm... No.

Is it the great Captain Jack Sparrow?


How about the strong heroine?

She's great... but, not so much.

This, my friends is why I will not take my eyes off the screen...

Will Turner... aka... ORLANDO BLOOM

I mean... just look at him.

And he cleans up so well...


Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Let There Be Light...

I was looking around to see how others may have celebrated Memorial Day... and I came across this celebration in Hawaii.
It's called TORO NAGASHI. During the ceremony of Toro Nagashi, or "lantern offerings on the water," small paper lanterns containing lighted candles on a wooden or bamboo base are set afloat on the river or sea. In this memorial for the spirits of the dead many lanterns are floated upon the water, creating a fabulous sight.

A fabulous sight indeed.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Food for Thought...

As I prepare for my holiday excursion up north... my mind wanders
to all the family festivities and FOOD that will be enjoyed over the
next few days.

That's when I stumbled upon the headline of an article...
"How to Travel and Stay Thin" and thought to myself... obviously the author of this informative article has never
experienced a Miller family holiday!

I hope each and everyone of you have a safe, happy...
and food-filled holiday weekend!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Going Green...

Yes, I'm going GREEN!!

To help promote (as if needs the help) the movie Shrek 3... you can now buy "Ogre-Sized" Peanut Butter M&M's. They are quite large in size, have a peanut butter center that is surrounded by chocolate, then topped with the candy coating. And might I add... THEY ARE DELICIOUS!!

They are only available for a limited time... so you can bet I'll be stocking the pantry shelves with bags of these babies!!

Go ahead... give them a try!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Circle's End...

One of my favorite new shows came to an end last night. Brothers & Sisters finished their first season with dignity and humor. It capped off a great season and left me wanting more. The way they created the finale to come full circle from the pilot episode was amazing!

I'll be looking forward to the fall when my favorite TV family comes back to grace the screen.

Here's a great article on the wonderful finale...

Nobody puts the Walkers in a corner!

Apparently, the creators of Brothers & Sisters didn’t get the ABC memo that all finales should be downers, leaving viewers on the edge of depression and dreading death and devastation. After last week’s “No happy couple shall survive!” Grey’s Anatomy season-ender, and with Wednesday’s “We promise many deaths!” Lost extravaganza lying in wait for me, I sunk into last night’s Walker good-bye like a warm … swimming pool. They brought the silly, and the silly was appreciated. They also gently wrapped up some Season One conflicts and laid some good groundwork for Season Two’s.

Best of all, they created some lovely bookends between this and the first episode that makes this season look a lot more planned out than it probably was. That episode was “Patriarchy,” this one “Matriarchy.” That one had Kitty coming home, this one, leaving. And while the season started with William Walker in the pool, dead, this one offers the people he left behind in the pool, finding their way back to life. Nice, in a way that most “gotta leave ‘em in suspense over the summer” finales never attempt anymore.

There was, of course, a thread of sadness running throughout, with Justin’s impending departure for Iraq. He’s attempting to spend some quality time with each family member before he leaves, which means surfing with Tommy, having a playdate with Sarah and her kids, and going to see Wicked with Kevin. It should also mean taking his mom to a museum, but she’s having none of it. No “goodbye” activity for her! Nora’s in some serious denial about the possibility of her dear boy never coming home, and not even an exhibit she’s been wanting to see can lure her out of it.

Justin’s not the only one leaving home — Kitty’s moving out, too, and in with Robert. Nora drowns her sorrows in a ferocious bout of party-planning, determined to throw Kitty an engagement party whether she wants one or not. Kevin and Jason, as their families’ designated gay ambassadors, check out the chosen venue, but Kevin winds up offending the proprietor with his comments on the color scheme, and inevitably the party moves to the Walker house. Honestly, where else would you ever throw a party?

There’s quite a guest list for this get-together. McCallister has, apparently, hundreds of relatives, most of whom wind up acting like extras from My Name Is Earl. Nora, not wanting to be outdone in the awkward relatives department, insists that both Rebecca and her mother attend, and also invites an old friend of Saul’s who he doesn’t seem all that eager to see again. You have to wonder why, oh why, Nora didn’t invite her old friend Emily Craft — wouldn’t she have just been completely awesome with the McCallisters? But she’s not the only one not making the scene. Joe, natch, is not among the invitees. And Julia appears to be going through some post-partum, or maybe post-baby-death, depression, and is not up to doing much more than taking pills and sleeping. Which begs the question of why Tommy is spending so much time with the family and away from her, but I guess we all have our own ways of coping.

The party provides a stage for a variety of plot-closing and plot-furthering vignettes, including:

Saul having a chat with that old friend, Milo, who has left his wife and come out of the closet. Milo still fondly remembers their long-ago trip to the Keys, and would like Saul to come and see him. Saul looks quietly terrified. There’s no specific reveal that our favorite bachelor uncle is definitely gay, but he clearly has a history he’s not at peace with.

Sarah and Holly calling a truce, mostly because neither of them really has the energy to keep up the appropriate level of burning hatred.

Kevin and Jason sucking face, at the conclusion of one of those nasty shouting matches that always seem to end with kissing in TV and the movies. Later, it’s revealed that Jason is a Methodist minister, but Kevin gets over the shock and suggests that they meet for lunch sometime, downtown, near Kevin’s law office and Jason’s congregation.

Rebecca telling the truth to Justin, about her complicity in the Joe kiss, and her history with older men. She had an affair with a married teacher when she was 16, and when it was finally discovered, she begged her mother not to press charges against the man. He moved with his family to Chicago, and called her to join him. He put her up in a hotel room there, and when his wife found out again, he killed himself. This kid’s sure got the Daddy issues, doesn’t she? How on earth did she avoid getting on Oceanic Flight 815?

