Friday, November 1, 2013
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Saturday, March 30, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Daniel is busy. All the time. He works on work stuff for many hours a week, tweaking, planning, and drawing up tweaked plans for this project he's working on. He also works on church stuff for just as much time every week, going over lists, mission statements, assignments, and all sorts of stuff. (For those who care, he was just called as the Elders' Quorum President a few weeks ago. It is quite the load of extra stuff to do.)
Most, if not all, of this homework is completed on the computer. The same computer that holds all my photos, my Photoshop, and which also has a full-sized keyboard and mouse touchpad. I take photos almost every day, but the little time I spend on the computer (which is a laptop, and therefore portable, and therefore used for work, at work, where I am not) is simply not enough time to keep up with a daily posting habit.
So, I admit defeat. I cannot post a picture every day. But, my dear readers, fear not! for I will not give up on blogging altogether. I am announcing my intentions to scrap this 365 project. It got me started on my blog, and that is enough. Please enjoy some pictures I've taken but not posted:
|Not really getting the point, yet.|
|"Walks." Hah! More like, "Let's see if we can break and enter!"|
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Mom, you know how I like to imagine redoing rooms in your house? I thought I'd share one of my plans with the world because I wanted some more content for my blog and since I'm going to all this trouble anyway, I might as well publish it.
Internet, I just came across this picture from The Lettered Cottage. It inspired me, to say the least.
My mom loves it, too. So I've put together a list of materials and how-to posts that will help you, too, turn your bathroom into a cottage bathroom!
First up: the shelf. The folks that own The Lettered Cottage totally tore out their wall-to-wall vanity and replaced it with a custom tall shelf-open vanity combo. That's more work than I want to handle. Instead, I recommend buying a shelf (like one of the Billys or Trofasts from IKEA) and anchoring it directly to the counter top on the existing wall-to-wall vanity.
|Short Billy from IKEA|
|Tall Trofast from IKEA|
|Kona stain from Rust-Oleum|
|Little Green Notebook, Before|
|Fisherman's Net, Revere Pewter, Comfort Gray|
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
|Pineapple, orange, strawberry, grape, frozen blueberry|
After dinner, we braided my niece's hair and then braided my hair, too! I got Daniel to snap this quick shot.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
The recipe that finally got me going was a little gem I found when trying to figure out how to use a leek that I got in my Bountiful Basket. I love leeks (and always have, since I, with an old roommate, discovered how great they are), but I just don't use them much. If you're not familiar with the leek, think of it as the onion's milder, cooler cousin. The leek is fresh, green, and guaranteed to get along great with your party guests or picky family members!
Cheese, Leek, Sweet Pepper, and Potato Tortilla
Adapted from BBC Good Food
butter, for frying
1 leek, cleaned
4-6 small sweet red peppers or 1 regular red bell pepper
3-4 medium-sized potatoes (Iused a combo of Russets and Yukon Golds)
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1 c grated medium cheddar cheese
Boil water, add whole potatoes and cook until tender (10-20 minutes, depending on size). Drain and set potatoes aside to cool slightly. Slice the leek and peppers thin, then, in an oven-safe skillet, saute in butter for about 5 minutes until soft. Peel the potatoes, if necessary, and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Layer on top of leek and pepper mixture. Beat eggs and yogurt until smooth (if working by hand, try beating the yogurt with an egg or two before adding the rest of the eggs), mix cheese (reserving a bit to sprinkle on top) into egg mixture, then pour over the top of the potatoes.
Cook, on low, for up to 10 minutes, or until the eggs are mostly set. Add a bit of cheese to the top and finish under the broiler for 5 minutes and serve hot alongside a cold salad.
When preparing leeks, it's important to understand how they're grown. To make the plant grow tall, the farmer mounds up dirt or sand around the stalk as it grows, forcing it ever higher. This is great, because it makes more leek. This is not great, however, because it ensures sandy particulate in between each leeky-leaf. So, wash well!
