Monday, October 25, 2010


My house is still full of sick people.
Today I stayed home, and the mister came home around 10.
We then laid on the couch all day and watched Eureka.
This is really getting old. 
I'll be back when I feel better. 
Hopefully that will be before the new year.  

Friday, October 22, 2010

Things I learned today...

What did I do today?

I made a cake, and cupcakes. With just a hand mixer cause I'm not cool enough for a fancy stand mixer.

Did a ton of dishes. I do them ALL by hand, I'm pretty sure my dishwasher is the first one ever made.

Took a nap.

Made Brinner. Breakfast for dinner, and this isn't entirely true, I started then almost cut off my finger and the mister finished. Don't worry, I'm okay.

And I learned two important things:

Number One:

  Are your loved ones plotting to eat you?
Created by Oatmeal

That's pretty good right? Only 41% chance that my family wants me for Brinner...could be worse.

Except dogchild didn't get any of the bacon grease tonight...there was evil in those eyes, pure evil.


Number Two:

The Zombie Bite Calculator
Created by Oatmeal

That's right peeps, when the zombie apocalypse happens and I eventually get bitten, you'll have 1 hour and 17 minutes before I turn on you and eat your brains. 


I swear that's what mutley said to me while she was planning my demise. 

What can I say, the bitch likes bacon. 

Like momma like dogchild.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

This is happening...

Today I cleaned half of my house. Then I ran out of steam and took a nap.

I've had that foggy headed-no energy-blah feeling now for a few days and today was definitely the worst so far. 

I hate that feeling. 

Sickness is not an option. 

Even though it's October and I always get sick in October, it's proven. Last year it was the swine flu, the year before that it was a killer cold. Every year October=sickies.

No bueno.

And I'm contemplating not going to class tomorrow. I think I'll go unless I wake up and feel like absolute death. My reasoning: it's our friend Felica's birthday party tomorrow and I promised her a cake. A cake that I don't have all the ingredients for. Since the mister and I share a car I'll need it to get the missing ingredients so if I have to wake up and take him to work I may as well go to class. We'll see. I may just take him, go to the store, come home and go back to bed. 

It comes in waves that icky feeling. One minute I'm fine, the next the lady at the convenience store is telling me I look really tired. Yeah that happened, I didn't really know what to say. Inside it went something like "mind your own business and give me my f-in' 7-up lady!"

And this cake is also not an option. Why? Because it's this cake. Tomorrow is a trial run for C's boyfriend's birthday. And it looks delicious, and I've wanted to make it since I got the book.

So now I'm off to bed. 

But first I want to say thank you for the comments! It really makes my day to think someone is reading this stuff! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Jeff Probst is kind of a jerkwad...

I'm "watching" Survivor. That means it's on, I occasionally pay attention but really I've been running around the interwebs. 

But Jeff Probst, you're a jerkwad!
An extremely good looking jerkwad, but really are there other kinds?

You know who isn't a jerkwad?

The e-trade baby. 

Have you seen the new commercial? I LOVE IT!!! I laugh every time. 

Pretty sure the dogchild won't let me ride her. 

I guess I'll need to find a baby, sigh.  

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It's Tuesday. 

I don't really like Tuesday's.
It's sandwiched in between cranky Monday and almost there Wednesday.
And there is just so much to do. 
All the things around the house that I didn't do over the weekend. Thanks margaritas... 
The homework that is due Wednesday.
Grocery shopping since we ate all the food over the weekend.


Here's what I should do today:

*Put gas in the car. not really an option, hopefully I have enough to get to the gas station.
*Clean out the car. It's become pretty embarrassing.  
*Shop for food. THE WORST! This usually means I have to take an inventory of what I have, make a list, blah, blah, blah...
*Go to Target. The only thing I'm looking forward to.
*Finish my Biology portfolio. Due tomorrow, almost done, like 85%. 
*Study for Biology quiz tomorrow. Luckily this is the one I accidentally studied for two weeks ago.    
*Start reading Jane Eyre for my History of Women Writers class. 
*Look over the rough draft I just got back from my writing teacher. Final draft due Monday.
*Vacuum. I don't remember the last time I did this...J would be so disappointed!
*Dust. Someone wrote in my TV stand that this needed to be done.
*Put away laundry. At least it's done?
*Clean the bedroom. Pretty sure there's a cedar chest under that massive pile of clothes.
*Find my kitchen table. I know it's there somewhere.
*Pay the bills. Da bills! 

