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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

5 o'clock happy hour: May 31, 2011

Today's top stories, bookmarked for all eternity...

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May readings: Bossypants & Chelsea, Chelsea Bang, Bang

My goal of reading 2 books a month on my 2011 To-Do List is proving to be really difficult, but I'm making it happen. It's really time consuming (and unfortunately takes some time away from reading your blogs), but I know the ultimate reward of being well read is worth it. So I'm pressing onward and making myself turn off the TV/computer/iPod and read.

This month, I fell right back into the same old trap of comedic autobiographies. I can't help it... I just really love learning about other people's lives, and I'm drawn towards more funny personalities. I read the 3rd of Chelsea Handler's book and the 1st of Tina Fey's. And although they're both ladies of comedy, they're completely different personalities with completely different stories, and completely different writing styles - both of which I loved.

So, first up, is Tina Fey's book debut "Bossypants"...

I pre-ordered this book and seriously looked in the mail everyday until its arrival. I'm an absolute Tina Fey addict. I love her and couldn't wait until I got to know her just a little bit more.

The book was full of hilarious anecdotes about everything from Tina's honeymoon, to her Saturday Night Live interviews, to her summers during high school at a local community theater. The title of the book, "Bossypants", is the result of many people's opinions of Tina as being super bossy. 

Throughout the whole book, Tina takes ownership of her shortcomings and tells them with a "just deal with it" attitude. The two back-to-back chapters "Remembrances of Being Very Very Skinny" and "Remembrances of Being a Little Bit Fat" perfectly contradict each other. 

My favorite bits of the entire book were the detailed looks into Saturday Night Live. (Side note: C & I have watched SNL every week for the past 5 years - so we're kinda fans of the show). I was reading along, having a lot of fun learning about one of my favorite TV shows... and then I got to an entire chapter dedicated to my favorite cold open of SNL ever (Sarah Palin/Hillary Clinton addressing sexism in the Presidential race) and one of my favorite "30 Rock" episodes ever (Oprah!)... I almost died of happiness. The chapter has a ridiculous title "Sarah, Oprah, and Captain Hook, or How to Succeed by Sort of Looking Like Someone". It's one of the longest chapters - but I had to read the whole thing twice because I loved it so much.

I was surprised how not-funny the book was. Of course I laughed super hard at parts - but Tina was surprisingly open & real & honest about her life. It was really endearing, and actually made the funny parts even funnier. 

My grade: A+

I will never stop talking about my love affair with Tina Fey & this book unless I stop myself. 

So {awkward transition}...


The second book I read was Chelsea Handler's "Chelsea, Chelsea Bang, Bang" - her 3rd autobiographical book after My Horizontal Life Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. (I have her next book Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me to read next month).

Maybe it was because I've read too much Chelsea in too short a time... or because I read this book after Tina's (which has way more substance)... but I didn't fall in love with this book like I had the previous two. While I laughed/cried my way through "Vodka" and read "Horizontal" in one sitting because it was so good, I had to actually force myself to move onto the next chapter. I was almost disappointed in myself for not loving it as much as I wanted to.

Mostly because I don't have much to say about the book, here's Chelsea talking about the book and herself at a book signing for the popular novel in question...

My grade: C

Recipe of the Week: Bourbon Pecan (Chocolate) Pie

I'm really loving my 2011 To-Do List... especially my goal to bake 1 thing a month. It's maybe not great for my unpublished goal of losing weight (isn't that always everyone's goal?) but it's been really fun, and I've had the opportunities to make amazing things such as Chocolate Lava Cakes and Nutella Merignes.

This month I had the privilege to be baked for. My friend Lauren came to visit us all weekend and along with her awesome company she brought a Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie that was a Paula Deen recipe to die for. And I had to share it with you, because it was absolutely amazing.

The actual recipe is just "Bourbon Pecan Pie" but Lauren added in chocolate to make it even more decadent. (And dangerously good.) She just melted chocolate and mixed it in before baking it. But it's up to you!

aka: "Douglas' Dark Rum Pecan Pie"
By Paula Deen

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 TBS butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups pecan halves
  • 2 TBS good-quality bourbon
  • 1 (9-inch) deep-dish pie shell, unbaked


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar and melted butter. Add the corn syrup, eggs, pecans and bourbon and stir until all ingredients are combined. Pour mixture into an unbaked pie shell and place on a heavy-duty cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F, and continue to bake for an additional 25 minutes, or until pie is set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Monday, May 30, 2011

If I were having a party today....

