Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lunch Date

My brother Dean came over for lunch today and brought Remi with him. Isn't she cute? She is the sweetest dog, relaxed and super cuddly. When she was only a few months old, Remi stayed with me for a weekend and, thanks to Ginger, nearly lost an eye. Now that she's all grown up, Remi and Ginger have a healthy respect for each other, meaning Remi stays as far from Ginger as possible. She's smart too!

It was great having guests over. I've been working so hard the last few weeks that I feel like I haven't seen many of my friends and family. That's about to change though. I turned in a huge freelance project yesterday, so I actually had time to cook last night. I've been saving recipes that get emailed to me courtesy of Real Simple magazine. Last night I tried their chili recipe. Typically I wouldn't use a recipe when making chili, but this one had a special ingredient that grabbed my attention: dark chocolate. You add the chocolate right before serving and it's amazing what it does for the flavor. The chili was good up to that point and the chocolate made it about a billion times better. Dean even liked it, which means it must be quite excellent.

With one big freelance project turned in, one to finish up tonight, and a few weeks before the next one is due, I might actually get to spend some time making jewelry in my studio. I still have beads that I purchased at Bead and Button in 2007 that are waiting to be used in projects. Plus, the new beads that I just couldn't resist last week will hopefully arrive in my mailbox in the next few days, so I'll be able to play with those as well. I'll show you a picture when they get here. You're going to love them. I know I will!

5 comments:

Andrew Thornton said...

Speak of the devil! I just made chili for dinner tonight too! Not only do I LOVE chocolate in my recipe, but don't forget the Vietnamese cinnamon! Cinnamon, abused in recipes for sweets, is so often ignored in savory dishes. It really rounds out the spice of the chili.

justme said...

oh my gosh, she is so big now. i love that dog. wow, the chili sounds fantastic! we are running the turkey trot in ft. c. on thanksgiving day if you find yourself sitting around on thanksgiving day morning, having nothing to do, and want to stand in the cold to cheer us on...ewww..never mind. i have to tell you sometime about the dream i had about you last night. hysterical

Jamie Hogsett said...

Thanks for the tip Andrew Your food always looks delish, so I'm definitely taking cooking advice from you.
Cher, I'll be cheering you on from my warm cozy bed! Actually, I'll probably be in L-town cooking...

Jean said...

that is that dog in that hot picture of you! hahah!!!! I remember Remi as a puppy!

Jamie Hogsett said...

Yes, Remi's a big girl now. I might get to watch her over the weekend while my bro goes snowboarding - yaay!