Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited: November Edition

Hey everybody, it's time to get stupid excited again! 

For those of you new to my blog, "Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited" is a feature I (usually) post on the first day of each month.   It's like Oprah's Favorite things - if Oprah was really cheap. And loved to shop at Kohl's.  Now, let me make clear that I am not hawking or reviewing products here.  Nobody's paying me or providing me with anything. LTTMMSE is just a little outlet for me to exclaim over and dissect little materialistic things that make me ridiculously excited.  Sidenote:  It doesn't take much, people.    

Grab the button below and link on up in the comments if you want to make your own list! I'd love to read what makes you STUPID excited too!!  And if you'd like to see my past lists, they're all linked up here.

Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited


I've got eight stupid fabulous things for the month of November!  Are you ready?  Then let's begin!


Death Star Pumpkin

It is too late to carve this pumpkin this year...but it is SO ON for next Halloween.  That is, if I can convince Scott to do it.  My pumpkin carving skills are much less stellar than his.

Seriously though, isn't that the coolest?!?  [/end Star Wars Geek Alert]

Prosciutto and Chicken Penne Pasta

I found the recipe for this dish in last month's Hy-Vee Seasons magazine, and  I've made it twice since then.  It is delish.  Not for the faint of heart, though - bring on the heavy cream!

Prosciutto and Chicken Penne Pasta
All you need:

2 tbsp olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 c. whole-wheat penne pasta
1 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 (3 oz) package prosciutto, chopped
1 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
1/4 c. dry white wine
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp white pepper
3/4 c. grated Asiago cheese
1 c. chopped Roma tomatoes
1/4 c. chopped fresh basil

All you do:

In a medium sauté pan. heat olive oil and sear chicken breasts on both sides; reduce heat, cover and cook until juices run clear. Remove chicken to a cutting board to cool. Slice into strips; set aside.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and set aside. (Pasta should be timed to be done just as the sauce is finished.)

While the pasta is cooking, heat butter in a large sauté pan and sauté garlic, shallots and prosciutto until shallots are transparent. Add cream, white wine, cayenne pepper and white pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring almost constantly, for about 5 minutes. Stir in cheese and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.

Add pasta, sliced chicken breast, tomato and basil into cream sauce and toss.


"If It's Love", by Train

I loooooove this song.  Every time it comes on the radio I get all happy and sing along.  Which I apologize for in case you're driving next to me when my windows are down.  Any song that can reference both Winger and My Fair Lady is all good in my book.


Our New Media Center

Um, yeah.  This is what I'm the most excited about - our new media center.  That my husband BUILT from scratch, after I told him I liked this version in the Pottery Barn catalog.   So he just whipped one up for us.  Oh, and he only spent about $500 making it versus the $3,000 Pottery Barn wanted.  Bazinga!  He shall henceforth be known as "Scottery Barn."   


"Blackout Cake" from Lo Sole Mio

I'm sorry to put this one on the list for those of you who aren't local, but if you ARE from Omaha then I'm sure you've heard of this insanely good Italian restaurant on 32nd Ave.  But what you may not have heard about is the insanely good Blackout Cake on the dessert menu.  OH.MY.GOD. This dessert is beyond delicious. It's chocolate cake filled with hot melted chocolate that oozes out and good lord do I love it.  I found the above pic from some random site on the internet since I couldn't find a picture on Lo Sole Mio's website, which frankly, is unbelievable to me. If I were doing marketing for Lo Sole Mio I would just put a big picture of this cake on the building with a big arrow pointing to it.  YUM.


 I just bought this coat from Old Navy for the winter ahead and I LOVE it.  Isn't it cute??  And it was only $60!  Now that is a steal for a cute winter coat, I am telling you.


I have this friend Molly, who keeps a lovely home.  And one of my favorite things about her home is that she always has happy Bath and Body Works handsoap in her guest bathrooms.  I once asked her how she was so organized to get to Bath and Body Works so frequently to replace her handsoaps, and she informed me that she buys it in bulk at the "Buy Ten Bajillion Bath and Body Works Items for $20 Sale" or whatever you call it.  Seriously, duh.  Anyway, a few months ago, Molly generously offered to pick up some soap for me at the next sale since she knows I am nowhere near organized enough to handle that much planning on my own.  And true to form, Miss Molly showed up with a big bag of soap for me at our Halloween shindig on Sunday.  Now I can impress my houseguests too!  Thanks Moll!

Hair Tricks by Heather from The Spohrs Are Multiplying

I've been having loads of fun with mine and Ashley's hair lately, due in large part to this lovely lady's hair tutorials.  Simple things like fish tails and bang braids that have always stumped me are now possible due to her hair video tutorials!  I get so excited when there's a new one up. I feel so fashionable and sassy when my hair is all did.

And that's all for this month!  Hope you enjoyed it!



Lolly Jane said...

lovin your blog. anything "twin" catches our eye{s} as we're twins! too cute. your quip about "scottery barn" was hilarious. too cute.

Rebecca said...

I love that you threw in a "Bazinga."

That entertainment center is awesome...your husband should go into business!

The pumpkin...dork heaven and I kind of love it!

That cake looks brother lives in Lincoln, but I may have to detour if I ever get out to visit him!

sara said...

Scottery Barn has mad skillz. Yup, I used a z...that's how impressive his skills are!

I'm going right for the hair videos now. Mine is in a bun

Katherine said...

This is a great list. How on earth did Scott make that? It's fabulous-a tutorial is in order. And I'm totally making that pasta dish this weekend!

BranderPaul said...

Holy Shi-ite. Where do I begin??

You rule. That's a good start.

SCOTT BUILT THAT??!?! I mean, I know the dude is amazing, but SERIOUSLY?!??! I'd like to book him now, please, to help Brian build our baby's crib.

Death Star pumpkin. Word.

The Blackout Cake. She's not kidding, people--I've experienced it and it is HEAVEN ON A PLATE.

MISS YOU GUYS!! We've had the week from HELL and must hang out soon :)

Jen said...

Love it!

Brandy@YDK said...

such great things! I love that media center. and the pumpkin and that song. man, you have great taste.

blueviolet said...

I want that coat, that cake, and I would like to rent the services of your Scottery Barn please!

Belle said...

"Bazinga"?! YOU are my new favorite person!
Have I ever told you I'm naming my next child Sheldon? (Heaven help her if it's a girl.) I love Sheldon Cooper THAT much!

I think this is my favorite LTTMMSE so far! That's it. You've inspired me to do one of my own!

Christina said...

I went out and bought that curling iron you talked about last month. I love it! :)
And when we move, I'm going to try and keep B&BW soap in the bathrooms and the kitchen...keeps the hands soft, and things smelling good. :)

wonderchris said...

Scott - well played, sir!!! That is fancy workmanship!

Another great edition of LTTMMSE!!!

I love that coat!!! :)

LTTMMSE are all about exclamation points!!! :D

Anonymous said...

"Scottery Barn" hahahaha

We have a carpenter friend who is making most of our furniture for the house... only charges a fraction of the price :) That entertainment center is GORGEOUS

Liz said...

That media center is amazing! Go Scott!

Agnes said...

My goodness, that cake looks sooooo good!! And that coat is lovely!

Natalie said...

The cake. And the pasta. I want them both right now!