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Ready and Waiting to Fall January 28, 2008

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This is my current favorite song by Mae. This video of Dave Elkins (mae’s lead singer/songwriter) was taken by a fellow mae fan at one of Dave’s acoustic shows. I hope I am able to go to one at some point, but thankfully others are sharing the wealth through video in the mean time. Enjoy.


Italian word of the week

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English Translation: desire, wish, want (noun)


Recipe of the Week – Curried Butternut Squash Soup January 27, 2008

Filed under: recipe — Jessica Dixon @ 12:42 am

Tonight I made squash soup. It was delicious! Very decadent and fancy, but hardly any work at all. It took me longer to cook than the recipe said because I used a pot that was only just big enough for all the ingredients, so it didn’t boil right away. I would suggest using a big pot if making the full amount, though next time I will definitely cut it in half because I have a ton left over and will likely be eating it all week long! Overall, it was very filling, very pretty, very tasty and inexpensive. And definitely don’t skimp by leaving out the yogurt. It is a nice accent to the dish.

Recipe notes: I was going out on a limb with this recipe because I’m not a big fan of squash. So if that is the part that scares you the most, take a chance on it. You can cut preparation time down by buying the already cut/cleaned squash at the grocery store. It’s a bit more expensive, but a good investment. Additionally, I used only a teaspoon of curry powder, as I wasn’t sure I’d like it at all. That seemed in the end to be the appropriate amount for my taste. And I accompanied it with a piece of peanut butter toast, which I also like with potato soup. This really is a dish for a cold night, when you’re feeling all snuggly or perhaps sick.

Changes for next time: Maybe use a little less liquid. It was a good consistency, but I think I’d like it better if it was thicker. Prepared as is, you could probably comfortably drink it. And, use a bigger pot.


just a few updates… January 25, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 3:53 am

-Sunday night I was asked by a fellow church choir member if I’d be willing to sing background vocals with a few other people for a tv commercial. The recording would be done Monday night. After deliberating a lot, I decided to face my fear of not being good enough, and joined the group in a studio downtown. The vocals will be the background music for a U of R commercial, which I found out tonight will begin airing during the Super Bowl. Needless to say, I am amazed by God’s hand in all of this and am very excited! (and ps, this was my first time in a studio doing anything like this and I had a blast!) One of the women in the group I recorded with invited me to her place for a Tastefully Simple party which was tonight, where I met many more women and spent nearly all the money I made from the tv ad on super delicious food. 🙂

-Some day over the last week, I was burning a yummy candle on my bathroom counter and my silly kitty stuck her face too close to the flame and burned some of her whiskers off! I don’t know if she even realized it, as I didn’t hear her cry or anything, but after the incident, she came near to me in the living room and I smelled something burning near her face. Poor little thing…it’s not all that noticeable at first glance, but when you get closer, you can definitely tell something is just not quite right. 🙂 Other than that, she is fine…so big and so affectionate and I’m certain that getting her was one of the best decisions I ever made. She will be 1 year old in less than a month!

-I’ve started a sewing project…I’ve got a deadline for this one and I’ll post pics when it’s done. That’s all I can say at the present time.

-I’m undecided about what to make for dinner on Saturday. Any recipe suggestions? What are your favorites?


Giants win! January 21, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 3:23 am

So my Bills couldn’t be in the playoffs and the Colts got kicked out last week. But thankfully, my third favorite team, the New York Giants, are going to the SuperBowl!!! Yes, yes, yes!!!


Italian word of the week January 20, 2008

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English Translation: song


Recipe of the Week – Herb Roasted Pork Loin

Filed under: recipe — Jessica Dixon @ 3:25 am

Today I made pork, sweet potatoes, and asparagus. I did end up making the sauce that goes along with the pork loin, but it was awful. I should’ve known better because I don’t like most of the ingredients in the recipe for it, but I figured it was worth at least a taste…I’m trying to be more daring with food. Because of the lack of sauce, the pork was a bit less moist than I would have liked. Maybe next time I will make a gravy out of the pan drippings, but this time, I didn’t. The sweet potatoes turned out fantastic. I added about a teaspoon of brown sugar at the end for good measure. I am not really a sweet potato fan, but these tasted very good. Also, this was my first attempt at eating asparagus since deciding I despised it growing up. I have to admit, not bad. Still not my favorite, but prepared this way, it was definitely edible.

And ps: both the breakfast muffins and the banana chocolate cupcakes from last week turned out very well.