Oh yeah and The Giants play game 3 of the NLCS at 1:00, the mister said this morning that if I didn't watch it I would be fired and have to find a job. Like I would miss it!

And it's yogilates tonight. I'm beginning to think that it's about the only thing that keeps me sane through the week. 

Alright Tuesday. 
Let's do this.
You're going down! 


Sunday, October 17, 2010

The weekend...

I can't believe it's already Sunday, and that it's already 5:00 pm. Blerg.

We were so busy this weekend, and we even got an extra day! The mister took Friday off work and we ran so many errands it was just madness. 

Friday morning he went to school with me to talk to his counselor while I was in class. Of course this took a lot longer than he thought it would and after talking him out of leaving or taking out an entire line of students we sat down and waited another hour and half for him to have a 10 minute conversation with his adviser. Welcome to Lane, mister. 

After all that at the school we went to breakfast, ran into his boss at the hardware store, hit up the liquor store, grocery store and butchers before FINALLY making it back home. After that I went to watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta then proceeded to take a 3 hour nap. Sometimes that happens.

It was the mister's friend James' birthday Friday, he came over so we could feed him and watch the Yankees come back to beat the Rangers. It wasn't....great. But the burgers were good!

Saturday the mister was recovering from all the whiskey he drank with James while I got ready for the BBQ at C's house. Let's just say I got a little stressed. Just a little. 

The BBQ, in honor of our friend Ira whose birthday was while C and her mister were in Hawaii, was great! C and I drank margarita's my mom's recipe. We walked to the store with them in to-go cups, got two leaner's and ringer in horseshoes, lost at beer pong and were out for the count by 10:00. That's what happens when you start drinking at three in the afternoon I guess. 

Today I'm suffering from my night of fun last night. The mister has been awesome, of course. He got me a greasy bacon breakfast burrito from the Mexican place down the street, some chocolate milk and let me be. Hey I have done some laundry today, cleaned up the bathroom and taken a nap...a long one. Now it's time for game 2 of the NLCS. GO GIANTS!

Goodnight lovelies!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fresh Food Friday!

Hello friends! Time for another Fresh Food Friday edition!

This week we got: Chard, broccoli, apples, red onion, crimson grapes, tomatoes and eggs. 


And here's what I plan to do with it:

Swiss Chard, Bacon and Ricotta Ravioli with Tomato Sauce from
    *this may be the recipe I'm most excited for. I'll probably even try to make my own tomato sauce since I have a plethora of tomatoes right now. 

Broccoli, Beef and Brown Rice Combo 
from "Melissa's Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce"
*I meant to make this last week but used all my broccoli before I got the chance.
 *Recipe after the jump!

2 large cloves of garlic
2 TBLS. soy sauce
1 TBLS. Honey
1 teas. toasted sesame oil
1 TBLS. rice vinegar
1 lb. boneless sirloin steak (I just got tri-tips from the butcher)

Rice Mixture:
1 cup long grain brown rice
2 1/4 cups water
1/2 teas.  vegetable or canola oil
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally 1/4 inch thick
1 3/4 cup broccoli florets

3 TBLS. smooth peanut butter
3 TBLS. hot water
2 TBLS. seasoned rice vinegar
1 TBLS. soy sauce
1/8 teas. dried red chile flakes
2 teas. toasted sesame oil

Prepare marinade: Set large zipper-style plastic  bag in bowl to hold it upright. Add garlic, soy sauce, honey, oil and vinegar. Poke steak at 1-inch intervals  with tines of fork. Add steak to bag with marinade and seal. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours, turning bag occasionally to redistribute marinade.

