Home bars. MY home bar, to be precise. I'm guilty of neglecting it. It has dust on the top, boxes (and not boxes filled with liquor) stacked behind it. There's a bar fridge. It's unplugged. I'm far too embarrassed to show you what it looks like behind the bar...trust me...you don't want to see it. Half of the front is taken up by board games...which were shoved there when we moved the füsbol table in. Not that buzzed board games aren't fabulous...I just need to pay it some more attention and get it in good order. Winter is almost here, afterall! EEEEEK!
<------THIS is NOT a barstool sorry Mexi. You may have noticed how bare my bar looked up there...we have no barstools. Not a single one. Unless you count the ones that Mexi made from fallen trees. He's very innovative. I love him for that. BUT...they're not necessarily the safest barstools around or even mid-level-safe. I mean, if we were to actually have people over and said people were to throw back a few whilst sitting at our bar...they would be in danger of tipping backwards in mid-throw. Just sayin'. Fortunately for me, I was offered the chance to review a product from CSN stores. And they just happen to have
far too many LOTS of barstools for me to choose from. If I so desire. Aaahhhh, who am I kidding...you know I'll end up in the kitchen section. Although I am pretty fond of these ...and these. Me likey the swivel action. No worries...you know I'll be back with the good stuff...ie the review...with bells on asap!!
Next up...stocking my bar, so that I can serve my guests which will be seated on my new swivel-action barstools. Occasionally we'll just pop a cork. Or perhaps open a few icy-cold cervezas. But from time to time we get a hankerin' for the hard stuff. And what better place for inspiration, cocktails, recipes, tips, techniques, and information on all things cocktail than Cocktail Puppy? That's right, my friend Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies wanted a place to release all of her lushy tendencies...and recently invited some of her sister lushes to join her behind the bar! So Natashya, Kim, Danielle, and I will be talkin' booze...all day, everyday over at Cocktail Puppy. I hope you drop by for a drink. Or two...
|photo by Natashya|
It's enough just to say the word. Right? It's even better to get the salivary glands workin' overtime by subjecting you to a picture of it. Yeah? Well, how about games? BACON GAMES to be exact? I knew you'd like that. Beth Anne from The Seventh Level of Boredom knew you would, too. Or at least she knew she would...head on over to join in the fun and win some BACON prizes!
I'm drawing one. A BIG. FAT. BLANK. Ugh...it is so stinkin' frustrating! In my mind I'm a well-loved, witty, fascinating writer...who can churn 'em out at the snap of a branch. In reality, I have at least ten posts sitting in "draft", a thoroughly examined corkboard above my laptop, and a severe writers block. No worries..."I'll be back." I hope.
Big fan. But you already knew that. Our theme this week over at IHCC is Chocolate Cravings. I figured it was a sure thing. Giada would NOT let me down on this one. I figured wrong. I mean, looks can be deceiving, so don't be fooled by that moist, fudgy looking Espresso Brownie down there. I mean it. Do NOT be fooled. It's pure evil. One itty bitty was all I could stand. What a bummer. I think the situation could be remedied, though. Instead of baking them in a square pan, I would switch to a 9 x 13, in turn making them thinner spreading the richness out a bit. OH! And might I recommend skipping the icing? It sounded good...but tasted...well...bad. Like raw powdered sugar. I'm chalking this one up to a loss, Teeth. Sorry.
My hero. My guide. My mentor. Genius in the kitchen. Guru of all things Mexico. That is definitely my favorite 'B word.' If you've hung around here long enough, you know of my ahem fondness for Rick. If you look over at my post tags, you'll see one for Rick Bayless. Click on it. It leads to delicious things. Although it's a dream of mine to meet him one day...that has not yet come. But my friend Lea Ann from Mangos, Chili & Z was fortunate enough to do just that. Meet Rick Bayless! I'll admit it. I was totally jealous...but at the same time...so totally stoked for her. We chat back and forth about how much we ♥ Rick and his attitude, food, and conviction. We admire him, we learn from him...we are inspired by him! Well, being the super-awesome person that Lea Ann, she sent me something. Seriously...I screamed like a 12 year old girl at a Justin Bieber concert when I opened the package that came in the mail today. See the gorgeous cookbook that I was able to add to my collection?
Oh yeah. And did I mentioned that SHE HAD HIM SIGN IT FOR ME!!!!?????
Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! Lea Ann...this was such a thoughtful gift and I want to tell you again how much it means to me that you thought of me in the midst of Bayless delirium! HUGS!
Oh!! Can I add another 'B'?
...all of these books...you won't regret it.