Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Azimut 72S - Boating In Style

To get you excited about the upcoming boating season, especially for those living near Lake Erie, and to motivate you to do well in life take a look at the Azimut 72S ...

Ah-mazing. If it's just motivation you're looking for, a great monthly read would be the Robb Report.

In the mean time, answer me this: Aside from the possible sea-sickness aspect, wouldn't you be able to make this yacht your permanent, full-time home?

Photos: Azimut Yachts

Leap Year Notables

The chances of actually being born on a leap day are one in 1,500. The few lucky stars who age ever so slowly with a February 29th birthday include: 

Dinah Shore, American Singer and Actress, 1916-1994

Tony Robbins, American Motivational Speaker, 1960

Antonio Sabato, Jr. (yes please!!!), Italian-born actor, 1972

Pedro Zamora, Real World castmate and AIDS activist, 1972-1994

Ja Rule, American rapper and actor, 1976

And for those of you ladies who frustratingly passed by Valentine's Day without a proposal, here's your one chance for the next four years to "Put A Ring On It". That's because a well-known tradition in some European countries allows women to propose marriage on February 29th. This additional day is apparently the only time it is socially acceptable to switch this role. So be brave and go for it. If he turns you down, tradition states that he has to buy you gloves (to hide your ring-less finger) or give you money. So either way you'll get something out of it. 

I'd like to hear from anyone who's birthday falls on Feb. 29th. Do you find it unique/neat or is it a pain in the butt. Holla and let the rest of us know.

Monday, February 27, 2012

2012 Oscar Fashions - The Cape Coat Stuns

I've professed my love of cape coats before (see here). I'm generally obsessed with the real world adaptation of this fairytale-style fashion, so I was happy to see Gwyneth Paltrow's take on this trend last night at the Oscars. Her snow white (pun intended) ensemble is by Tom Ford. Definitely my pick for best dressed.

WENN, Fame/Flynet
My choice for worst dressed would be Stacy Keibler in this Marchesa gown. Sorry, but it looks like a dress you'd see on the red carpet in the late 80's/mixed with an actual Oscar trophy:

Gilbert Flores /
Who are your best and worst dressed nominees?

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients (That's right, there's just 3!):
10-15 Brussels Sprouts
2 Tbsps Butter
3-4 Tbsps Sugar

  1. Rinse the brussels sprouts while they are still whole
  2. Steam the Brussels sprouts for 5 minutes to get the cooking started
  3. Cut each Brussels sprout in half. This will allow for faster cooking and better overall sugar coating
  4. Melt the butter in a medium saute pan
  5. Add the steamed, cut Brussels sprouts to the pan and coat with the melted butter
  6. Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the Brussels sprouts and stir frequently, keeping in mind that the sugar will cause them to burn faster than normal
  7. Plate and serve when there's no more liquid butter and the Brussels sprouts have turned golden brown
Total saute time: 10-12 minutes

This is a great recipe for children who don't like eating veggies. Start them out on this candied treat. Once they are hooked, slowly cut back on the sugar. It's saying a lot that my veggie-hating hubby has fallen in love with them.

For a savory version saute them in olive oil and garlic powder rather than butter and sugar until golden brown. All the other prep work is the same.

Photo Credit:
Recipe Credit: Life, Love & Cake

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Perfect Song

I'm always trying to find the perfect song to sum up how much I miss my Dad.

There are so many, but only a few that really resonate with me throughout the entire song. Mainly, "One More Day" by Diamond Rio. I think every single lyric just perfectly speaks to what I dream for, beginning with the very first line. (I have the most crazy, vivid dreams that I almost always remember).

Last night I had a crazy dream
A wish was granted just for me
It could be for anything
I didn't ask for money
Or a mansion in Malibu
I simply wished, for one more day with you

One more day
One more time
One more sunset, maybe I'd be satisfied
But then again
I know what it would do
Leave me wishing still, for one more day with you

First thing I'd do, is pray for time to crawl
Then I'd unplug the telephone
And keep the TV off
I'd hold you every second
Say a million I love you's
That's what I'd do, with one more day with you

One more day
One more time
One more sunset, maybe I'd be satisfied
But then again
I know what it would do
Leave me wishing still, for one more day with you
Leave me wishing still, for one more day
Leave me wishing still, for one more day 

But I think I have a new fave. The chorus is just perfect. It's called "Live Forever" and it's by Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors. You will love it, check it out...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's Day "Droid Drop"

Flowers delivered to work from the hubby!

A Valentine's Day essential

Hot Chocolate to warm the heart on this cold Valentine's Day

I LOVE this idea! One of my "lovers" sent this card in the mail with a temporary tattoo.

The inside note and instructions.

They always say never get a tattoo that reminds you of someone you're in love with,
but for Brittany I'll break all the rules!
Even Breck spent time with her Valentine

Certified Angus Beef for dinner (Turf)

Lobster tails (Surf)

Carmelized brussel sprouts
(this one was actually a huge hit with my brussel sprout hating husband!)

Cooking up a storm

Paired with a bottle of red and ready to go