If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?
Thursday, November 29, 2007
A boy almost ran into me on the street today and I shouted, "Oi!" and totally cracked myself up. It just fell out of my mouth.
I saw an old man tip his hat to greet his two lady friends and then tip his hat again before he departed.
The other day while I sat down on the tram a little old nun gave me the biggest smile...I passed it along:)
Posted by Alice at 12:41 PM
Every time I make cookies they turn out flat. (I even had the special oven fan on to make them fluff up.) I actually really don't like making cookies. I hate doing the batches. The cookies are more concave than flat. They giant craters in them. Jared loves cookies and I love Jared so I'm trying to master them to show my appreciation. He says he likes them flat...but I still wonder if that's really the truth.
See that stack of 6 concave cookies? Well, it's ~2 in. high. (I might be exaggerating.)
Posted by Alice at 12:34 PM
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Twelve years ago my family took a trek to France in November to pick up my older brother Jeremy from his mission. We spent Thanksgiving in Paris. Jared and I decided to meet up with my friend Meredith who I knew from the Tonga study abroad program at BYU and her husband Baptiste who is French and saved us several times with the language since my French isn't so great. Meredith and Baptiste were the perfect guides because they had previously lived in Paris and were fluent in the History of every building we came upon. It was amazing.
A well thought out agenda:
Eat pastries dripping with butter and delicious hocho
Crepes for lunch
Arch De Triumph
Dinner w/ Frois Grois
baguette for lunch
hocho in big mall w/ Christmas tree
yummy Galletes for dinner
We climbed the towers of Notre Dame to see the bell. Jared got a little shaken up.
We mimicked Rodin's "The Kiss" one of my favorite sculptures.
Instead of battling the Disneyland like crowds at the Mona Lisa we took photos of people taking photos at the Louvre. Thank goodness for Meredith and her knowledge of the Louvre like the back of her hand.
We climbed many more stairs to the top of the Arch de Triumph and rewarded ourselves with good food and yummy candy.
We wasted no time and zipped by metro (thank goodness the French stopped striking) and headed back to a beautiful day in Paris:)
I was happy to see some scissor art at the Pompidou
We caught a beautiful view of Paris and a sunset.
Where we wandered around in awe of the architecture and size
What a wonderful, exhausting, tasty weekend with super fun(ny) people.
To see more photos double click below:
Posted by Alice at 12:51 PM
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Posted by Alice at 2:08 AM
Pumpkin: You can eat that scrumptious pumpkin pie without all the guilt! Pumpkin is an excellent source of beta-carotene (269 percent RDA per half-cup serving), which is converted to resistance-building vitamin A. Pumpkin is also a wonderful source of iron (17 percent RDA per half-cup serving), a mineral essential for transporting oxygen to our working cells. And surprisingly, canned pumpkin contains 15 times more beta-carotene than fresh pumpkin.
Posted by Alice at 2:05 AM
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND RED PEPPER CASSEROLE
3 1/2 pounds butternut squash
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan (about 2 ounces)
Preheat oven to 400°F.
With a sharp knife cut squash crosswise into 2-inch-thick slices. Working with 1 slice at a time, cut side down, cut away peel and seeds and cut squash into 1-inch cubes (about 9 cups).
In a large bowl stir together squash, bell pepper, oil, garlic, herbs, black pepper, and salt to taste. Transfer mixture to a 2- to 2 1/2-quart gratin dish or other shallow baking dish and sprinkle evenly with Parmesan.Bake casserole in middle of oven until squash is tender and top is golden, about 1 hour.
Posted by Alice at 9:22 AM
Saturday, November 17, 2007
This is the building we live in. Our window is the one of the roof. See all of the cables in the photo, well those are from the trams and buses. They are always sparking. It's like lightening here at night without the thunder.
Posted by Alice at 7:10 AM
Posted by Alice at 6:59 AM
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Here's the recipe. I subtracted the chick peas and fennel because I don't like either of those. I substituted butternut squash because yellow squash isn't in season.
COUSCOUS AND FETA STUFFED PEPPERS
Vegetable-oil cooking spray
1 1/4 cups fat-free chicken or vegetable broth
2/3 cup couscous
4 large bell peppers, mixed colors
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
6 oz zucchini, quartered lengthwise then sliced across thinly
6 oz yellow squash, quartered lengthwise then sliced across thinly
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
15 oz canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 oz crumbled feta cheese (about 1 cup)
Preheat oven to 350°F F. Coat a small baking dish with cooking spray. Bring the broth to a boil in a saucepan, add the couscous, cover the pan and remove it from the heat. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cut the stems and top half inch off the bell peppers and scoop out the seeds and membranes. Boil trimmed peppers for 5 minutes, then drain them upside down. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet. Add onion, zucchini, yellow squash, fennel seeds, oregano, and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Remove from heat and stir in the tomatoes and chickpeas. Using a fork, scrape the couscous into the skillet and toss with the vegetables. Stir in the crumbled feta. Place peppers upright in the baking dish and fill them with couscous. Bake 15 minutes. Serve immediately.
Posted by Alice at 10:55 AM