Monday, March 31, 2014

wknd photos

besties, courtesy of auntie ang. 

future besties! 


Upon seeing pics of Gus's chickens. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

haiku friday

one of those running
around weeks. you know the type.
not at my desk much.

burbank and long beach,
beverly hills, and on campus. 
babe is out of town.

nothing like next week.
i will be in the office,
and babe will be here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Two Strata Recipes

I made these for the shower on Sunday and both turned out so well!

Here are the recipes, with my changes:

Spinach and Cheese Strata (I got the recipe here, and didn't change it that much.)


2 (10 ounce) packages fresh spinach, roughly chopped
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 cups cubed French or Italian bread in 1-inch cubes (1/2 lb) - I just tore mine, who am I kidding.
6 ounces coarsely grated Gruyère (2 cups) (I cheated and used Fontina - Gruyere was too expensive!) - We didn't have any so I used a little provolone.
2 ounces finely grated parmesan (1 cup)
2 3/4 cups milk
1- large eggs


Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion with 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and nutmeg until soft. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted. Remove from heat and set aside.
Butter a 3 quart baking dish. Spread one third of the bread cubes in the dish. Then add one-third of the spinach mixture and one-third of the cheeses. Repeat these layers twice, using all of the bread, spinach and cheese.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pour evenly over the bread mixture in the baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for eat least 8 hours.
When ready to bake, pre-heat the oven to 350 and let the strata stand at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. Bake, uncovered, until completely cooked, 45 to 55 minutes. The strata should be golden brown. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Souffle Casserole (I got the recipe here, but altered it quite a bit.)
1 loaf of french bread
2 pounds sliced ham, chopped tiny  
1 pound medium cheddar cheese
9 eggs
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon dry mustard

  1. Prepare 9 X 13 pan with softened butter. Tear slices of bread into 1 inch pieces and cover bottom of pan with bread, fitting tightly.
  2. Layer half of the ham over bread, and then layer half of the cheese over ham.
  3. Add another layer of bread slices, then ham and then cheese. Finish with a final layer of bread.
  4. In a 1 quart measuring cup, mix together eggs and milk. In a small bowl, take 1 tablespoon of egg and milk mixture and mix in mustard until smooth. Add into quart measuring cup and mix well. Pour over casserole, evenly distributing wet ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until eggs are set. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

Monday, March 24, 2014

weekend pics

I love the way this little table looks with the pinwheels and candy. 

Buddy v. Pinata 

Singing with her bestie 

Babe took Buddy for a haircut. I think it looks terrific. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

haiku friday

dukes out already?
i mean i don't know much, but
that seems kinda big.

i dont really care.
my boss yelled at me and now
i am a sad rock.

what a stupid week.
hopefully next is better.
whatever you guys. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The "spanish" version

We watched Frozen last night along with everyone else in the universe. Buddy loves this version of Let it Go the best. It's in 25 languages, but she calls it "Elsa in Spanish." Enjoy!

"Wow they are really stretching for languages here." Babe, upon seeing "Castilian Spanish" listed.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


I recently read a short story by Haruki Murakami called "Samsa in Love." It is just like that book Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, but the opposite. Remember how he wakes up as a bug? In this story, Gregor Samsa wakes up as a human. It's clear that Murakami's story is in conversation with that one and if I'd have just read Metamorphosis, instead of years ago, I would have picked up on even more allusions I'm sure.

Anyways, there is a neat quote that I liked and here it is:

“It’s strange, isn’t it?” the woman said in a pensive voice. “Everything is blowing up around us, but there are still those who care about a broken lock, and others who are dutiful enough to try to fix it. . . . But maybe that’s the way it should be. Maybe working on the little things as dutifully and honestly as we can is how we stay sane when the world is falling apart.”

Read it! Tell me what you think. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

wknd photos

A few of my favorite peeps

Ben said, hey Auntie, let's take a selfie. 

Ha! these guys made me laugh. 



Friday, March 14, 2014

Haiku Friday

i am an ostrich
sticking my head in the sand.
i ignore a lot.

i call it living
in the present. not sure if
thats what it means though.

its very comfy.
and its much easier, too.
floating right on through.  

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Happy birthday Hung!

We have a lot of people viewing this blog that maybe weren't viewing it back in 2008, so I definitely censor myself more than I used to. That being said, it's still Hung's birthday so if you know Hung, go ahead and click this ThrowbackThursday Link!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Your exercise for the day

I would like you to list five things you like about yourself.

Because it can be difficult, and I like to set a good example, I will go first:

  1. My hair
  2. My ability to converse with anyone about anything at any time
  3. My stature 
  4. My loud laugh
  5. My willingness to be a friend and have time for people, even though I'm not a big hugger. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

wknd photos - out of order

We went to this crazy old arcade on the Redondo Beach Pier. It was such a holdover from the 80s. 

Buddy and Babe playing teeball in the backyard. 

Picked up a growler on Sunday; thought this was funny. 




buddy took both of our ice creams 

this ones for gustav 

Furman West!!! 

I call this one "Eating Chips." 

Friday, March 07, 2014

haiku friday

i love how buddy
always calls "March" "Marching."
she thinks its the name.

i love how buddy
pronounces the word "Music".
She calls it "Muse-Skit."

i never want her 
to know it's March instead,
or to say music. 

Thursday, March 06, 2014


Just in case you haven't seen this, yet, you can Travoltify your name by clicking here.

In case you're wondering, mine is Chantelle Bezeel. What's yours?

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Two things

This morning, I was getting Buddy's clothes out of her drawer. I hear some noise in the closet:
"Buddy, is that you?"
"Mama, I am hiding in the closet."
"You scared me, Bud. Didnt know you were in there."
"I am just taking my stickers off."
"Okay, well that was really creepy."
"Mom. I am not creepy. Just a little girl in the closet."
And, here's a wknd pic I forgot. In case Babe wants a career change, we have one lined up!

Monday, March 03, 2014

chill weekend

Buddy took this selfie! 

For so many reasons this cracks me up. The weird lighting makes this look like the cops show. Her strange outfit is, well, strange. Anyways. Here is Buddy playing outside during the Oscars. 

Babe and I hit up a brewery or two. This one, the Strand Brewing Company, is run by the Tetris Champion. For reals! 

Me and the new baby! I don't have a name for her yet. Krispa is as close as I've gotten. 

Buddy took this pic of Auntie. 

Love this pic dude.