Author: courtzemke

My Ode to Jackie-O

In honor of the JFK 50 year remembrance, I give you an “Ode to Jackie-O”.  I favor a lot of the classy staples she embodied:  big sunglasses, pearls, and gloves.   In my opinion, there has never been a more elegant first lady.   Jackie exudes class, grace, and is elevated to a heroine status in the eyes of many for how she dealt with great tragedy with such poise. Jackie was a real lady; she possessed a flavor of elegance that I feel is slipping away in today’s society. And for my own feminist touch on things, as always: “What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren’t supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown – watch the raindrops coming down the window pane?” -Jackie Kennedy Onassis

Mmm Mmm Pasta

I had the laziest of lazy weekends. I’m not complaining because sometimes you need them-Yes, need. I spent an additional day in East Lansing with my favorite man, watching the Steelers beat the Lions (woo), because of the horrible storms that passed through more than half the country. Once again, not complaining.  I told myself I’d wake up, drive home and work out. Instead, I woke up, drove home and made the largest batch of pasta ever.  Same thing right?    The pasta was whole wheat egg noodles and the sauce, tomato parmesan- aka vegetarian deliciousness.    In a large skillet heat butter, onion, olive oil and minced garlic.  Once the onions start to brown, add two cans of Hunts tomato sauce.   Heat on low for 20-30 minutes until the sauce thickens. Add salt, pepper, or sugar for taste. I didn’t add sugar this time but sometimes the sauce tastes too acidic and I do.    Add a 1/2 cup milk and 1/4 cup of Parmesan. Stir and heat on low for five additional minutes.    …

Take A Stand (On Anything)

A friend of mine recently shared a communication problem she’s been experiencing with the guy she’s dating. Like myself, she’s a talker. She enjoys discussing opinions, views and arguments. For example, she has very straightforward political views.  When she brings up politics to her boyfriend, he changes the subject or replies with something like, “I don’t take sides”. These type of people drive me crazy. Clearly, I’m not the only one bothered by them. Type:  The shrugger Description:  People who shrug instead of speak their mind. Shrugging is not an answer. Do you want to go out for drinks or not? Did you think that movie was good or not? How short do you really want the hairdresser to cut your hair? Whipped cream or not?  I understand politics can be a little touchy. Regardless, I think it’s important to know your partner’s view; whether that be politics, sports teams or future goals. More importantly you should have an opinion about these things. You have a right to that opinion.  A major issue here is engagement. There are many …

Because It’s Friday & I’m Making Cinnamon Scones

Fridays are my favorite. I’m just now appreciating the “TGIF” expression. Most Fridays I am able to indulge in a few extra hours of sleep, enjoy a long relaxing breakfast and some fresh air with my dog. Friday mornings are exceptionally perfect because the rest of the world is still working and counting down the hours until the weekend, while mine has already begun. This morning I decided I would bake some scones. Why not? It’s Friday.    If you haven’t tried Starbucks Cinnamon scones, well you no longer have to.  Actually, go try one. And then make this recipe and grow two inches taller because these are just as good, if not better.    It’s quite possible you’re reading this and you have no idea what a scone is-and I feel bad for you.    I found this recipe on a blog called ButterCreamFanatic.com after searching for Starbucks own secret scone recipe. I didn’t have greek yogurt or cream of tarter, so I improvised and changed it up a bit. Honestly, I didn’t even know …

Back on My Scandal Soapbox

Last night, ABC’s Scandal put me through every emotion humanly possible. I found myself laughing at Olivia and Fitz’s bathroom conversation. Minutes later, I was crying watching Olivia search for answers to her mother’s death. The most powerful moment that actually had the hairs on my arms sticking up, was when Congresswoman Josie Marcus, (Lisa Kudrow) was interviewed by journalist James Novak (Dan Bucatinsky). When asked about the charges that she doesn’t have enough experience to be president, Josie responded: “There’s something my grandmother used to do whenever I’d start dating someone. I would tell her his name and she would say, ‘Oh, what part of town does he live in?’ That was her way of asking if my boyfriend was white. Oh yeah, my grandmother was an out and out racist, so I know what prejudice looks like. It’s not about experience, James, it’s about gender. Reston’s saying I don’t have the balls to be president and he means that literally. It’s offensive. It’s offensive to me and to all the women and to all …