David Beckham, Class Act   1 comment

Today Adidas posted a new video on their YouTube page showing David Beckham surprising British fans at a photo booth. Well, what can I say? Even though Beckham won’t be representing his home country at the 2012 Olympics, he’s still man enough to show support for his country and be there for the fans. What a great, humble, down to earth guy. Why can’t more sports stars be like this?

 

~C

PS: Did you shed a tear for the boy at the end? Or do you just have dirt in both your eyes? :)

Posted July 24, 2012 by Elfawin in Olympics

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Michelle Jenneke Does Australia, Dance Community, Proud   1 comment

Dammit, I love track and field! Especially when there’s an Aussie competing, and even more so when there’s an Aussie winning.

When competing at any level of sport, if you’re going to do wild and crazy things, you’d better be damn sure you’re also going to take home the gold. Losers who do wild and crazy things just look wild and crazy. And sad. Winners, on the other hand, can channel their cray cray into talent-backed fame and Internet viral videos. Case in point: Australian athlete Michelle Jenneke and her 100m hurdle pre-race dance at the World Junior Olympics in Barcelona earlier this week.

As you can see, she’s a happy, smiling Australian athlete who clearly knows how to shake out those pre-race jitters. It’s a wonder with all the dancing that they actually show the race, but stay until the end. It’s worth it.
I could have posted a link to the actual race, but this version’s been plussed with music in a way words just can’t describe.

This One’s For Laura   Leave a comment

Wow, it’s been a while, sorry folks. If you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to lately, it has mostly involved encouraging my garden to grow and planning for my upcoming wedding!

Here’s something I planted earlier this year. It’s a Cherokee Purple. Isn’t he a beaut? I soon hope to post a photo of his transformation into a delicious, edible, ripe tomato. If I’m really lucky, I’ll also have the chance to show off what delectable dish he becomes…until then, we just have to let the sun and rain do their jobs.

~C

Gardening rocks!

 

 

 

Posted July 10, 2012 by Elfawin in Uncategorized

Christmas Pavlova Minis   1 comment

Hi everyone, and Merry Christmas! I haven’t blogged in a while, sorry. But I’m in the process of making Pavlova Minis and I had to share. These little bites are delicious!

Pavlova is an Australian/New Zealand dessert, named after the ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who performed so beautifully for the government at the time, they had the head chef whip up a dessert in her honor. Usually Pavlova is a cake topped with whipped cream and various fruits, but these little diddys are far more manageable.

Here’s me using my neighbor’s retro-fabulous stand mixer (I borrowed it after my crappy $10 hand mixer broke mid-whip)…note the bowl is turning. Mesmerizing.

…And here’s me using a zippy to pipe out the Pavlova Minis – once these are baked and cooled, I’ll fill them with chopped up fruit and cool whip. YUMMO!

PAVLOVA MINIS RECIPE:

Protip: Ensure all your bowls and kitchen utensils are very clean and dry. This recipe is about purity, so you don’t want the remnants of last night’s cheddar scones screwing things up.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch

pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups fine granulated sugar

3/4 cup egg whites (about 5-6 large eggs)

toppings: whipped cream, assorted fruits & berries

METHOD:

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. line baking tray with parchment paper.

3. In a small bowl stir cornstarch in with sugar.

4. In  a large mixing bowl, whip egg whites with cream of tartar, vanilla and salt. Whip on low speed for 2-3 minutes until soft peaks form and bubbles are small and uniform.

5. Increase speed to medium & gradually add in sugar/cornstarch mix spoonful by spoonful.

6. Once all ingredients are mixed together increase whisk speed to high and whip for 4-5 minutes until mix is glossy and stiff peaks form.

7. Pipe or spoon mix into rounds (see picture above – I use a large zippy as a pipe and slice off a corner so the opening is about 1 centimeter in diameter). If you spoon the mixture into dollops on the parchment paper, use the back of a spoon to create an indent in the center of each dollop for toppings.

