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Friday, December 21, 2007

The Five


Celebrity Detox by Rosie O'Donnell

A great insider's view of The View, this book chronicles the tumultuous year Rosie spent on moderating the daytime talk show. It's interspersed with tales of her childhood and fractured bits about the biz. I especially enjoyed the insight about Barbara and Barbra. An easy read, yet thought provoking.


A Very Special Acoustic Christmas by various artists

Finally, a Christmas cd that doesn't make me want to hurl it out the window.


Fresh pine at the garden center. I spent a delightful hour this morning shopping at a local garden center at their "it's almost Christmas" sale. Hanging out in the greenhouse felt like a mini trip to the tropics.


I haven't even started any Christmas baking yet. Hopefully, tomorrow! I don't have much to report on in taste this week. We've been eating a lot of leftovers and, GASP, frozen dinners. I'd be much more frazzled than I already am if I was actually cooking meals!


Wrapping paper, sticky tape, and bows. 'Tis the season!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Let it Snow...Meringues!

Snowdrift Meringues

These wonderful cookies have fit well within my new, healthier lifestyle. At one WW point each, or three cookies for 2 points, I feel like I'm getting something decadent, sweet, and best of all: chocolaty! I'm sure these are going to be a staple in my home! Well, at least until I find something else as good!

4 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mini or regular size semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Beat egg whites until fluffy and soft peaks form. Add sugar, a little bit at a time, continuing to beat until all sugar is incorporated and mixture forms stiff peaks. Fold in vanilla and chocolate chips. Spray 2 cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray and dust with flour. Remove excess flour. Drop meringue by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Bake 30 minutes, switch racks and turn cookie sheets from front to back. Bake another 30 minutes. DO NOT OPEN OVEN! Leave cookies in oven, shut oven off, and let cookies stand in unlit oven for 1 hour. Remove from oven, cool, and enjoy!

The Five

Okay, the holidays have me in their grip. I've got some catching up to do!


The Year of Fog
by Michelle Richmond

This book traces a traumatic year in the life of photographer Abby Mason after she loses her fiance's six-year-old daughter. The moment Abby stopped to photograph a dead baby seal while walking on a fog-bound beach in San Francisco is one she will replay in her head a thousand times. That's the last time she saw Emma, who was racing ahead, eager to collect sand dollars. Panic and fear soon give way to sheer exhaustion and emotional shutdown as Abby and Emma's dad, Jake, immerse themselves in the desperate search for the missing first-grader.

The Woods
by Harlen Coban

A fluff-filled thriller, it's perfect for this busy time of year when you just wish to escape into an easy read. Cope, the main character, was a counselor at a summer camp in which several fellow counselors were murdered. Well, apparently murdered. It's filled with twists and turns, and has a somewhat predictable ending. However, it's a worthwhile read and a nice way to spend an afternoon.

I am Legend
by Richard Matheson

Just as chilling as the first time I read this as a teenager, Matheson just gets in my head and won't leave! His ability to completely engross the reader is timeless (the novel was written in the 1950s). You must read this before seeing all three versions of this movie: The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price, Omega Man with Charlton Heston, and I am Legend with Will Smith--my reason for rereading this! Can't wait for the movie.


Talk Radio. I've OD'd on Christmas carols!


A Christmas Candle. Picked it up for less than $4 and I've got it sitting on my candle warmer. I love it! It's a combination of cinnamon, pine, and Christmas cookies! Really wonderful, especially since I'm trying to avoid eating too many of the holiday goodies that are around--just smelling them is enough!


Snowdrift Meringues
I've made these delightful and delicious treats twice in the last week. They seem sinful, but are surprisingly point friendly! The recipe will be posted soon!


Many, many packages from UPS and the USPS--and a few from FedEx! I've done most of my shopping online and really enjoying the unveiling of each gift as they arrive.

Taking a little time to play with words, to play with food, and just to play!