If I were actually celebrating Memorial Day with my family, instead of at the office because of last week's problem, I'd be making these right now...

Red, White & Blue Pasta Salad

Avocado Fries

Strawberry, Banana, Nutella Shortcake
Tie-Dye Cupcakes

Happy Memorial Day


Memorial Day, is the day Americans set aside
to remember America's champions of liberty
Those who sacrificed and died
that people might live free.....

A day to remember those whose deeds
done in the name of liberty
ensured that Liberty's flame would continue
to burn just as brightly for you and me.

A day to remember, as we kneel beside
the soldier's gave, or shake a soldier's hand
that there is one thing an American soldier is
always willing to do- to keeps America free.

A day to remember the soldier in the coffin, the
soldier in the grave, and the soldier beyond
the sea.....

Whose love of country out weigh his love of self
proved by his determination-in peace and war,
to keep America free.

May Americans long remember the American
Soldier and his unselfish deeds........
For the American Soldier is the defender
of our right to live the American dream.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Review: Thor

Our plans got messed up on Friday night, so C & I decided to go see "Thor" at the last minute.

We realized we made the right choice when we had to walk past the mile-long waiting line for "The Hangover 2" (whose ratings so far are not great... but I'll save my comments on that for another day). We also skipped out on the new Pirates movie, mostly because we've still never made it through the previous Pirates movie despite multiple attempts to actually finish the thing (we kept falling asleep or giving up due to boredom).

But give us a superhero movie in theaters with a surprising 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and we're in. (In 2-D though... we're not big 3-D fans yet). My initial thoughts on the movie were few but specific...

  • The "back story" took too long
  • The actual "present-day story" was too short
  • I didn't think the movie lived up to its Rotten Tomatoes rating

It's not that I didn't enjoy the movie... it's just I wasn't blown away. It wasn't good enough to warrant any big hoopla. It was just entertaining. And honestly I don't have much more to say. I was just "whelmed".

It seems, though, that I'm in the minority here. E! Online gives the movie an A- rating, and had this to say:
Straddling a very fine line between fantasy and absurdity, Kenneth Branagh's take on one of Marvel Comics' most ridiculous major players does everything it needs to. Expanding the cinematic Marvel-verse in stranger ways than the casual viewer might expect, it sets the stage for a larger storyline while still delivering a heroic tale for old-school comic readers. {read the full review here}
The Hollywood Reporter is more on my side, saying this about the film:
The Marvel universe moves into the cosmic realm with the 3D Thor, a burly slab of bombastic superhero entertainment that skitters just this side of kitschy to provide an introduction befitting the mighty god of thunder. It’s a noisy, universe-rattling spectacle full of sound and fury with a suitably epic design, solid digital effects and a healthy respect for the comic-book lore that turned a mythological Norse god into a founding member of the superhero team known as The Avengers. {read more here}
THR's bottom line is that with "Thor" and the upcoming "Captain America", Marvel execs are setting the stage for next summer's "The Avengers" and they can rest easy. "You've built it, and they will come," the article reads.

My bottom line is that movie was fun to watch. Go see it is you have time.

My grade: C
DVD worthy? Maybe. But I don't own many superhero movies, honestly.
Awards worthy? No. BUT.... it's a perfect stepping stone for Chris Hemsworth. I see (and hope for) a long career for that blue-eyed, blond-haired gorgeous hunk of a man. 

Forgive me, but this was probably my most favorite shot of the entire movie ;-)
Source: imdb.com via Ashley on Pinterest

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

Have a great weekend (A Little Story Before You Go...)

My week was seriously stressful every day... but I was handling it. Until today. When the database which I work completely out of decided to quit on me. And the IT guy who's in charge of my database was gone. And I was informed he was the only one that could fix it.

I freaked out.

And I'm talking tears at the office freaked out. I was literally shaking with frustration, fear, stress, anger, sadness, etc. A wave of emotions just took over me. Luckily, a good friend saw my Tweet of distress and walked over to my office to let me rant. And my boss (our HR rep) took control of the situation by telling me to send her an official complaint email explaining the situation, and she'd file it away for reference.

