There is the cutest little visitor in my office today. His name is Jack, and he has VERY good manners. He is also VERY excited to help me work.
I just made up a batch of my new favorite Garlic Bread. And it was so good I thought I would share...
Crushed red pepper flakes
Shredded Parmesan Reggiano cheese
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Toast the bread first. If you don't toast it first then the top of the bread will get toasted in the oven while the bottom will remain soft. And no one wants that. Then spread on some butter. You can mix all the ingredients into the butter then spread it, but I can never wait long enough for the step. Also, then you can vary the spice level for each person you are serving. Next take a tiny amount of the minced garlic and spread it evenly over the butter. For me its about 5 to 10 granuals of garlic. Then shake on a tiny bit of Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper flakes. Lastly, layer on the shredded cheese as much as you want. Then into a 450 degree oven for about 5 to 7 minutes. You can use the broiler if you want, but every time I do, no matter how careful I am the bread will burn to a crisp. And I do mean EVERY TIME, so I no longer trust myself. And I am a HUGE lover of garlic bread. And let me tell you there is nothing worse than being down to your last two pieces of bread. Having the inspired notion to make them into garlic bread. And by a lucky twist of fate having all the ingredients, as well as just enough scrapings from the butter wrapper to make it ( I never buy butter, and never seem to have it in the house). Then burning those two lovely savory pieces of bread to a crisp because you were on the phone for a half a minute too long. So I am no longer allowed to use the broiler. Also, with a quick spread of pizza sauce, and a further sprinkle of mozzarella cheese this wonderious bread now becomes easy pizza! Something to think about!
The Tonkin snub-nosed monkey looks a little concerned, but wants you to have a wonderful day. Look at the paws! Don't they look like cute little rabbits feet.
With nothing but office supplies and my crafting know how I had to fashion a present out of thin air today for a coworker who is leaving early tomorrow. Luckily I had a pack of My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas Special Edition in my car from a splurge at Michael's earlier in the week. An almost impossible task, but his custom made tea box is finished and pretty.
Well it wouldn't be Christmas without a spooky ghost story. Here is one of my new favorites called, "The Signalman" by Charles Dickens (1866). This version is a spine tingling foreshadowing tale made for British television in the 1970's so it's got a great period feel, along with that warm ethereal atmosphere. Here is a little sampling of one of my favorite paragraphs from the original story. So yummy in it's descriptions. The ending sentence "to the wild harp it makes of the telegraph wires" sends chills down my spine every time I read it. MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!!!
"Resisting the slow touch of a frozen finger tracing out my spine, I showed him how that this figure must be a deception of his sense of sight, and how that figures, originating in disease of the delicate nerves that minister to the functions of the eye, were known to have often troubled patients, some of whom had become conscious of the nature of their affliction, and had even proved it by experiments upon themselves. "As to an imaginary cry," said I, "do but listen for a moment to the wind in this unnatural valley while we speak so low, and to the wild harp it makes of the telegraph wires!"
Had to take a little trip to Disneyland today to walk off some holiday stress, while getting back into the Christmas spirit. It worked and as a reward I got this great picture of the castle. This is why I love instagram . It really looks like a picture from the 1960's. I did touch it up a little in photoshop, but most of it was thanks to Instagram. A little present from the app to me.
I went on a walk earlier today to try to shake off some work stress. On the way I was reading some facebook post from friends back east. Their horrible weather was making me feel very guilty walking around in this lovely 75 degree sunny day. So I soaked up as much sunshine as I could for them. Then on my way home I had to swing by the mall I live by to witness the holiday shopping madness that was occurring. I assure you it was in full swing and TERRIFYING!!!! The parking lot was overfilling, and teaming with frenzying holiday shoppers. At that moment I was so happy that I was making all my presents this year.
This little paper ornament is my new favorite present topper. And super simple to make. 7 punched out circles folded in half and glued together. Then glue to another circle, and add a ribbon. And you can choose any size circle that would suit your gift or tree. So quick, and fast.
This looks like such a fun idea! Thank you so much abubblylife.com for sharing this idea on the net. I just love that they are on boxes so you can give bigger gifts or treats to count down the holiday season. Wouldn't it be so sweet to have a new pair of gloves in one, and a scarf in the other. Such a great idea!
Making some stripped paper straw ornaments tonight to get in the holiday mood. I saw red ones like these in the back of the paper source catalogue. So when I found these straws at target I couldn't resist.
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