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We had such a quick weekend that I'm not sure we even had one.  Basketball games, shopping, this & that, plus we did a little rearranging of our living room.  Actually, my husband and son did the rearranging while I just acted as supervisor looked on.  Our living room is laid out very uncoordinated-like.  It's hard to do anything with the room that we have.  However, while stopping by my mother-in-law's house over the weekend, my husband helped them to adjust their flat screen over their fireplace.  And it looked so good up there!  We've been contemplating doing the same thing with our TV, but I've been putting it off.  That's exactly what we did yesterday evening though and the living room has never looked better with the exception of these ginormous speakers that my husband REFUSES to get rid of and the spiderweb of cords/wires that are in desperate need of some zip ties.  Getting rid of the huge TV armoir made the most difference in the room, but now I don't know what to do with it!  It weighs a ton so moving it is a real pain since I can't help right now.

Anyhoo... moving on.  You may have noticed that I've added a new tab, Recipes.  This page gives links to recipe posts.  I've also added links to those posts with printable recipes using the awesome Google Docs.  Visiting the Project 365 tab will give you a view of thumbnails linking you to my Tumblr.  I've incorporated Disqus comments there so from now on I'll just be posting photo updates there.  Don't worry I'll let you know when I've posted new ones.  By the way, I've posted new ones!  Check 'em out!

16th week bump
I purchased my very first pair of maternity pants this weekend.  Not just my first pair for this pregnancy, but my first pair EVER.  I never bought any with either of my other children.  I had no idea what I was missing! Those jeans are so very comfortable.  Not the pants I'm wearing in this photo, but you see why I had to buy new ones?  Getting by with the elastic hair tie just wasn't working anymore.  I also found the cutest kimono dress in the juniors department that isn't "maternity", but will work great now, when I get bigger, and after the baby is born.

So what did you get accomplished this weekend?

Buffalo Chicken Bites

via Pennies on a Platter
Image source

Printable version

  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken (About 1 store-bought rotisserie chicken, skin discarded)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup hot sauce (or more to your taste)
  • 3 1/2 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sharp or medium shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 – 4 cups Corn Flakes cereal, crushed


Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix the chicken, cream cheese and hot sauce until combined. Stir in the cheddar cheese and green onions.

Using a small cookie or ice cream scoop, spoon out the chicken mixture and roll into about 1 1/2 inch balls. Place on a plate or separate baking sheet (not lined) until ready to dip.

In three separate bowls, set out the flour, eggs and Corn Flakes. Dip each chicken ball first into the flour, then the egg and ending with the Corn Flakes. Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm with ranch or blue cheese dressing.

Anonymous Comments

I don't have comment moderation turned on for all my posts.  Just the posts older than a day.  I have it turned on for those so if someone does happen to comment on a post I made a couple of days ago, I get a handy dandy email letting me know that they have so I can email them back and tell them how much I love, love, love their comment.  I have been getting lots of "Anonymous" comments lately.

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For now I'm going to turn on comment moderation for all posts.  It seems most of the comments are for older posts, but it's better to be safe.  Anybody else have any funny anonymous comments?

Snow, snow... go away!

I'm so very, very tired of snow.  It has snowed here, yet again.  We've received about 4.5 inches of the crap.  My children are NEVER going to get out of school for Summer break.  I think this makes snow day number 10 or 11.  I've honestly not been keeping lost count.  With us being all tucked away on or in our own respectable covers, afghans, and throws on the couches, I haven't really had much to blog about.  Except that I HATE THE SNOW.  It's cold.  It's wet.  It's miserable.  So... I'll leave you with photos from days 25 and 26.

Day 25

Day 25 - Who ordered extra fog with their coffee this morning?

Day 26

Day 26 - Snow day movie marathon! Actually this turned into a Pirates of the Caribbean movie marathon, but I didn't feel like taking another photo.

Days Twenty Three & Twenty Four - Project 365

It's no surprise that I've already missed a day while doing this whole Project 365.  I completely forgot to take a photo on the 22nd.  It was a Saturday and I don't really remember what we were doing that day, but my best guess would be that I lounged around in my pajamas all day.

Day 24

Day 24 - Kaia doing her homework and crying. Crying because she couldn't go with me when I left. I told her that I wouldn't put this on the internet. It's bad that she felt the need to ask me to NOT put it on the internet isn't it?

Day 23

Day 23 - My first written announcement for the Little League. I volunteered myself for "Information Officer" on the Little League Board. I'm already asking myself, "What was I thinking??"

Oh Holy Hell... I gots me an award!

