Monday, July 26, 2010

Fettuccini with Tomato Basil Cream sauce

Because it was Sunday, because it was so hot outside I was doing anything to avoid stepping even my big toe out the front door, because if I am going to try my hand at cooking it is only going to be on Sunday’s.….I made a pasta dish that quite possibly may be my new favorite entrée.

This dish encompasses everything that makes my heart skip a beat. Fresh tomatoes, basil, cream, balsamic vinegar the yummy list goes on and on and I will share it right here with you.

Fettuccini with Tomato Basil Cream sauce

You will need:
1 ½ pound Fresh Plum Tomatoes
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
3 cloves Garlic, Minced
½ teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Sugar
¼ teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
1 teaspoon Fresh Thyme Leaves
2 Tablespoons Fresh Minced Basil Leaves
1/3 cup Heavy Cream
8 oz, weight Fettuccine (or pasta of your choice), Cooked Al Dente
Parmesan Cheese and fresh basil for garnish

Peel and seed the tomatoes, making sure the tomato juice is reserved. Discard the seeds. Once peeled chop tomatoes or pulse quickly in a food processor.
Heat 2 Tbs oil in a large skillet over medium high heat; add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.

Add chopped tomatoes, reserved tomato juice, salt, sugar, red pepper, balsamic vinegar, thyme and basil and bring to a low boil.

Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and cook just till heated through.

Serve over Fettuccine or your choice of pasta, and garnish with grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Note: You can substitute a 28 ounce can of crushed Italian tomatoes if desired.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Guinness Cup… 2

Guinness Cup game 2 started out with a bit of an uneasy feeling for me. You know that feeling deep in the pit of your stomach when you feel as though something is going to go terribly wrong? Well that is how I felt as I made the long daunting walk from the parking lot to the ballpark, I will spare you all the juicy details as to why I had that “make you nauseas feeling” but it had nothing to do with the fact I am having a hard time figuring something out regarding a situation on my team. It is a.....what should I interesting dynamic.

As in most any game it needs to be decided what team will play offense or defense first. Typically a coin toss would determine this staging of the game, however in kickball there is “chug off”. Whatever you are imagining you are correct, there is a beer chugging "coin toss". The teams best chuggers stand at home plate and chug a beer the first one done chooses field position. Again, I apologize for lack of photographic documentation of this classy start to a game, game three I will be more on the ball. Our team lost the chug off, so we started in the outfield.

As fate may have it we kicked the socks off the our opponents, getting their first three runners out. It was now our time to shine and shine we did……………..

Matt pitched…………

and Lindsay ran.....

This rotation, Matt pitching…..

our team running....

and running......carried on throughout the entire game. Poor blue team hardly had the chance to run at all.

We won 6-0 in the sweltering 107 Oklahoma heat. It was a bitter sweet victory over a team full of old friends.

Michael brought his amazingly out of this world super cute twin boys. Their cheering was the reason for our win I am positive.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Let the games begin

This summer I joined a kickball team and let me be the first to tell you, it is SOOOO much fun!! Really for most of the kickball community it is simply an opportunity to drink some beer, have some fun, and socialize with friends. However, our team has a little different mentality. Oh don’t get me wrong most of the team still has their fair share of beer, fun, and friends but we also have a large amount of competitive blood running through our veins.

Let me take a minute to introduce you to the cast of characters, and characters is certainly the correct word to use to describe my “Baller” team mates. I realize I am missing a few pictures, due to the rotation of kickers I was not able to get pictures of the kickers after me. I will keep updating as the games go on.



Brandie & Shannon

Eddie & Malinda




Lindsay & Jenifer



Our first game of summer league we won 7-0, it was a game filled with fun, sweat, old friends, more sweat, and maybe a beer or two thrown in for good measure.

Okay, I guess I should be a bit more specific when I say old friends, I really mean old boyfriends. Yes, when I showed up at the kickball field for my very first kickball game I headed over to our field and the first person I saw was my ex-boyfriend. At first it took my breath away I had after all not seen him in a good long while. However I was beyond elated when no feelings at all came flooding back into my soul. No feelings of a missed love, no feelings of great times had, no feelings of frustration or anger or anything in-between. I was once told the opposite of love is not hate it is indifference and that is exactly how I felt I was indifferent when seeing my ex. What a breath of fresh air that was.

I will pause for a moment and share a little secret………I was not jumping over the moon when he and his team mates stayed to watch the entire first portion of our game. But once I got out there kicked my first pitch I was golden and nothing around phased me. I was having fun ex-boyfriend and all.

I don't have any pictures to document our first win of the season, but Guinness Cup game 2 through the rest of the season will be documents right here on this blog weekly. Be ready for lots of wins, lots of stories, and more adventures than you can imagine having in a life time much less a day. Hold on to your socks strap in you are about to take a ride, hopefully full of enough laughter to make you cry.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Chef's For the Cure

Susan G. Komen for the Cure in partnership with Cancer Treatment Centers of America held their 6th annual Chef’s for the Cure July 10, 2010.

This event was started by a CTCA’s Executive Chef Kenny Wagoner who like many of us had a close connection to breast cancer when his mother was diagnosed in 1997. Wagoner organized Chef’s for the Cure in 2005 as a benefit for Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tulsa Affiliate. Chef’s has grown year after year as Mr. Wagoner recruits well-known Tulsa area chefs to prepare a collection of gourmet cuisines.

Each chef had their own chef gear to wear.

And all chef stations had signs indicating the dish

There were chefs still preparing their yummy cuisines.......

and there was a lot of out of this world food.....

and food for all the carnivores!

There were cute couples enjoying the eveing.

Fun ice sculptures that provided yummy drinks.

Tables full of survivors from a company sponsor.

Tables full of extraordinary people and friends.

One of the highlights from the night came when the chefs had to sing for their supper. While guests sampled all the yummy food prepared by these extraordinary chefs they tipped the ones they liked the best. At the end of the night the top five chefs song for their supper which provided more donations.

Chef Wagoner won the "Sing for your Supper".

It was an amazing night had by all.....

For any of you that have not been a part of this event I highly recommend it, it was a great time for a great cause! The evening raised over $18,000 for our Affiliate, money that will be granted back out into our community to provide a vessel in order for others to learn about, fight, and overcome breast cancer.

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Fourth of July

What do you do when the Fourth of July is a very special day in your world? You celebrate is what you do!!!

You celebrate birthdays of very special people. Happy birthday daddy!!

You celebrate America’s birthday.

You celebrate with friends.

You celebrate with fireworks.

You celebrate with water and family.

You celebrate because after all the Fourth of July is the essence of summer and what better reason to celebrate than that.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Assignment 4

This past week in photography class we learned about white balance.

White balance is a setting on digital cameras which allows the photographer to quickly neutralize the colorcasts that are generated by different lighting sources. The white balance settings I have on my camera are the following:

Auto WB-Automatically adjusts white balance for natural-looking color tones
Daylight-For shooting outdoors in sunny weather or night scenes
Shade-For shooting in shaded areas in sunny weather
Cloudy-For shooting in cloudy weather
Tungsten-For shooting under incandescent lighting
Fluorescent-For shooting under cool white fluorescent light
Flash-For shooting with the flash
Custom-Uses the settings obtained from the Custom setup

Our assignment for the week was to choose a subject indoors using incandescent lighting (lamp light).

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WB-Tungsten (Incandescent)

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Here are some shots of a light on the house, still working with white balance.

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I am off to expand my white balance knowledge.