Prepare rice: In large saucepan place rice, water, salt and oil. Bring to boil on high heat; stir once. Cover with tight-fitting lid; reduce heat to low and simmer 45 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove lid and fluff with fork.

Meanwhile, bring about 5 cups water to boil on high heat in separate large saucepan. Add carrots and cook until tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside. Add broccoli and cook in boiling water until tender-crisp about 6-7 minutes. Drain and set aside. Heat grill.

Prepare sauce: In medium bowl, stir peanut butter and 3 tbls. hot water to combine. Add vinegar, soy sauce, chile flakes, and sesame oil; stir vigorously to combine. Place rice in large bowl; add sauce and veggies. Set aside at room temp.

Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Grill over medium-high heat about 3 minutes on each side; cooking times vary. Set steak aside and allow to rest 5-10 minutes. 

Slice steak into 1/4 inch thick slices. Spoon rice salad into bowls and top with steak. 

I haven't decided if I want to make something with the apples like an apple crisp or just make some sort of scrumptious dip for them. 
Same with the tomatoes, pretty sure I'm going to make a sauce. 
And the onion, well that will be used this weekend in my potato salad, and tonight with our burgers. 

Have a wonderful Friday everyone!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Something to brighten your day...

Okay this is completely irreverent and uncalled for...

And that makes it hilarious to me.

My cousin posted this on Facebook, I watched while I was quietly sitting all by myself and became that crazy person who laughs to herself. 

And I'd do it again.

Five things....

Right now, at this very moment I should probably be reading for my Biology class that starts in 31 minutes. But I'm not. Instead I'm going to talk to you my lovely interweb friends.

I thought today I would share some stuff that you may, or may not know about me. So here are five things about me that I find interesting, that you may find weird, but all in all it may explain why I am the way I am. And by that I mean, absolutely fabulous in every way!

1. I hate the zoo. I have since I was little, I know why I hate the zoo. But that story is to personal to share. Either way, I hate them.

2. I love anything old. Give me something vintage and I will treasure it forever, give me something new and I'll most likely donate it to Goodwill before the end of the year. 

3. I am highly insecure, this is why I hide behind my amazing wit and give myself compliments all the time. Funny that it's really only on here that I tell myself how great I am. In real life I'm kind of a hot mess.

4. My favorite women of all time are my Grandmother(s), Mary Tyler Moore, Stevie Nicks, Mary Poppins and Audrey Hepburn. I feel like this gives me a well rounded sense of... something.

5. If I could earn a degree in procrastination I would have graduated already. Strangely I do get a lot accomplished while I'm not doing what I should be doing. 

That's it. Not a lot, just enough. 

Now I have 21 minutes until Bio...

what to do, what to do? 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sister Wives...

My attempts to find some motivation today have been thwarted by the TLC series "Sister Wives."

Have you guys seen this? It's one of those train wreck kind of shows, where you can't turn away. Except it's not a train wreck, it's pretty good.

The story is about Kody Brown and his three wives along with their thirteen children. In the show he's courting a fourth wife who has three kids. They're already married in real life but the wedding will be the season finale for the show. 

Since the show has aired a criminal investigation has opened in Utah against the family. If charges are filed they could face five years in prison and $50,000 in fines. 

I don't have a problem with the family. At all. I was raised in the Morman church and my family goes way back on the registries, back before the church outlawed polygamy. In fact there's a picture at my mom's of a long ago relative of mine and his multiple wives. 

My problem is with the state. Utah has one of the highest welfare rates in the country, most of that is due to the mass amount of polygamists in the state. Since the marriages between the sister wives are only spiritual and not legal they are able to apply for welfare saying that they are single mothers. That is wrong. 

