23 December 2009

Inspirational

Carmen Herrera, Amarillo, 1971

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

Crafting


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!

garlic dip


garlic dip
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline
Garlic dip I made for the Gorman family Christmas Party. It was with roasted garlic, ricotta, and pepper basically, serve with veggie sticks. I used zucchini. I thought the dip was a little blah, so I added some olive oil and more garlic and some salt. Apparently it got a little too garlicky for some. If I did this again I wouldn't use ricotta, I guess I just don't like the texture, I wanted something a little more creamy. But I got a chance to use my cool retro Pyrex split bowl, so that was great.

crock pot pork


crock pot pork
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline
This was so easy, throw in crock pot pork, diced potatoes, diced carrot, diced onion, chopped garlic, salt & pep, fill with water till veggies are covered, and in 8 hours deliciousness will be knocking at your door. Very good.

14 December 2009

leaf


leaf
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline

Went for a walk today. Took a few photos. Feeling a little better. Things are ok.

snowman


snowman
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline

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

Eggs Benedict with Garlic Aioli


eggs benedict
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline
Don't you love it when you are really hungry and you try a new recipe and it turns out really, really good? I do too. That is what happened today with this Eggs Benedict recipe I got out of Cook Yourself Thin.

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

Thanksgiving



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

Dude. Seriously?

Browncoats: Redemption Trailer from browncoatsmovie on Vimeo.



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?

if i could turn back time

Things are getting a little bit crazy around here. I need to find something to do with my life, starting now. Definitely by the new year (I can get more into it later). Remember that whole I wanna be a freelance graphic designer/photographer thinger? How do I do that? Help me Rhonda.

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

lentils


lentils
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline
Just wanted to post a quick pic of the lentils. They turned out great. In the last hour I added some left over potatoes and brussel sprouts from the night before, and it was a great addition, made it a real hearty one bowl meal.

21 November 2009

Dinner tonight

Lentils! I sort of did a combo of this recipe and this recipe, and also basically just what I had/wanted to throw in the pot. Well see in 4-6 hours how it turns out! I love having a slow cooker! I'll try to post a review/pictures later.

08 November 2009

Clementine



I saw this video via Meet Me at Mikes, this blog that I follow. It is such a rad song and video! Watch it. You will like it.

Today

Eli and I are a perfect match. We both leave things til the last minute, we are both kind of messy, and we are both hot heads. It's a great combo. I tend to get more hot headed than he does, and then I feel like a jerk. That's what happens when you are acting like a jerk.

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

socks


socks
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline

There are few things in life that make me smile more than a new pair of socks. Eli dancing is one of them. But socks are way up there on the list.

02 November 2009

Internets

For fun today I looked up the word stupid on google. A few links down I discovered stupidvideos.com which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. There is this video of this dude almost getting hit by a bus which is pretty crazy. Thank you, internet.

01 November 2009

This Weeks Menu

Menu for the week!

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?

Monday
Poached Salmon, Roasted asparagus, salad

Tuesday
Pot Roast, steamed broccoli, rolls

Wednesday
Chicken Fajitas* with corn tortillas

Thursday
Leftovers

Friday
Pork Loin, mashed potatoes

Weekend
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



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

Fresh Pear and [Chicken] Stir Fry

pears

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!

stir fry

Orange Lilies

Aren't these like the prettiest flower you've ever seen? Love them.

orange lilies
orange lily

24 September 2009

Etsy Sale

houseplant
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!

16 September 2009

Tofu and [Couscous] Stuffed Peppers

This recipe, with a slight change of couscous for rice, is in the oven right now. Will share more later. :)

10 September 2009

Lazy Easy Lunch



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

eggplanthead


eggplanthead
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline
Funny veggie shapes! This guy was just too cute not to take a picture of. Saw him at the farmers market in Hillsdale last weekend. I love personifying my vegetables. This one is a total hipster (check out his cool comb to the side long hair). One of the great things about going to farmer's markets. You just don't see this kind of stuff at the average grocery store, they don't make the cut!