Would you believe that I gots me an award?!  How awesome is Cam for gifting me with some virtual love?  I think she's all kinds of awesome.

So this here award comes with a few rules that you have to go by... except they are more like guidelines.

1.) Thank and link the person who awarded you.
2.) Share 7 things about yourself.
3.) Pass it on to 15 other bloggers.
4.) Let them know.

7 Things About Me:
  1. I'm pregnant.
  2. I love football and the Green Bay Packers.
  3. I still drink a cup of cappuccino every morning even though I'm pregnant and EVERYONE tells me that caffeine is the devil.
  4. I use a Neti-Pot at the first sign of nasal congestion.  I love that thing.
  5. I can't swim.  
  6. I like pickles.  Not a pregnancy thing either.  Kosher dills, pickled okra, pickled veggies... love 'em.
  7. No matter how hard I try, I can't stop biting my fingernails.
Passing it on!
  1. Alicia @ A Beautiful Mess
  2. Gigi @ Kludgy Mom
  3. Misty @ Handbags and Handguns
  4. Cori @ Cori's Big Mouth
  5. Julia @ Hooked on Houses
  6. Miss Steele @ Wishful Thinking (She's new to blogging so drop by and show your support!)
  7. Shell @ Things I Can't Say
  8. Natalie @ Mommy of a Monster (& Twins!)
  9. Liz @ A Belle, A Bean, and a Chicago Dog
  10. The Ladies of Eighteen25
  11. Brittany @ Mommy Words
  12. Daisy @ The Crunchy Wife
  13. Andrea @ Crazy with a Side of Awesome Sauce
  14. McKenzie @ New Adventures of Me
  15. Brooke @ Cheeky Kitchen (I love her recipes!!)

Sunday's Recipe Share

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
Almonds are already good for you so what could make them any better?  Adding some vanilla and sugar of course!  I found this recipe via efccooking on Tumblr who found it on For the Love of Cooking who was inspired to make them after eating something similar with Wives with Knives.  To continue the chain I had to share it with all of you!  I can not wait to give these a try.  They look so yummy and simple to make!

A printer friendly version can be found here.

Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
1 lb of unsalted almonds
1 egg white
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat.


Place the egg white and vanilla into a bowl then beat with a whisk until nice and foamy. Add the almonds to the foam and toss to coat evenly. Add the cinnamon, brown sugar, white sugar, and salt together in another bowl and mix until well combined. Pour the sugar mixture onto the almonds and gently toss to coat evenly. Pour onto the baking sheet and place into the oven. Roast for 20 minutes then flip the almonds over with a spatula then continue roasting for another 20 minutes. Let them cool before eating.

Days Nineteen thru Twenty One - Project 365

Day 21

Day 21 - A blanket of snow.

Day 20

Day 20 - Let it snow, let it snow, let it please be Summer already!

Day 19

Day 19 - Kaia's version of a Play-Doh Mickey Mouse.

My Regional Dialect Meme Video!

I came across an interesting (and mostly fun) blog post yesterday at Little Chief Honeybee.  There is a regional dialect meme circulating around Tumblr and the web.  You just record yourself saying a few selected words and give your answers to a few questions.  A quick search on Tumblr or YouTube will give you tons of videos to watch and it's interesting to see how the dialects sound from around the world.

It's easy to participate. Here are the words and questions.

Say these words:
Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

Now answer these questions:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

Day Eighteen - Project 365

Day 18

Day 18 - Rainy day trip to the doctor’s office.

And speaking of doctor's office... No ultrasound at this visit. The promise of an ultrasound was given though at the next appointment. Hopefully he/she won't have their little legs crossed!

Day Sixteen & Seventeen - Project 365

Day 16

Day 16 - Strawberry and blueberry muffins to snack on!

Day 17

Day 17 - Chris and Neil went to the grocery store and Neil bought me a giant pickle.

Tuesday Tunes

This song is in one of my favorite movies, "The Skeleton Key".  I'm not sure why, but it's been circulated around my house for the past week or so.  Both the kids have been singing it and now it's stuck in my head too!



P.S. As this is posting... I'm sitting at the doctor's office! Everyone cross their fingers that we'll be getting an ultrasound today!

UPDATE:  No ultrasound today... boo.

mwaaa ha ha ha ha....

Remember last week when I shared the uber awesome hair my son is now sporting?  If you missed it, click on over to take a gander at that mess.

I mentioned to him that he was going to be getting a hair cut soon and low & behold I find this little snippet on his Facebook page.  (And before you freak out that he has a Facebook page, I MONITOR what he's doing, where he's going, who he is friending, and how long he is spending on the site.)

