Thursday, June 2, 2011

White Wine and Garlic Dream Cream


·         2 tablespoons butter
·         6 large shallots, sliced thinly
·         8 cloves garlic, chopped
·         3 cups white wine, divided
·         ground white pepper to taste
·         1-1/2 cups heavy cream at room temperature
·         2 lemon, juiced
·         salt to taste

1.     Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook and stir the shallots until they become translucent and tender; stir in garlic and cook until tender and aromatic.
2.     Stir in 2 cup white wine, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Once it boils, add the remaining cup wine. Boil for 10 minutes then reduce heat to medium-low. Season with white pepper to taste.
3.     When sauce is no longer boiling, slowly stir in cream, lemon juice and salt. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Communication with Clients 2!

Here is take 2 of our Awesome client communication! You can find the first of them here.

1. I am in a mess me thinks, lol

2. I am sure I still qualify for this as I am head of household for my older daughter but I don`t get to claim either of my children as dependents. (I had a dumb lawyer!!!)

3. You know what I was so stupid, because sick this reason, I want make money from online, but I am not make any penny, only lose my hard earn money, I am victim person, if you really apology to me, please help....I don't want because those lose money that reason let me down.....and my life is the end....

4. I have disolved the company on March 17, 2011. I had no Expenses, Sales, Utilities cost for S corporation, Inventory cost. Please contact me if you need me to send blank pages.

5. This was a phone call to a client:  I asked if he had any questions and this was his response:
                “I’m in the bathroom.  Let me get done with this real quick.”     

6. Hello Dear Ladys ! Thank You for Your "Reminder", but plaese give me a call to arrange for some  instructions  from You to help me giving You correct reports, HM?! Greeting Dagmar
7. I am not sure what the rest of this year will bring. I am completely disgusted with the State of California. Our state government really needs a complete overhaul. Instead of things improving with every passing day things only get worse for the small business owner and the middle class. I have lived here my whole life and I am embarrassed to say so. There was a time when I was so proud to be a Californian but it has been a long time since then. With gas prices above $4.00 a gallon it is we can to just to get back and forth to work and school. It is a shame with California being in the top ten in the world for largest economy that this state is in the shape it is. With the agriculture and Hollywood alone we should be right next to New York as far as the financial status of the residents of the state. Instead we are in the top 5 for unemployment, forclosures, air pollution,and illegal aliens, school test scores and I am sure I missed other issues as well. I don't beleive this is what our founders had in mind. It truely is heartbreaking so with this being said I probably will disolve the business sometime this year. I haven't been able to do anything with it due to the state of our loan modification which is another crisis the country is facing. I am terrified for our children, what in the world are they going to have to deal with.
Thanks Again!

8. How is your business?
     Hello, How are you getting on ?
     Are you crazy for net shopping ?
     I found a website that will give you a large number of lastest electronic products.
     And, the price is rather rather low.
     You'd better just go there and have a look---  
     good morning.though we just met several days ago.i miss you so much.

9. Here are my reports for the Month of April.  I am also attaching a picture from the Bras for the Cause and Boxers Too.  The picture is Cleopatra wearing the Bra that I created for her.  Caesar was not in the house when I was taking the picture.  I hope to get one of him in the Toga and royal boxers that I made for him.  Enjoy the picture.

10. This is tobe canceled and my money send back to ME. This is FAUD all the way . This is the second time I have wrote with no result. I will put in a law suite if nessary. YOU have done nothing for ME and I donot need your servery. Just takening money for nothing and I DO mean nothing. SEND MY MONEY BACK THAT YOU STOLE.  FAUD ALL THE WAY

