23 December 2009
This gal, Carmen Herrera, is a painter who didn't start selling her paintings til the age 89! Amazing. She's totally an inspiration. I read about her on a New York Times article (found here) via the Gluten Free Girl blog. Check it out. :)
22 December 2009
Can you please! How cute are these? You know when you make something that you are so infatuated with you can't stop looking at them? That's how I feel about these little cases. They are suitable for ipods or cell phones. The one I made for an ipod has a little hole placed in the top so that your earbud cord can come through. I love crafting!
14 December 2009
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I was inspired by Meet Me At Mikes to make this crochet snowman finger puppet. I went the extra mile and gave him a carrot nose and a beret. The beret was Eli's idea, and a really good one. ties the whole thing together. Too cute!
13 December 2009
The recipe called for smoked salmon, which was a little out of our price range, so we went with ham instead. I know, defeating the whole purpose of 'cooking oneself thin' but you do what you gotta do in these hard economic times. I used lots of pepper and lemon in the garlic aioli, and it was delicious, especially with a little Tapatio hot sauce on top.
I had never made poached eggs before, so that was a little scary. I figured it was about time though, since it's my current preferred way to eat my eggs. So good! My poached eggs turned out decent, not as pretty as the ones in the restaurants, but the whites were cooked and the yokes were runny, just like I like them.
02 December 2009
For thanksgiving this year I made Sweet Potatoes, Yams, whatever you wanna call 'ems, and a simple cranberry sauce. They both turned out really good. This is a picture of my dinner plate, and yes, I ate all of it. Almost. There were a few pieces of turkey I couldn't finish.
On the left* there you will see a Smith family tradition, known simply as noodles. Noodles are everyone's favorite. They are made by hand and cooked in a giant pot that is probably larger than my kitchen. The noodles are mixed with turkey bits, which you gotta watch out for livers and other weird bits that you aren't accustomed to eating, you can see a dark one right in the middle. Some people like these, I myself find them gag inducing, but they do add good flavor. I need to pay attention next year to the whole process so that I too can pass this tradition down to future generations. Good times.
*that is on the right. being a lefty in a righthanded world has made me a moron.
29 November 2009
It don't get much dorkier that this y'all. Serenity fan films. And it looks like they actually put a lot of time and money into this. Impressive or totally geeky? Or both? If this was like, two years ago I would be all over this, sad to say. That was when I was knee deep in Serenity audio dramas, podcasts, dreams. But now, I don't know. I mean, I still love the heck out of it, but I might be past the point where I could enjoy fan fic. Especially after last years Can't Stop the Serenity screening where too many idiots where yelling out non funny things at the screen.
Although I am not beyond playing the Serenity RPG. I just need to get a few willing folks to play with me, and Eli said he'd run the game. Any takers?
So e.coli is in the water. Maybe. We haven't received any word about it from our apartment manager, but the word around the water cooler is that there is poop in the water. And I wanna take a bath, but not in poopie water.
Must work harder on Christmas gifts. I don't have a single one finished yet. My plan was to create all my gifts this year, by knitting or crocheting or whatever. The problem is I think I have tendinitis or arthritis or something old people get. My hands hurt a lot, from work and from computers and from crafting. What is happening to me? I'm only 28, for Pete's sake.
So don't you hate it when technology doesn't work correctly? I have been playing the Sims 3 again a lot this past week (yeah, total time waster I know, but fun fun fun!). So they released an expansion, which I don't have yet (Christmas gift idea!) and they put out a new patch for the game, which is not really 'patching' any problems, in fact it seems to have created more problems for me. It's insane and to the point where I can't even play my game until a new patch comes out. Ticked! I really wanted to take my sim to the top of the Political track! She was doing so good, and now things are all fraked up. It's soo annoying. My game is stuck in this 'moving' limbo where it thinks my characters are moving still but they aren't, it's been like 4 sim days. Usually it takes like 4 sim hours. So things with the Parsons family are going to shit. It's rough. Elizabeth is getting D's in school, I can't pay the bills so the repo man has been by twice, and no body can get any sleep at all, so they are all getting really ticked off. It's rough.
I bought a box of nag champa the other day, and I haven't even sparked one up, but the box is so smelly it sends its fragrance throughout the room anyway. Weird. I love the smell of that stuff, which is funny because I know so many people who hate it. It's a love or hate smell I think.
My book club decided on East of Eden by John Steinbeck for our next book. Eli picked it up for me at Powells last week, for 3.95, yay for used books. I am so into it! It's amazing. I haven't read any Steinbeck since high school, but now I want to go out and read everything he wrote. East of Eden is a monster, like 700 pages or something, but I'm about 300 pages in and it's hard to put it down. The characters are so engrossing, especially ones that you don't even like. Amazing.
After this I think I'm going to attempt to finish the Stand for the 3rd time. It's not that I don't like it, it's just that it's so long, and then half way through I usually end up reading something else or forgetting about it. But it's a short term goal to finish that book. I'm sure I'll have plenty of time to read in December though. Winter is good for reading. It's dark out at like 4, what are you going to do?