And then my knight in shining armor came back from lunch, swooped in and fixed my problem. I could seriously kiss him right now, if he wasn't a married man with a kid at home. He was calm, cool, collected and smart through the entire event. I didn't let him see me cry, but I'm sure my short, curt answers to his questions cued him in on my frustration. But it didn't matter. He fixed the problem in about 30 minutes.

And now, all my frustration is gone. I'm recovering from my brief mental episode. I hope I didn't hurt anyone's feeling or job evaluations with my little freak out. I'm happy it's over, and am looking forward to the weekend! We have friends coming up and staying with us for the whole weekend. It's going to be so much fun. ♥

There's no links of love today, because frankly I've already talked too much for a Friday afternoon. I hope you all have a great Memorial Day Weekend!! I'll unfortunately be back in the office Monday, since I basically lost a entire half day with my database issue. But it'll just be me, alone since it's technically a holiday & everyone else will be having fun. But C's working too, so I don't really mind.

Thanks for reading!

And if you missed it earlier today, my "How to Screw Up a Marriage Pt 1" was a huge hit :)

{Have a great weekend!}

How to Screw Up a Marriage, Pt 1

I've decided to start a new series called "How to Screw Up a Marriage". There's lots of "how to make marriages" work blogs & articles & books out there, but let's be honest: we learn most from when we screw up! So why not capitalize on all the wealth of knowledge by speaking about what we did wrong???

And, yes, if you were wondering... I have a story that inspired this series. As time goes on, I'll share with you when something doesn't quite work between C & me, and (hopefully) I'll be able to hear some of your stories too! (If you have a story and would like to share, email me!)

So you ready?

Last weekend C & I were super excited. We were going on a rafting trip on the Guadelupe River in the Texas Hill Country. We grew up in the area, and had both rafted and floated (on inter-toobs) on the river before... (albeit separately). My grandma owns a house on the Guadelupe, and we figured that we could take off from there, and float all the way down to Gruene, which we estimated would take anywhere from 5 to 8 hours to complete.

The first problem was easy to solve. Buy a raft. C took care of that in an afternoon. The second problem was also easy. My mom said she'd drive us up to the river house, and pick us up once we were done. So we had transportation on both water and land.

It was about the time that we started to actual pack for this little river adventure that we began to realize that maybe our plan wasn't the best in the world. I wanted snacks. I figured we'd be in the sun for an entire day, and so sustenance was a necessity. I put Oreos, Cheetos, Peanut M&Ms, cherries, and Cheez-Its all in individual baggies, then in one giant bag. My snack bag was complete. C kept telling me to stop bringing more stuff. Problem #3: I didn't listen. This problem was never resolved.

Getting up to the river & blowing up the raft was easy enough. But problem #4 was already pending - my inability to listen, aided with C's inability to get my attention created the biggest issue of the day, which I like to refer to as: Information Lost in Translation. Let me explain...

C: Just bring something to snack on.
Amy: How about 1 from everything out of my mom's pantry?

C: We need to leave by 10.
Amy: It's already 10?

C: Gently put the raft in the water.
Amy: I'm holding a raft?

C: No, you're holding the paddle wrong.
Amy: No I'm not, I'm holding it like you!
C: There's a curve in the paddle. Gently scoop the water.
Amy: Oh wow! Did you realize the paddle was curved?!?

C: If we get stuck on a rock, jump out and pick up the raft.
Amy: I have to get settled first.
C: You don't get settled in a raft.
Amy: But I don't want to be in pain!
C: Just sit and get ready to jump out.
Amy: Jump? Who's jumping?

C: Paddle!
Amy: Smile for the camera :)

C: Jump back in the boat.
Amy: It's not break time yet?

C: Paddle!
Amy: But we're not hitting anything!

I think you get it.

So, the key to screwing up a marriage is to make sure everything gets Lost in Translation. Simply misinterpret everything your partner says, and then respond in your own language, leaving the interpretation up to them. If they ask you to explain, simply ignore that request.

Another key to screwing up a marriage: go on a day-long rafting trip without actually defining your interpretation of "rafting"....

C: Rafting = fast-action, physically-intent, in & out, up & down, constantly moving, work

Amy: Rafting = taking pictures, having a picnic on water, sunbathing, sitting in your spot for the duration of the trip, paddling only if absolutely necessary

We lasted an hour.

