Thursday, September 27, 2012

9 years

9 years ago today, I married my best friend. :)  To celebrate, we got dressed up and went for a fancy dinner at a restaurant called Ray's on the River.
I decided it would be a good night to wear not-black. :)
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I had a hard time getting a full body shot of myself, so I do apologize for the poor quality of this picture.  I got this dress a couple years ago to wear to my birthday party but ended up deciding on something else.  I love the mild vintage feel to the look of this dress.
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The restaurant had confetti on our table for us!
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Geek is gonna geek out no matter where he is. ;)  I picked this shirt out for him a while ago even though it's not his usual style.  The skull design makes me happy. 
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I started with a cup of acorn-butternut squash soup that was amazing!  I was so hungry that I forgot to take a pic of it, though.  LOL  BUT!  I didn't spill any on me. ;)  Then I got the Parmesan-crusted scallops with lobster risotto.  I only ate half of it but made yummy sounds the whole time.  I am really looking forward to the leftovers.
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We got a side of truffle mac & cheese to share.  It was okay.  Mine that I make is way better, even without the truffle flavor. :P  I only had a couple spoon-fulls and he ate about half.  The rest is in the fridge.
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They surprised us with a piece of chocolate ganache cake with whipped cream. :)  It was very, very sweet so I only had one bite.  I was so really full, though, so it was okay. :D
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The hostess took our picture for us as we were leaving. :)  I look so goofy! :P

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mmm, mmm, good!

There has really been nothing remarkable going on the past few weeks.  I've made a bunch of yummy food but by the time I am done cooking it, I am so excited to eat it that I forget to take pictures until I am putting away leftovers. :P  This is the only meal that made it and it's probably the most boring visually.  LOL  It was absolutely delicious, though! 

I present to you roasted tomato soup and grilled ham & cheese on homemade bread!  I am not a huge fan of soup and never have been.  Tomato soup is one of the few I enjoy because it is creamy and smooth and doesn't look predigested to me.  Now that I have had this, I will never, ever be able to eat canned tomato soup again.  Ever.


You can find the recipe for the soup here.  I will also be adding the Pumpkin and Mushroom Lasagna, Shepherd's Pie, and Cherry Bread recipes soon.  Even though the temps are still in the 80's (upper 20's celsius) here in Atlanta, I am so ready for Autumn!

I am still slowly but surely getting my kitchen organized.  My latest little project was my gadget drawer.

Here is the before picture:


A mess, right?  And I couldn't believe how many non-kitchen things I had in there, too.  Like the balloons.  LOL

From The Container Store, I ordered these bins which seems like they were made for this drawer.  I had 1/8" and 1/4" of wiggle room in the 2 directions after I put these in.


I seriously measured the inner dimensions of my drawer 4 times before ordering these for this configuration and hoped like crazy that their dimensions on the website were spot on.  They were. :)

Here is the after picutre:


Now, there are obviously things that did not make it back into the drawer.  The non-kitchen things are finding other homes and some of the bigger things, like my rolling pins (yes, I have 2: one wooden and one nonstick) are being stored elsewhere since they didn't fit in the bins. :)  I know it might be silly to some for me to multiples of a few things, like measuring spoons, measuring cups, whisks, pizza cutters, etc.  I have a couple reasons for this. 

One, I am a frenzied cook.  I don't want to have to look for a certain sized measuring utensil in the middle of my chaos and then have to wash and dry it before I can use it again.  If it's not reusable, I'd rather grab a clean one.  Of course, I do try to plan ahead and measure dry things before wet things, etc. but that's not always possible or I just don't remember. 

The second reason is that I hate washing dishes.  So if something is dirty in the dishwasher, I'll grab a clean one instead of hand-washing it.  That's especially true with my spoons (in a crock on the counter instead of here), tongs, and pizza cutters. :)  I don't use the pizza cutters for just pizza cutting, either.  I use them for cutting my dough to size when making buns as well.

We had a visitor last night!


Neighborhood cats seem to love our yard.  I think they know we are cat people. :)

Sidia was very interested in our friend and made excited chirping sounds when I lifted her up to the window to see.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Not much to say

Ever have one of those days (or weeks) when you are feeling social but not really talkative?  That's kind of how I feel today.  I am craving being around people but my brain really just wants to sit back and observe.  Friends are coming over Sunday to play Cards Against Humanity, though, so that works.  :)

So rather than being wordy like I usually am, here are some random pictures varying from tonight to almost 30 years ago. :)  I don't *think* any of these have been posted here before but, if they have, here they are again.  LOL

Of course, food. :)  For dinner tonight, I made Mini Cheese Burger Meatballs and Herbed Oven Fries with broccoli.  Oh!  Did you notice that I have a Recipage now?  It's true!  There's a widget gadget thingy over to the right. :)
A friend's '66 Mustang

Taken from the passenger side of the one and only time I got to go for a ride in said Mustang :)

T-shirt I designed for an ex-boyrfriend.  His name was obviously Shawn and he would always say that this is when he had to get up for work. :)

Someone asked me to do a doodle of a dinosaur and a flower.  Challenge accepted!
This way some people didn't have to choose between eyes or boobs (*giggles*)
I was a deadly doll for a Halloween a couple years ago.  I think this is my favorite costume I've ever had so far.

