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Which Domestic Goddess Are You?

December 27, 2009

I found this fun quiz on iVillage.com. There are 11 questions used to determine which Domestic Goddess you are. I thought it was pretty accurate. Turns out I am equal parts Hestia and Penelope:

Hestia
The goddess of the hearth, Hestia is the ultimate Earth mother — kind, open, and nurturing. If you are ruled by Hestia, your home is your castle, and cooking your greatest talent and pleasure. You love being surrounded by people and, more importantly, taking care of them; your favorite place is the kitchen, redolent with the smells of food baking or a stew simmering. Comfort is all-important — your home is warm and cozy with furniture you can sink into — and you favor clothes with an easy-to-wear, easy-to-take-care-of style. To bring out your inner goddess, decorate with small homey touches — crochet an afghan or needlepoint a pillow, make a pretty wreath for the doorway, or begin a collection of whimsical china animals — and stick with a warm color palette, lots of earth tones, russets and oranges. Easygoing Hestia would rather spend her time starting seeds from scratch than polishing furniture, and every room in her house has a nice, relaxed feel to it. Sometimes, though, you forget that the world is worth exploring, and you need to call on Artemis to awaken your sense of adventure. Make sure, too, that you don’t ignore romance in your life (you need it, after all); call on Aphrodite to open yourself up to passion and pleasure.

Penelope
The “weaver” and the most creative of the goddesses, Penelope inspires us to express our personalities and tastes by making things and trying new crafts. She is the part of us that loves working with a glue gun, buying a piece of fabric, stenciling borders on walls and refinishing furniture. If you are ruled by Penelope, you are skilled with your hands and get great satisfaction making things for yourself and others. You are open and free with your gifts and have a large circle of friends and acquaintances. To express this inner goddess, decorate with soft, restful colors — blues reminiscent of the skies and oceans, with a touch of green — and focus on the handmade or rescued piece — the homemade pillow, the updated flea market find. Penelope is unafraid to express her own tastes; don’t be afraid to experiment with new ideas, new materials, new color combinations. To bring this goddess into your life, teach yourself a new skill or embark on a new project, such as making picture frames or starting a scrapbook. Be patient with yourself — there’s no particular rush to finish your project on a tight schedule. Sometimes, Penelope has us ignore our need for quiet; call on Kuan Yin to remind you of the simple pleasure of sitting alone, doing nothing. You may also become housebound if you’re not careful — working on something new — so invite the spirit of Hera in and explore the outside world a bit. Your special talents will be well appreciated.

Take the quiz here and tell us which Domestic Goddess you are.

Personalized Message From Santa

December 26, 2009

One of the coolest things I did for my son for Christmas this year was make him a personalized message from Santa. It is the cutest idea, especially if you have young children who are as excited about Santa as my four-year-old. You just answer a few easy questions and can upload a photo of your child to make it super personalized.

I hope they do this again next year so you can have a chance to make a message from Santa if you missed it this year.  They even have options to make personalized messages for adults who have either been naughty or nice. I’d definitely do this again – and for more people – next year!

Check out a finished message by clicking on the image below! Know of any other neat holiday promotions or gimmicks online? Do tell.

Adam's personalized message from Santa

My First Brisket

December 25, 2009

20 Clove Brisket

I decided to stray from my normal turkey for our Christmas Eve dinner this year and make brisket. Usually I’m not a fan of red meat, but I watched Sunny Anderson make her 20 Clove Brisket earlier this week on the Food Network and was inspired. It seemed so easy and looked so good.

To ensure my memory didn’t let me down, I went to the Food Network website to print the recipe and discovered it was fairly different from how she did it on TV (My memory isn’t that bad). On TV, she definitely used more Worcestershire sauce in the marinade and said to marinade it for 6-8 hours. However, in the online version it said only 2 hours for the marinade. I decided to go with the TV instructions and marinade for 6 hours, but did everything else as the online version of the recipe called for. The result was a descent brisket.  

Next time I think I’ll cook it at a lower temperature for about the same time because it was a little chewey…

Got any good brisket recipes to share? I’d really like to make one that falls apart when you pull it with a fork.

Welcome to Wanna Be Domestic Goddess

December 25, 2009

As my Christmas present to myself I am starting this blog. I have had this idea for a while now and there’s no time like the present, right?

I am a mom, a wife, a full-time Marketing/PR professional and a wanna be domestic goddess. Probably like you, I am full of great ideas with no time to do them all. Instead, to get my quick fix of the gourmet meals, remodeling and design projects, and cute crafts I’d like to do I read TONS of magazines so I can live vicariously through others. Along the way, I get numerous tips and tricks that come in handy every day, from how to loosen caked on food from a pot or pan with a dryer sheet (Real Simple), to putting lentils in my brownies so I can pretend they are healthy (First).

That’s what this blog is about. I write about all of the cool things I learn that help me best take advantage of my occasional domestic moments in the hopes that someone out there will be inspired and collectively we can all be the domestic goddess we want to be.  Thanks for stopping by. Please visit again when you have a spare minute.