Fill in the blank Friday....

Go on over to Laurens' blog the little things we doto play along!

1.   If I could get away somewhere for the weekend I would go  to a cabin on the beach and I would bring my husband.... because I miss spending lots of time with him!

2.  Something I often rant about is the stupidity of others. The lady that cut me off driving, the people at the grocery store, etc. It's maybe not very nice, but it's always in private! So maybe that makes it better?

This is what I use. It's amazing.
3.  One item I need to have in my fridge at all time is salsa. Though then that means I have to have chips in the pantry, and it's an endless cycle of running out of one or the other all the time.

4.  My "life-saving" product is leave-in conditioner. Regular conditioner started to weigh my hair down, and when I started experimenting with ways to wash my hair less & have it look prettier, I did away with regular conditioner, and eventually found leave-in conditioner. It makes my hair perfect, and is super easy to use... plus my shower time is now cut down by 5-10 minutes I used to spend using conditioner and I don't have to wash my hair as much. 

Or, water.

5.  A friend is someone who listens, calls you, wants to be with you, and can laugh at stupid stuff with you.

6.  If I could write my own blank it would be... "I started my blog because"... I really love hearing why people are out there writing! We all have something to say, and I think the "why" behind that is important.

7.  My favorite kind of art is anything I can personally understand. I don't have a favorite medium, but I don't enjoy just standing and staring at something that makes no sense to me! It was a great time at the Chicago Art Institute (in the modern section) when I was there last, because C, my sister Dana & I all had different opinions of what we understood, but if we all came across something that made no sense to any of us, we'd start laughing and have to move away quickly! (In hindsight it was a little rude.)

All of the art I love online I send to my "I Want to Be This Talented" Pinterest board.  

Thursday, May 26, 2011

5 o'clock happy hour: May 26, 2011

Ok... I'm exhausted. Today was crazy at work (actually, every day this week has been crazy but it's finally catching up to me), so very quickly, here are today's top stories...

Summer Movies: What to Look For

After "Pirates of the Caribbean" opened up with $90.1 million this past weekend, I know we're officially in summer movie season. A time for big blockbusters to hit us all over the head, week after week, so that come Fall, we're begging for the melodramatic dramedies.

But.... we have a long way to go until Fall, and I can't just pass up this opportunity to look at the movie offerings as a whole! So consider this your Official 2011 Summer Movie Guide (with a little help from E! Online)...

It's already opened to a few criticisms, but a pretty good rating of 78% on Rotten Tomatoes, though it's only brought in $15.5 million so far.
Despite it's really, really poor rating of 33% on Rotten Tomatoes, it's already become the highest-grossing film of the year, and will probably stay on top for quite some time.
Funny if you want it to be... I may wait for the DVD release. But, either way, I'm really enjoying Zach Galifianakis' shaved head in the promos...

This is my "What were they thinking?!?!" summer movie. There's always one, and this wins hands-down.
This is the first "Summer Blockbuster" movie that I'm legitimately excited about... and it has 1/2 to do with how amazing Ryan Reynolds looks in that skin-tight, CGI'ed suit, and 1/2 to do with the fact that this is C's favorite comic book series and I feel like I may finally get to understand a little bit of his world.
My only thoughts on this are: Suck on that, Megan Fox! (but, you know, only if it's good. Insert "Michael Bay" if it's bad)
This is the 2nd movie I'm suuuuuuuuuuper excited about seeing this summer. The end is finally here! I stole book 7 from my sister and have until July 14 to finish (re)reading it. I love Harry Potter about average with the other HP nerds, and I'm proud of it. Can't wait!!!
The 3rd Marvel comic book movie of the summer (too much??)... it could be bad or it could be good, I'm hoping the latter, but we'll just have to see.
And finally, the finale of all finales --- Harrison Ford & Daniel Craig dress up as Cowboys and fight Aliens. There is nothing better than that story line. The only way this movie will fail is if we're all too tired of "epic" movies by the end of the summer.