31 August 2009

Sims 3 Build Challenge

I did a build challenge from the Sims 3 forumns, here's a link to it, Autumn Winters. It was really fun, but also hard since the price limit was rather low. Here are some pics from my go at it(and a link to my upload here):


Lot view


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

Weddings


IMG_0035
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline

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

friggin' dollhouse


S2 Poster
Originally uploaded by blank_dolls

Season two of Dollhouse is looking to be awesome! And did you all see Epitaph One yet? So good. Can't wait for September!

19 August 2009

Too cute!

Just purchased some jewelery for my wedding. So cute I can't even tell you. You will have to go see them at my wedding. Visit the site, Elle Custom Jewelery on Etsy. This is the bracelet, and I will keep the necklace a secret. It will debut at the wedding! I can't wait for them to arrive! :)

04 August 2009

Of Tacos & Yogurt


tacos
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline
I made these tacos last week. From a book I'm embarassed to have purchased, it's called Cook Yourself Thin. I don't really wanna cook myself thin, that sounds insane, but I would like to cook my self full of food. And the recipes looked healthy and delicious.

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.

Flickr

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

I wanna be like Zooey Deschanel

I really wanna go see 500 Days of Summer. Zooey Deschanel is pretty much my personal hero ever since I saw All The Real Girls. I wanna be just like her. Only not really, since I don't want to be an actress. It sounds like a stressful profession. And I like to eat food. I don't think actresses get to eat food. But she is lovely. And cool. And sings beautifully, and dresses nicely. I wanna be like that.

02 August 2009

Sunday

I scrubbed my bathroom spotless today. Pretty annoying task when it is hot out, but it had been far too long coming. It's shiny now though, and I feel great about it. I'm trying this whole new thing, it's called housekeeping. I know, crazy. But I'm going to drive myself to the loony bin if I don't get on top of this mess and organize and clean a little. I am currently in the 'too messy and unorganized to invite people over' stage, and I really wanna get out of that, because I wanna invite people over to play games and eat foods and tell stories and watch tvs. So yeah. Productive day. Now for some Sims 3 action.

The 80s rulz



Dude, music videos are so awesome. Especially ones from the 80s & 90s. Love it!

25 July 2009

I love the internets

Did you know that you can search movie madness' catalog online? Amazing. I wanted to find this video that PBS made about the Donner Party for a friend, and bada-bing! They have it at Movie Madness of course!

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

TGIF

After work today I went and bought mats and frames for my 14 photographs that I will be showing at Sydney's the month of August. I'm so excited! All told I've spent, let's see... way too much money on this, but if I successfully sell a few photographs then I will probably make out ok, I'm hoping to at least cover the cost of expenses. I'm nervous and excited to be showing my photographs. Should be interesting to see what people think of my silly pictures. :) Anyway if any of you all reading this blog wanna come to my art opening, it will be at Sydney's Cafe, on NW 15th & Thurman, August 9th, from 4-6. Be there. Buy my art. :)

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

Quick, easy, delicious: Cake



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.

This is dumb

I found this on the compweeter. Someone really excellently photoshoped out what was originally on this sign, so that you could put what ever you want on it! Hilarity ensue! I couldn't really think of anything cool though, so I went with pizza. Which always pops into my head when I can't think of anything else to say. Weird, no?

12 July 2009

What's taters hobbit?


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

OMG how have I not seen this before?


I love made-for-tv after-school-special type flicks in the ironic so-bad-they're-good way. HOW is it possible I have not seen Fifteen & Pregnant, staring Kirsten Dunst??? Netflixing it as we speak!

26 June 2009

You're so far away
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

It's not Monday, but here is some Soba.



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

Summer lovin'


Summer lovin'
Originally uploaded by Balakov

This is so rad. I want a print of it to hang on my wall.

29 May 2009

May 29, 2009 6:25 a.m.


Taken with my lame camera phone. I never have my xti on beautiful mornings like this! Must remember to take it to work with me.

25 May 2009

Seared Salmon with (Baby) Spinach


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

Meal Plan Monday

In attempts to save money and cook more Eli and I are planning meals together. It's fun and hopefully a money saver, so we won't eat out as much. Here is our plan for this week:

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. :)