Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday: Mexican refrigerator soup & cheese quesadillas
Saturday: Iowa Corn Chowder
Sunday: Tomato Raviolli blah blah Soup
Sunday: Potato Leek Soup
Sunday: Refrigerator Pickles
All things were really tasty and now they are all gone too. I could have taken pictures and posted the recipes. Couda, shouda, wouda.
I spent most of yesterday holed up in our local coffee shop studying for my insurance exam. I had coffee at 5 pm and at 11:45 pm still couldn't sleep because of the caffeine buzz. I kept coming up with "q" words for bananagrams. Side note: totally fun game that is portable and good for small groups. Have you ever thought about the number of "q" words that also have the letter "u"?
Friday, August 28, 2009
This just in: I'm also making supper tonight - soup anyone?
Thursday, August 27, 2009
2. Are you a city, town or country person at heart?
3. Where were you born?
1. I would choose sunny but cold. Granted, this is coming at the end of the summer when I'm sick of the heat and ready for the respite of fall. I love the bright clearness of a sunny winter day.
2. I am a city girl. This reminds me of the third grade play I was in "The City and the Country Mouse." I played the city mouse. I'm still a city girl - I would hate to live more than 30 minutes to the nearest Target or mall. This is somewhat problematic as DH would prefer to live in the country.
3. Seoul, South Korea. I often have the question "where you from?" If someone asks me that I will tell them Sioux City, IA. This will elicit more "no, where you from?" (said in a very bad Asian accent, typically at a nail salon- ask me to do it for you sometime, it will crack you up). I will then repeat Sioux City. I feel no need to explain my entire childhood and life to a complete stranger. Mind your own business. I don't walk around asking African Americans if they're from Mozambique.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
- work on my conversational spanish "donde esta el bano?"
- get my piano tuned
- finish my sewing projects including: placemat purses, tailoring my clothes & coin pouches
- make taco seasoning mix
- start/finish my study abroad bum, wedding, honeymoon and Hawaii scrapbooks
But mostly I think about where I would have a part-time job so I could get a killer discount.
Like ... this headband from JCrew. It's $39. No one would pay $39 for a headband. But if I worked there and got a discount, well that would be a whole other story.
Or ... how about this rug from Pottery Barn? No doubt it's fantastic, but $349 fantastic?
Lastly ... isn't this citron Le Creset Dutch Oven precious? But $230? No, I don't think so. But with a discount? Maybe!
The moral of the story is this: I have no time in my life for a part-time job. But maybe I have time for friends who work at these stores and could get me a discount??? :)
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
These are two yellow crookneck squashes that were grown from the same plant. Can you believe it? The one on the left is decidely more orange and warty, while the one on the right is yellow (like it is supposed to be!) and much more smooth. Lance thought that it might have something to do with the lower temps we've been experiencing, but I'm not sure. They look so different from each other!
This is an entire box of cucumbers. We need to start giving some away. Clearly. I cannot eat cucumber sandwiches every single day like Lance. Last week I watched Lance eat half a cucumber in one sitting. Just in sandwiches! I told him that it can't be good for his digestive system, but I have no medical proof of this. Just my own "gut" instinct (I'm sorry. I couldn't resist.)
Friday, August 21, 2009
This first pictures is the winning butter cow my neighbor, Jamie, made. It's a butter cow that is moon walking. This is in honor of all the controversy that went on about the Michael Jackson butter sculpture.
This is my entry: my weirdo yellow crookneck squash. It's orange and has warts. Not at all yellow. Second place finish to an enormous zucchini. I was a little disappointed, but I did get a ribbon and a prize.
Again with the blurry picture. I know I have a better one somewhere ...
There was also an entry for an ashtray cake. Disgusting, but entirely edible. Actually quite funny! No picture, I forgot to take one.
Also note, these pictures were taken right before I found the dead mouse. Gross, gross, gross!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
2. What’s one dish you ate growing up that you have fond memories of?
Stove top stuffing. I have distinct memories of my dad making a box of stuffing (and only a box of stuffing) for dinner while my mom was off doing other things. Not exactly a balanced meal, but I was as happy as a clam.
3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
It was a little after 7 pm when we got seated. I had forgotten this is about the time that parents are moving their college students back in - man, was there a crowd! But we had a short wait for a table, thank goodness. I ate enough food to make my belly hurt - a pizza burger, mashed potatoes and an Oreo shake. DELICIOUS. In my quest for food, I forgot a picture. Cardinal sin. If you are ever in the Ames or central Iowa area, check this place out. Fast bbq & burgers and fantastic ice cream and mashed potatoes. I can't wait until our next trip!
