Fair Isle

New York Islanders @ Los Angeles Kings

[Source: AP, Mark Terrill]

Ok, ok so despite a fairly decent start, losing the last 9 games doesn’t exactly make the New York Islanders a benchmark team, but I’ll take the two points, thank you very much. The game actually turned out to be much more exciting to watch than I expected!

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Star Gazing

Dallas Stars @ Los Angeles Kings

[Source: AP – Mark Terrill]

After finding out that Poni and Willie would be out for 4-6 weeks due to injuries that resulted from last Saturday’s game against the Preds, I was a little worried to say the least. Why? Willie is a HUGE part of our PK efficiency, having logged the most PK minutes thus far. Poni is a big body that we depend on for the shutdown line (Poni-Zues-Simmer). Despite these set backs, I thought the Kings dealt with the situation well.

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48

…months, that is. And counting…

Happy 4 year anniversary to us ♥ 🙂

I’m frequently asked, “So, when are you going to get married?” And every year for the past 2 years, I’ve casually answered, “Oh, not for another 5 years.” Obviously, this is not a firm date – I just want to get people off my back. I really hate the marriage question.

Even though I have no intention of getting married any time soon, I know Henry is the one for me. I’ve pretty much known since we started dating. It’s scary and probably sounds a little cliche, but we really are the opposite sex version of each other. This might not work for some, but it totally works for us.

* We both share a love for snowboarding. I really have Henry to thank for my improvement these past few years.

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* We are comfortable being alone, which makes it possible for us to not be totally dependent upon one another.

* We LOVE to travel. Other than our cruise to Mexico, we’ve only traveled domestically, but we’re looking forward to traveling internationally in 2012 – let’s just say it has to do with snowboarding 😀

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* We both have weird laughs that all of our friends make fun of.

* We are FAT ASSES. Maybe not in the literal sense, but we’ve certainly unleashed our inner foodie.

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* We are both stubborn as hell. And proud of it.

* We enjoy outdoor activities… although, Henry did almost drown while swimming in Hawaii. I saved him. He owes me his life.

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Well, here’s to many more years together ♥ 🙂

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I make: Red Velvet Cupcakes

I measured out all the ingredients before I realized I left my mixer attachments at my friend’s apartment. I didn’t want to just quit and throw everything away so Henry and I sucked it up and mixed everything by hand!

These babies turned out soooo yummy; you can really taste the love and hard work that we put into it.

I guess it’s true – anything is possible with a little bit of elbow grease.

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Adapted from Paula Deen’s recipe

(yields ~21-24 cupcakes)
Cake Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups buttermilk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tbsp red food coloring
1 tsp white distilled vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting Ingredients:
8 oz. packaged cream cheese, softened
1 cube butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions:
1. Position rack in the center of the oven. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Line 2 (12 cup) muffin pans with Reynolds foil baking cups – I recommend the foil ones because the oil from the cupcakes can soak into the paper cups. (BTW, I only had enough batter to fill 21 cups)
3. In medium mixing bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder.
4. In large mixing bowl, use electric mixer to gently beat together the wet ingredients: oil, buttermilk, eggs, red food coloring, white distilled vinegar and vanilla extract.
5. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
6. Pour batter into each baking cup until 2/3 full. Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes using a toothpick to test doneness. Remove from oven and let cool.
7. For frosting: in large mixing bowl, use electric mixer to beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract together until smooth. Add sugar (1 cup at a time) and mix at low speed until fully incorporated. Increase speed to high until frosting is light and fluffy.
8. Once cupcakes have completely cooled, use butter knife to frost.

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I should have took off the foil. Oops!

Bon appetit!

I eat: Amada

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Biggest.Disappointment.Ever.

Right off the bat, I found the food unappetizing. We started off with the garlic shrimp and the dish was overly salty. Usually when we order shrimp, I’m all over it, but this time, I couldn’t get myself to eat more than two pieces.

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I tried to rationalize that the garlic shrimp was the exception; the next dish had to be better right? Wrong. The chefs in the kitchen went to town with the salt that night. By the third dish, I starting feeling a little sick.

We held on to hope that the saving grace of this meal would be the $38 Paella Valenciana (House Specialty). Wrong again. This dish was just as salty as the tapas, if not more. I tried to eat as much of it as I could since it was pricey, but I really couldn’t stomach more than a couple of bites.

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I’m not sure if this was just an off night for Amada; according to Yelp, Amada is one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia. But based on my experience, it’s not likely that I’ll return to Amada. Ever.

Verdict: 2/5
Amada
217-219 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

How Sweet It Is

NHL.com pun headlines make me laugh.

But seriously, JW and his sweet ass goals. DAMN, they’re so beautiful to watch.

… and what about this one against NJD?

Extra points for JW since he scored against Kovalchump’s line.

PS. Happy 26th birthday Brownie!!! ♥

Bye Bye Birdie

As I’ve mentioned before, I love duck. Duck confit, roast duck, Peking duck, duck a l’Orange; you name it, I’ll eat it. So when one of the managers at work offered me wild duck, I jumped at the opportunity. Apparently teal duck hunting season started a couple of weeks ago.

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The duck breasts are small – about the size of my fist. As suggested, I sauteed the breasts until nicely browned, added cream of mushroom soup to make a gravy, served over white rice… mmmm mmmmm delicious!