Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Taylor: It has to be Megan. Scott could throw up on his piano or poop his pants on stage and she should still go home first.
Mark (when it was announced Scott was singing Billy Joel's Piano Man): (exasperated) Oh God! This is gonna be a snoozefest. Why does he pick the most boring songs ever? Didn't the judges say they wanted him to be a little more exciting?
Taylor: He's blind.
Mark: Yeah, he's not deaf!
I don't care who it is as long as it isn't Matt, even though he really sucked tonight.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I just want to sit in there with my tea and read. It would probably be a sauna in the summer, though.
Friday, March 27, 2009
I'm sorry that it was a fatal accident, really, but why isn't it cleared yet by 2pm?!? Why don't people know how to drive? What normally takes me 10-15 minutes took well over an hour.
And I think I wore out my horn.
Deep breath to alleviate chest pains, and rant officially over.
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large very ripe bananas, mashed well
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped (optional) - (I used them)
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan.
2. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk the mashed bananas, melted butter, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla together. Gently fold the banana mixture into the flour mixture with a spatula until just combined (don't overmix). Fold in the walnuts. The batter will look thick and chunky.
3. Scrape the batter into the loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached, about 55 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.
4. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
They have every topping in the world, I think, including tons of fresh fruit, which you can see didn't get anywhere near my cup. I love fruit, but I can't even see it when it's surrounded by cheesecake bites, peanut butter cups, and cookie crumbs.
Mark also got me a beautiful bouquet of mixed flowers.
Instead of plunking them into one big vase, I decided to break it up into mini bouquets to spread around the house. So I gathered some little vases and containers, and now I've got a pretty reminder in almost every room.
Bean appreciates a beautiful rose, too. (Actually, he was about a half second away from taking a big bite out of it here.)
Monday, March 23, 2009
Oh, and if you're reading this Isabell, she mentions Richard Cheese at the end of the second video, which is someone Todd loves!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Can you guess what color flowers I'm drawn to?
Isn't Spring glorious?
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
- 4 Fuji apples
- 4 bananas
- 1 head of broccoli
- 1 bunch of kale
- 1 pound of kiwis
- 4 oranges
- 4 pears
- 2 red bell peppers
- 2 pound bag of small golden potatoes
- 4 zucchini
I'm so excited. I did a happy dance when the box arrived. And, they have the cutest purple delivery trucks. I'm thinking I'll make soup with some of the potatoes and the kale and some sausage. And I think we'll definitely be ordering from them again. Gotta go make room in the fridge!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
I sliced up the two sad bell peppers that have been in the fridge I'm not even sure how many weeks now. Would you look at this pathetic thing...
Then I did something I don't normally do when I make this. I added half a can of crushed tomatoes, since it was open in the fridge and the point is to get rid of stuff. I use this kind of canned tomatoes because they are by far the best I've ever tasted. I could eat it straight out of the can with a spoon.
Then we put it over pasta with a little Parmesan, and voila, super easy (and cheap) meal. And we both thought it was the best it's ever tasted with the added tomatoes, even with the less than fresh peppers.
And, this morning I made smoothies with a couple of black bananas we had still laying around. And I mean black. I didn't even take a picture 'cause it's embarrassing. Inedible on their own, but delish in a smoothie!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
This cracks me up. I read about this contest on one of my other superfave food blogs, Slashfood, and it's awesome. It made me think of my dad because he loves Peeps. Go here to see many other past entries (some are crazy good), and you've got a couple days if you want to enter yourself.
As for Eating Down the Fridge (I will refer to it as EDF from now on), we had grilled ham and cheese sandwiches last night. Tonight will be pasta with sausage that has been in our freezer and bell peppers from the fridge that have seen better days. They are pretty wrinkly, and normally I'd probably throw them out at this point, but I'm determined not to be wasteful and to plan meals better in the future so that things don't get to that point in the fridge.
I'll be sure to let you know if this little experiment results in any vomiting.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
So, I was reading one such blog, A Mighty Appetite, and thought I'd try her Eating Down the Fridge challenge. It's basically about using up things in the fridge/freezer/pantry before buying anything new. We tend to throw more away than we should in our house, like bad bananas, the occassional half a loaf of moldy bread, REALLY sour cream that fell to the back of the fridge and was forgotten about, etc. I've been aware of this for some time and I've been unofficially kinda doing the challenge already, but now I'm gonna take it even more seriously. I do hate wasting.
So I'm not grocery shopping this week. I will be making meals using things we already have. This might be a bit of a challenge since our fridge is a little different from the norm this week due to our being gone last weekend and having my sister house/cat sit. Here's a picture of it's current state ( I just opened the door and snapped - it's a disaster right now)...
There really isn't any meat except for frozen turkey burgers and bacon. We have a decent amount of produce, so there will probably be a lot of veggie meals. And I might be getting creative with pasta. I'll let you know what we end up eating each day, and when I finally have to break down and go to the store.
P.S. I already cheated tonight because I have a bit of a cold, so I had Mark pick up some matzo ball soup on his way home from work, but I trust you won't say anything ;) Maybe we'll just call tomorrow Day 1.
Monday, March 9, 2009
The house was beautiful, and it had everything - five bedrooms, which slept the 12 of us comfortably, big walk-in showers, heated floors, a foosball table, fireplaces, big TVs.
Our cooler on the deck...
I think we were all equally amazed by the size of some of the icicles hanging off the house...
The kids liked eating them...
Unfortunately (or probably fortunately) I didn't bring my camera when we went skiing, but this pic of me attempting a snow angel pretty much sums up my first skiing experience...
I fell going down the "hill" made for 3 year-olds, I fell getting off the chair lift for the much, much bigger hill I was FORCED to go down by my instructor, and then I fell down that hill. Twice. When I told the instructor I didn't feel quite ready to go down the big hill, he literally pushed me onto the chair lift, despite my pleading. Mark somehow missed my You-better-save-me-from-this! look. The instructor tried to get me to go up a second time, but I had one ski off before I could be shoved into the chair again.
Technically, I returned to the house that night in one piece, so I'd call it a success, but I think I may be hanging in the lodge with my cocoa next year.
The next day was much more my speed. We played in the snow with the kids all day sledding, building a snowman, and having a snowball fight.
The snowman has two eyes, but one was a white bottle cap. Then the snowball fight started...