Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Oui, oui!


I have kind of become obsessed with this blog. Yeah, so it's in French. I can understand more than I thought. Gotta love recall of all of those years of French since childhood. The pictures are always so astounding though.

I have to learn to channel my French side. It is the biggest part of me anyway. My dad's side the family came over from France the original way most Louisianaians did, and left Nova Scotia and landed in Louisana in 1712ish. Maybe I'll load up my French cd's and start listening again. It's funny how it all comes back with refreshers!

Also, I'm thinking of taking some of the recreational cooking classes over at Cook Street school. I LOVE cooking & eating. I should learn the French & Italian specialties. (Italian is the other larger part of my heritage. Yep, I'm Fratalian!)

One day, I will make it to both places. Why are European women so damn chic and alluring?!

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Bitchcakes 'n Pancakes

Inspired by BitchCakes new post, I felt like cooking healthy. For some reason, her Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes were sticking in my brain. I was really craving something like that. So, I rummaged through my kitchen to see if I could replicate it and make substitutions. Since I didn't have pancake batter, I looked up the Organic High Fiber Pancake Mix on Bob's Redmill site and checked out the ingredients. Hmmm, seems like I have things that may be able to replicate that.

Here's what I did:

¼ cup Bob’s flax meal

¼ cup + 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour

¼ cup + 2 Tbsp unbleached all purpose flour

¼ cup old fashioned oats

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp each allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon

2 tsp organic cane sugar

4 oz unsweetened applesauce

½ of a 15 oz can of plain pumpkin

¼ almond milk

¼ water


Combine dry ingredients, then add in the wet ingredients. Mix and measure out into the pan. I used a 1/4 cup scoop to make each pancake.

The messiness of the test kitchen. I had my laptop so that I could record what I did and the measurements that I used.

In the pan. For some reason, I only made three. What the heck was I thinking not making four?

On the table with a little raw agave nectar.


Like she says, it makes about three cups, three servings. I popped it in the fridge for breakfast tomorrow morning. I do think, though, that I'll add a little more water to the batter. All in all, they came out pretty darn good. And now I have instant breakfast for the next few days, just scoop and cook!



Babble, babble

Not to jinx it, but I've lost 2 pounds since Friday - 120.5 lbs. Yep, a little chunky for my 5' (stretching to )1" frame. I think just cutting out my libations will melt it off. But let's face it, I love to have a glass of wine, a beer, or a fancy mixed cocktail. They are yummy! So, this week I'm holding back during the week, until Thursday that is when we have company coming over. I just feel the need to offer and indulge when I make a dinner for others.



Plus, just being able to move more and be more active finally is helping immensely. I'm feeling good.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Vegetarians.... Don't Look!

So, I am obsessed with any type of cooking show. I mean, I salivate while watching. It's sort of like what porn is for men with me. So, I had seen this particular episode of Barefoot Contessa a few times now. It happened to come on again Saturday afternoon. When we were in the grocery Sunday, about to check out, S turns and says, "Why don't we grab a chicken, and we can make that flattened chicken deal." So, I scooted back, grabbed a chicken and off we went!

The chicken deal he was referencing happens to be Tuscan Lemon Chicken
from Ina Garten. I did as I had watched her do on the show, pulled out the neck and giblets, cut out the back bone and wrapped it and threw it in the freezer for stock at a later date. Here's the little bird chillin' in the marinade.

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Now, we originally were going to fire up the charcoal pit and grill this bad boy. However, in the afternoon it was so flippin' hot that we changed our minds. Out came our cast iron grill pan, and little poulet was mooshed on there with a smaller cast iron pan on top.



Cook baby, cook! And it did for about 15 minutes on each side.



It was pretty darn good. The best part is that we still have the breasts left over for tonight. I may pick it and use the grilled potatoes, corn, peppers, zuchs, garlic and mushrooms that we have leftover to create some sort of hodgepodge casserole.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Hungry, hungry hippo

Last night, I made pizza from scratch. That's right, the dough and all. Here's a picture of the dough all formed out. I used this recipe from AllRecipes.