Other movies to look out for....
  • "Kung Fu Panda 2" - May 27 - Jack Black is back in action. 
  • "The Tree of Life" - May 27 - Classic Brad Pitt trying to find his come-back hit movie.
  • "Super 8" - June 10 - JJ Abrams messes with our heads.
  • "Cars 2" - June 24 - Pixar. Pixar. Pixar. And, oh yeah, a Toy Story knock-off digital short.
  • "Bad Teacher" - June 24 - Cameron Diaz is a sexy teacher with low morals.
  • "Larry Crowne" - July 1 - Julia Roberts & Tom Hanks in (as far as I can tell) their first ever role together. (Please correct me if I'm wrong!)
  • "Friends With Benefits" - July 22 - Mila Kunis & Justin Timberlake have sex.
  • "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" - August 12 - Katie Holmes in a horror film.

{It's going to be a good summer!}

To figure out my movie tastes, check out all my reviews!

American Idol, Pizza & Friends...

Last night was so much fun! A couple of girls from work came over. We each brought something completely necessary for any girl's night: chips/salsa, pizza & brownies. (Can you say amazing?!?) Then we did what I know many of you did last night, too: watched the American Idol Season 10 Finale!!!! It was so much fun to watch. Especially at the end when Lauren kissed Scotty like 10 times. (Can't wait to read the rumors/facts about that one!!! It would be too cute if they actual were dating!) 

What I found mostly amusing was that all 3 of us were going to watch the finale alone, and at the last minute had the great epiphany that maybe we could get together. And by the time 10 rolled around, we realized it had taken us 3 hours to watch a 2 hour show (minus commercials, since we were behind "live" time on my DVR the whole time)... it was fun.

How'd you watch the finale last night?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

5 o'clock happy hour: May 25, 2011

The day's top stories, bookmarked for all eternity...

  • Farewell Oprah! I never watched your show much... mostly because I've been in school & at work for the past 25 years... but on the rare sick day, I really enjoyed you. 

President Obama has told British politicians that, despite the rise of new global powers, the time for US and European leadership "is now".
Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina will battle it out on tonight's 'American Idol.'

Check back every day around 5 for the day's top stories ♥

Buzz: Erase the R-Word & Glee's PSA

This PSA came on during Glee last night... and it stopped me dead in my tracks. I get their point, and I support their point... but I'm not sure I like the path they're taking to get there. You don't steal to teach someone not to steal. I'm not sure saying those racial slurs is teaching us to not say the word "retard"... it's just shocking the bezejus out of us and sending me into a blogging frenzy. 

Am I alone here?

What I'm Loving Today... Party Style

I love summer for many reasons.... longer weekends, visits to the river, Watermelon, increased ice cream consumption, really bad TV shows and really over-dramatic movies... but I what I love most about summer are the parties! Weddings, Pool Parties, my birthday ♥

And I'm loving these party inspirations today:

Cupcake Fondue

To see what other people are loving today, head on over to This Kind of Love ♥

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

5 o'clock happy hour: May 24, 2011

Today's top stories, bookmarked for all eternity..


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Buzz: National Vegetarian Week

Its National Vegetarian Week... did you know that?

National Vegetarian Week (NVW), sponsored by Cauldron Foods, is the UK’s annual awareness-raising campaign promoting inspirational vegetarian food and the benefits of a meat-free lifestyle.

Although I'm not in the UK, I'm still partial to Vegetarian Cuisine (especially after crossing Vegetarian Month off my 2011 To-Do List), and I think it's a great cause to promote. If you head over to National Vegetarian Week's official webpage, you'll have access to tons of recipes, resources and activity listings. The organization is giving out tips for how businesses, school and local groups can get involved, like...

  • Run promotions on Vegetarian items at your store
  • Profile Vegetarian recipes and meals through in-store publications
  • Organize team building activities, like a Veggie Pot Luck lunch
  • Hold a "veggie taste test" and vote on your favorite vegetables
  • Watch informational YouTube videos about Vegetarianism
  • Hold a Vegetarian art competition
  • Wear NVW t-shirts to promote the week

The recipe section is amazing to look through, too. I think the Sweet Potato burger looks the best.

If you're interested in finding out more about National Vegetarian Week, stop by their website. It's full of good information.

Helping Joplin, MO

More to come? The devastated town of Joplin pictured at sunrise this morning, as forecasters warned of further severe tornadoes across the Midwest
Joplin, MO

I love my community. Bryan/College Station, TX is a medium sized "microplex" in the middle of Texas' bigger cities. It's the home of Texas A&M University, myself, and a wonderful little radio company called Bryan Broadcasting... which is independently owned (aka - not a Clear Channel station) and always really involved in the community.

