Friday, October 31, 2008

I found a bunch of old camera phone pictures that probably don't need to be shared. So here ya go! :)
Riley likes resting in strange spots.
This is what happens when you are trying to have a conversation with your deaf roommate at a concert...and I honestly have no idea how Texas, Jewish people and Disney are relevant to one another. There's no tellin' what we were talking about.
I never have pictures of me cuddling with Tucker, but I swear I love him too.
It was 18 degrees and I was in heaven.
I drew a fish, seagull, octopus, and a shark...that's called TALENT. ;)
Grown women finding amusement from $1 store junk.
One time, I crept up on a 4 ft. alligator, touched then tugged on his tail, and hoped he didn't confiscate my forearm in exchange for a close-up shot of him. I am not a smart cookie when it comes to wild animals.
An older woman gave me a heart-shaped rock when I was walking the beach one day.
Sometimes I actually look my age.
...but rarely do I act my age.
Sometimes I date guys who like to do impressions of Al Bundy. Sometimes those relationships don't last very long.

I always stop on the highway to pick Tennessee wildflowers.
This pretty lady never, ever lets me take pictures of her. This is a rarity!
Timid puppy and dorky owner.
Apparently, ferrets are not the smartest of creatures.
Temporary tattoos with my daughter are the best!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Change in plans tonight for dinner. I made chicken nuggets (chicken breast chopped into small bits fried in the crunchy batter from yesterday), dirty rice (with fresh parsley and parmigiano-reggiano), and baby greens with spinach salad. And pumpkin parfaits for dessert! YUM!
I know, I know. Lately this seems like a cooking blog, but I've been in freakishly domestic mood lately. I made Crunchy Pork Chops and a simple salad of organic baby greens & spinach (with gorgonzola and Marzetti Organic Balsamic Vinagrette); I was also going to make Cauliflower Souffle with Brown Butter, but I forgot to pick up fresh parsley at the market. (It'll be on the menu tomorrow night instead!)

I also spent the rest of the night making Pumpkin Parfaits for tomorrow.

My laptop is my best cooking tool!
I had a ton of leftover pumpkin filling and gingersnaps, so I made my BFF a special parfait bowl since she's kind of obsessed with all things flavored pumpkin as of late.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

K wanted breakfast for lunch, so I made French toast. I made the recipe on the spot since I had a lot of extra organic heavy cream and my vanilla sugar was ready to use! (I didn't take pictures because it didn't last long enough!)

  • Four slices of whole wheat bread
  • Three Eggland's Best Organic eggs
  • 3/4 cup Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar (see below)
  • 1 teaspoon natural sea salt
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • a dab of butter
Beat eggs lightly in a bowl; add cream, vanilla sugar, salt, and cinnamon.

Place one slice of bread in the bowl, allow a few seconds to soak up egg mix on one side, then carefully flip the bread, and repeat.

Toss it on the skillet, flip once a golden brown is achieved.

I serve them hot off the skillet with organic white confectioner's sugar, a small pinch of cinnamon, and warm maple syrup.

Yield: Four slices of French toast

(Technically, since I made it up as I went along, I didn't measure ingredients. All my measurements were done by heaping pinches and estimation. :) The recipe above should be fairly close to what I actually made. Make it, it's delicious!)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My BFF turned 29 yesterday, so to ease her suffering I baked yummy treats for her! I made organic & vegan peanut butter filled chocolate cookies. The recipe can be found here; I used dark chocolate cocoa, though. They were rich and decadent!
I also made a stack of triple chocolate brownies for her. I always suggest my brownies be refrigerated for a bit before eating to achieve the perfect ratio of chewiness. They were NOT a disappointment! :) I'm baking up a storm lately.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

My dear, sweet vintage couch is still in my storage unit in Nashville. I miss her so. I will soon be driving up to bring her home and getting some much-needed closure to that part of my life. It is quite difficult to move on when you're still hangin' on.

I don't think I'll ever be able to say goodbye completely to the city I've had a 20-year-old love affair with. Maybe I'll just say "see ya later" instead of "goodbye." :/

Saturday, October 18, 2008

My best friend has been begging me to make her creme brulee for years now, so I finally decided to appease her wishes. It was made of all organic ingredients and, at her request, I added extra turbinado to the top. I LOVE my cooking torch!
Mine were prettier because I didn't go overboard on the burnt sugar! ha
When she came over with her son, she also brought me furniture! She bought me this fantastic chair and two side tables that I can paint all crazy. I LOVE free furniture just as much as I love my new cooking torch. ;)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Hello pretty girl! What's that you say? You want to be electric? No problem!

The 1970 VW Type 3 Squareback conversion to EV...more info soon!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sir Willem Jack Tucker is the most adorable dog on Earth!

Monday, October 13, 2008

I am jumping up and down at the anticipation of owning the of Montreal Skeletal Lamping wall decals by Gemini Tactics at blik!

Of Montreal is my absolute favorite band, I'm completely stoked about this!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

We have a praying mantid who doesn't want the visit to end. It's been hanging out on my garage door for two days now. After handling it several times, I found out the awful truth about mantids. Luckily, I was treated fairly by my visitor. It did jump on my camera lens, though.

If it is still outside tomorrow morning I'm going to set up a cage for it and take it in to K's classroom on Monday for a presentation. We spent twenty minutes just watching it watch us yesterday, so I'm sure the other kids will be just as thrilled to see one up-close.

Unfortunately, I think it might be the end of his life cycle. I hate when the summer ends, we lose all the neat insects, like our pet rhino beetles last year! I hope he stays alive until Monday...