Trying to grin like the Jimmy Carter giant peanut statue in Plains, GA :)  This was on one of our random road trips quite a while ago.

A photographer I know was doing a BBW Alice in Wonderland photoshoot and I got to be the "white rabbit".  I made the lace ears (based on this idea) and also added the lace to a plain black bra.  As with recipes, I even go my own way when following DIY tutorials. :)  It was so hot in the studio for this shoot and the photographer made me take my glasses off. :P
Class picture from the sixth grade - I'm circled in case you haven't figured it out.  LOL  I hated the shirt my Mom made me wear so I wore my jacket over it.  That SO helped with my already built-in dorkiness.

So... what are YOU doing this weekend? :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Cure for Pooplessness

Hubbyman and I decided to do another road trip yesterday and discovered that Monticello, GA has the cure for constipation!

It's amazing what you find when you make a wrong turn. :)  This was painted on the side of a building in a parking lot where we had to turn around after someone... ahem... I... headed in the wrong direction.

Our goal for this road trip was Vidalia, GA, the home of the sweetest onions you could hope for.  Since I've been on such a food obsession kick lately, a food-related destination just made sense.

For a change of pace, we decided to take my mini-van so I drove the first half of the trip.  His car is a manual which I am not able to drive so he usually does most of the driving.  It was a nice change for him, too, to be a passenger for a change. :)

The drive was pretty but there was really very little photo-worthy.  Plus, you know, I was driving. :)

We did stop at a pretty little place for a late picnic lunch, though, called Little Ocmulgee State Park



We decided on this pavilion for out feast because it had a cool four-sided fireplace in the center.


I packed WAY too much food for our picnic so we ended up bringing half of it home with us but at least I made sure we didn't go hungry. :D
  • Diet Coke (for the caffeine)
  • Romaine lettuce (big jar)
  • Cold curried pea salad (small jar)
  • Balsamic-mayo dressing (little plastic container)
  • Orange
  • Nitrate-free turkey sandwich on a homemade bun with touch of mayo and Dijon mustard
  • String cheese
I actually only ate the sandwich and lettuce salad.  The pea salad (recipe to follow) came home.  I ate the orange on the way home and Hubbyman ate my string cheese.  His lunch was similar but he had 2 sandwiches: one with ham and one with roast beef plus cottage cheese, more string cheese, and a banana instead of an orange.  His pea salad also came home with us.  We had had it the night before for dinner and knew we'd be having it with dinner tonight as well so we agreed it was okay to save it for later since we were really full. :)

Oh, I had also bright homemade salsa, chips, and mixed nuts that we didn't eat, either. LOL

As we were cleaning up, I noticed cute little footprints in the concrete under the table.

I have to say, I was a little disappointed with Vidalia.  I really thought it was going to be an onion wonderland, but it was just another town who, in my opinion, grossly underutilized its onion factor.  In fact, the only onion I even saw was on their water tower.

He asked what I was expecting and I said, at the very least, I thought their would be more oniony names of businesses.  To his bemused horror, I proceeded to rename every business we passed: McOnions, Onionee's, The Peoples Bank of Onions, The OnyInn, Staronions, Kentucky Fried Onions, Taco Onions, Onion Wireless, you get the onion idea.  Admittedly, I carried on with this theme for a bit too long. :)

From here, he drove us home which made me happy.  Though, he got the easy part because we always take interstates home.  We take backroads for the first part of our road trips, but he has me as a navigator rather than vice versa.  They say men are better with directions, but I have to strongly disagree with that based on my house. :)

It was a long day and I had to struggle to stay awake on the way home.  I kept finding myself lost in thought, especially about a special someone in my life.

My camera phone did not do this sunset justice, but it really did look like flames in the horizon.

Cold Curried Pea Salad 
(adapted from simplyrecipes.com)
  • 16oz frozen peas
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped
  • 8oz can water chestnuts, chopped
  • 2/3 c mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp yellow curry powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the peas, celery, apple and water chestnuts.  In a small bowl, mix the mayo, curry powder, salt & pepper well.  Fold mayo mixture into the peas.  
  2. Refrigerate until ready to save.  This tastes better when made a day ahead and still tastes good a few days later.