Monday, March 4, 2013
A few hints about this recipe: I used a very small food processor to chop everything, and it wasn't able to completely get rid of the stringy coconut feel. In the future, I will process the ingredients in two batches so that everything is sure to be ground up fine. I also would've liked a sweeter cookie. As it is, this cookie is delicious, but If you're wanting a truly decadent sweet craving-killer, add a little sugar. I'm not sure how much. Next time, I'll add an extra 1/4 cup and see where that gets me.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Monday, February 18, 2013
Gideon was not too sure about all those birds. The pigeons kept taking flight all together, which startled my poor boy.
He loved the water, though. It was tough to keep him at the top of the disgusting bank, and not in the disgusting pond. There were at least six differently-marked ducks, along with three different types of geese, all mingling with pigeons on the shore. So cool!
I said I've been making a lot of cream soups, lately, and I'll share with you my base recipe.
It starts, like most wonderful things, with a roux. Equal parts (by volume) of butter and flour. Melt the butter, add the flour, and stir to combine. Cook for no more than a few minutes, just til everything gets puffy and bubbly. To that, add 2 cups of milk. If you want a richer soup, substitute up to a cup of cream for the milk. Stir, on medium to medium-low, until thick. It'll get all the way to paste if you let it.
In another pot, start your water+bouillon or chicken broth. Once it's boiling, add your star. Usually, this is potatoes (3 cups, diced), sometimes, it's broccoli. But this is the part where you can do anything you please. Diced onions? Don't mind if I do. Celery? Only if Daniel's away. Red peppers? Yes, please!
Once your potatoes (/broccoli/onions/celery/peppers) are soft, stir in the roux, add cheese (if it's a cheese soup) and any other finishing flavors you'd like. I'm fond of bacon crumbles, ham chunks, fresh herbs, and, occasionally, kale or spinach.
Basic Cream Soup
5 T butter
5 T flour
2 c milk
3 c chicken broth or 1 T bouillon in water
For Potato Soup
Add 3 c diced potatoes and 1 c diced ham. Pepper to taste.
For Broccoli Cheese Soup
Add 1-2 c broccoli to broth and 1 c grated cheddar cheese when you mix in the roux.
For my version of Zuppa Toscana Soup
Replace butter with 1 lb of pork sausage (Olive Garden uses Italian; I prefer hot breakfast (because I hate the taste of fennel)). Reduce flour by 1 T. Add 2-3 c thin-sliced or diced potatoes and 2-3 c chopped kale to the broth. Serve with crusty bread and a tangy green salad.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Contents of the crevice behind the couch:
3 manual toothbrushes
1 electric toothbrush
1 1/3-cup measure
1 baby spoon
2 grownup spoons
2 measuring spoons
1 giant rubber band
Saturday, February 16, 2013
I have been told by this person that JC Penney is a "ghetto" store. Now, I'm not low class (socio-economically speaking), but I'm okay with second hand clothes and I shop at JC Penney (sometimes. I actually don't really match them in style.) But I'm okay with Penney's on a philosophical level. And when I hear this person say things like how low class JCP is, I think, Gosh, what must you think of me? Because I own shoes like are pictured in that other post. Because I'm excited about $30 shoes.
I have a hard time feeling like a person from that perspective would truly respect me without pity, that they would be looking at me like some sort of "noble savage". Which is a problem, because I interact with this person with some regularity.
I know, caring what other people think is for sissies. I'll freely admit that I'm a sissy, then.
Just take this post as a disclaimer on my previous post: I am aware that my clothing choices are inexpensive, and I have chosen that freely. Someday, when we're rich, I will shop only at Banana Republic. Until then, I am SO PUMPED about my newest purchase.
Now, I can throw out my high school running shoes. These things have run all over Gold Beach, OR, Folsom, CA, Provo, UT, and my current city. Now, they can visit the dump and stay. There's no nostalgia on my part!