The Brown family doesn't seem to be one of those families. Kody works as an advertising exec,two of the wives work, it seems like one stays home and this forth one was looking for a job before she moved in with the family. They aren't living off the state, they're minding their own business, and they're practicing a part of their religion. It's not for everyone, but neither is wearing a birka or eating fish on Friday.

State of Utah, leave them alone. 

Go after the polygamists that are marrying 14 year old girls and defrauding the state.

Besides, if you take these people to prison their children will become wards of the state. That's 15 children that are well taken care of that will be thrown into the foster care system. Will that cost more than the fines you will levy against the family?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fresh Food Friday!

Happy Friday everyone! I've decided to start a new thing here on my little corner of the interwebs. Fresh Food Fridays!
For the last four months the mister and I have been getting our veggies from a local CSA (consumer supported agriculture). I had wanted to do this for a while but had never followed through until this summer. During my Environmental Politics class last spring we had a speaker come and tell us all about the different options that were available to us here in the Eugene area. It's amazing the amount of small farms that we are surrounded by. One day I was talking to the mister about it and we decided that we were going to do it, and that we were going to start as soon as we could. 

There were two reasons we decided to buy local:
1. The amount of "fresh" non-organic vegetables we were buying at the store every week was comparable in price to the amount we would be paying for organic veg with the CSA. I was also fed up with buying veg and having it go bad within two or three days.
2. I come from a family of farmers. So doesn't it makes sense that I would support my local farmer?

We chose Sweetwater Farms in Creswell. We went with them because they offered three different sizes of boxes (small, medium, large), you pay by the month and they offer food for 50 weeks a year. If you want to check them out a little more here is their website:

Here's how it works:
Once a month I send them a check for my share.
On Wednesday I get an email with their newsletter letting me know what I will be receiving. They also include some recipes which is nice.
Thursday on the way home from picking up the mister we pick up our share. Then we come home and oogle over all the yummy things that we get.   

During the summer there were a lot of peppers and tomatoes, so we ate A LOT of stir fry and BLT's. Now that I have gotten used to having so many amazing veggies in my fridge, and since it's cooled down, I'm starting to get a little more brave about cooking. 

So here we come to Fresh Food Friday's.
Usually I'll post a picture of my haul, with a list of the recipes I want to try and maybe a copy of the recipes I'll be using. 
But tonight since I've written so much already, I'm just giving you a picture, and my menu. Sorry but my brain is shot.

So here's what we got:

Carrots, Romaine Lettuce,Potatoes, Tropea Onion, Eggs, Liberty Apples and

Plums. There was also Basil, but it didn't make it into the picture.

Here's the Menu:
Most of these include a lot of the leftovers we have from last week...

Broccoli, Beef and Brown Rice
   *Broccoli from last week and carrots

Broccoli and Mushroom Pasta Alfredo
   *Again Broccoli and Mushrooms from last week

Potatoes O'Brien (with bacon for breakfast Saturday)
   *Potatoes, Onion 

Traditional Sunday night dinner (pork chops, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob)
   *Corn on the cob from last week 

Leftover Pork, Wild Rice and Plum Salad
    *Plums and Pluots from last week

Chicken Ceaser Salad

Pound cake with Plum Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream
Maybe I'll post the recipes when I make them, if they're delicious of course. If you want any of them just let me know and I'll post them or the links to them. 

Now I'm going to watch some baseball and let my brain relax. 

Enjoy your Friday night!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Chocolate Pumpkin Zucchini Bread...

Yeah it's just as good as it sounds.

Before C left for Hawaii she was completely stressed out about the zuc's that she had in her fridge so I offered to take them off her hands and make her some bread while she was gone. That's what I did today, and I'm pretty sure that I'll have to go get some more Zucchini's because I'm not sure this is going to last until they get home. 

Here's the recipe:

Chocolate Pumpkin Zucchini Bread

3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup butter, melted
1 TBLS. vanilla
3 cups flour (I used whole wheat)
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 teas. baking powder
1/2 teas. salt
1/2 teas. nutmeg
1/2 teas. cinammon
1/2 teas. cloves
1 cup shredded zucchini

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9x5x3 bread loaf pans.