Chris did have long hair.  That he kept pulled back nearly all the time.  I'm still not quite sure why he even let that mess grow out so long.  You see while my son was graced with my nice straight hair, my husband is probably the whitest man on the planet with an afro.  I, very unfortunately, have no photos of his crazy big hair and the only photo I could find that even came close to showcasing the pulled back ponytail was this one.

Picture taken by Studio III a gazillion years ago.

My question is this...  should I let him do what he wants with his hair?  I mean really... it's just hair, right?  Or do you think I should make him wear it the way I see fit.  What do you think?

Day Fifteen - Project 365

Day 15
Jan. 15th, 2011 @ 7:28PM
Kaia said, "Look, this looks like Buddha meditating." She makes me so proud.

Sunday's Recipe Share

Russian Tea Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
3/4 cups of chopped walnuts

Begin by adding the butter, vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar to a mixing bowl. Mix well until it is nice an creamy. To another bowl, combine the salt and flour, and gradually add this to the butter mixture. When everything is combined, fold in the walnuts. Roll these into about 1-2 inch balls, depending on your preference, and place on an ungreased baking sheet, in a preheated 350 degree oven, for approximately 10 minutes. They should be firm, but not golden brown. Carefully remove them from the pan, let them cool down for a few minutes, then with the remaining cup of powdered sugar, roll the balls to coat.

via The Comfort is Always Here

Recipe found at Simple Recipes.

Day Thirteen & Fourteen - Project 365

Day 13

Little birdie footprints in the snow.

Day 14

Watering my thirsty plants.

Free 2011 Calendar Download

Still haven't gotten yourself a 2011 calendar?  I have found two of the most adorable (and totally free!!) calendars that you can download.


Owl Lover 2011 Calendar


You can customize or just download the prepared calendar at My Owl Barn.

The Blog Guidebook also has a downloadable calendar that you can find here.  They have a mini version that is awesome for desks or small spaces that you can find right here.

Sharing is so awesome.

Day Twelve - Project 365

Day 12

Soaking in a nice hot bath on a day when the high is only 24F.

Day Ten & Eleven - Project 365

Firstly let me bid a fond farewell to the follower who has escaped decided to not be one of my minions.  I will miss you.

Next up... Photos!

Day 10

My son's awesomely cool morning hair.  He hates getting his hair cut, but sometimes I want to sneak in his room late at night and shave him bald.  But I would never do that... or would I?  *insert evil laughter here*

Day 11

On Tuesday, the kids enjoyed their 5th snow day this year. Lucky for me because my wonderful husband had apparently tried to blow up the freezer with this can of Cherry Coke. I would never have looked in the freezer had the kids gone to school.

Tuesday Tunes



I live on the Green River, just 35 miles from Paradise.

Days Eight & Nine - Project 365

Day 8


Just a lazy Saturday afternoon watching "Labyrinth".


Day 9


Driving down the highway, steam from the coal-fired Paradise fossil plant.

Make sure you come back tomorrow for Tuesday Tunes to hear John Prine sing about the devastation due to this TVA plant.  You WILL NOT want to miss it.

Sunday's Recipe Share

Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen 3-inch cookies. Recipe from Bake at 350.

INGREDIENTS:
3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, cold
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 batch royal icing

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the flour and baking powder, set aside. Cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and extracts and mix. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom.

The dough will be crumbly, so knead it together with your hands as you scoop it out of the bowl for rolling.

On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4" thick sheet, and cut into desired shapes. Place shapes on parchment or silpat lined baking sheets. Place entire baking sheet in the freezer for 5 minutes (this step is important in helping the cookies keep their shapes nice and clean). Remove and bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until edges are just barely starting to turn golden. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely prior to decorating.

I found the recipe found here: Love and Olive Oil » Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookies

Saturday! Oooh! Oooooh!




I hate that it's all censored and shit, but hey... it's Saturday.... Ooooh! oooh!

Day Seven - Project 365

Day 7

Snow day number 4,815,162,342... Not that many really, but great googly moogly, the grass is barely covered with snow and the road is fairly clear. Mind you, it's untreated. Really I'm just pissed because I got up at 5:45am for NOTHING.

Edited to add: I took this photo at 7:30am. In the 4 and a half hours since there is NO SNOW on the ground anymore. By 6am, the school board had made the decision to close schools. Talk about being an over-achiever. What a waste of a educational day!

Second Trimester!!

Week 13


I am: 13 weeks, 1 day

Weight:  Original weight 128, last visit to doctor = 126

Belly button status: In

Cravings/Aversions:  Nothing new.  Haven't really had too many aversions.