Here's it with some tomato sauce that I had left over in the freezer, some extra chopped garlic, spinach, & mushrooms. The baking sheet underneath is an old one that I use for "catch-all" purposes. I have a pizza stone, but haven't attempted to use it yet.



I then loaded it with mozzarella, and other types of various left over Italian cheeses. Overall, it came out pretty darn good. I didn't get a finished picture because Sam walked in the door, went upstairs, took the pizza out of the oven, cut it up and served it to us. By the time I remembered that I had wanted to take a picture, well, there were only two slices left!

I'll definitely be making this again!!

Saturday, 17 July 2010

of fun things

I walked up to the pharmacy to pick up my medicine. When I got to the shopping area parking lot, I said the heck with it and frolicked through the sprinklers. It was refreshing on a 98 degree day. Today we're supposed to get to 101! Whoa, Nelly!



I came across this today on Yahoo. It's a guy, Jay Schafer, who builds tiny houses. Sooooo cool! You see, the husband and I have dreams of something like this or a gypsy caravan style one. You know a little place on wheels that would allow us to be nomads, adventurers. We have actually sketched ones out, thought about selling all of our belongings and going. I mean, with no house note or other real bills, why couldn't one? Aaaaah, the wanderlust!

Friday, 16 July 2010

Gratuitous Doggie Shot & other ramblings



This is my furry love muffin boy! He has to be the sweetest dog ever. He always makes me happy. Well, that is except when he is peeing on my garden veggies or bringing in dead vermin as gifts.

I went for my first long walk since my surgery. I decided to go into Kohl's since it was scorching hot. I did not like what I saw in the mirrors at all. I mean, my tummy swells as I get more active in the day - still, but oh my! I was pretty darn lumpy. I'm going to try and go for another walk this afternoon to the pharmacy. I will have to pick up my meds to bring to the doc to inject me with next week anyway. She told me it was best to start off slow with walks, so walk I will later today. It's one of the things recommended in "French Women Don't Get Fat" too. But, of course, I knew that was coming. Europeans tend to walk everywhere. I remember that from my time in Madrid. I need to incorporate that more into my life. I don't have a car anyway, so walk or bike it shall be when the husband has the vehicle all day anyway.

I'm almost done the book, so maybe I'll have thoughts on it in another post.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Crafty



I made this little fascinator-type hair topper. I approached it along the lines of making a pastie, which worked out well fit my tiny head. Just something fun, and something to take up rest time during the day.

Wordless Wednesday


I haven't killed it yet! The orchid plant my friend sent me on June 25th.... still alive and blooming!

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Random Stuffs

Sam took off of work yesterday to bring me for my doctor's appointment since I'm still not cleared to drive. Afterwards, we had lunch outside at a little German restaurant that we like. Then we were going to meet up with a friend later that evening. It was his birthday so we went on the hunt for a bottle of Kraken rum for him. It's always available at the liquor store around the corner from our house. Unfortunately, at the kabillion liquor stores on the east end of Colfax, no luck. However, I did like this one's name - Yellow Front Discount liquor!


And look there ARE still pay phones around & they are still only 25 cents!

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Of Period Panties...

V8grrl made a list, and on it was to get rid of her period panties. At first, I was like "What?! You NEED those!!" Then, I thought "Do we really?" I decided to go along with this idea. Out went all of the undies that I had collected for that time of the month. Au revoir, ugly buggers!

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Gardening - Blueberries

Look! I have two lonely little blueberries on my one living tiny blueberry bush! It's only about 12" high. Our other blueberry bush of another variety died. Boooo!



Today, I took two blueberries out of our box of organic berries we bought and stuck them in a pot on the deck. Hey, you never know. I mean, the green zucchini that I threw in the compost out of the fridge that had gone soft is growing out of control in the back yard, and there are little green babies all over the place. I am tempted to take the mini ones with the huge blooms and prepare them like I have seen on tv. You stuff the flowers with good cheese, batter and fry those babies (including the baby zucch)! It looks yummmay!!

Pretty much anything that I have bought at the grocery and thrown out there has taken root and grown something. Maybe I do have a green thumb after all.

