Monday, December 2, 2013

Notes From A Delinquent Blogger

Hi there! My apologies if you stopped by to check this blog and heard crickets chirping the past two weeks. I was down for the count for a while with an awful winter cold/flu. I can't remember the last time I was so sick. My brain completely shut down, and all I managed to accomplish in several days was to finish Breaking Bad. At one point John came home to me sneezing, coughing, and crying all at once. "It was perfect....couldn't have ended it better... Walter...Jesse....I'm just, I'm just...*ah-choo!*" I sobbed, as I dosed off to a strange Tylenol PM-induced sleep.

We delayed our trip to Maine by one day because I wasn't feeling up to the drive. I felt really guilty that we wouldn't be there in time to help with Thanksgiving dinner, so I baked some cookies. I found all of these recipes on my all-time favorite food blog, Smitten Kitchen. The top cookies are her gingersnaps, the middle cookies are her chocolate chip cookies, and the bottom cookies are her black and white cookies. (A personal favorite of this New Yorker.) The Smitten Kitchen chocolate chip recipe is out-of-this-world. They're hands-down the best cc-cookies I've ever made. The secret is toasted walnuts and twice as many chips as you normally use. Heavenly!

More after the jump...

It rained our entire drive to Maine which was sort of a bummer, but as soon as we crossed the border, the rain suddenly became beautiful. This state is incapable of looking ugly, even on a disgusting day. Maine correctly states on this border sign that it is "The Way Life Should Be." 

I've mentioned in earlier posts; my mother-in-law is basically the Martha Stewart of Maine, so of course everything at Thanksgiving was perfect and beautiful. Here's a peek: 

And the highlight of the trip, the best dog in the entire world, Frannie: 

Even though delicious leftovers beckoned from the fridge, it would be an absolute tragedy to visit Portland and not eat out at least twice. So we did. If you're a foodie and haven't been to Portland recently, I want you to look at your calendar and plan a trip there right now. Your first stop on the food train should be to Petite Jacqueline where you'll start your meal with fresh crispy bread and herbed butter and never look back. 

I had my favorite meal of 2013 at Empire Kitchen. We scarfed our food down so quickly that there was no possible way to take photos of anything. I managed to snap one shot of the "Dragon's Milk" cocktail, which consisted of coconut milk, gin, green tea, thai basil, and something I've never heard of before, called pandan syrup. Truly the most unique/delicious cocktail I've ever had. And three words: bacon. fried. rice.

We returned home yesterday, and I've been running around doing client work and decorating. I hope to update the blog as much as possible, but please forgive me if I miss a day or two! (Most people are probably too busy to read during the holidays anyways, so I bet it will all work out! And in January when we undeck the halls and everything is bleak, I'll be armed with blogposts full of interior eye-candy for you!) 

Here's our mantel so far. I'm really excited about the progress of the paperwhites. Look like they'll be in bloom just in time for holiday festivities this weekend!

And breaking news: we found our Christmas tree tonight! Letting it "fall" right now, and plan to decorate it tomorrow!