Justin leaving for the airport unannounced, having been called to report two days earlier than expected and not wanting to ruin the party. He tells Rebecca, though, and she proves herself a true Walker by spilling the secret to Nora and Kitty. Those two race to the airport and just manage to catch their boy and give him an appropriate goodbye send-off. And it may be a shame that he’s going to war, but dang, does the guy look good in a uniform.

The Walkers, at the end of their most trying year, reclaiming their title as Most Wacky Family by plunging into the pool, fully clothed. Joining them in their baptism of impropriety are Robert, truly one of the family now, and Rebecca and Holly, likewise. Until next year, anyway, when Rebecca ‘fesses to Sarah that she led Joe on, Robert finds out about Kitty’s blackmail management, and Holly finds some new way to cause outrage. For now, though, they’re united in wet shoes and ruined dry-clean-only garments. Happy First Season, you crazy kids! Can’t wait to see you back in September!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Coming Around Again...

44th East Lansing Art Festival
May 19-20
Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

Hundreds of artists from Michigan and beyond come to Downtown East Lansing to exhibit art of all kinds. Jewelry, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Blown Glass, Wood, Metal, Photography and more fill the booths that line our downtown streets.


This is one weekend that I look forward to each year. The art festival is a wonderful experience... so much to see and do.

I hope the weather will hold out for this event!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Tasty Tuesday...

I made this dinner last weekend and it was simply amazing!!

Butternut Squash Filled Ravioli

1 butternut squash
2 tbsps light olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 pkg. wonton wrappers (12 oz.)
3 tbsps cornstarch, mixed with 3 tbsps cold water
Light pesto cream sauce (see recipe below)
Fresh grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
Fresh diced tomato, for garnish

For light pesto cream sauce:
1 cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup mild olive oil
1/3 cup half-and-half

Preheat oven to 400° F. Cut squash in half; remove seeds and brush the interior with extra virgin olive oil. Place squash cut side down in pan brushed with additional olive oil. Bake, uncovered for 40 minutes or until fork tender. Cool.

Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat light olive oil. Add onion and garlic. Sauté until softened. Transfer onion mixture to a large bowl. Scoop squash from skin and place in bowl with onion and garlic. Stir in ricotta cheese, basil, salt and pepper. Mash until you have a coarse paste.

For each ravioli, place a wonton wrapper onto a lightly floured surface. Spoon a small amount of filling (about 1 1/2 tsps) onto the center of the wrapper. Lightly wet the edges of the wrapper with the cornstarch mixture. Lay a second wonton skin over the filling and carefully press edges to seal.

Trim edges with a ravioli cutter or a pastry wheel. Repeat with remaining wonton wrappers. Carefully place ravioli (one at a time) in a large pot of boiling, salted water. Cook and stir gently for about 5 minutes or until cooked through.

Remove cooked ravioli with a slotted spoon and place on a warm platter. Serve with light pesto cream sauce (recipe follows).

For light pesto cream sauce, in the bowl of food processor or blender, process basil, pine nuts, garlic, cheese and salt to form a paste. With the machine running, gradually add oil in a steady stream until evenly blended.

Place pesto mixture into a small saucepan. Heat until warmed through. Stir in half-and-half until smooth and warmed through. Serve sauce over ravioli. Garnish, if desired, with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and diced tomatoes.

Serves 6
Preparation time: 1 1/2 hours

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Wacky Wednesday...

Create Your Own PaloozaHead - Visit

And people say that I dance like Elaine from Seinfeld...

If Okay Go can dance on treadmills... so can I!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Tiny Technology...

Okay... I broke down and bought my first MP3 player. It's not too fancy, 2GB... but it is so damn cute. It's pink and only 1-inch square!!

Anyone want to place a bet that I lose it within a week?!!?

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Small, But Mighty...

George... my hero.

Tiny terrier saves five kids from pit bulls, loses own life

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A plucky foot-high Jack Russell terrier named George saved five New Zealand children from two pit bulls, but was so severely mauled in the fight he had to be destroyed, his owner said Wednesday.

George was playing with the group of children as they returned home from buying sweets at a neighborhood shop in the small North Island town of Manaia last Sunday when the two pit bulls appeared and lunged toward them, his owner, Allan Gay, said.

"George was brave — he took them on, and he's not even a foot high," Gay told The Associated Press. "He jumped in on them, he tried to keep them off.

"If it wasn't for George, those kids would have been killed."

One of the children, Richard Rosewarne, 11, was quoted in the Taranaki Daily News on Wednesday as saying George fought with the pit bulls to keep them off his 4-year-old brother, Darryl.

"George tried to protect us by barking and rushing at them, but they started to bite him — one on the head and the other on the back," Rosewarne said. "We ran off crying, and some people saw what was happening and rescued George."

But George, aged 9, was so badly mauled that a veterinarian had to put him down, Gay said.

"The two pit bulls ripped the skin from his throat and chest and down his back," he said, adding the tough little terrier also "had a bad heart condition."Gay said the pit bulls' owner had surrendered the pair to dog control officers and demanded they be destroyed, claiming they had launched unprovoked attacks previously. - AP


I could ramble on about pit bulls and their tendencies.... but I would rather focus on a little hero. A small terrier that gave his life to save some kids that were in danger of being killed themselves.

I love you, George... good boy.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I'm Spent...

I am attempting to work FOUR 9-hour days so I can get out of here at noon on Friday. Getting to work at 7:30am hasn't been too bad... it's what happens to my body by mid-afternoon that I am not crazy about. I hit a wall. I don't want to even LOOK at the computer screen by 3:45pm, let alone try to create interesting design projects.

I just keep telling myself that it will all be worth it when I get up north on Friday afternoon... and spend some time with my parents, sister, nephew, and grandmother. It will be a well deserved break!

I'm almost there...