23 November 2009
21 November 2009
08 November 2009
At any rate my apartment is in total disarray today. I was just starting to feel like everything was getting into it's right place, and then Eli packs in a bunch of his stuff that was still at his old apartment. Now it's completely non functional, with boxes everywhere. The worst part is Eli has this rad old vintage roll top desk that won't fit through the door into our "office" which means right now it's just hanging out in the middle of the living room. Pretty rad. I don't know what we are going to do with it since it's huge large. But it is really cool looking.
I am really excited about all the book shelves he has though. Like, 4 really tall ones. I'm gonna fill em up with books!!! It's good because I have way more books than book shelf space. We are going to look like super smart people with all the books around. It's gonna be great. Ha.
05 November 2009
02 November 2009
01 November 2009
I'm totally trying to be fiscally responsible, i.e. not eat out in restaurants and splurging on things at the grocery store when I'm shopping while hungry. I am also trying to avoid wasting food, which, regretfully, happens often in my fridge. What, this bag of lettuce doesn't last a month in the fridge?? That's crazy. But seriously. It is lame to have to throw away food. That is why I am following the lead of a friend and trying this meal planning thinger out. I also really enjoy to cook, and I like to eat too, ha. So the idea of planning out a whole week of recipes is fun to me. Lets see how it goes shall we?
Poached Salmon, Roasted asparagus, salad
Pot Roast, steamed broccoli, rolls
Chicken Fajitas* with corn tortillas
Pork Loin, mashed potatoes
Leftovers or chicken. I bought a whole chicken for fajita making (it is always so much cheaper than buying just breasts). I figure I'll use probably the breasts for fajitas and maybe come up with something easy for the rest, like roasting it. I LOVE roast chicken.
*(I am not linking to a recipe on this one because I may post one of my own later in the week. Fajitas are not really that difficult, and I have a pretty good idea how I'm going to make them totes delicious.)
19 October 2009
Lots going on. Getting married and what have you, but most importantly (kidding. sort of.) I've discovered a new obsession, and no, it's not the sims 3. I haven't played that game in over 2 weeks now. I'm all about Lord of the Rings Online. IT IS AMAZING! I can't believe I never got into an MMO RPG before! For 1, there are a million of rad acronyms to use, and for 2, all kinds of cool LotR stuff, like elves and hobbits etc, and you can pick your character's name and outfit and haircut and what have you. It's maximum fun.
29 September 2009
I was searching for some recipes for pears because my mother had brought me a bag of delicious Bartlett pears a few weeks ago. I knew there were some obvious dessert items one could make, but I wanted to find a way to incorporate them into a savory dish. That is when I stumbled upon this recipe on Steamy Kitchen for Fresh Pear and Shrimp Stir Fry. I had to replace chicken for shrimp, however, because my beau is allergic to the little guys. It turned out amazing! So flavorful and delicious. I would totally recommend this recipe. My photo does not do it justice. I was in such a hurry to eat it I didn't take my usual time, and this is what you get, a nearly unappetizing photo of food. Better than no photo perhaps. Next time I make it I'll be sure and set up some better lighting and focus. Ha!
24 September 2009
Having a sale on 4x6 Art prints in my etsy shop. Check it out! Show your friends! BTW, if there are any of my photos that you would like to purchase a print of but don't see available just send me an email/message/whatever and I'll let you know what's what! :) Thanks all!
21 September 2009
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10 September 2009
I just prepped a bunch of stuff for slow cooker chicken and when I was done I was hungry! My breakfast/lunch (brunch, if you will) consisting of two slices of bread and a big salad did not cut it. I needed something fast and delicious. Can of Veggie broth + instant miso + frozen gyoza = yum. Simple, easy, and when you live near a great asian market like I do, pretty much items that are always on hand. Dinner should be fabulous though. Chicken with potatoes, carrots, onion, and lots of garlic. I can't wait. I love my crock pot!
04 September 2009
31 August 2009
Detailed view of front of house
First floor, garage, kitchen/dining room, office, living room, master bedroom & bathroom.
Second floor, quest bedroom
30 August 2009
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I like going to weddings, but I can't imagine how anyone lives through the planning of one. This photo is from my cousin Nathan's wedding a couple of weeks ago. At a park in Estacada. Very pretty indeed.
Next month I have two weddings, and both on the same day to boot! Craziness. Should make for a fun day though.
I am currently in the planning stages of my own wedding, and as it is two months away everyone has to know what is going on, and I'm like, whatevs. Must finish up and mail invitations though. Supposedly that's something you're supposed to do at the "two months before the wedding mark."
26 August 2009
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04 August 2009
As you can see by this delicious photo. I just wanna eat those tacos all over again! The recipe called for pineapple in the salsa, but Eli doesn't like pineapple, so I decided to use mango instead. Which was great, since we had some leftover mango and just had it on top of some greek yogurt for dessert.
Greek yogurt has been one of my obsessions lately. Of course the whole milk version is the best, so thick and creamy, it's like dessert all by it's self, but the 2% kind is fine, and the fat free or 1% is ok, if your watching your waistline. :) I've tried a few different brands, but my favorite is one I found at the Albertson's near my place. It's called FAGE, which is pronounced Fa-yeh according to their packaging. Sooo delicious.