At Christmas time, Bryan Broadcasting hosts the My Christmas Angels. In the Spring, they help sponsor Cookies for Kids. And now, in a time of disaster, they are hosting an emergency supply drive for the victims of the Joplin, MO, tornado.

A U-Haul has been rented, the call has been made, and now it's up to the residents of Bryan/College Station to show up and donate. So I did this morning, and I'm asking you (if you're in town) to do so this afternoon. And, if you're not from Texas, you can always help by donating to the Red Cross. (The Red Cross has had their hands full this year!! I'm sure they are still in need of support!!)

Things to bring if you're in BCS:


Toiletries all of All Kinds

Water, Baby Formula, Blankets, Diapers, Etc.

I couldn't stop thinking: "What if that was my family?" all last night, and when I woke up this morning, I had to go help. It took about 1 hour out of my day (and most of that was shopping around at Wal-Mart). I seriously drove up, opened my trunk, the boys unloaded the water, and then I was on my merry way. The actual time I was at the studios was 10 minutes. So no excuses, people!! 

It's this easy.

This is truly a terrible disaster (now dubbed the deadliest tornado in the United States ever)... and these people really need our help. Just think of what you would need if your home looked like this:

Terrifying power: A survivor is dwarfed by the splintered houses of Joplin, Missouri, which was virtually destroyed by a tornado at the weekend
Joplin, MO

When a person is down in the world, 
an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) British politician, poet and critic

Monday, May 23, 2011

5 o'clock happy hour: May 23, 2011

Today's top stories, bookamarked for all eternity...

  • The tornado that hit Joplin, MO, has killed 116 (so far), making it the deadliest tornado since 1953. Please keep the people of Joplin in your prayers this week. The devastation is horrible.
Image: Joplin devastation
Hint, hint: there's lot of celebrities.

Check back every day around 5 for the day's top stories ♥

    Buzz: Teenage Love

    Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Kiss on Live TV

    Aw... cute, right? Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber kissed on live TV last night at the Billboard Music Awards.... and teenage girls' hearts were broken everywhere. As for me: I think it's adorable.

    And just one more thing from me today on this topic: Ms. Gomez looked amazing last night.

    That's one girl who's got it all right now. Hopefully she'll keep her head on her shoulders and preferably learn how to sing. But I can even forgive that for the time being. 

    To see more fashion from last night's mostly under-the-radar Red Carpet event go here. And because I can't help myself, here's my favorite red carpet looks (besides Selena, of course)...

    Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and Nicole Kiman's braid & pockets!

    Recipe of the Week: Tomato-Zucchini Tart

    This recipe was so good I made it twice this past week, and it doesn't even need an introduction. Just make it. It's absolutely delicious, super easy, and beautiful to look at....

    Tomato-Zucchini Tart

    1 Tbs Olive Oil
    1/2 lb sliced zucchini
    Salt & Pepper
    5 oz. crumbled fresh Goat Cheese
    3/4 lb sliced Roma Tomatoes
    1 tsp coarsely torn Fresh Thyme Sprigs

    Cornmeal Dough:
    1 cup flour
    1/2 cup fine cornmeal
    1/2 tsp Salt
    6 Tbs butter, cut into pieces
    1 large egg

    Crust directions:
    Combine flour, cornmeal and salt. Add butter, and cut into mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add the egg, 1/4 c cold water and stir until dough begins to come together. Flatten into a disc, wrap in sheet of plastic and chill for at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.

    Heat oil in frying pan, add Zucchini and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Stir frequently, until Zucchini is softened (but not browned), about 5 minutes. Transfer Zucchini to paper towel-lined plate to drain.

    Preheat oven to 375*

    Roll out dough into 12-in circle, about 1/4 in thick. Fit into 9-in fluted tart pan (I've been using my spring-form cheesecake pan). Trim off any excess dough overhanging rim.

    Arrange half of Goat Cheese over bottom of crust. Arrange tomatoes and zucchini in overlapping concentric circles on top of Goat Cheese. Sprinkle lightly with salt & pepper. Top with remaining Goat Cheese and sprigs of Thyme.

    Bake until crust is golden brown and juices are bubbling, 35-40 minutes. Remove pan rim & cool for 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve warm.