8. Reduce oven temp to 250 degrees Fahrenheit & add trays to oven.

9. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until Minis are crisp and completely dry to the touch. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN AT ANY TIME DURING THE BAKE.

10. Remove from oven and carefully transfer to a cooling rack. Minis will break easily if you’re not careful. PROTIP: Use a wide spatula and check the underside of each Mini. If it’s squishy put it back in the oven for 5-10 minutes until it’s baked dry.

11. Minis will stay fresh in a sealed Tupperware container for up to 5 days at room temp. (don’t keep them in the fridge), so I find it easiest to bake these the day or 2 before I need them, then I just top them with whipped cream & fruit when it’s dessert time. NOM.

12. Enjoy!

I hope your Christmas is filled with as much nomtastic food as mine will be!

Cheers,

~C

Posted December 23, 2011 by Elfawin in And Now You Know, Random

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Wallabies Narrowly Defeat Boks in 2011 Rugy World Cup   2 comments

The Rugby World Cup (#RWC  on Twitter) is currently underway in New Zealand. Well, it’s almost over – the semi-finals are next week. Here in the USA, college football dominates the Saturday night sports channel lineups, so last night I forked out $29.99 to watch Australia take on South Africa in the quarter-finals. It was the most intense $29.99 I’ve ever spent, and I was up until 3:30am enjoying every cent.

A young Australian side narrowly defeated the older, defending champs from South Africa, 11-9, in a game riddled with with errors on both sides. Here’s a more in-depth review of the game from the BBC. Judging by the Bokkie fans who took to Twitter last night, you might easily get the impression the refs were biased and should be fired, but the NZ commentators I was listening to called it a fair match with good, solid refereeing. I guess it’s always agonizing to be on the losing end of such a gripping World Cup game. Although the Boks maintained more than 50% possession and territory for more than 3/4 of the game, the Wallabies scored an important try early on, and their defense, including some spectacular turnovers, kept the Boks from scoring a try of their own. Almost ever Wallabies player, especially scrum-half Will Genia, stepped up the game to make up for the team’s mistakes.

Although some superb kicking from Boks fly-half, Morne Steyn, put South Africa ahead by one point in the last quarter, it was a beautiful penalty kick from winger, James O’Connor, that sealed Australia’s victory in the end. Flanker, David Pocock, was well deserving in being named Man of the Match for his tireless tackling and tenacity on the field.

Wallabies def. Springboks 11-9 on Oct 9, 2011. Photo credit: Rugby World Cup

I don’t get to watch a lot of Rugby Union here in the States, but when I do, I’m reminded why I love this sport so much. It’s gruelling, fast-paced, incredibly tough, and the shirts the players wear are nice and tight. Seriously ladies, check out a game on the TV or your local YouTube channel, post haste.

So what’s next? The semi-finals – Australia vs. New Zealand and France vs. Wales. it’s going to be another epic round of matches, and I for one am hoping the Wallabies will prevail again!

~C

I’m Published, Yo   Leave a comment

Two weeks ago I started a new graduate assistantship at UT – I’m now the “Environmental Communications Coordinator” for UT’s communications and marketing department. Fancy title, huh! It’s been a lot of fun so far – meeting new people and talking about recycling and sustainability efforts on campus (of which there are many). With this job, my goal is to make UT’s students, faculty and staff more aware of and more involved in UT’s sustainability and recycling ventures.

Anyway, today my first article was published in Tennessee Today, and I want to share! Tennessee Today is the Communication & Marketing official online newspaper for all things UT.

Here’s the direct article link: http://www.utk.edu/tntoday/2011/09/16/smart-trips-commitment-award/

And here’s the main link to Tennessee Today: http://www.utk.edu/tntoday/

I’m celebrating with a second cup of coffee and maybe some fresh hot homemade bread. What will you be doing to celebrate this momentous occasion?

~C

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