Libations!!


I enjoy libations. There is no other way to put it. They are yummy! I love beer, adore wines, and heart spirits. Lately, though, I have been on a wine kick, or even better making some sangria with it!

Also, I am a sucker. Much like books, I judge wine by the label art. I have bottles in the rack bought simply because of the labels. Soooo wrong! I have to say, though, that one of my favorite low cost wines is Yellow Tail Shiraz Grenache. It's a red with a peppery & berry/fruity taste.

And as I read French Women Don't Get Fat, I am craving a nice glass! Unfortunately, right now it's a cup of herbal tea. Maybe later tonight though...

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

My Dorky Side & Stuff



I have a virtual candy shop of my cheesey horror comics to plow through. Thank you husband for providing me the crack! Fun stuff! I'm a complete dork. Some of these he had gotten me around Christmas and other holidays. We also exchange little Great Pumpkin gifts at Halloween.

I have been in a mood to bake too. There is this Toyota Camry commercial about a girl saving for a Camry. She runs a little bakery business from her apartment. The little cakes and pastries look soooo yuuumm!! I must create some soon. My sweet tooth has gone wild.

Unfortunately, I do not know the meaning of light activity. Today, I popped one of my smaller incisions. So, I have resigned myself back to my bedroom to try and relax. Of course, all of this forced relaxation is driving me batty! I did get to do four hours of drawing work this morning. Today was my first day since my surgery taking on a little freelance stuff too. I hate being delayed when I have lists and plans and ideas.

So here I am in bed again.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Gardening

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Here is a shot from our bedroom. The farthest away box is what I like to call the potato, squash box. There are two sun flowers, a pea plant and an artichoke plant trying to not be suffocated. I keep twining the squash away from it. The squash is like a weed, I tell you! I think it is all different varieties as well. The box closest has green zucchini in it. I saw one at the back of the flower. Gosh knows what's coming up in the other two, as far as squash goes. That and tiny tomato plants are just volunteer, langiappe from the compost.

I did see peppers, rainbow chard, black bush beans, our corn plants, carrots, spinach and lettuce, watermelon too, peeking out. Next year, I now know how to recognize the squash plants from the first four leaves. No ambushing us next year!

Oh, I almost forgot to mention our water catchers. Those are 2 liter soda bottles. It took me two years to save those few. I had bought these spikes that fit onto the tops that stick into the ground. You cut off the bottom of the bottle and fill it with water and the water goes through the spike and waters your plants!

It looks like a mess, but there will be veggies! We plan on making more garden boxes next year too. The more the better & the more fruit and vegetables!! Maybe even a few grape vines next year too.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