02 August 2009
25 July 2009
Every seen that documentary? It is creepy and fascinating. I recommend it. Although I haven't seen it in years, I remember being very engaged by the storytelling.
24 July 2009
Eli and I have been trying to watch MST3K in chronological order. We pretty much we watch at least one episode everyday, and I was getting sick of the peck and choose, so I suggested we watch them in order. We've had to start with season 4 though, since Eli thinks the first 3 are not as good. Last night we watched Pod People, which is a horrible film, and another one of the Gamera films, I forget which one. Gamera is like, Godzilla #2. Only, he's a giant turtle, and flies around like a UFO. It's so stupid. Funny stuff. In Pod People, the MSTers made a good Laura Palmer reference, and say Chief and McCloud a lot. Hilarious. Next up, Stranded in Space. A tv movie made in the 70s. Boo yeah! My favorite! I love 70s tv movies. :)
22 July 2009
I was really craving cake, and I knew I didn't have a whole lot of options because the fridge and cubbards were pretty bare, so I cracked open the ol' Joy of Cooking*, and what do you know? The first cake recipe in the cake section! I had all the ingredients. It's called Lightning Cake. Basically all you need is flour, baking powder, salt, butter, sugar, eggs, and a lemon. For the topping I used chopped pecans mixed with sugar. Yum! Quick, easy, delicious.
*I have the '97 edition, although I've always thought, how cool would it be to have like, all the editions? I've heard that the '97 one definately has a different focus from some of the other ones.
12 July 2009
I love potatoes. Yesterday I roasted some in the oven and they were divine! Which reminded me of a recipe I did a couple weeks back from Supernatural Cooking by Heidi Swanson (you can find a link to her blog, 101 Cookbooks, here). This is a fabulous book all about cooking with whole, natural, organic ingredients, or, as it says on her website "Super Natural Cooking is your guide to navigating a less-processed, more natural world of cooking (vitamins, minerals, fiber, and flavor included)." It's got some great recipes, and some beautiful design and photography as well.
I made the recipe for Hedgehog Potatoes, with yogurt mint dipping sauce. It turned out really well, especially the dipping sauce. So yummy and fresh! I felt that perhaps the potatoes would have cooked better having just been simply sliced instead of partially sliced (resembling a hedgehog, hence the name).
At any rate, I highly recommend you bookmark her blog, 101 Cookbooks because she's always posting delicious, seasonal recipes that look so good!
07 July 2009
26 June 2009
doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore
it would be so good to see your face at my door
Doesn't help to know that you're so far away
-rememberances of a Carol King song
I had a rough day. But you know, still alive, right? What do I really have to complain about?
Is there anything more annoying than getting the hiccups? I mean seriously.
The show Southland is awesome. I love me some Ben McKenzie. For shizzle. I think he's got a real acting career ahead of him.
You know when you feel like you've got so much to give, if only someone will give you a chance? Or just, you know, if you could really just have the time to give to it, you could really do something amazing? Yeah. Right?
Life, man. I miss Michael Jackson already. Life is just a series of deaths, followed by your own. I guess. depressing and shit. What can I say, Disintegration is my favorite The Cure song.
17 June 2009
OK, so it's been a while since I've posted. I keep forgetting, and then I think, I'll wait til next Monday, and then I forget again. So its not Monday, but I'll post today because I remembered. And hopefully I'll remember next Monday, since that is the day I set for myself to post to this blog.
I thought today I'd share one of my favorite type of dishes, a big ol' bowl of noodle soup. This is something that is so easy to cook, and you can use up random veggies that are hiding out in your fridge or add chicken or fish or beef or tofu or whatever.
So it's real simple, cook your noodles according to package directions, in this bowl I used soba, but you could use udon, or any type of Asian style noodles. Then get some veggies (or meat if you're using that) going in a pot in some oil, saute 'em for a minute, and then add your broth, get it all nice and hot, throw your cooked noodles in a bowl, scoop some veggies/meats on top, pour some broth over, add some cilantro, green onion, sesame seeds and/or lime, and there you go. Delicious bowl of noodles!
Team it up with a little of my favorite hot sauce, Sriracha, and some gyoza (I love that I live so close to one of the raddest Asian markets ever!) and you have a meal that will leave your belly full and happy.
07 June 2009
29 May 2009
25 May 2009
My dear friend Addy shared this recipe with me for my birthday, and I finally got around to making it tonight. If she gives me the go-head I'll share the recipe later this week. Suffice to say it was delicious parred with a rice pilaf from New Seasons. Also good to know, the butcher at New Seasons was totally willing to cut the skin off for me, which is rad, since A. He's probably way better at that than I, and 2. Because I don't think I even have a knife for removing the skin from a salmon. More pictures below.
18 May 2009
Monday: Curry, Rice and Naan (Indian flat bread)
Tuesday: Taco Salad
Wednesday: Asparagus & Tofu Stir fry with rice
Thursday: Asian Style Noodle Bowl
Friday: Sandwiches and chips
I'll probably post more about these later in the week, and if I get really industrious I'll post about a lemon cake I made last week. :)