Archive for December, 2011

A steak dinner at home

December 18th, 2011

I have to admit: even though I’m trying to eat more veggies, I’m still more of a meat and potatoes kind of girl. My husband and I love to have a steak dinner once in a while, though usually at home instead of at a restaurant. It’s surprisingly easy to do and doesn’t cost much either.

Yesterday, we cooked steaks topped with compound butter and a side of mashed potatoes. The nice thing about these 3 is that you don’t need a recipe. As long as you know the basic method to make them, you can flavor them however you want. It’s like a blank food canvas :) Here is how we did ours.

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Hello December

December 8th, 2011

It’s December! I’ve been busy figuring out what to get my friends and family for Christmas, and I’m happy to say that I have most of my Christmas shopping done already. I’ve been buying almost everything online. I don’t like dealing with the in store crowds, and online shopping saves me a lot of time. Here are places I’ve been using.

Amazon – I think Amazon just goes without saying. I do most of my online shopping at Amazon because their prices are usually the cheapest, there’s free shipping, and I also don’t pay tax.

LeSportsac – is a bag company with a lot of nice styles and prints. I own several myself, and I especially like their cute prints. Their small accessory bags are useful and can make nice small gifts.

B&H Photo – I’m a big B&H fan. I’d say 90% of my photo gear, including my DSLR and lens, are bought from B&H. They have competitive prices and great customer service. If you’re buying for a photo or video enthusiast, I recommend looking here. They also have a superstore in NYC.

ThinkGeek – A great place to look for nerdy/geeky friends, whether it’s gamers, sci fi fans, fantasy fans, etc. They have a lot of fun things.

Steam – Steam is a digital distribution platform, so you don’t get a physical copy of the game. It keeps track of what games you have on your account, and then you can download it anytime. They have crazy sales all the time, sometimes even 75% off. (Note: You should only gift someone a game through Steam if you’re sure their computer can handle the game.)

And, I’ve bought gifts from these 2 sites before, though not this year. These have cute Indie products: ModCloth and ShanaLogic.

How is your holiday shopping going? Any other online stores you recommend?