The List - 101 Things in 1001 Days

101 Things To Do in 1001 Days

Begin July 4, 2010 – Finish March 31, 2013

1. Finish this list by July 4, 2010

2. Make a plan to not hoard magazines – give them away

3. Make a list of 100 things that make me happy, no matter how small (0/100)

4. List one positive thing everyday for a week (0/7)

5. List one positive thing everyday for two weeks (0/14)

6. Put change in someone’s parking meter (3x) (0/3)

7. Pick up the change that I see on the ground & make a found change jar

8. Reduce the clothing – if it doesn’t fit, haven’t worn it = goes out

9. Meet with V8grrl at least two times – hopefully we can make it more

10. Figure out the bus routes by my house

11. Listen to my French language cd’s

12. Floss everyday for one week – I know, but I can’t seem to make it a daily habit (0/7)

13. Floss everyday for two weeks – should become a habit by then (0/14)

14. Take advantage of free week long coupons – yoga, gyms

15. Finish reading French Women Don’t Get Fat

16. Finish reading Candy Barr autobiography

17. Learn to run/job again

18. Run a 5k

19. Run a 10k

20. Get some type of exercise instructor certification

21. Create an exercise regimen

22. Do not let CPR certification lapse

23. Finish the cross-stitch that I started for mom

24. Bike more

25. Journal (handwritten) once a week for five weeks (0/5)

26. Sketch once a week for five weeks (0/5)

27. Try ice skating

28. Give skiing another go – I really don’t enjoy it but hubby LOVES it

29. Send out 15 cards/letters (snail mail) for no reason (0/15)

30. Get a library card

31. Visit “The Shining” hotel

32. Be able to do a split again

33. Complete four of my craft projects and try to sell them (0/4)

34. Put up a clothes line – we ripped the old one down when we put up new fences

35. Take one dance class

36. Fiddle with guitar again – believe it or not I played for five years, read music even

37. Learn to play one song on the guitar (again)

38. Sew two items – complete them! (0/2)

39. Go on one vacation – I haven’t even been camping in two years

40. Learn two new crochet stitches (0/2)

41. Change cabinet knobs to the new glass ones

42. Finish (refinish) the woodwork railing

43. Walk to go make groceries (20x) (0/20)

44. Get rid of the hundreds of old fence boards in the backyard

45. Get rid of stuff in general – (100 things) (0/100)

46. Wear a bikini

47. Take multivitamin everyday for 3 weeks (0/3)

48. Read Breathers

49. Read Lenore: Noogies

50. Read The Art of Happiness

51. Read The Teahouse Fires

52. Read Jambalaya

53. Read How to Be An Evil Villian

54. Read ten random books

55. Watch J’taime Paris

56. Watch Clockwork Orange

57. Watch Soylent Green

58. Learn basic chess moves

59. Move the refrigerator and clean behind it

60. Take out the bottom drawer in the stove & clean under it

61. Clean on top of kitchen cabinets

62. Refinish found table & ½ of the chairs (when we found it, it came with 8)

63. Make my own yogurt

64. Make my own pasta dough

65. Make a cassoule’

66. Make falafels

67. Find the big indoor farmers market downtown and go

68. Organize the front closet

69. Get organized, in general

70. Get rid of the books that I don’t want

71. Try to hold back before nagging – think is it worth it?

72. Try to take 10 breaths before an angry outburst (20x) (0/20)

73. Learn three meditation techniques

74. Meditate for five minutes a day for one week (0/7)

75. Meditate for five minutes a day for two weeks (0/14)

76. Make at least three more garden boxes

77. Make a tank & undies from a tee – like in Bust magazine

78. Make up my mind whether I really want a scooter or not

79. Seal the wood fence – we did the sides that are facing the three neighbors

80. Go to Casa Bonita – we’ve been here four years & still haven’t gone

81. Go to Manitou Springs with Sam, perhaps for the coffin races – I’ve been once

82. Go to Crested Butte when it’s not snowing – in the Spring/Summer

83. Don’t sit around the house waiting for work to send stuff – they can wait on me – they’re never consistent anyway

84. Learn to do a headstand – I haven’t done one since I was a kid

85. Give Sam a foot rub – I hate feet

86. Try acupuncture

87. Take a picture of myself when I’m feeling good about myself (30x) (0/30)

88. Start back up podcast – I’ve slacked for 2 months (Do at least 20x) (0/20)

89. Stand outside & howl at the moon

90. Accept that there are a few things in life that cannot be changed

91. Figure out what I want to be when I grow up

92. Can I achieve six pack abs? – Yes, let’s do it

93. More whoopee – besides being fun, I read it’s healthy too!

94. Be nicer to hubby since I’ve had bitch mode on for a while

95. Would I have a drink with me? Make sure that I become that person that I dream of

96. Go home for a visit – it’s been two years

97. Learn to say “Thank You” to a compliment and not try to negate it

98. On that note, give out more compliments

99. Learn to be happy with me & comfortable with my own skin

100. Hula hoop in a park/green space

101. Start a new list



& may I add that somehow I would love to work, apprentice, observe, something fun under some of chef too...

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Positive Thought 2

"The most political and powerful act a woman can do is fully enjoy her life!"

- World Famous *BOB* (Burlesque Idol and Wonder Woman)



Nope it's not BOB, but me. I figured it was a burlesque quote so why not use one of my burlesque pics.

The goal is to enjoy one's life! So let's do it shall we?