Miscellanea:  Starting to show a belly that is more baby and less left over pudge.  =)

Baby's size:  About 3 inches.

Development:  Baby is now the size of a peach!  The baby is now developing tiny little baby ribs... how cute!

 BabyFruit Ticker

Day Six - Project 365

There I was standing at my back door in my pj's, wrapped up in a throw cover from the living room, waving bye as my kids got on the bus this morning.  As I came back inside, I could have sworn I was hearing my cell phone ring.... at 7 o'clock in the morning.  I thought that it must have been a wrong number, but it wasn't.  It was the school library calling to ask for my superb volunteering skillz.  That's skills with a Z 'cause I'm so awesome.  I immediately thought what a great opportunity I was going to have to take some photos for the Project 365.


Day 6

The librarian has these cute little monsters to award to the 1st grade class who earns the most AR points each month. The classroom that wins gets to take care of them for the month.

Day 6 Deux

Just some library decor...

I spent my day gluing it up in the library making visors for kids from construction paper. I made 97 visors! See? I told you I was awesome.

Day Five - Project 365


Day 5


My new reusable coffee mug! $5 at Wal-Mart, dishwasher and microwave safe, and BPA free.

Mid-week Grievances

I've just been thinking about this lately and I wanted to get it out.  Recently, I'm sure you heard that Facebook has deleted a "fan" page of the popular blog, The Leaky Boob.  You can read about it here and here.  Also you can find the ridiculous email from Facebook here.  The email gives no specific reason for the deletion, but it's no secret that Facebook is a fan of boobs... as long as they aren't feeding children.  Just Google Facebook and breastfeeding and I'm sure there are a plethora of articles on their penchant for deleting breastfeeding photos and labeling them obscene.

I breastfed my son.  I intended to breastfeed my daughter (didn't work out).  I'm going to breastfeed my new baby.  I support breastfeeding as much as the next person.  I think it's what's best for infants.  It's a natural process.  I'm also going to tell you that I really DON'T want to see photos upon photos of anyone with a boob popped in a kids mouth.  You, my dear Readers, will never see a photo of my boobs feeding my baby.

I do not think that women should have to hide while feeding their babies.  You're not going to find me hiding in a bathroom while feeding my baby.  However, you aren't going to see me whippin' out my boob in public either.  So there I said it.  I don't want to see lots of mommy boobies feeding little baby mouths.

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Back in December, Leon Walker was all over the news.  Who is Leon Walker, you ask?  He's the husband who is being charged with a felony for "hacking" into his wife's email account and finding out she was having an affair.  Seriously?  A felony?  For reading his wife's email?

Yet dear ol' Julian Assange of WikiLeaks fame (or infamy) can hack (or have others hack) into the world's government's emails and broadcast those emails across the World Wide Web for all to see.  Yet he isn't being charged with ANYTHING.  Does this make any sense at all?  Hell no, it doesn't.

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Brett Favre.  Good grief.  C'mon man!  It's no secret to my friends and family that Favre has been my favorite NFL player for years.  Maybe I feel like I should defend him a bit, but seriously?  If I were being sexually harassed by someone I wouldn't be waiting TWO YEARS (and mere moments before the statute of limitations runs out) to say "oh woe is me... a super famous football player sent me sexual text messages and I felt violated".    Can we say "looking for our 15 minutes"?  Yeah, I thought so.

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My husband and 29 of his fellow co-workers went in together and purchased several chances at the Mega Millions lottery.  They didn't win.  This pisses me off.  I had plans for that money.  But then again... the numbers were eerily similar to Hurley's and that is scary.  However, 9,000+ people did play those numbers and each won $150.  Hey 9,000+ people... DON'T use that money to buy a plane ticket, mmmm 'kay?

Day Four - Project 365

Day 4


As much as I'd love to have an e-reader, there is nothing better than your local public library.

Tuesday Tunes

Day Three

Day 3

Day three means that it's back to "real life".  Both Chris and the kids have gone back to school/work and I've gone back to my jobs as well.  Today that meant... boo... laundry.

Reality

We (our family) are in desperate need of new family photos.  I made a gross error on Saturday.  I had gone outside with a rather large hoodie on, saw the sun shining down on me, and said, "It's not that chilly out here."  Then I went inside, changed clothes, grabbed the husband and said come take a few photos of me so I can update my blog.  I was very, very mistaken.  By the time I'd changed clothes, the sun was stealthily hiding behind some seriously thick clouds and the clothes I'd chosen weren't nearly as cozy as the ones I'd previously been wearing.


The reality of getting or taking photos is that half of them turn out like these.  Eyes closed, not looking, funny look on your face, etc.  Not to mention, that I was freakin' C-O-L-D!

