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Ice Storm

It's 5:02 pm on Wednesday evening. I'm looking out the window watching the traffic creep by on the icy roads. Ice... one of the things I don't like about Kansas. Snow is one thing, rain is another, but ice storms are a completely different beast. Am I worried about the drivers? Yes. Am I concerned about people slipping and falling? Yes. However, the real reason my stomach is churning about the ice coming down is that you can bet that school will be cancelled. Now, please don't get me wrong... I love my son. I love his energy, his determination, his personality... but on some days I can only take all of that enthusiasm in small doses, and today is one of those days! He is driving me absolutely insane. He loves school.... he needs school and on the days that he doesn't go to school he is an absolute beast of a kid. He runs around like a crazy guy, playing football, running into walls, waking up his sister's from their naps, etc. So yes, drivers, I'm praying that you make it home safely. I'm praying that there aren't any accidents on the road and that shoppers have steady feet when out on the sidewalk. I am also praying that somehow a heat wave comes through between now and school time so that my cooped up son can get out of the house and share his energy and enthusiasm with someone else! … [Continue reading]

Le Menu

I spent some time last night browsing through recipes on Recipezaar, in my favorite cookbooks and through past issues of Food and Wine magazines. After much debate with my husband on how we wanted to cook it (grilled, broil, oven) and what kind of ingredients we wanted to use, this recipe from Recipezaar won the battle. I love the fact that you can do a lot of the recipe ahead of time, which will be great so that the time spent before the party can be used doing more important things (like drink wine!) Here it is: Show-off Roast Pork Recipe #41426 My favorite do-ahead party dish. Excellent taste, very easy to make, and perfect for everything from a casual to a formal dinner party, or even a buffet. It's great served with braised belgian endive or lightly sauteed broccoli rappe, green salad, wine, and even pasta. Versatile and easy dish. My go-to dish when we've got friends coming over, and I can't think of what to make. by Lizzie-Babette 6 servings 1¾ hours 45 min prep 1 boneless pork loin (2 to 3 pounds) 3 tablespoons softened butter 3 ounces finely-chopped prosciutto 2-3 tablespoons finely-minced garlic 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 - 1 1/2 T dried) 1-1 1/2 tablespoon fresh grated parmesan cheese or shredded parmesan cheese black pepper 1-2 cup dry white wine Mix together butter, prosciutto, garlic, rosemary, parmesan, and black pepper and set aside (can be made … [Continue reading]

Etsy – Give with style!

Recently, my friend Karen Beth, turned me onto a gem of a website called Etsy. Etsy is "your place to buy and sell all things handmade". It is a really fantastic site! Well, I was on there looking at Karen Beth's beautiful bookmarks and decided I'd look around to see if I could find anything to buy as gifts for our dinner party guests. In true me style, I got sidetracked and came across this apron. Don't you love it? I can't imagine wearing it while our guests are in the house (too Donna Reed for me) but I can definitely picture wearing it while preparing for the dinner parties! I may have to purchase a little Christmas gift for myself :) After getting my mind back onto what I was originally there to do, I started looking around for the guest gifts. I was hoping to find some kind of wire wrapped beaded serving ware or tongs, but I didn't find anything like that listed. Then I took a look at wine charms, but that doesn't seem very original. I'd like the gift be related to food or eating. Something practical, yet unique and of course, as always, I'm working on a budget here! I'd like it to be something that when they would use or look at, they'd remember the good time we had (hopefully!) that night. The search is still on. I'll probably search around Etsy more and see what might be out there. I may also look at some other food / party blogs and see if there are any gift ideas there. I'll keep you posted and if you have any ideas for me, feel free to let me know. … [Continue reading]

Christmas Memories

As I was shopping for my kids today, trying to find the perfect Christmas gift, my mind wandered to my days as a child and what I remember from Christmas morning. Three presents come to mind when I think about my childhood. One of my favorite presents, although I don't remember ever asking for it was an electronic type toy with penguins. The penguins would climb up a mountain and then slide down a slide and skate around to climb up the mountain again. I don't remember anything about this present except for playing with it over and over on Christmas day. I have no memories of it other than that one day. Maybe it broke? Maybe it was one of those gifts that quickly lost it's luster after a day? Who knows... it's so strange to me that I remember it so vividly. Another gift that I wanted badly and Santa brought was a big Barbie swimming pool. I remember the "working" shower, the inner tube for barbie to float around in, and the little hot tub that was included. I remember playing with that toy constantly. The last gift I really remember getting was a brown Fisher Price cassette player. The only cassette I had at the time was "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause". I listened to that song non-stop and remember very clearly singing it to my second cousin Richard, who happened to be visiting. All of these memories are from the house on 30th Drive which means they were between birth and 2nd grade. I wonder what, if anything, my kids will remember about this Christmas. With … [Continue reading]

Family Style

In this section of the blog, I plan on keeping an update of what is going on in the Doyle household. Since we have friends and family spread out all over, this will be a place for me to journal about how our kids our entertaining us these days. I'll also use it to keep me brain from going to mush... as a platform to express my opinions on various subjects. From politics to Hollywood, you'll be sure to find some ramblings from me here.   … [Continue reading]