Sunday, January 10, 2010

So a Demo, a View, & a Thank You Video walk into a bar...


So today I tried to resume my usual Sunday Williams Sonoma Cooking Demo. They haven't had them for the past few weeks due to the holidays. I was SHOCKED how many people showed up! I think there was at least 30 people, when usually its about 10-15ish people. I didn't know much about this topic, "Braising". Actually I didn't even know the term at all. I just have a quick lil lesson for you on this today.

Quick Cooking Tips: via Williams Sonoma

1.Braising is actually "Simmering food slowly in a moderate amount of liquid. Liquid an be water, stock, broth, wine or beer.

2.Now with cooking meat or chicken in this braising style you add the liquid FIRST & make the pan HOT FIRST because if it's cold the meat will stick to the pan!!

3.If your looking for new pans, Williams Sonoma has a whole new line of a new stainless steel pans.

Frankly, I didn't stay long at the demo. I couldn't. My mom wasn't with me & with the events of the last few days I just couldn't get into it. I left half way through. In times of loss, I tend to just crawl into myself a lil bit & reconnect the pieces. I drove about 20 minutes to a neighboring county to just be by myself for a while. I live near the start of the Appalachian Mountains & their are a few look-out points that Omg are just beautiful. I drove to one & just looked out for a few minutes.


That was one of the views from where I stood. That's the NY State Thruway from Wayy up above. If you click it, it'll enlarge more. Its so pretty to me. It looks like it can go on forever...

There are some people in my life right now I wish I could call because I miss their friendship. Not so much the messed up relationship but the companionship I felt with them. However it was me with the feelings not him, but I wish I could re-kindle the friendship with him. I don't know if he'd even answer my call. I wish he knew I still cared, still would take him back if he wanted to be with me or ever try to be with me. Ohhh what a mess him & I became. What a mess.

I wrote a blog on Friday about the a friend of the family passing away. I cried when I found out & have cried for the past 2 days. It's hard to lose someone close to you. I hope she has found peace. I hadn't seen Mary Lou through the recent bad times but I will always remember her in the good times. She will be always in my memories.

I wanted to thank all of you for your comments & I didn't think just words or a picture of the words Thank you were enough. The cool man at Pizza Box did a video blog a lil while back thanking everyone personally. He has inspired me to do the same.



The funeral services for my friend are tomorrow. I won't be posting again til Tuesday. Rest in peace Mary Lou, thank you for helping me in my life so much. I'll miss you.

28 comments:

angel6033 said...

aww, I love that you made a video..you are so cute :)I am glad that my comments and other's comments help you out. Hope you had a restful weekend and I'll be seeing you Tuesday when you post again..

Manju said...

I'm so sorry for your loss sweetie. be strong okay *hugs*

Abby Kihano said...

hehe... you posted this entry at 11:11 PM! i usually wish at that time. not anymore.

oh oh! and you're reading lovely bones! tell me what you think about it. the first part was a little detailed... don't you think so?

also, braising? i have yet to find out how to cook a perfectly good meal. because im still a noob.

and NY is beautiful. it's a place where i wanna live besides CA. you should do an entry about the city one day. and how you like it :]

Susan said...

So sorry to hear about your friend, I think you're right- all you can do is remember the happy times you spent together.

Your video is so cute and a lovely idea. Thanks for the award as well!! I'm going to tag you with my next blog post so look out! xxx

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Yay!!! I love the video! Now I feel like I really have seen you in person. Hehe. :P What a fun idea. I might actually have to do that if I can figure out how to use the video camera on Rian's laptop. Haha.
I have lost a couple really close friends this year (not b/c of fights but b/c they moved far away and are now too busy for me, sigh) and the one thing that has helped get me through is my blog. Even though I don't get to see these people in person, I feel like they are still close friends. You are one of them! Meeting you was one of the best things that could have happened to me in 2009! Thank YOU for that!

I hope you have a wonderful week, dear!

Susan R. Mills said...

I didn't blog over the weekend, so I missed your post about your friend. I am so sorry for your loss and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

P said...

I liked your video. :) Hope you are doing alright and today goes okay.

Iva said...

so very sorry for your loss.

Inspiration in Italy said...

I would LOVE some Williams Sonoma pans....actually my husband would because he does most of the cooking! :)

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, sweetie.

xo
Rachel

Bathwater said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. Cute video. Stay strong.

Aquiles Damiron-Alcantara said...

Always count on me...

Buenos deseos,
Aquiles

Cee said...

Sorry about your friend, hang in there.

Kristin said...

I am so so sorry. I hope you're doing ok!

Heather Rose said...

You're tough stuff, even if you don't feel like it. Hope you get some rest. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.

Slices of Beauty... said...

All the best.
Lovely blog.

Jay said...

You have a great site here. I have a blog myself which I hope will inspire people all around the world. Life is hard enough. I'd like to exchange links with you to help spread some traffic around between each other.

Please let me know if this is possible.

Jason
TheWISDOMWALL.com

Nina said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend ... hope you're coping?

Little Ms Blogger said...

I missed your post about your friend passing away. I'm sorry you've lost someone you love and completely understand why you had to escape to another county. Sometimes it is easier to be by yourself when sad and I also understand why you'd want to call people from your past.

Take the best of Mary Lou, carry it with you. I always thought that the best way to remember a person.

Btw, I love braising foods. True comfort food.

Toothfairy said...

I've missed your previous post, but I just scanned it right after I've read this one. I'm very sorry for your lost, I hope you feel better soon. I like braising foods, but it really depends on what it is.

loves

Tights Lover said...

That's a great photo...it looks peaceful. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Jay said...

Going to add your link right now. Take care.

Jason
TheWISDOMWALL.com

OceanDreams said...

I am so sorry about your friend of your family passing away, I am a bit late to that post. Glad you felt some peace by going to a peaceful site sweetie.

Leah said...

Melanie, it's just so good to hear your voice. You know that I am with you every step... you can spill your heart out and I'll never get tired of listening.

About the boy, I know that it's difficult to erase the memories and you're still hoping that you could at least be friends. But if he doesn't want to be your friend, consider it his loss not yours.

You want to smile... I'll give you a reason to smile. Three cheers for Mr Platform. xoxo

June Paski said...

love this video soo much, ur soo cuteee

Nina said...

Hi Melanie!

I just visited your blogsite again to watch your video. I just want to say that you sound like a REAL person ... one who is not only lovely outside but inside as well.

I've been receiving anonymous comments on my blog daily saying all sorts of nasty things about me ... the language is always the same so I know it's just one person who knows me personally. I hate how I can't fight back. I began my blog as a way to escape from all the intrigue that surrounds my work but I guess the intrigue has followed me here as well.

It's nice to meet genuine people like you who have no need to hide behind masks of anonymity. I treasure this video as I'm sure all your readers do! It is such a nice touch to your blogsite! Truly!

Blueishy said...

nice to meet you Melanie :)

Secretia said...

You have my sincere sympathy, Melanie.
I like your video.

Secretia

The Owl's Closet said...

melanie, i am so sorry for ur loss. at least, mary lou is no longer in pain now:) RIP. thank u for sharing this video with us:)

TheOwlsCloset.blogspot.com

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