On a different note, check out Iowa Girl Eats for a yummie give away.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
pork tenderloins, corn on the cob, potato salad, cole slaw, watermelon, lemonade and a wide assortment of ice cream bars. (I was really hoping for a corn dog) Additionally, we are also holding the following contests:
A) Best two stick butter cow
B) Oddest shaped home grown garden item
C) Prettiest home grown flower
D) Ugliest cake
Being competitive, I want to enter all four contests. In reality, I'm only going to do one. I think I would have had a decent chance at winning two out of the four, but I have no idea of how I would manage a two stick butter cow and all of my flowers have died.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
So Rachael, if you read this post, I'm never going to run a half-marathon with you. Give it up.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
There's lots of vacations that I have in my head that I would like to go on ... California wine trip ... Vegas ... Universal Studios ... combined with the trip I will make for school next year: Spokane/Seattle and perhaps ... South Korea! Again, all dreams because I want to make these trips before we have children. There's probably 5 years worth of vacations here and we don't plan on waiting 5 years before having children!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
One of my zucchini plants is still living and producing well. I've put zucchini into pasta salads and done a lot of baking. Unfortunately, the plant is in the process of dying. Go figure.
Our cucumber plant is doing exceptionally well! Lance and I have never had a successful plant! We've had tons of cucumber sandwiches, which are great snacks. Lance's brother, Andrew, his girlfriend had never had a cucumber before. Strange. Do you also see that yellow crookneck squash? I'm still struggling with what to do with him. They're a little odd. And the roma tomatoes? They're dying. This is about the most I'll get out of three plants. Stupid blight.
But my cherry tomatoes are doing really well. One of my favorite things to do is have them with cottage cheese as a mid-afternoon snack. So yum!
As always, our green beans are doing spectacularly. A little too much. We could have green beans for every meal and not eat all the ones we have in the freezer from years past. We just froze our first batch on Sunday. I need to find more recipies that call for green beans.
Monday, August 10, 2009
What do you do when you have giant zucchinis? I thought this one looked like a sea slug.
Pour your batter into a prepared pan - flour and grease ahead of time and then pop it into your preheated 325 degree oven for 50 minutes.
It will emit a wonderful chocolately smell while it's baking ... so good .... even a husband who is concerned about vegetables in his baked goods will admit this is delicious!
Needless to say, yesterday was a baking day. I'm finally done with my ethics class and this is how I like to spend my free time - baking with garden fresh ingredients!
Here is the full recipe!
Adapted from Bon Appetit, November 2005
2 1/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter and flour a 13×9x2 inch baking pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the sugar, butter and oil until they’re well blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract.
Add the flour mixture alternately with the yogurt (or buttermilk) in 3 additions each.
Mix in the grated zucchini, then the chocolate chips.
Bake for about 50 minutes, until a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool completely in the pan, then cut into squares.
Serves about 12-15, depending on the size of the squares you cut. Keeps well in an airtight container for at least 1 week.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Onto Three Question Thursday
1. Are you a morning or night person?
2. Do you, or have you ever played an instrument?
3. What was your favorite part about going back to school when you were little?
1. I am most definitely not a morning person. If my job could started at 10:30 am, I would be a better employee. At my current job, I am required to be at work and ready at 8 am sharp. I cannot lie, this can be a struggle. I am much better suited to putting in long nights and sleeping in. This is one reason why I miss being a college student.
2. I have played several instruments. I took piano lessons for 9 years, played the trombone for 8 years, and played several drums in the band. I have not touched my trombone since I graduated from high school. We have a piano at our house, but it needs to be tuned and I am in need of some refresher lessons. Once I graduate next spring and have "free time" again, I am going to try and start playing again.
3. Oh school ... I loved school. I'm a social gal, I loved seeing all my friends and I loved seeing my favorite teachers again. But I also loved purchasing new folders, pens, binders. And planning my outfit for the first day of school. Thinking about all these things, I miss all of this just a little bit. I do not miss the blind panic of studying for tests and staying up to all hours of the night trying desperately to figure out my physics homework. I do not miss my physics teacher who also was my general science and chemistry teacher too. He was somewhat of a sadist.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
We had a great time with them, touring Holland, sampling fun restaurants, shopping, mini-golfing, banana-grams and Wii games. All in all it was a blast and 4 days (with 8 hour travel days) is not enough. Now it's time for them to visit us!
Here are some photos from our adventures in sand dune buggy rides
Monday, August 3, 2009
UPDATE: It's 9:33 pm and there is no air in my house. At least today I haven't cried.