Sunday, December 28, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
- Seasonal candy, movie sized candy box
- Trail mix, energy bars
- Tins of flavored peanuts or almonds
- Hot sauce
- Gourment snacks
- $5-15 gift cards: iTunes, In N Out, Best Buy, Home Depot, Sport Chalet
- Movie tickets
- Tire pressure gauge
- Pocket knife
- Corkscrew, bottle opener
- Nerf football
- Golf items: golf balls, golf tees, golf towel, divet tool, ball bag
- Fishing supplies: lures, bait, hooks, line, weights
- Camping accessories: compass, first aid kit, poncho, tin cup, utility knife
- Small tools: screwdriver, measuring tape, wrench, pliers, stud finder
- Deck of playing cards
- Poker chips
- Gaming accessories
- USB drive
- Rubik's cube
- Hacky sack
- Travel games
- Wood airplane gliders
- Wool socks
- Shoe horn, shoe polish
- Money clip
- Sunglasses case
Friday, December 12, 2008
- Gum, mints for purse
- Seasonal candy, movie sized candy boxes
- Trail mix, energy bars
- Gourmet snacks
- Specialty chocolates, small box of See's
- Large peppermint stick
- Tea bags in travel tin, tea infuser
- Small coffee pouches
- Gourmet hot cocoa
- Lip balm, lip gloss, eye shadow
- Purse sized hand lotion
- Face mask
- Hair clips, headbands
- Nail polish, nail clippers, nail files
- Travel mirror
- Travel sized toiletries
- Luggage tag
- Sunglasses case
- Earrings, bracelet, necklace
- Scarf, mittens, beanie
- Christmas ornament
- Wine stopper
- Small cooking tools: cookie cutters, measuring spoons, spatula, hand juicer, grapefruit spoons, cheese knives, spice grater
- Small gardening tools: hand trowel, knee pad, flower seed packets, shears
- Sewing notions: scissors, tape measure, seam ripper, thimble
- Scrapbook supplies: pinking scissors, paper punches, brads, colored pens, rubber stamps
- Trendy designed office supplies
- $5-$15 gift cards: iTunes, Starbucks, Target, Golden Spoon, Pinkberry, Corner Bakery
- Note cards, thank you cards, note pads, magnetic fridge pads
- Scented tea light candles
- Coin purse
- Pocket calendar
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
But if you don't like to cook, I highly recommend Trader Joe's 4 cheese mac & cheese. It's in the freezer section, and it's phenomenal. Maybe you should stop reading this post and go out and buy it right now. It really is that good. I keep one on hand in my freezer in case I get a craving.
Here's how to make my favorite mac & cheese...
Mac & Cheese
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2-1/2 cups milk
- 1-1/2 pounds Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1 pound dry elbow macaroni
- 3/4 cup Panko or plain dry bread crumbs*
- Cayenne pepper**
*Panko is a Japanese bread crumb, look in the Asian section of supermarket
**If serving to children or guests, don't make dish too spicy
Preheat oven to 350º. Bring a large pot of water to boil for macaroni. Generously butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish.
While water is boiling, melt 3 tablespoons of butter on low heat in a large saucepan. Add the flour and cook over moderate heat for 2 minutes, whisking constantly until lightly browned. Ensure mixture does not burn.
Add the milk and cook over moderate heat, whisking constantly until thickened, about 3 minutes. Add mustard. Add cayenne to taste. Stir in cheese and cook over low heat, stirring until melted. Salt to taste.
Cook macaroni until al dente. Drain well. Return macaroni to the pot. Add the cheese sauce and stir until combined. Spread the macaroni in prepared baking dish.
In a small glass bowl, melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in microwave. Add breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, stir until moistened. Sprinkle mixture over macaroni.
Bake for 45 minutes or until it's reached perfect bubbly yumminess. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
The prices are a couple dollars higher per plate than Coco's or Mimi's but the food is better and the portions are large, plus you're at the beach! If you sit inside, it can get noisy as the tables are a bit crowded and the floors are wood. The little indoor porch is a nice area to sit if you don't want to be outside.
We also noticed this time that they have a few parking spots behind the restaurant in the alley. Now we know to check there first before we search for a metered spot on the street.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
If you don't normally get down to the beaches in winter, November/December is actually a great time to go have breakfast or lunch outdoors and go for a walk on the weekends. The sky is usually clear this time of year (less morning fog) and there are less crowds.