11. How is everybody doing there fine I hope. I'm doing fine to little cool outside this morning here.

This client deserves her own section! The following emails are all individually sent emails, all from the same lady.
1. I hear a frog outside.
2. They will be throwing my ass in jail!!!I guess                                                                                         
3. In response to my email explaining that we need the Date of Incorporation and EIN before we can order the corporate binder for the client: 
“ Today is your birthday gonna have a good time”         
4. This was a series of emails received within a 30 minute period with no response to any of them:
a.     I guess i will need an extension for the first time in my life since I don 't know what the hell is going on! 
b.     I would like to have a little fun before I die.
c.     Since I paid for your services will please call and file an extension for me. My divorce is not quite final so I want to take care of my taxes when that is complete. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
d.     I would like acknowledgement of the extension request. Thank you kindly.
e.     I am in bed with a migrane!
f.     What can I help you with?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Harry Potter Prequel, by JK Rowling

The speeding motorcycle took the sharp corner so fast in the darkness that both policemen in the pursuing car shouted ‘whoa!’ Sergeant Fisher slammed his large foot on the brake, thinking that the boy who was riding pillion was sure to be flung under his wheels; however, the motorbike made the turn without unseating either of its riders, and with a wink of its red tail light, vanished up the narrow side street.
‘We’ve got ‘em now!” cried PC Anderson excitedly. ‘That’s a dead end!”
Leaning hard on the steering wheel and crashing his gears, Fisher scraped half the paint off the flank of the car as he forced it up the alleyway in pursuit.
There in the headlights sat their quarry, stationary at last after a quarter of an hour’s chase. The two riders were trapped between a towering brick wall and the police car, which was now crashing towards them like some growling, luminous-eyed predator.
There was so little space between the car doors and the walls of the alley that Fisher and Anderson had difficulty extricating themselves from the vehicle. It injured their dignity to have to inch, crab-like, towards the miscreants. Fisher dragged his generous belly along the wall, tearing buttons off his shirt as he went, and finally snapping off the wing mirror with his backside.
‘Get off the bike!’ he bellowed at the smirking youths, who sat basking in the flashing blue light as though enjoying it.
They did as they were told. Finally pulling free from the broken wind mirror, Fisher glared at them. They seemed to be in their late teens. The one who had been driving had long black hair; his insolent good looks reminded Fisher unpleasantly of his daughter’s guitar-playing, layabout boyfriend. The second boy also had black hair, though his was short and stuck up in all directions; he wore glasses and a broad grin. Both were dressed in T-shirts emblazoned with a large golden bird; the emblem, no doubt, of some deafening, tuneless rock band.
‘No helmets!’ Fisher yelled, pointing from one uncovered head to the other. ‘Exceeding the speed limit by – by a considerable amount!’ (In fact, the speed registered had been greater than Fisher was prepared to accept that any motorcycle could travel.) ‘Failing to stop for the police!’
‘We’d have loved to stop for a chat,’ said the boy in glasses, ‘only we were trying -’
‘Don’t get smart – you two are in a heap of trouble!’ snarled Anderson. ‘Names!’
‘Names?’ repeated the long-haired driver. ‘Er – well, let’s see. There’s Wilberforce… Bathsheba… Elvendork…’
‘And what’s nice about that one is, you can use it for a boy or a girl,’ said the boy in glasses.
‘Oh, OUR names, did you mean?’ asked the first, as Anderson spluttered with rage. ‘You should’ve said! This here is James Potter, and I’m Sirius Black!’
‘Things’ll be seriously black for you in a minute, you cheeky little -’
But neither James nor Sirius was paying attention. They were suddenly as alert as gundogs, staring past Fisher and Anderson, over the roof of the police car, at the dark mouth of the alley. Then, with identical fluid movements, they reached into their back pockets.
For the space of a heartbeat both policemen imagined guns gleaming at them, but a second later they saw that the motorcyclists had drawn nothing more than -
‘Drumsticks?’ jeered Anderson. ‘Right pair of jokers, aren’t you? Right, we’re arresting you on a charge of -’
But Anderson never got to name the charge. James and Sirius had shouted something incomprehensible, and the beams from the headlights had moved.
The policemen wheeled around, then staggered backwards. Three men were flying – actually FLYING – up the alley on broomsticks – and at the same moment, the police car was rearing up on its back wheels.
Fisher’s knees bucked; he sat down hard; Anderson tripped over Fisher’s legs and fell on top of him, as FLUMP – BANG – CRUNCH – they heard the men on brooms slam into the upended car and fall, apparently insensible, to the ground, while broken bits of broomstick clattered down around them.
The motorbike had roared into life again. His mouth hanging open, Fisher mustered the strength to look back at the two teenagers.
‘Thanks very much!’ called Sirius over the throb of the engine. ‘We owe you one!’
‘Yeah, nice meeting you!’ said James. ‘And don’t forget: Elvendork! It’s unisex!’
There was an earth-shattering crash, and Fisher and Anderson threw their arms around each other in fright; their car had just fallen back to the ground. Now it was the motorcycle’s turn to rear. Before the policemen’s disbelieving eyes, it took off into the air: James and Sirius zoomed away into the night sky, their tail light twinkling behind them like a vanishing ruby.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Lincoln's vocal exercises

