Thursday, January 29, 2009

Julie's Pride and Joy

Can you believe how much Christopher has grown? Proud Mom, Julie Basurto, of Merrill Legal Solutions provided us with this recent photo.

Where does the time go?

Jalapeno Popper Spread for Your Super Bowl Parties!

(I received it an email from Albertson's - sounds yummy)

Jalapeno Popper Spread
Submitted by: Denise Ramsey
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 3 Minutes
Ready In: 13 Minutes
Servings: 32
This is an easy cream cheese spread to make, and it tastes just like the jalapeno poppers you wish you could make yourself! The hardest part of this recipe is not eating it all by yourself!

* 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
* 1 cup mayonnaise

* 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained
* 2 ounces canned diced jalapeno peppers, drained
* 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


1. Stir together cream cheese and mayonnaise in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in green chiles and jalapeno peppers. Pour mixture into a microwave safe serving dish, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
2. Microwave on High until hot, about 3 minutes.


1. If you would like to brown the cheese, bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 30 minutes.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Our Favorite Paralegal Author - Sue Ann Jaffarian

THUGS AND KISSES has been nominated for a Lefty!

The Lefty award is given for the best humorous mystery novel by the folks at the Left Coast Crime Conference.

"Thugs and Kisses," the 3rd Odelia Grey novel, was nominated for best humorous mystery novel for 2008.

The award will be presented in Hawaii at Left Coast Crime 2009.


Look for it at your favorite retailers and online.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Cool Socks to Knit from Crystal Palace Yarns/Stitches West Update

Check out this cool "Socks Kit" from Crystal Palace Yarns. For more information, go to:


STITCHES West 2009
February 26-1, 2009
Santa Clara, Santa Clara Convention Center

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Legal Secretaries' Survival Kit

This will come in handy even after I'm feeling better. . .okay, maybe I can't watch the movie while I work, but I can certainly keep an emergency supply of those "Peanut Butter Dreams."

Thanks, Michelle! You rock.

(Do all the cool attorneys originate from Chicago?)

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Lawyer In Training

This little cutie won't have any trouble getting clients ;)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

"Letters from Noto" Reviewed in this week's East Bay Express

Letters from Noto: Living in Japan 1955 to 1964
Reviewed By DeWitt Cheng

"Some scorn the belief that people everywhere are pretty similar, but the Japanese, considered suicidal fanatics in 1945, look perfectly human in these postwar photos by David L. Beckman, a Presbyterian missionary who lived in the village of Ushitsu on the NotoPeninsula from 1955 to 1964. His award-winning photographs, predominantly black-and-white, depict rural life before industrialization, and they imbue their reportage with a calm dignity. "Sailors," "Man and Ox," "Farmhouse in the Fall," "Baseball -- Anticipation" (our national pastime hath charms to democratize the savage breast, it seems), and "Farmhouse and Melting Show" are certainly authoritative, satisfying works, but more impressive are Beckman's dangerously charming "Girls under Umbrella," "Mom and Baby," "Straw Hat," and "Dog at the Breadshop," schmaltz in lesser hands, that might, surprisingly, win over some not-so-hard-boiled visual-culture connoisseurs."

Letters from Noto runs through January 22 at Alta Galleria (2980 College Ave., #4, Berkeley) or 510-414-4485.

Time & Date: Dec. 13-Jan. 22
Alta Galleria
2980 College Ave.
Berkeley CA 94705
(Suite 4)
Berkeley: Elmwood

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Espresso Yourself

My nephew and his wife gave me this wonderful new toy for Christmas. It's called a Bialetti and makes perfect espresso, capuccino, and other caffeinated delights.

I'm sure that by Valentine's Day I will have mastered the technique to making the perfect cup of original Italian espresso.

Thanks, guys!

Hand-Made by Kelly M.


On The Mend

This hand sewn "Get Well" card brought a smile to my face.

Kelly has designs for every need. Stay tuned for information on more neat offerings from Kelly M.

Happy New Year!

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