Monday, June 29, 2009

Photo of the Day - Lake Gaston

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Baby girl's first annual family trip to Lake Gaston was this weekend. She's definitely a lake girl!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Nestle cookie dough recall

1 words to the wise

It was bound to happen. The FDA is warning not to eat Nestle Toll House prepackaged cookie dough (cooked or raw) and Nestle is recalling it due to E. Coli. Link here. Turns out our moms were right heh.

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Durham's West End Wine Bar

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I'm headed out to the new West End Wine Bar in Durham tonight. Have any of my Durham readers been yet? What are your thoughts? How does it compare to Six Plates? I've never been to either one, but I've been to it's Chapel Hill counterpart.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Best meal?

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What's the best meal you've had this week?

Mine was from last night. Yes, I actually cooked! I sauteed some spinach and shallots and set them aside. Then I sauteed some thinly sliced chicken breasts (just salted and peppered), threw fresh cream, basic and crushed garlic in with them and let it reduce down a little. I piled the chicken on top of the spinach and poured the basil cream sauce over it all. Them I steamed some fresh haricot verts from the farmer's market and sauteed them with more shallots and a little lemon juice and garlic.

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Monday, June 15, 2009


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People that whistle or sing music in public piss me off. What's one of your peeves?

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Durham organic spa

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This post is a little late coming, but better late then never, right? For mother's day this year (my first ever), I was gifted a massage, a brow wax and facial at a new organic spa in our beloved bull city, Orchid. What's an organic spa, you might ask? Well, they only use organic products. So for my facial, I was treated to masks, etc. made of all natural ingredients. No harsh chemical peels or acids that will give you cancer ;)

The location is the only negative feedback on the place. The staff was friendly. The services were professional, relaxing and not cut even a minute short. The atmosphere is relaxing and clean. Being directly at the intersection of Chapel Hill road and University drive though, makes for a massage not as relaxing as it could be. The cinderblock walls didn't do much to dampen the sound of cars whizzing by. Eventually I tuned them out and really enjoyed my massage.

My custom facial was fantastic and so was my brow wax. Jennifer took her time doing a personal skin analysis and studying the arch of my brows before proceeding with both services. I'd really like to see this place succeed, but perhaps another location would be more ideal? And if you're in the market for a massage, I'd still recommend Christine Hughes for the Durham and Chapel Hill area. She's got a location much more conducive for relaxation, decades of experience, and no, I'm not biased just because we're related ;)

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I miss you

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I started back at work last week and it went pretty well with the whole being-separated-from-baby-after-11-weeks-and-putting-her-in-the-hands-of-strangers thing. But for some reason, this week has been harder, especially today. I miss her terribly today, I wonder why?

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Photo of the Day - Wrapped around your finger

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Our little girl at 3 weeks old. Her hands are much bigger now!

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