Have I mentioned lately how much I love this kid? He is just the greatest!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Learning to crawl

He's not quite there, but getting so close! Here are some pictures of his progress!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

modified from Santa Fe Recipe (The Shed)

16 dried, red chile pods
3 tsp salt
4 cloves garlic
2 tsp oregano
5 pounds pork shoulder

Preheat oven to 325F. Remove stems from the chile pods. Place pods in a pan and bake for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chiles are lightly roasted. Leave oven door open (I didn’t do this). Don’t breathe the fumes! I shook the seeds out of the pods and discarded them. Place pods in a medium bowl and cover them with boiling water. Let them sit for 30 minutes. Drain the water from the chile pods, but reserve about 2 cups for the purée. Place pods in a food processor or blender. Add the salt, garlic, and oregano. Cover the mixture with the chile water. Blend well for 2 minutes or until the skins disappear. Cut the pork into 2×4 inch strips. Place the pork in a ziploc bag and add the sauce. Thoroughly coat the pork. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Preheat oven to 325F. Place pork and sauce in a baking dish. Cover and bake for 4 hours or until meat is tender. (I cooked mine in a crock pot all day on low.) Shred or chop meat.

The delightful condiments!

Spiceful, tender, and delicious!

Served with avocado, cilantro, lime and cheese

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What really matters

I was feeling mighty frustrated today at work with life in general when I read my sister-in-law's blog about what matters most. Sometimes I need to just calm down and remember what really matters.

So this is a post to remind me of the things that are really the most important. Even though there may be hard times, things will work out eventually.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

This guy may be my hero

Cake of Resignation

Cake of Resignation

"Today I gave a two week's notice of my intent to resign. The letter was written in frosting on a full sheet size cake. The cake was delicious and it was well received.

"Dear Mr. Bowers,

During the past three years, my tenure at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has been nothing short of pure excitement, joy and whim.

However, I have decided to spend more time with my family and attend to health issues that have recently arisen. I am proud to have been part of such an outstanding team and I wish this organization only the finest in future endeavors.

Please accept this cake as notification that I am leaving my position with NWT on March 27.


W. Neil berrett"

3/16/2009 12:41 - I did submit a paper resignation letter. It's hard to file away a cake."

Pulled from here:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

6 Months!

Can you believe it was 6 months ago that this little angel joined our family?! I can't believe how fast time flies!

Here are a couple of my Top 6 lists in celebration of his half birthday

Top 6 nicknames
1. Link
2. Munchkin man
3. Sugar muffin
4. Chunky Beef
5. Witto Winkon
6. Baby Bubble
Other notable nicknames: Binky-Winky, Shortround, Little Man, Grampa's boy

