Archive for May, 2010

Cucumber Pasta Salad ~ My favorite summer recipe

For Memorial Day weekend I made my favorite summer recipe.  It is fabulous and has three foods I love ~ cucumbers, onions, and pasta! I made some to take to the Lake this weekend & it was all gone the same day! Check out this picture I took of it – YUMMY.  Every time I make it I get asked for the recipe so I thought I would share:


16 ounces uncooked rotini or penne pasta

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

3 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1-1/2 cups sugar (I use less than the recipe calls – 1 cup)

1 cup water

3/4 cup vinegar

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt


Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Place pasta in a large bowl; stir in the oil, cucumbers, and onion.

Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours (I chill mine overnight). Stir before serving. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 8-10 servings.


Did you watch the Idol finale?

I have to say that given the lackluster season on American Idol, I was not planning on watching tonight’s finale.  Crystal or Lee– I don’t really care who was crowned the winner. But since I *heart* Simon Cowell, I decided to watch his last show ever.  Amazingly I actually liked the finale and was impressed with the amount of musical talent on tonight’s show including past Idol winners.  One of the best things was Bret Michaels’ performance!!  It was good to see him back on the stage after his recent health problems.  If you missed his duet with Casey James, you can watch it here.  Yes Ashley this is for you since I know you are Bret’s #1 fan! 🙂 

Robert Pattinson’s new short hair cut – Love it or Hate it?

This week Robert Pattinson showed off his three-day old new short haircut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In the interview, Pattinson joked to Ellen that he had “nits” and that is why he had to shave it.  The reason he shaved it was for an upcoming movie, “Water for Elephants,” which also stars Reese Witherspoon. Pattinson said the movie begins filming in Los Angeles this week. 

Do you love it or do you like the shaggy mane he is known for like as Edward in The Twilight Saga?  I pretty much think he would be cute with any hair but if I had to choose I would say I prefer the more shaggy look he has made famous.  What do you think?

Brothers and Sisters’ Tearful Season Finale

I normally don’t cry while watching television. A movie, maybe, but not  TV.  But during the season finale of Brothers & Sisters on Sunday, I cried some major buckets when Sen. Robert McCallister died with his eyes open in the dramatic car crash.  It was SO sad.  Rob Lowe gave a definite Emmy-worthy performance in that episode.  From the events of the show, it makes me wonder if Robert’s death was a murder and whether or not that truck was supposed to collide into his car.  I can’t wait to see how the show will handle his exit next season.  I wonder if they will open with the accident again or his funeral.  This was supposed to be Rob Lowe’s last episode so I am guessing they open with some post accident aftermath.

If you watched, what did you think of the finale.  RIP Sen. McCallister.  😦

Blogging–What’s that?

If I still have any blog readers, thank you.  The neglect is not intentional. I am a college instructor and have been in the middle of giving final exams, grading final papers, and all the paperwork that comes with the end of the semester.  Blogging to resume asap.  I wanted you to know I was still alive; just covered under a mountain of paperwork.  I don’t mind because I love my job.  Thanks for reading my blog!


Be back soon,

Non-surprising low ratings for American Idol

I was not surprised when I heard about the low ratings of this season’s American Idol.  They have not been this low since the show’s debut season in 2002.  I could have told you that without even seeing the numbers.  This whole season has just been blah to me.  If it’s this bad with Simon, what will it be next year without him?  I think Fox needs to call it and cancel this show.  I am sure American Idol still rakes in millions in advertising dollars which will keep it on the air.  It’s hard to watch such a television icon suffer a slow death.  Must-see TV- no more for me.

Are you still watching Idol?

This song won’t “giddy on out” of my head

The Little Write Gal’s new favorite song is “Giddy on Up” by Laura Bell Bundy. I have to say the tune is quite addictive. We can’t stop singing it. If you haven’t heard it yet, check out the official music video here.


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