Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Little Girl in the Big City, OR "Pink Lady in the Big Apple"

Well, I suppose I have put this off long enough. There is just SO much to tell that I don't know that I'll remember everything. Thankfully, I used Facebook's handy little "check in" everywhere I went, just to make it easier to remember what I did while I was in NEW YORK CITY!

So, in an effort to remember almost everything I did, here are all my FB check-ins:
(Working backwards...)

Laguardia Airport Sunday at 2:18pm - On my way home!

Times Square NYC Sunday at 10:46am  - One last walk around before I left.

Bow Bridge (Central Park) January 22 at 1:02pm - For Chad & Janell's wedding ceremony!

Central Park January 22 at 1:00pm

Crumbs January 22 at 11:07am - Getting cupcakes, of course!

Empire State Building January 22 at 10:39am - Didn't go to the top.

Cafe Metro January 22 at 10:13am - Delicious breakfast!

Cafe Europa January 21 at 8:41pm - Dessert & hot tea with Alex.

Angelo's Coal Oven Pizzeria January 21 at 6:56pm - Rehearsal Dinner...yummy NY pizza!

Hotel Wellington January 21 at 5:28pm - This is the hotel we stayed in at 7th and 55th.

Juicy Couture January 21 at 4:06pm - Shopping, of course!

FAO Schwartz January 21 at 1:43pm - Designed my own Barbie!

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company January 21 at 12:22pm - Lunch.

The Irish Pub with Janell McCanna and Alex Podwalny January 20 at 12:51am - More Girls' Night Out.

Whiskey Trader with Janell McCanna and Alex Podwalny January 20 at 12:30am - Girls' Night Out.

Serendipity 3 January 20 at 8:49pm - Frozen Hot Chocolate and Humble Pie with Alex.

Planet Hollywood Restaurant January 20 at 6:23pm - First meal in NYC.

Times Square NYC with Alex Podwalny January 20 at 6:04pm - Just arrived...exploring the city!

Laguardia Airport January 20 at 4:44pm - Finally in NYC!

Baltimore-Washington International Airport January 20 at 11:10am - 3 hour layover.

Austin Bergstrom Int'l Airport January 20 at 6:22am - On my way to NYC!

Now, of course, this list is not all that I did. There were places that I didn't "check-in" at.
All-in-all, New York was incredible. It was also incredibly COLD. Bone-chilling, frost-biting cold. At one point the news said, "It's 16* but it feels like 4*." To me it actually felt like -100*, but who's counting?
I'll add pictures soon!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Cricut-made Bachelorette Party Card

On Saturday I made the trip up to Fort Worth to celebrate with my friend and sorority sister Janell for her Bachelorette Party. I am going to her wedding in NYC in less than 2 weeks and I couldn't be more thrilled!

So, I decided to try my hand at card making with the Cricut.

Nothing says "Kappa Bachelorette" like animal print and fleur de lis!

Friday, January 7, 2011

One blog too many...

I was contemplating a fourth blog, but my rational friend Erin stopped me. I really wanted to start a crafting blog, especially now with my new Cricut. She suggested I combine my cooking blog with my "regular" blog for a couple of reasons: 1. 4 blogs is too many to keep up with. 2. 4 blogs is too many for my readers to keep up with. Both very good reasons...

So, I have combined my cooking blog, Waldie in the Kitchen, with my original Where's Waldie? blog. Now, I am considering a new title. One I always come back to is Domestically Waldie, because, well, I love being domestic. My blog will now be a compilation of little life stories, daily "happenings," yummy recipes, and most importantly, crafting!

Have a good new Waldie title I can use? Let me know!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Thai Peanut Slaw in Wonton Cups

I am excited about this recipe because I get to use the wonton wrappers I've had for some time now and I'll have another use for the sesame oil and sesame seeds I bought to prepare the Honey Soy Chicken Wings I made for last Friday's pre-NYE bash potluck dinner!

18 won ton wraps
1 (12 oz) package of rainbow slaw (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and red cabbage)
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
2 tbsp sugar1/3 cup water
1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 lime, juiced
3 green onions, green parts only, diced
1/3 cup peanuts, chopped
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Turn two (12 cup) muffin tins over and lightly spray cup bottoms with cooking spray. Spray one side of won ton with cooking spray and drape lightly (sprayed side down) over each muffin cup, molding it gently around the cup to shape it. Lightly spray the won ton cups again with cooking spray and place pan in oven. Bake for 5-6 minutes or until edges are brown. Remove and cool on wire rack before removing cups from pan.

2. In a microwave-safe bowl combine the peanut butter, sugar, water, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic powder and crushed red pepper flakes. Microwave on high for one minute. Stir well until smooth. Add lime juice and stir again. Set aside to cool slightly.

3. Place slaw mix into a medium size mixing bowl. Combine slaw with dressing. You may or may not need all the slaw or all the dressing depending on how "dressed" you like your salads.

4. Fill won ton cups with salad mixture. Top with green onions, peanuts and sesame seeds.

What I did differently:
1. The original recipe said to use Splenda. I'll use sugar.

2. Using the same cooking technique I used to make the chicken for the Shredded Tex-Mex Crockpot Chicken recipe, I think I am going to add chicken.

I'll be sure to update the post after I try this one!


Original recipe and photo borrowed from The Other Side.

2011, um, goal?

So I am not great at keeping New Year's resolutions, nor am I great at maintaining "non-resolution challenges."

Last year I decided that instead of calling it a "resolution," I'd call it a challenge. I'm competitive, so a challenge sounded a bit more, well, competitive. I "challenged" myself to go to the gym 100 times BEFORE purchasing another item of clothing. Well, I definitely hit the gym at least 100 times last year, and I am a few pounds lighter to prove it; however, I couldn't stop myself from shopping. The good news is that I dropped a pants size, so essentially, my plan worked. Sort of. Whatever.

Anyway, it's that time again...time to set a goal I probably won't reach. I did figure out that  I set the bar just a tad too high last time. I didn't give myself any benchmarks to celebrate my success along the way. Lesson learned.

So, without further ado, I give you:
My 2011 resolution challenge goal!
Pay off my credit card debt. ALL of it. One. Card. At. A. Time.

There are a few other things I'd like to do in 2011, but I'm not setting any concrete goals, per say.
1. Run Complete another 5K.
2. Build up my savings account. (We'll see how this one works with paying off debt...)
3. Continue my weight loss plan by eating healthy, working out, and drinking more water.
4. Read a book or two...for fun. (This might be hard with classes starting back up in just a couple weeks.)
5. Increase young alumni participation in the Austin Kappa Alumnae Association.

Well folks, there ya have it. Wish me luck!

PS I had a wonderful NYE this year. The best since Loren and I spent it on 6th Street the year we both turned 21.

Loren & I in 2006

Blake and I at the Zilker Park Clubhouse for NYE 2010