Monthly Archives: April 2011

Obsessive: Spring 2011

[In case you missed it: My Winter 2011 Obsessions]

EAT IT:

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Ken’s Chef’s Reserve Creamy Balsamic with Honey salad dressing. 

Creamy and sweet, but not over done, I picked up this bottle from the local market on a whim and am so happy I did.  It’s not too caloric, especially because you only need a tiny drizzle to add a bit of punch to your salad.  I’ve also used this tossed into a pasta dish; simply delightful!

WATCH IT:

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Turner Classic Movies.

For the last several weeks, I’ve fallen into the deep of watching classic films on TCM in exchange for reruns of the television programs I usually tune to each week. A few of the favorites I’ve watched recently: State Fair, Ball of Fire, Easter Parade, and The Wizard of Oz.  I love watching TCM because there are no interruptions during the movies; they run commercials before each film, give an introduction, and let the movie play completely.

Clearly, I have a thing for old time musicals these days.  When I mentioned to my friend Jenn that I wanted to watch My Fair Lady soon, she loaned me her VHS set.  I watched in the back room of J.Watt’s Barista House (Jason has set up a  VHS and DVD player with a large collection of movies to watch).  It was the perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday!

READ IT:

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All things Jane Austen.

I recently read Pride & Prejudice for the first time in my life. It was flawless.  I also read Fowler’s The Jane Austen Book Club which I enjoyed immensely, even though I haven’t yet read any other Austen novels. (The delivery style of Fowler’s story telling made this book one of my favorite reads of 2011, thus far.)  

I recently received The Complete Novels of Jane Austen and can’t wait to dive right into the others.  After I complete her six novels, I plan to have a viewing weekend in which I watch movie versions of all the stories.  [Because I’m dorky like that.]

I’m also currently reading A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz as part of the Blogher book club.  All this to say, if you start to hear me say things like “a fortnight”, please excuse me and assume I’m searching for my own Mr. Darcy. [He will look like Rob Lowe, in case you were wondering.]

LEARN IT:

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Presidential Fun Facts.

I am blessed with friends and family who shower me with gifts which lend to my obsession adoration of Presidential Fun Facts. In the last several weeks I’ve received several additions to my collection of books, flashcards, trivia sets, and other POTUS fun. 

You would think that when faced with an Trivial Pursuit question about a President, which the game designers have marked as “easy”, I wouldn’t have a problem answering correctly.  However, this thought would be wrong.  As was my answer to the question “What was President Wilson’s first name?”

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Apparently I have some studying to do 😉

Villa Italia Birthday Cake

Hi, my name is Heather, and I’ve fallen into a shugar sugar coma.
The best co-workers in the WORLD surprised me with the most delicious Golden Birthday cake a girl could ask for, from one of my favorite spots in town, Villa Italia Italian Bakery.  I literally gasped, then swooned, when the cake box was opened to reveal this gorgeous number.


This little beauty doesn’t hold anything back.  Beyond that sweeping calligraphy, hand crafted iced roses, and tiny beads of golden magic, you’ll find super rich frosting, three layers of moist, fluffy chocolate cake, and two streams of the creamiest heaven [some may call it Italian creme, but this does not give it the credit it is due, in my opinion.] 

Before today I have delighted in Villa Italia’s gelato, gelato cakes, and individual Italian pastries and cookies and I must confess, I’ve never had a bite I didn’t thouroughly enjoy from this local hot spot.  I go mad over their pistachio gelato in the summer, steamy hot chocolate in the winter, and mini creme puffs all year round.   

After today, I’m quite certain that I know what’s going to be on my wish list for my 29th birthday.  This cake trumps last years “Cake of Death” one hundred fold and then some.  Magnifico!

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