In a mixing bowl combine eggs and sugar. Add pumpkin, butter and vanilla.

In separate bowl combine dry ingredients.

Gradually add dry ingredients into pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir in zucchini.
Pour into the loaf pans.

Bake for 45-50 minutes. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. 

Let me tell you it is heavenly. Seriously. In fact I'm going to get a piece right now. 


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The last few days...

The last few days have been a little crazy, and I'm a really tired girl today. I've had a headache pretty much all day, the kind where you can't really put thoughts together and there's a dull, numb sensation in the front of your head. You know what I mean?
Here's what I've been up to the last few days:

School, school, school.

Then the gym, by the time the mister got there I was already pretty tired so we only did 2 miles on the elliptical because I was starting to feel light headed. 

I woke up, took the mister to work and then came home and studied for my Biology quiz that was today. I proceeded to have a small melt down because I couldn't understand why we would be having a test on a subject we hadn't talked about in class. After e-mailing my teacher with all my questions and exploding on not only my coffee lady but also the mister, my teacher got back to me and said that I was studying for the NEXT test. 

I really need to get my brain back from summer vacation.

Or maybe it went to Hawaii with C.

So I went to Yogilates, came home and made pizza then went to bed. Then I woke up at 3:45 this morning because I drank way to much caffeine during the day and my brain was confused. 

Now it's Wednesday:
I'm exhausted. 

I came right home from school and got into bed, watched Real Housewives of Atlanta and took a nap. 

Then UPS showed up with my new goodies!

And now all is right with the world.

Except my head still hurts.

And I have no idea what to make for dinner.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A little shopping...

Alright, so in my excitement tonight I headed over to to see what awesome things I absolutely couldn't live without to help cheer on the Giants...and maybe I found some stuff. 

And maybe I second day aired it so I could have it here before the game Thursday.

And maybe this is what I got...

And maybe this too...

Eeeek! I'm gonna look so cute! Don't worry I'll post a picture when I get them!

Oh, and I got this for the mister....

Because I love him.


Postseason Baby!!!

The Giants are the National League West Champions!!!!!


Can I just say how over the top happy my household is right now?!?! 

Friday night the Giants lost 6-4. It was ugly.
Saturday they lost 4-2. It was torture.
Today they WON 3-0! It was beautiful.

Here's my boyfriend Brian Wilson throwing the final strike:

I can't get it on the page, so you must click HERE! Do it!


Now the fun begins. We play Atlanta on Thursday in San Fran. 

Game ON!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies...

When I was a little girl my mom would bring home these amazing cookies, they would only show up around this time of year and even though I know she bought them at Albertsons I've never been able to find them there. These cookies were soft and big, delicious and lovely. For the past few years I have been on a hunt for these cookies and I can't find them anywhere. So I decided to start looking for a recipe and after a lot of trial and error I think I found them. The other morning they popped up in my Google Reader thanks to Annie's Eats. She originally posted them as Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies, but I took the liberty to substitute the butterscotch for chocolate chips. Let me tell you these are amazing! I only made one batch, but there are more to come. I would like a little more spice to them so I think for the next batch I'll add a little more pumpkin and some nutmeg and cloves. They don't need it, I just want try it out. 

Here's the recipe, with pictures! Yes I finally remembered to take in process photos! Hooray!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 c. all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla
1- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (or just throw the whole bag in if you're feeling rebellious!) 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 
In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Whisk to combine.
In separate bowl (or bowl of electric mixer if you're lucky enough to have one) combine eggs and sugar. Beat on medium-high speed until smooth and light in color, about one minute. Blend in oil, pumpkin and vanilla.

With mixer on low mix in dry ingredients until just incorporated. Then gently fold in chips. 

 Drop by mounds onto baking sheets. 

 Bake, rotating half way through, about 14-16 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on baking sheets about 5-10 minutes before placing on wire rack to finish cooling. 

And enjoy!