Then your husband laughs at you for shivering because he says you have "no blood" and you do this...

And he snaps a damn picture of it.  Asshole...

Day 2

Day 2
My new journal!

It's a new year so I had to get a new journal.  This one was definitely NOT my first choice, but I honestly didn't feel like driving 35 miles just to go to Barnes & Noble to get the one that I really wanted.  

A Year of Me!

What's this?  Two posts in one day?  You're damn right!

I'm loosely making a few resolutions for the upcoming year.  One is that I have to stick to a low cholesterol diet that I'm supposed to be on.  I hate to call it a "diet" though.  That would imply that I was trying to lose weight.  Which I'm not.  At all.  'Cause you know, having a baby and all!  But I haven't had my levels checked in a while and I HAVE NOT been following the diet for longer than I'd care to mention.  So I guess I'm resolving to eat better.  Probably like at least half of everyone else walking the Earth...

Another goal... blog.  Blog like I mean it.  I've seen others (people, blogs, etc.) that have done photos of themselves or their environments every day of the year.  Most recently I've enjoyed seeing Alicia's Project 365.  This goal will also help me to be motivated to get out and use My Precious, which is another goal.  I mean, if I've spent that much money for a camera I should get off my ass and use it, right?

Welcome to my Project 365!


Day 1
That's me in them thar pink monster slippers.

Welcome to 2011!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year's celebration!

As you may have noticed, I've made some awesome changes around the blogstead.  That's my new word for the blog... it's like a homestead, but with a blog instead.  You get the point... anyhoo...

I've been debating.  To Wordpress or not to Wordpress.  To have my own domain or not to have my own domain.  The Thesis theme seems to be the way to go if you are opting in with Wordpress.org.  And I suppose for $87, it's a pretty good deal, but it's a lot of money for someone like myself who doesn't really know too much about that kind of stuff.

One of the biggest issues I've run into is finding that perfect domain name.  Nearly all that I've considered are taken.  Or were previously taken and no longer in use so therefore I'm not allowed to use it either.   So I've decided to just stay were I am.  I really do love it here.  Not to mention that it's FREE here!  If I DO decide to go with my own domain I can do it right through Blogger and they will automatically redirect everyone... for $10 whole dollars a year.  Seriously.

Here's what I did.  I decided to go with the basic "Simple" layout through Blogger's new Template Designer.


Next I chose a layout.  The good thing about the designer is that you have tons of choices when it comes to what type of layout you want.

3-column, single footer
Column and blog widths...

Total width: 1000px, left sidebar 230px, right sidebar 210px.
Backgrounds colors...

Outer: transparent, Main: #ffffff, Header: transparent.
Link colors...

Link color: #63ab62, Visited: #63ab62, Hover: #00a392
Now that's all the simple stuff.  Easy peasy chicken greasy that was.  However, if you use Blogger you've probably noticed that when using the Pages widget you have no choice but to have your pages aligned on the left side of the page.  Until now!  Did you notice that my pages were centered?  You can do that too by just entering in a simple snippet of code into the "Add CSS" option of the template designer.

Copy the following code:

.PageList {text-align:center !important;}
.PageList li {display:inline !important; float:none; !important;}


Then just paste into the "Add CSS". Viola! Pages=centered!

Have you ever wanted to have a different background on your pages?  Take a look at any of my other pages.  See how they have different background colors?  Awesome, right?


I did have to do a little tweaking of the "wrappers" under the HTML tab to ensure that the sidebars and body were white, but again a nice little snippet of code that was easy to add gave my pages different backgrounds. I found it over at Kevin & Amanda.com!

Above the < /head> tag, add the following code:

<b:if cond='data:blog.url == &quot;http://YOURBLOG.blogspot.com/p/PAGE.html&quot;'>

<style>

body {

background-image: url(http://DIRECT_LINK_TO_BACKGROUND_IMAGE.com/IMAGE.JPG);background-position: center; background-repeat:repeat; background-attachment: fixed;

}

</style>

</b:if>


Obviously you will need to add this code for every page whose background you wish to change. Also you'll need to change "http://YOURBLOG.blogspot.com/p/PAGE.html" to your page URL. And "http://DIRECT_LINK_TO_BACKGROUND_IMAGE.com/IMAGE.jpg" to the link to the background of your image.

I chose to just use color instead of an image. I just deleted "-image: url(http:the url.jpg)" and added in the hex color code such as #000000. Don't forget to add the semi-colon after the number like this #000000; .  Now I have a nice, clean, simple blog layout!  Yay me!