My Top 6 favorite things about Link:
1. When Lincoln is happy and has his binkie in his mouth, he makes a sound that sounds like he is saying "Goit." Actually, it's not only when he's happy- sometimes he angry goits. But it is the cutest thing in the world, whether he's happy or angry!
2. Lincoln doesn't really like to sleep, so when he wakes up he just talks and babbles and coos at himself. And then as soon as someone go hes to check on him, he gets the biggest smile on his face!!! Even in the middle of the night, if he is awake enough to realize I'm in his room, he smiles from ear to ear! That toothless grin makes my whole life!
3. Speaking of which, Lincoln is the happiest kid on the planet! He's just happy to be here! Smiling is his favorite thing. As soon as I get home from work, he gets so excited to see me! Even if he was just screaming, he is a happy boy when he sees his mom!
4. Lincoln is such a rolly poley! I lay him on the floor and next thing you know, he is across the room! He is working on getting up onto his knees from his stomach, but hasn't quite figured it out yet. I'm sure he will be crawling just as soon as he can! That kid likes to move!
5. He is so alert all the time! He has the most intelligent eyes and is always taking in the whole world. When we go to the store, I always think he will fall asleep, but he thinks there is just way too much to look at!
6. Lincoln is ticklish! Kissing his neck, fake biting his ribs, tickling his thighs, it doesn't matter! He will just giggle and giggle and giggle! Baby laughs are by far the greatest thing on the planet!

Lincoln's Top 6 Favorite things
1. Lincoln loves it when people sing to him! Whether it is on TV or in person, he loves music! 2. Lincoln loves the TV! If the TV is on and he isn't directly facing it, he will crane his neck to be able to see the TV! We went to the Utah Blaze game and his favorite part about it was the jumbotron!
3. Lincoln loves it when both his mom and dad are home. He is never as happy as when the 3 of us are hanging out together!
4. His binkie!!! The kid goes nuts for his binkie! He gets soooo excited when someone is putting it back in his mouth that his whole body shakes with excitement!
5. He loves to stand! If you offer your hands for him to hold onto, he will pull himself up to standing. And if you lay him down and he's not ready- oh boy does he get mad!
6. Lastly, Lincoln loves to hear himself talk! Whether he is cooing, yelling, goiting or gargling, the boy loves to talk! It is the most adorable thing ever!

Saturday, April 2, 2011


SHE walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies,

And all that's best of dark and bright

Meets in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellow'd to that tender light

Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impair'd the nameless grace

Which waves in every raven tress

Or softly lightens o'er her face,

Where thoughts serenely sweet express

How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek and o'er that brow

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow,

But tell of days in goodness spent,—

A mind at peace with all below,

A heart whose love is innocent.

-Lord Byron

Friday, April 1, 2011


Being a mom is the greatest thing ever.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The most amazingly lemony lemon cake imaginable.

You should be friends with me, just to try my cooking.

Lemon chiffon cake

makes 2 11x17" sheets or 2 9x3" rounds

14.5 oz cake flour
8.75 oz confectioner’s sugar
6.75 oz whole milk
6 oz canola oil
3.25 oz eggs
0.5 oz baking powder
13 oz egg whites
9.5 oz granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 oz lemon juice

Oven 375F. Prep pan by buttering bottom and sides. Place parchment in pan and butter the parchment. Sift dry ingredients (except granulated sugar) into a large bowl. Mix all ingredients (except the 13 oz of egg whites and granulated sugar) in the large bowl until combined. Whip whites and granulated sugar to medium peaks. Fold into batter gently. Bake until set, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and remove from pan. Let cool on a rack. With a large serrated knife, cut the cake into two layers.

From Jen Yu at Use Real Butter:

Lemon buttercream frosting

Prep Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 10 mins

Yield: 12 cupcakes

1 cup butter, softened

3 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar

1 lemon, juice and zest of

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon salt

Combine butter, sugar and salt and beat till well combined. Add lemon juice, zest and vanilla and continue to beat for another 3 to 5 minute or until creamy.


