We have a new dog named Lucy. We got her on October 5th. She's just over a year old and the most wonderful dog anyone could ever ask for. She trains easily and amazes me with her loyalty and devotion every day. There is a lot to be said for 'Pound Puppies'. They seem to know that you rescued them. I swear to you, she smiles! In less than 4 months now (and it was actually after less than a week) I can't imagine not having her in my life. I tell her that almost every day. =D
I've been doing more cooking than I usually do. Well to clarify, more new cooking. I cook every day, mundane, 'same old-same old' kind of cooking but now I'm looking up more recipes, trying new things and using new techniques. Nothing fancy, mind you. I'm not that adventurous!
For Christmas I got a cast iron enameled dutch oven and a new cook book: The Pioneer Woman cooks! Excellent source for good food, tips and tricks. I also love her website and the Tasty Kitchen website. That book and those websites are my staples in the kitchen now. I usually have the book open or the laptop on the counter when I'm making dinner. I'm one of those people who usually needs a recipe and I tend to follow it pretty near to the letter, at least the very first time I attempt it. (Is that typeA?)
Another thing I've been obsessed with is baking and or 'caking'. I havent actually done anything fancy except my daughters fondant hippo cake.
But I really want to take a Wilton decorating class. I've made cake pops (see bakerella.com) and those are a blast and I've bought a lot of cake decorating gadgets to make cakes someday. I mostly use the tips to decorate Christmas cookies. I have 4 kids, I really need to put those gadgets to good use and make birthday cakes, darn it! =D I love the look of fondant, but not everyone is a fan of the taste. I really like buttercream and would love to learn how to work with it, even if I use fondant for accent pieces.
So that's life here for now. Got a busy week coming up with music concerts, sports practices, Season 6 of LOST starting (Yay!) and of course Super Bowl. Hopefully I'll have another update before the next decade starts. Till then.....