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  1. Last night, Whole Foods chicken tikka masala from the fresh foods section. Surprisingly good. We're headed to Florida today, and I didn't want dirty pots and pans to clean up or fresh food that will go bad, so the fridge is looking empty.
  2. I was looking forward to Home Town on HGTV, but what a snooze. They seem like a nice enough couple, but it was Fixer Upper 2.0 without the kids. I lost interest to the point that when I saw the final reveal with the fully furnished house, I didn't know if it was for staging or the clients were getting the house and all the stuff in it. I'll give it another try, but I was disappointed.
  3. Our kitchen is the same layout. It's always just the 2 of us, but we eat dinner in front of the TV, except in warmer weather when we spend all evening on the screened-in porch, where we have a lounging area and a table and chairs for dining.
  4. Because when you live in waterfront property (we do), in the words of my step daughter, you get to kitsch it up to your hearts content. We've got nautical stuff all over the house, and we're pikers compared to friends who live waterfront. We love to sail, have a sailboat, just love being near or on the water. It's our house, you don't like it, tough.
  5. Gah - wasn't trying to quote anything! Just wanted to say I love the wardrobe department on this show. So much variety. Unless I'm missing something, I think they must have custom made Dorothy's outfits - I've never seen anything like it in stores.
  6. What vet "assistant" can afford the price she paid? My vet has technicians that do things that require training and office staff, but none of them make enough money to buy a house over $500K, let alone renovate. More to that story than told. The wallpaper was horrible. Again with the blue lower cabinets and brass fixtures. Yuck.
  7. I'd really like to try the stew with quinoa in it.
  8. I think it would be more correct to say "stood by me". But isn't this the same commercial that mispronounces "viola"? Nuf said. So many insurance companies have funny/amusing ads - why does Liberty Mutual feel the need to be so annoying? Are their ads working?
  9. I jus bought "The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook" from ATK for my iPad. I got some sample recipes in an email. I liked them, and feel like I'm in a rut for cooking for two. My 1st iPad cookbook.
  10. Especially if you can click your heels 3 times and you're home, :)
  11. I'm okay with cilantro, but olives taste like soap tp me. I've never read anything about a genetic connection to how olives taste, but I'm wondering if there is one.
  12. If you're talking about her method for roasting shrimp (with garlic, olive oil, pepper and salt), I've found it to be foolproof. I use it for stir fries - roast the shrimp first and add it to the stir fry last. I peel the shrimp, toss it with minced garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil, and roast it at 450 degrees for 3-5 minutes. I do it in a countertop oven so I can watch the color. As soon as it turns pink, I take it out. Perfectly cooked every time. Never over cooked and rubbery.
  13. I watched the finale too. That scene where Niles walks out of the Vet's office feeding the monkey a bottle is priceless. This show is so well done. I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't get back to sleep, so ended up watching Cheers. I enjoyed Cheers, but it pales by comparison to Frasier.
  14. I'm guessing people buy a second home in a foreign country as a rental property that they use occasionally. And maybe with the thought of moving there after retirement.
  15. Thank you. I was half watching and thought that's what he said, and thought, oh no, I must have misheard - who would say that? That may be a HH first.