Friday, October 9, 2009

It's not the face of Jesus...

If you look VERY VERY closely - you will see a heart shaped imprint.
I had stepped away from my desk on Tuesday afternoon, and when I came back..
this imprint was on my notepad.
 I promise, there wasn't ANYTHING under it that was heart shaped.

Is it a miracle?  nah
Is it a sign from God? I dunno
I do know this...
it sure came at a time when I needed to feel {hearted}!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Herbal Experiment - Day 93

Basil as of  October 7th. It's doing ok, but I've had to baby it alot.

This picture was taken on Sept 30th.
This picture was taken on October 7th. 

Sage and chives are doing FANTASTIC.   Basil is limping along. I think I am salvaging the big pot, but the small pot from seeds that was doing so well - see the last posting on August 28 - isn't doing so great.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Peel Me A Grape

So, you may be asking yourself.. where did this "Peel Me A Grape" title come from.. why did it change from "simplysandi"?

I have decided that "simplysandi" is no longer original.  When I created my very first blog, "simplysandi", I didn't know that there was another "simplysandi" blog.  My first clue should have been when I couldn't actually get just "simplysandi" but had to name it "simplysandiblog".  Duh !  But I was new to the whole world of blogging.  Then, Vera Wang stole my idea with her "Simply Vera" line at Kohl's, and I just didn't feel simply original anymore.

I discovered Diana Krall back in 1998 - switching channels on cable.. and she was playing at a festival in Rhode Island.  She is awesome.  She sings jazz... and one of the songs she sings is "Peel Me A Grape"...
(If you click on the title of this blog, it will take you to her website.)

I love this song, and grapes are made from wine, and I love wine, and I thought maybe if I did actually "peel" the grapes before I ate them, I might even lose some weight... which is a thing I'd LOVE to do... so it's simply a winning combo..

So, welcome to my head! Look forward to sharing more of my wacky thoughts with you... one grape at a time!

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Best Snack...EVER!!!

This are delicious, and addicting...
It makes me think of Valerie Bertinelli's weight loss testimony.
Her vice was jalapeno poppers.
They were her "comfort" food..
well, "poppers" move over..
these cream cheese and jalapeno "bowls"
I will never lose weight now!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Easy Ice Cream Cake


1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
6 ice cream sandwiches (3.5 oz each)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


>Line an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch loaf pan (I think mine was skinnier) with a piece of wax paper or parchment, allowing the paper to hang over both sides.
>In a large bowl, beat the cream and sugar until stiff peaks form.
>In the bottom of the pan, arrange 3 of the sandwiches in a single layer, cutting them to fit as necessary.Spread with half the whipped cream. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the chopped chocolate chips.  Repeat with the remaining sandwiches and whipped cream. Sprinkle the top with the remainder of the chips.  Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 1 hour and up to 1 week.
>Holding both sides of the paper overhang, lift the cake out of the pan, and transfer to a platter.  Discard the paper, slice the cake, and serve.

Note: Try Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches - drizzle chocolate sauce or caramel or both between layers.

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