Lemon curd

5 egg yolks

1 cup sugar

4 lemons, zested and juiced

1 stick butter, cut into pats and chilled

Add enough water to a medium saucepan to come about 1-inch up the side. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, combine egg yolks and sugar in a medium size metal bowl and whisk until smooth, about 1 minute. Measure citrus juice and if needed, add enough cold water to reach 1/3 cup. Add juice and zest to egg mixture and whisk smooth. Once water reaches a simmer, reduce heat to low and place bowl on top of saucepan. (Bowl should be large enough to fit on top of saucepan without touching the water.) Whisk until thickened, approximately 8 minutes, or until mixture is light yellow and coats the back of a spoon. Remove promptly from heat and stir in butter a piece at a time, allowing each addition to melt before adding the next. Remove to a clean container and cover by laying a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the curd. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

From Alton Brown:


Cut each of the cake rounds in half to make 4 thin cake rounds. Spread 1/3 of the lemon curd between each layer. When all 4 rounds are stacked, crumb coat the cake with a bit of the lemon buttercream. Thickly coat the cake with the frosting.

This cake is amazing, so you may need to make 2.

Friday, March 11, 2011

5 months!

Dear Lincoln,
You are just about 5 months old and you are without question, the light of my life! I can't imagine my life without you! Every single day you get cuter and more fun.

We didn't have a doctor's appointment this month so I just took these measurements:
You weigh 13.8 lbs
Are 24.5 inches long
Your head is 16.5 inches around

According to Baby Center, that means-
You are below the 5th percentile for weight
You are between the 5th and 10th percentile
For head circumference you are between the 10th and 25th percentile

You are so happy all the time and bring so much light and joy to everyone around you! You have your mom wrapped completely and hop
elessly around your finger! Even in the middle of the night, when I have to come into your room 12 times to calm your squawking, you grin at me and all is forgiven and forgotten! Your smile is the most rewarding thing on this planet!

You seem to be happiest when both mom and dad are home and we are spending time as a family. You have recently discovered how to roll over from both your front to your back, and your back to your front. Needless to say, your parents think you are a genius and are expecting your acceptance letter to Harvard any day now.
You love watching TV. If you can't see the TV, you will crane your neck, or turn yourself so you can see it. Mom thinks it's really funny, but also thinks she's created a monster!

You are ticklish and your laugh is sooo addicting! I would do anything to get a smile, or giggle from you! Here are some of the things that make you laugh the most:
  • Sometimes when we are singing songs I will change the words to include your name or just for the fun of it. One song that you love is "There was a Chels who had a dog and Dingo was his name-o."
  • When I try to get you to say or sign "mama." You just smile and laugh at me, as though I'm being funny!
  • You love looking at yourself in the mirror. There is a mirror in the car so I can check on you, and you love watching yourself! When we ride in the car you just giggle and squeal at yourself!
I feel so blessed to have you in my life, baby boy. In the words of my dad, You're perfect in every way. Head to toe, diapers included!

Love, Mama

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Communication with Clients

I work for a company where most of our business is done online or through email. Because of this, I sometimes get ridiculous awesome tidbits like this! I like to save the funnier correspondence with our clients to share it with friends and family so others can join in the hilarity.

*Names have been changed to protect the identity of our hilarious and IQ-challenged clients*

1. I've been hit with all the charges for this service and I have gotten to point I don't which end is up and I'm having bout of Diarrhea and so I need someone to talk to.
2. I would appreciate a prompt response to my request, so that I can either close the cover of this very bad novel with a happy ending or start the final chapter with drama and suspense.
3. "Jennifer’s computer doesn’t have out Outlook, so we are unable to e-mail the original PDF through her hotmail. I’m sending a scanned copy with my computer. This computer has outlook to auto send the PDF file. If you have anymore PDF file please send them to this e-mail address instead."
And then he attached a JPG.
4. Some people, like myself, who know nothing about tax return filing, are handicapped, in a sense, and need to be spoon fed; however I have other skills, so I don't really feel defensive about my shortcomings.
Again, thank you. May the Universal Creative Force be with you, and may you flourish and prosper in your life, in business, the arts, and romance.
5. It is our socialist S.S. who if you don't play their drug/control games they attempt to destroy any ability to be independent.
6. Wicked persons in gov't. and med jobs in my local have falsified and endangered my life for years NOT wanting me to be able to work and be independent from their control and profit. It is the great Socialist System that does not give us what you are told!
7. All the mileage figures is figures after the mileage is figured.