Archive | January, 2011

I keep coming back to this

19 Jan

It just makes me happy.

Thank you, Internet.


It’s just too complicated

19 Jan

Please read Paula Deen’s “recipe” for English Peas and then read the reviews below. You won’t be sorry.

And while you’re at it, check out Rachael Ray’s “recipe” for Midnight Bacon.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a career change, and I think I’ve found my new calling: Food Network star! You should see me fry an egg! I even boil pasta! On the stove!

What’s cookin?

12 Jan

The past few days I’ve tried to get back in the kitchen (not that I was ever really THAT in the kitchen to begin with) and try out some new recipes.

First up was this chocolate peanut butter pie. I’ve been waiting a long time to make this. I knew that I had to make it for some sort of event where I would not be able to eat it, as I knew that if I kept it at home, I’d eat it all in 2 days.

We have a themed monthly potluck at church, and this month the theme was legumes. Since peanuts are legumes and because peanut butter is delicious, I knew it was time to bust out the killer pie. It should come as no surprise that the pie went very quickly – I didn’t even have any. But, lucky for me or unfortunately, depending on how you view it, not all of the batter fit into the crust, so I wound up having my own mini pie waiting for me in the refrigerator at home when the potluck was over. And oh man, is it good!

Last night I made Squash, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Pasta with Basil. I know, right? It was pretty good although I used whole wheat shells for the pasta, and as much as I try and try, I just don’t really like whole wheat pasta (with the exception of this recipe for cauliflower and pasta). It would have been better with regular pasta, but it was still good and I’m looking forward to the leftovers.

Then tonight I made Smoked Salmon Feta Couscous, which is a ridiculously easy meal. I couldn’t believe it took as little time as it did. I was going to boil some frozen vegetables as a side, but the couscous was ready before I even had time to think about the vegetables, so I said screw it and enjoyed my veggie-less meal, thankyouverymuch.

Made anything tasty lately?

Copying is cool

12 Jan

Here’s a blog I discovered a few months ago that’s pretty cool: Copy Cat Chic. Blogger Reichel shows you where to score look-a-like designer decorations for much cheaper. Stylish and affordable – that’s how we like to roll.

Welcome 2011!

3 Jan

Happy New Year! I know that some people had a rough 2010, but for me, it wasn’t too shabby. 2009 was my kick-me-when-I’m-down year, and 2008 had its terrible moments as well. But 2010 redeemed a lot of the hurt from 2009, so I’m grateful for the past year and curious what 2011 holds in store. I don’t really like the number 11, so I’m kinda skeptical but I’m still hoping for the best. Surprise me, 2011!

Now is where I insert the obligatory “sorry for not posting much in 2010” statement. So let’s just move on. 🙂

I don’t like to make New Year’s resolutions. They seem destined to fail, and I generally shy away from setting goals anyway. I will say that in 2011, there are two big things I would like to do: make a big dent in my credit card debt and get into a regular exercise routine.

Yesterday (Jan. 1) I paid off one of my credit cards, so that was a good start on the credit card debt. Now I have two cards left – one with a somewhat low amount (depending on your idea of “low”) and one with a really huge amount. I used to hope that I would be credit card debt free by the time I turned 30, but since that’s a mere 8 months away (um… scary!), I don’t think it’s gonna happen. But 31 might be realistic. We shall see how it goes. It seems like every time I start to get up on my feet financially-speaking, the rug gets pulled out from under me – or I pull the rug out myself – but maybe 2011 will be different.

As far as exercise, I need to bite the bullet and join a gym. I’m going to visit a gym hopefully this week and get started on the process. Ugh. I do not like the gym at all. I don’t like exercising, and I really don’t like exercising around other people, but sometimes we have to do things that we don’t like.

I would also like to do more traveling this year, but that sort of conflicts with the whole paying off credit cards thing. Oy. I flew back to Indiana for Christmas (which was great, by the way), but being in airports is kind of painful for me. I still miss California a lot, and it always hurts my heart to get on a plane headed to Washington when I could be on a plane to California instead. So this year I would like to go down to LA at least in the spring and maybe again later in the year.

I like Seattle – don’t get me wrong, but LA is always going to have a special place in my heart. It’s hard for me to watch movies and TV shows set in LA because it makes me homesick. It’s not like I had some amazing fantastic wonderful life there, but I still miss it. The grass is always greener on the other side, I suppose. I’m not sure if I would ever move back, but that’s probably not something I can even consider doing until I get this stupid credit card debt paid off.

What are your goals/hopes/fears/resolutions for the New Year?